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Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review (Mouse)

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review (Mouse)

We have been working our way through Corsair Gaming’s products, since the brand launch a couple of months ago and today we have another connected to our system. So lets take a look at an enthusiast gamer targeted mouse in our Corsair Gaming M65 RGB review.

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review – Packaging and MM200 Mat

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The M65 RGB arrives in a box with plenty of product information on the front and other sides. A nice clear image of the mouse is also visible and we can flip open the front cover to see the mouse suspended in a plastic cover. Bundled with the mouse is just a single item, just a small manual.

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Before we go on to the M65 RGB we have one other thing to look at first. As part of the Corsair Gaming range they offer mouse surfaces. Here we have the MM200 cloth pad which arrives in a nice simple packet that features a cut out section through which we can feel the finish, and as a bonus it is a scrap of surface not the product itself. The pad measures 26.5x21x0.2cm and on the cloth surface we get a small Corsair Gaming logo bottom right. Flipping the pad over we find a rubber base to keep it stable on our desk. Nice and simple/compact the MM200 retails for around £12/$18 which is great.

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review – The Mouse

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Looking to the top of the M65 RGB first we find that this main surface uses a soft touch, rubberised coating. The mouse measures 118x72x39mm and there is one single top surface extending to the ends of the left/right buttons. Between them we have a metal scroll wheel with rubber coating as well as DPI up/down button and status LED.

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One of the key features can be found on the left edge of the mouse which uses a textured plastic finish. That is the red sniper button which, when held, drops our DPI level to a user set value which is ideal for taking aim with sniper rifle (or similar gun) in FPS games. Above that we find two compact thumb buttons which by default are configured to be browser back and forward. Turning to the right side of the mouse we get more textured plastic but no buttons and it is also possible to see some of the metal body used by Corsair.

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By turning the mouse over we see the full view of the brushed aluminium base which has five low friction feet applied to it. Also present are three removable weights which allow us to vary the feel of the mouse. In the middle of the mouse we then find the 8200dpi laser sensor with Corsair Gaming noting the mouse is capable of 125 Hz to 1000 Hz report rate. Finally we have the 1.8m braided cable which ends in a USB 2.0 connector.

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review – Software

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One of the first things which happens upon connecting our mouse and installing the latest software (which is available from the Corsair Gaming site) is that a check of the firmware is completed and if appropriate we are told of any updates. We can then install them, it just takes a couple of clicks, before properly beginning to use the mouse. The first screen of note within our control panel is Assignments which allows us to re-map the eight buttons on the M65 RGB. From there we move to the performance tab which controls our various DPI options as well as pointer speed, lift height and the status of Angle Snapping. Next up is Lighting which allows us to set the colour of the scroll wheel surround, DPI/profile indicator and palm/base lighting. 16.8m colours are available.

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Moving to Actions at the top of the screen allows to configure Macro commands and then Lighting gives us more advanced control over that aspect. Solid, gradient, ripple and wave are all available to configure. Then we move on to settings which allow us to manually check for firmware updates, set our language and OSD options as well as contact support. It is also worth noting that if you have more than one peripheral from Corsair Gaming, they will all appear and be configured thorough this single application.

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review – User Experience and Conclusion

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Before we get started on the mouse it is worth taking a few moments to go over the software side of things. Overall the Corsair utility does the key tasks reasonably well and it does look decent. We also like that it controls multiple components rather than needing software for each, however try to do anything more complex and it lacks the intuitive nature of competing solutions. This was something we noted in our recent RGB keyboard review and it applies here too. Essentially Corsair Gaming need to work on a more simple way to let the user configure their device, or maybe even go as far as to walk them through the key steps when first launched.

Moving to the mouse itself we were very pleased with the overall build quality of the mouse. The top ruberised surface provides plenty of comfort and traction, the textured sides, plenty of grip and the metal base offers stability as well as a decent weight. That can be tweaked of course but overall for us it was ideal right out of the box. The LED lighting adds some style to the mouse, and we really like how the heel illuminates but the scroll wheel LEDs could do with being brighter, or placed slightly differently as they are not as visible as we would like.

The positioning of the sniper/DPI button is ideal for our hand and the other thumb buttons are easy to action, though could do with being a touch larger we feel. Elsewhere the mouse tracks well and DPI changes are instantaneous, which is ideal. Continuing the suggestions for very picky, minor tweaks we would like a little bit of extra resistance on the right button before it actions but otherwise the buttons give decent tactile and audible feedback.

Summary: Still some development needed to make the software easy to use for novice users however the M65 RGB has great build quality/design and impressive performance.

Gold Award

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Stuart Davidson

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