With their new mouse Corsair have the Razer Naga and Logitech G600 in their sights. Looking to be the MOBA/MMO mouse of choice…and adding a cool feature it certainly looks impressive on paper. Find our if they can succeed in our Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB Review.
Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB Review – Packaging and Bundle
The Scimitar arrives in a fairly standard Corsair box with some nice clear images of the product and key feature on the front. The box folds open to reveal the mouse encased in plastic and bundled with it are two items. A quick start guide and a small tool. This tool is used to turn a screw on the base of the mouse which is used to secure the variable button position (more on that shortly).
Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB Review – The Mouse
The Scimitar is a mouse designed for right handed users with the top surface of the mouse using a soft touch coating. The scroll wheel and Corsair logo both light up as does the front surface of the mouse, on the opposite side to the cable. Behind the clickable scroll wheel are two buttons, assigned to DPI up/down by default. As far as dimensions go, the mouse is 119.4x77x48.8mm and weighs 147g.
Turning round to the left side of the mouse we find some yellow styling and behind it, another LED area. There is a reasonable gap between this and the thumb buttons as they slide back and forward allowing the user to find the most comfortable position for their hands. All of the buttons are mechanical and backlit (like the rest of the mouse supporting 16.8million colours).
Turning then mouse over we find four low friction (PTFE) feet, the screw for securing the thumb buttons in place and our optical sensor. It is a 12,000 DPI zero acceleration part with the mouse also supporting 1000Hz report rate/1ms.response time. As far as the cable which extends from the mouse goes, its braided, 1.8m long and ends in a USB 2.0 connector.
Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB Review – Software
For those who have seen any recent Corsair review it should come as no surprise that the Scimitar uses their CUE software. Within it our first screen focuses on button configuration before we move through lighting and aspects such as DPI.
Moving through the screens we can configure profiles, Macros, detailed lighting (including import/export) and then we end up on the Settings screen. In here there are three tabs, one for contacting support, another for checking and updating the firmware on the mouse and a final screen for changing aspects such as auto load, media player priority and software updates.
Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB Review – Conclusion
Starting with the build quality of the Scimitar we have a mouse which feels nice and chunky. The top surface is a good quality rubber and the textured right side panel offers a good amount of grip. We found the mouse was shaped well for a palm grip and across the four lighting zones the illumination quality is very good.
As for the key feature, those thumb buttons… flawless. The overall height of the buttons feels great on our thumb. The varied texture really helps to identify them and they all have nice tactile click from the mechanical tech beneath. How does the variable feature work? Great. Its quick to change and the range of movement should be more than enough to suit the vast majority of users. Our only minor niggle is the use of the tool. Corsair should have made the screw a standard part, flat or cross. We don’t mind. It just makes peoples life easier.
As far as the software goes, we still find CUE a little clunky and not particularly intuitive in areas. For example assigning the thumb buttons to the [ or ] key involves several drop down menus. We should just be able to click the button on the software, hit the key we want to assign on the keyboard and hit apply. Having said that, since we last used CUE Corsair have implemented a quick and easy way to apply the main lighting effects…so the software continues to evolve.
As far as performance goes, again no complaints. The Scimitar tracked flawlessly in our testing and the 12,000 DPI sensor offers plenty of speed for users. Really there isn’t much more to say than that… great performance, built well and a well implemented unique feature. The fact that it is well priced and has a 2-year warranty means it easily wins our Gold Award.