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Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Optical Review

Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Optical Review

A few months ago Corsair changed their gaming brand name to something a bit more straightforward, Corsair Gaming. As part of that process they took existing peripherals, refreshed them and overall this was a successful process with several winning awards on our site. Today though we get something brand new to look at in our Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Optical Review.

Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Optical Review – Packaging and Bundle


There are no surprises when looking at Corsair Gamings Sabre Optical packaging, it follows the same basic design and branding as the other products we have reviewed recently. That means we get a note of some key features on the front surface which folds open to reveal the mouse encased in plastic. As far as a bundle goes, all very simple on this model, just a compact user manual.

Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Optical Review – The Mouse

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The Sabre mouse has a predominantly black body which uses a matt, rubberised surface for enhanced grip. The Corsair Logo can be seen in the palm area and like the three other LED sections this can be configured with 16.8m colours available. In terms of size the mouse is 124x80x38mm and it weighs 100g. Looking at the front view we can see the LED lined scroll wheel and that the cable extends from the front right. Another LED section is found beneath the left button, shining light out like a headlight and then to the side of the left button are our DPI up/down buttons. Another user configurable button can be found behind the scroll wheel and as the front and top views show, there are reasonably significant side panels which give us somewhere to rest our thumb and fingers.

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Turning round to the left side we see a long thin LED section which indicates our DPI profile and beside it, our back/forward buttons which like the others on our mouse, are user configurable (8 in total). The right side of the mouse has no buttons.

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Turning the mouse upside down we see that Corsair Gaming have added a flash of yellow to an otherwise plain base. There are four low friction feet across the base and centred is our optical sensor. A laser version of the mouse is also available but this model goes with a 6400dpi sensor. Then extending from the front we see the 1.8m braided cable which ends in a  black and yellow USB connector which supports 1000Hz polling.

Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Optical Review – The 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 Sabre Optical 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, front and palm/base lighting.

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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 Sabre RGB Optical Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Like the other mice from Corsair Gaming, the Sabre has a 2 year warranty, which is decent enough. We also get access to the Corsair Utility Engine for configuration of the mouse and its various LEDs. That software is good, however still fairly early in its life cycle and while the key options work well, the more advanced configuration of actions and lighting does need a bit of work to be more intuitive.

Looking at the mouse itself, this model retails for a little less than the M65 RGB which we previously reviewed. What don’t we get on this mouse? In truth there isn’t too much of a difference. The M65 has a sniper button which makes the use of some FPS guns a touch easier from a control point of view. The M65 also has a more stylish, higher quality base (with weights) however other than that (and the change in sensor on this optical model) the experience of the two is very similar. The Sabre is lighter due to the chassis change but we also found it more comfortable to hold due to this new shape and the thumb buttons a little easier to action. Tracking was accurate though, and speed decent. No issues to report!

Summary: An interesting alternative to the M65, the Sabre Optical RGB offers a very similar experience but with (in our opinion) more comfortable shape. Yet another high quality peripheral from Corsair Gaming.

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Stuart Davidson

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