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Corsair M65 RGB Elite Review

Corsair M65 RGB Elite Review

Corsair M65 RGB Elite review 8   The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is the latest gaming mouse in a range that’s been on top of the market since the first M65 arrived back in 2014. This new version costs $45 in the US and £60 in the UK, though, so it’s not cheap – and, at first glance, very little has changed when this new mouse is compared to its predecessors. So, what actually is different – and is this mouse a worthy addition to the range? Read our Corsair M65 RGB Elite review to find out!

Design

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a curious product. On one hand, it looks almost identical to previous products in this range, like the original unit from 2014 and the M65 Pro RGB, which emerged in 2017.

On the other, the Corsair M65 RGB Elite does have several new elements and design changes when compared to Corsair’s older rodents. They’re just not obvious at first glance.

So, what’s still the same?

For starters, the overall aesthetic hasn’t changed. The M65 has an aluminium skeleton topped with textured and smooth plastics. The two main buttons still sit on either side of a textured wheel and DPI adjustment switch. It doesn’t look bad at all – it’s still a gaming mouse, but it’s far more mature than some of the uglier and more extravagant mice on the market.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite review 10On the left-hand side there’s still a sniper button – indicating that this mouse is designed primarily for FPS players. On the base there are still five smooth gliding pads and three recessed areas where weights can adjust this unit’s overall heft or centre of gravity.

RGB LEDs are still installed in the Corsair logo on the rear, and more lighting still glows through the ribs in the aluminium at the back. Corsair’s impressive iCue application still controls the lighting.

It’s possible to change the colour, affect and speed of the lighting, as well as use it to indicate various PC statuses – like CPU temperature – and lighting can also be synced with Corsair keyboards.

Different profiles can also be saved for use with this mouse, and those profiles can also be linked to different games. It’s a fantastic bit of software, and a worthy accompaniment for a product like this.

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is available in white and black, just like the M65 Pro RGB. And, just like that mouse, its top surface is smooth while its sides are slightly textured. Don’t be put off by that: our grip remained perfect, even on smooth surfaces and in the middle of a busy gaming session.

So, plenty about this mouse has not changed – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing – and elsewhere, changes are minor.

The buttons have all seen minor adjustments. The two main buttons have the same shape and still use the same Omron switches – just like both older M65 rodents. However, they support 50 million clicks – not 20 million, like previous iterations.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite review 5The DPI adjustment buttons above the scroll-wheel are larger here than on either previous M65 mouse, which makes switching easier. Those buttons being larger means that the DPI indicator in between is smaller, but that’s no problem at all.

The sniper button on this new mouse is a squarer shape than the slanted button on original M65, and the back and forward buttons are larger. This design matches the M65 Pro RGB, and it makes sense: the larger buttons and more conventional sniper shape make them easier to hit, and clustering them together means that less thumb movement is required. That saves milliseconds when you’re in the heat of battle.

The flared plastic on the left-hand side is a tiny bit wider than it was on previous mice, so there’s a little bit more support there. There’s nothing on the right-hand side of this mouse, and no support for flailing fingers – but that’s not uncommon, and not really a problem.

The shape of this unit works equally well with claw or palm grip gaming, although those with larger hands may prefer a slightly larger peripheral, and it’s only built for right-handed gamers.

Some gamers may also prefer a slightly heavier mouse. The Corsair M65 RGB Elite has adjustable weights, which means its weight can range between 97g and 115g. That’s a fine figure, but lighter than the M65 Pro RGB, which ranged between 115g and 135g.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite review 9The size and weight issues are entirely subjective, of course, but this is worth bearing in mind if you have a preference for a particularly large mouse or something heavier than most other available products.

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite has a n excellent range of features and top-notch design, but it doesn’t tick every box, especially when compared to pricier products.

Some mice have OLED screens – especially models from SteelSeries – that give status updates or display GIFs. Some mice also have vibrating alerts, and you’ll also find some models with more buttons, or with swappable sensors.

Elsewhere, it’s easy to find gaming mice that are lighter, or ones that are ambidextrous.

Aside from that last issue, though, a lot of these features are gimmicky and unnecessary.

It’s no surprise that Corsair hasn’t kitted the M65 RGB Elite out with some of these features. This unit may cost $45 in the US and £60 in the UK, and that’s a fair chunk of money – but it’s still right in the middle of the market, and still a lot cheaper than models with gimmicky features that cost more than $100 or £100.

And, besides that, Corsair intends the M65 RGB Elite to provide a top-tier gaming experience, especially in FPS titles. Adding extra buttons or features does not adhere to that design ethos.

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Performance

On the inside, Corsair has kitted the M65 RGB Elite out with an 18,000dpi optical sensor.

That’s vast – higher than most other mice on the market. It’s also far higher than the 12,000dpi technology that was used in previous M65 mice.

Let’s be honest: that figure looks great on a spec sheet, but it’s not necessary in the real world. Even the twitchiest competitive gamers don’t need 18,000dpi, and it’s not needed even if you’re using 4K panels, widescreen units or multi-monitor setup. At that peak sensitivity level, it’s simply too twitchy to be useful in any situation.

However, while no-one needs 18,000dpi, a few people will appreciate the ability to go beyond 12,000dpi. It’s also very welcome that the sensor can be fine-tuned in 1dpi increments. The buttons above the scroll-wheel adjust the sensitivity in five increments.

Get beyond the huge, somewhat redundant sensitivity, and you’ll find a mouse that has near-perfect performance.

The two main buttons are fantastic: light, responsive and fast, with the speed required for every kind of gaming. And, happily, they pair the speed and consistency with a robust feel, so we have no concerns about this unit’s build quality.

The sniper button is fast, and almost feels like it’s on springs for near-instant presses and for comfortable holding down. The two DPI adjustment buttons are a little deeper and softer – so there’s less chance of them being pressed by accident.

The mouse wheel clicks and scrolls consistently, and the whole mouse glides perfectly over any surface that you choose to use.

Problems are very, very minor. The mouse wheel stands proud of the rest of the mouse, and you may prefer something a bit squatter. And the back and forward buttons are perhaps too soft, with a tad too much depression.

These are incredibly small complaints, and they won’t affect mouse usage in any meaningful way. The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is fantastic in any kind of game.

There’s only one other issue with the Corsair M65 RGB Elite – the adjustable weights. The weights are a welcome addition, of course, but they’re tricky to use. A flathead screwdriver is needed to remove the covers, which is irritating – other mice hide weights beneath easy, tool-free covers.

The weights sit tightly in their recesses, which makes them tricky to remove. If you’re going to install the weights once and then leave it, it’s not a huge issue. But if you want to try them out a lot to find your own sweet spot, it’s frustrating.

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Corsair M65 RGB Elite Review – Conclusion

Our Corsair M65 RGB Elite review illustrates that this is a fantastic piece of kit – and, happily, one that aims for excellent performance rather than unnecessary gimmicks.

It certainly delivers on that front. It has smooth movement, excellent button mechanics, great button positioning and rock-solid build quality. The fast, accurate movement and the addition of a sniper button make it great for FPS gaming. That said, this rodent will excel in any genre.

Elsewhere, weight adjustment is welcome – even if a little tricky. The huge sensor versatility is welcome, even if no-one will get near 18,000dpi. And, as ever, Corsair’s software remains fantastic.

Casual gamers won’t need to spend this much on a mouse, and won’t really gain much from the M65’s various advantages.

The price isn’t that bad, though – right in the middle of the market – and keen gamers and competitive players will love this mouse, and will appreciate Corsair’s carefully-refined design, which delivers an improved, fantastic pure gaming experience. It’s excellent.

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The Good

  • Fantastic all-round performance
  • Rock-solid build quality
  • Adjustable weights
  • RGB LEDs
  • Impressive software

The Bad

  • Weights are tricky to alter
  • Some buttons are slightly too soft

The Specs

Sensor: 18,000dpi PMW3391 optical
Buttons: 8 programmable buttons, Omron switches
Durability: 50 million clicks
Polling rates: 1000Hz, 500Hz, 250Hz, 125Hz
Lighting: 2-zone RGB LEDs
Colour: Black, White
Material: Aluminium, plastic
Cable: 1.8mm, braided, not removable
Weight: 97g-115g
Warranty: 2yr RTB

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Corsair M65 RGB Elite

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Mike Jennings

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