Hey everyone, back again with more mouse action. Corsair is one of the leading manufacturers of peripherals and components, usually accompanied by high quality construction and generous warranties, and they have managed to create a large loyal fanbase.
The Glaive RGB Pro is another recently updated mouse in their lineup which has so far impressed me greatly in performance and pricing. On the desk today we have the Aluminium version, can the latest version of their mouse with grip switching equally impress?
Corsair Glaive RGB Pro Specifications & Features
Mouse Warranty - Two years Prog Buttons - 7 DPI - 18,000 DPI Sensor - PMW3391 Sensor Type - Optical Mouse Backlighting - 3 Zone RGB On Board Memory - Yes On-board Memory Profiles - 1 Mouse button Type - Omron Connectivity - Wired Mouse Button Durability - 50M L/R Click Grip Type - Palm Weight - 115g (w/out cable and accessories) CUE Software - Supported in iCUE Cable - 1.8m Braided Fiber Game Type - FPS, MOBA Report Rate - Selectable 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz
Corsair Glaive RGB Pro Closer Look
Corsair have standardised their mouse packaging of late, which will make them all look uniform on a shelf together. The front of this one has a picture of the Glaive, a little description and a nod to the iCue software for configuration.
Over on the back of the box we get more mouse images and some specs in various languages.
The plastic bubble use continues, hopefully this goes with the next packaging revision. The contents of the box are nothing very special, a manual a disposal document and a warranty guide accompany the mouse itself.
Looking at the mouse from above we can see the button supply is fairly basic, but we do have the extra side grips for changing the thumb resting place. The last time I saw a thumb rest that big was on the Func MS-3 which I actually still use for work as it is mega comfortable, so I expect great comfort from this mouse too. There are five LEDs above the Corsair logo which are for DPI selection indicating two more DPI options per profile than the previously reviewed Ironclaw.
Viewing from the rear we get to see a slope down towards the right, this is again a right handed mouse no ambidextrous capability here. The top coating has that smooth rubbery feel to it just as with other mice in the current range.
No extra buttons feature on the right hand side of the mouse but we do get a quality feeling textured grip.
From the front we get quite a familiar sight, if you have seen the Ironclaw reviews you will recognise the aggressive grille at the front with the center mounted cable.
With no grip in place we can just about make out the connector lugs for the left hand side grips just under the forward and back buttons, on this view we also see the Aluminum front section, it is also available in black if that bare metal look is not to your liking.
With a satisfying pull and snap, the magnets pulled in the small grip which offers some traction for your thumb and makes the mouse easy to grab onto for claw style grip.
Clipping on the medium sized grip it moves the thumb out a little leading to more of a palm style grip, very comfortable too.
Finally we snap on the large grip, my personal favourite. This has a large flat area the thumb can rest on for what I consider to be ultimate comfort. One excellent feature is that it is just about impossible to accidentally push off the side grip while using the mouse, the connecting lugs keep it in place when down pressure is even slightly applied.
Underneath the mouse we have a central sensor surrounded by decent teflon pads for smooth gliding including one on the large thumbrest.
Corsair have gone with a braided cable for this mouse, it is a little stiff and if you’re not careful unraveling it can create tight twists on bends. A standard USB connector is used with quite a long plug which makes it easy to connect/disconnect.
Plugged in the mouse lights up and looks rather striking with the Corsair Logo and side bar lighting up.
As we have seen before the front LED’s are pretty powerful, and provide a ‘headlight’ effect.
The iCue software is Corsair’s unified application for peripherals, we have covered much of the functionality before, there are profile configurations, macro’s, button reassignments, performance settings with the likes of angle snapping and the excellent Surface Calibration which recently allowed me to use a Corsair mouse with my very old and worn Flux Capacitor mouse mat at work. I will focus here on where the software differs for this particular mouse.
The Glaive features three individual illumination zones to allow for more lighting options than some of the other available mice in Corsair’s lineup.
For DPI the Glaive offers two extra settings per profile, as usual three profiles can be stored on the mouse and many more in the software on the PC. There are no side indicators on this mouse just the five on the top. For sniping you will have to reassign one of the other buttons as there is no dedicated sniper button on this mouse.
The Corsair Glaive RGB Pro Review: The Verdict
Another excellent product in Corsair’s current gaming mouse lineup, the Glaive RGB Pro offers sturdy build quality with a great design. The comfort levels achievable from the various left side grips should suit just about any grip style. The arch of the mouse leans lightly offering some wrist relief, this does unfortunately mean this mouse is for right handed people only. A high performing sensor is accompanied by five DPI switchable settings per profile. The iCue software enables all the adjustments you could need including surface calibration.
- Sturdy design with excellent comfort
- Very accurate sensor
- Removable grips
- Wire a little stiff and prone to kinking
- Left handers need not apply
- A touch expensive
Spending some time with the Glaive RGB Pro I had the opportunity to give it a thorough testing.
General use: Comfort is a big plus for this mouse I used it at length without feeling any aches or pains, favouring the large thumbrest grip it was great to be able to physically change the mouse to suit my needs. Sensor accuracy is excellent, I had zero issues using applications and editing images, having 5 DPI settings is a little more than I am used to using so I probably didn’t make best use of the available options.
Gaming use: Here the mouse really shines, gliding effortlessly on the pad I could take part in FPS games at my favoured DPI settings without having to make any other adjustments. The weight of the mouse is just about right for me although when tracking on the large Corsair MM350 mousepad I rarely had to lift the mouse.
The software is becoming quite familiar to me this being the third Corsair mouse I have reviewed this year. iCue is an efficient piece of software that is fairly easy to get to grips with, button reassignment took a little working out though.
I have called for Corsair to review packaging previously and the Glaive follows the same packaging trend, hopefully this will be picked up on in the future. Value wise at approximately £70 at the time of writing, the mouse is at the top edge of acceptable, especially since it is priced the same as their Wireless Ironclaw. All in all the mouse is an excellent product and worthy of our Platinum award, giving buyers another design choice in the current range while sporting such an excellent sensor. Can Corsair keep up this momentum?
Thanks to Corsair for sending a sample of the Glaive RGB Pro in for review.