There are a million and a half gaming mice out there, each one vying to be the most comfortable, the most durable, and more recently, the flashiest. Corsair is one of the more prolific keyboard, mouse, and everything-else companies out there, and they’re trying to stay ahead of the pack with their newest gaming mouse.
The Corsair Glaive RGB is a feature-rich beast of a pointer, so we paired it up with the MM800 RGB Polaris mouse pad also from Corsair. That’s right, RGB mouse pads are a thing, and though it sorts of pains me to say it, they can be pretty awesome.
Let’s see how these two Corsair offerings hold up against the rising tide of mouse and keyboard accessories out there.
The Glaive is a little more gamer-y than some of the more subtle mice on the market, but it doesn’t cross the line into ostentatious territory.
The mouse feels excellent, though I wouldn’t mind a little more of the brushed aluminum that accents the plastic. The rubber coating is perfectly suited to keep your hand from slipping, and the textured plastic on the right side of the Glaive is a nice addition.
The aluminum wheel has a thick rubber coating, and feels remarkably durable. All of the buttons have a solid, clicky feedback that’s immensely satisfying.
One of the more intriguing features about the Glaive is the inclusion of replaceable thumb rests. It comes with a few options, and they are easily swapped by simply snapping on a replacement with the magnetic attachment. It’s remarkably intuitive, and though sometimes semi-modular peripherals feel cheap, that’s not the case here.
On top of the Glaive there are five blue lights, next to a button below the mouse wheel. This allows you to customize the DPI, just click it to increase. The lowest setting is almost unusable, the highest is absolutely insane. I personally found three to be the magic number, but it’s great to have options. It’s awesome to have a visual indicator of what setting you’re on, as well as the ability to change it so quickly. I often want a different DPI when I’m playing Overwatch vs. browsing, so I really appreciate this feature.
The switches on the mouse feel solid as well; the high performance Omron switches are rated up to 50 million clicks. That’s a lot of headshots.
There are three RGB lighting zones on the Glaive, the Corsair logo near where your palm rests, a thin strip on the left and right side, and the vent like openings on the front.
The Glaive feels remarkably comfortable overall, looks sweet, and is constructed with an attention to detail and materials that set it apart from the crowded market.
Lighting And Software
Corsair’s Utility Engine (CUE) is one of our favorite softwares packages for managing cross device control. If you own multiple Corsair peripherals, you can control how they all look from one place with CUE.
That’s where the MM800 RGB Polaris mousepad came in.
We wanted to give this awesome mouse and awesome partner, and this RGB monster pad was the obvious choice. It’s got a USB passthrough, so we plugged the Glaive in, got it into a USB port, and it lit up like a rave.
The edges of this 350mm x 260mm x 5mm pad put out a lovely RGB glow, and the bottom is entirely covered with non stick, textured padding. It may be overkill, but it looks pretty freakin great, and the pad is really well constructed. The surface is the perfect resistance level for sliding the mouse, and it’s comfortable. Not sure what else you could want from a mousepad, but then again I used to say that about pre-RGB pads.
Sure, you don’t NEED an RGB mouse pad, but if you’re going to spend this much on a mouse, it’s not hard to justify giving it an awesome home.
We used CUE to seamlessly sync the Polaris and the Glaive in a colorful rainbow explosion. Linking up the devices is easy, and you can customize them separately as well if uniformity isn’t your thing.
You can also change the DPI on the mouse through the software, and more intriguing, you can re-map any of the six buttons to whatever function you like.
One of the things we like about CUE is that you don’t have to create an account (ahem...Razer) in order to use the free software. It had no issues detecting the Corsair hardware immediately after plugin, and the interface has improved dramatically since it was launched.
All around, it was a positive experience.
Features and Performance
Between the 16,000 DPI optical gaming sensor, the high quality switches, and the swappable thumb rests, I was quite impressed with the performance of the the Glaive. Being able to map buttons to any configuration is awesome, and though this is hardly the first mouse with those options, I’d never had the opportunity to do so with the CUE software before.
The ability to adjust the DPI with a well placed button is excellent, and I found myself immediately missing it when I went back to the mouse I was using before.
The Corsair Glaive might be my new favorite gaming mouse, and certainly my favorite in the $70 price range. I don’t say that lightly, but the overall construction and options provided here, in addition to the stellar CUE software, make for a pretty stunning package. Throw in the over the top RGB mouse pad, and you’re going to be sitting pretty.
There’s no going back after the Glaive. Nice work Corsair.