Gamers with larger hands often have trouble finding a gaming mouse that fits their needs, and it can be a challenge to hold most gaming mice with a palm grip. Most mouse bodies are simply too small to fit comfortably in our hands, so we’re left having to awkwardly make tiny, precise movements on a device that’s smaller than our index fingers.
Thankfully, Corsair has taken pity on us big-handed folk and created the Ironclaw RGB. It’s a gaming mouse specifically designed for palm-grip users with big hands, with essential gaming components like a PixArt sensor, 1000 Hz polling, and Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks.
The Corsair Ironclaw is available for $49.99 on Newegg, GameCrate’s parent site.
Design and Comfort
I’ve said it a ton already, but it bears repeating – the Ironclaw is a big mouse. At 5.12 x 3.15 x 1.77 inches, the Ironclaw is practically gigantic, and certainly one of the biggest mice I’ve ever used. It weighs in at 105 grams – an average weight for a mouse, but it feels much lighter, most likely due to the all-plastic frame and the distribution of the weight across the large body.
All of this makes the Ironclaw an extremely comfortable mouse. The bell-shaped curve on the body gives the Ironclaw a chunky, hefty feel in your hands, while still being light and responsive to move around. The left and right mouse buttons have a concave groove in them, perfect for securing your fingers in place and giving the Ironclaw a big, roomy feel.
The side of the Ironclaw is made of textured rubber, giving your thumb something to latch on to. However, when resting my hand naturally, the tip of my thumb goes past the rubber and lands awkwardly near the DPI indicator. This causes the edge of the textured rubber to grate into my thumb. To prevent this, I had to stop and mentally re-adjust my grip each time I used the Ironclaw, which took some getting used to. It’s one of the only design flaws I encountered while using the Ironclaw.
The Ironclaw has two RGB lighting zones – the Corsair logo on the bottom of the mouse, and the scroll wheel. Unfortunately, the left and right mouse buttons obscure the scroll wheel’s lighting, and the Corsair logo is completely covered up when you’re using the mouse. The lights themselves are pretty enough – I would have just liked to see more of them.
Performance and Features
The Ironclaw has a custom PixArt PMW3391 sensor. It’s super smooth, and I never noticed any input lag when gaming or doing day-to-day tasks. The Omron switches are easy and deeply satisfying to click, and are rated for 50 million clicks, ensuring the mouse will hold up for years to come.
One of the best features of the Ironclaw is the DPI indicator on the left side of the mouse. This lets you quickly know what DPI setting you’re on, without having to dig through menus or memorize some totally un-intuitive color scheme, as you’d have to on other mice.
The problem here is the indicator is placed right near your right thumb. This causes your thumb to partially obscure the indicator, occasionally defeating the entire purpose of its inclusion. That being said, I enjoyed being able to quickly tell my DPI settings when I sat down to play a game, or when I could catch a glimpse of it when I bent my thumb to hit the side buttons. Placement aside, the indicator is a great feature, and one I’m excited to see Corsair improve upon.
Gaming with the Ironclaw was a dream, and not just because of how comfortable it was to hold. Mouse movements were fluid and accurate, and I never felt like I was fighting with the mouse to get off a tight sniper shot in an FPS or select a group of units faster in an RTS.
It’s also the little things that make the Ironclaw such a special mouse, like the braided cable and the side buttons that feel almost as meaty and responsive as the left and right mouse buttons. The only performance issue I came across is the middle mouse wheel. It takes a bit more force to press it than you might think, which can be a problem in some games. It’s especially noticeable when compared to Ironclaw’s other mouse buttons.
The Ironclaw throne
The Corsair Ironclaw is already a great mouse, but it’s practically indispensable if you’re a palm-grip user with big hands. I can’t stress enough how wonderful it was to use a mouse that felt like it was designed for me specifically, rather than trying to struggle to adapt to some mouse that it feels like my hands dwarf in size.
If you’ve got larger than average hands and you like holding your mouse with a palm grip, I can’t think of a better mouse for you than the Ironclaw.