When I first noticed Corsair’s Scimitar mouse a few years in the past, I assumed it was essentially the most bonkers-looking factor I’d ever seen. Just like its equally mad successor, the Scimitar Pro RGB I’ve acquired right here, it had 12 mechanical buttons on the facet. Twelve! This is a calculator, not a mouse, I assumed to myself on the time. How might anybody presumably want 12 particular person mouse buttons?
Of course, each the Scimitar and the Scimitar Pro RGB are sometimes trailed by the phrases “MOBA” and MMO”, and I’m certain there’s a handful of such gamers who may discover this sort of factor helpful. Admittedly, neither style is my specific forte, so I’m largely going to be wanting on the Scimitar Pro RGB within the context of an strange gaming mouse. And simply in case its 4 RGB lighting zones weren’t sufficient for you, I’ve additionally acquired Corsair’s MM800c RGB Polaris mouse mat right here as nicely, which has – look ahead to it – FIFTEEN RGB lighting zones that may sync with the identical theme in your Scimitar Pro for the last word desk-side rainbow present.
Starting with this ludicrous mouse design, then, the Scimitar Pro RGB appears virtually precisely the identical as its predecessor. Measuring 42.4mm throughout and weighing a hefty 147g, its soft-touch plastic chassis is simply too vast and heavy for my tastes, however aside from the marginally tough really feel of these aforementioned facet buttons beneath your thumb, it’s nonetheless nearly cozy sufficient for on a regular basis use.
I do fairly just like the moulded, rubbery grip on the far proper, although. The groove itself is simply the best dimension for my little finger to relaxation on throughout instances of idle scrolling across the internet, however the way in which the grip slopes proper right down to the stomach of the mouse means it’s additionally very straightforward to slip stated little finger onto the mouse mat to make use of as an anchor when tapping certainly one of its plentiful facet buttons together with your thumb.
I need to admit, my thumb’s not used to partaking in such intense mouse button exercises, and attempting to achieve the buttons nearest to me numbered 10-12 shortly grew to become fairly tiring and uncomfortable. Fortunately, Corsair’s deliberate forward for these of us with fossilized thumbs, as you may truly transfer quantity pad by as much as 8mm alongside the facet of the mouse utilizing its bundled key slider instrument. Just flip the mouse the other way up, poke the instrument into the small gap beside the sensor and twist to loosen it (as proven beneath), and you’ll then have the ability to slide the pad ahead or again into no matter place you please.
This provides the Scimitar Pro RGB a welcome diploma of flexibility, however I think these with smaller palms will discover it’s nonetheless not fairly sufficient, as pushing the quantity pad right into a place the place I might comfortably hit the closest buttons with out performing painful contortions with my thumb meant I might now not attain numbers 1-Three farthest away. Eventually, I settled on someplace within the center (even when numbers 10-12 nonetheless required a little bit of arching thumb gymnastics), however given how unlikely it’s you’ll really want all 12 buttons, I’d prioritize making it snug for the buttons that naturally fall beneath your regular thumb place.
As if 12 buttons wasn’t already sufficient, you’ll discover two extra in your clicking pleasure just under the scroll wheel. The prime one allows you to change between your numerous onboard profiles, whereas the decrease one adjustments your DPI or sensitivity settings, the latter of which is handily colour-coded by the vertical RGB strip closest to the quantity pad – the one one which’s truly absolutely in view when your hand’s on it.
Three profiles and 5 DPI speeds come pre-installed out of the field, however you may at all times use Corsair’s Utility Engine (Cue) software program so as to add, take away or make extra of them and customise the operate of every button with your individual recorded macros. The Scimitar Pro additionally has a teeny little bit of onboard reminiscence this time spherical so it can save you all of your favorite settings and lighting results and take them with you to chill issues like LAN events and tournaments overseas and such like.
The greatest distinction between this and the unique, nevertheless, is the Pro’s brand-new 16,000 DPI optical sensor. Now, nobody of their proper thoughts would ever want, or certainly give you the option, to make use of a DPI setting of 16,000 except you incessantly function quicker than the pace of sunshine, however the neat factor in regards to the Scimitar Pro is that you could regulate every of your chosen speeds by single increments. Most different mice usually pressure you to make do with increments of round 100 or so, so if you wish to be actually
pedantic exact about your favorite DPI settings, then the Scimitar Pro can completely cater to your very particular wants.
The Scimitar Pro can be calibrated for any given mouse mat utilizing Cue’s in-built floor instrument. Ironically, it didn’t work too nicely with Corsair’s MM800C Polaris RGB mouse mat after I first set it up, however a fast stroll by way of its calibration course of put it proper as rain in simply a few seconds.
That stated, if I assumed the quantity of people that may want 12 mouse buttons was small, then I’d think about there’s an excellent tinier pool of people that’d be prepared to pay £50/$50 for a mouse mat, particularly when, within the UK, that’s practically as much as the Scimitar Pro itself (within the US, the mouse prices round $80). The Polaris can, in fact, be used with different, kind of costly mice, however you’d have to actually, and I imply actually, love RGB results to justify spending that sum of money on it. For what it’s value, although, there’s no denying it’s a pleasant little bit of equipment.
Measuring a large 350x260mm, the agency, rubber grip on the underside means it’s extraordinarily tough to unintentionally elbow misplaced whenever you’re in a frenzied Plunkbat match, and the USB port on the prime allows you to plug in your mouse for straightforward entry, saving you from taking on one other USB port in your PC. The floor itself additionally feels completely good beneath the mouse, however I wouldn’t say it was any kind of slippy than my £6 Roccat Kanga mat – one thing I’ve additionally by no means managed to ship flying throughout these heated moments of hen dinner glory.
I suppose for those who’re going all out on RGBs, you then may as nicely go the entire hog and get the Polaris as nicely, however come on. £50? You can’t see it, however I’m providing you with a protracted, arduous stare proper now when you ponder spending that sum of money on a rainbow colored piece of fabric.
I could be extra inclined to say it was definitely worth the cash if, say, it did wi-fi Qi charging like Corsair’s upcoming MM1000 (my telephone doesn’t even help wi-fi Qi charging, however I’d give something to have the ability to cost it on my desk and never have to fret about my cats chewing by way of yet one more cable and plug combo), however when its important attraction is a skinny strip of LEDs around the facet, I don’t assume I’ll be swapping it for my £6 Kanga any time quickly.
As for the Scimitar Pro RGB, I’m certain there are individuals on the market who might put all twelve buttons to good use and never need to dislocate their thumb as a way to do it, however for me, it’s simply too huge and hulking for the kind of video games I typically play. Instead, I believe I’ll be sticking with the Steelseries Rival 110 for now, however for those who do desire a mouse with silly ranges of flexibility and don’t thoughts its total heft, then the Scimitar Pro RGB definitely gained’t disappoint.