Corsair has established itself as a leader in gaming peripherals for the PC. We’ve recommended several of their past products, including the MM800 mousepad—and we’re happy to do the same with their newly released Scimitar Pro RGB, a gaming mouse designed for MOBA and MMO games.
The new mouse has an almost identical design and body to the original Scimitar. The biggest change comes with its powerful new optical sensor, the Pixart PMW3367, which boasts a DPI of 16,000—a large increase over the competition.
I didn’t get much mileage from the PIxart sensor’s capability to go up as high as 16,000, as I mostly stayed around 800DPI to 1500DPI—but the fact that the option to go higher exists doesn’t detract from the mouse in any way. It’s there if you want to use it.
Compared to a regular gaming mouse, the Scimitar Pro RGB comes with 12 dedicated buttons on the side that can be programmed to whatever you want—including macros. The position of the buttons can be slid to fit the size of your hand.
Another major draw is the four-zone dynamic RGB lighting, which can sync up to other Corsair devices for a lightshow on your desktop. It certainly looks good on mine. A dedicated DPI light lets you know what DPI your sensitivity is set to.
The packaging itself is economical and straightforward. It comes with a simple manual and a screwdriver to adjust the placement of the buttons on the side panel.
In terms of material, the Scimitar Pro RGB felt good in my hand, with a soft plastic surface that feels both sturdy yet comfortable. The right side of the mouse offers a rubber-grip surface so you can always use your ring finger for traction.
The mouse is neither light nor heavy, and offers a good middle ground in terms of weight. It’s not too light for a MOBA and it certainly isn’t too heavy for an FPS. For testing the mouse, I played World of Warcraft, DOTA 2 and Overwatch—it performed admirably. The well-positioned buttons on the side came in particularly handy in World of Warcraft, after I programmed them to the number keys.
Beyond the physical component, the Corsair mouse is powered by CUE—the Corsair Utility Engine—which lets you fine tune the DPI settings, lighting, and color syncing with other Corsair peripherals. It provides an easy way to keep the firmware updated and lets you store and load profiles onto the mouse itself, for use on the go.
The software has come a long way since its heyday and is a total breeze to use—even offering downloadable color profiles created by the user community.
So we’ve established that it’s a great mouse—but is it worth it? The price point of $80 puts it in the healthy range of affordable gaming mice. It may not be perfect for an FPS (it’d need to be lighter for that) but as a MOBA/MMO mouse? It’s what I’d want to use. Consider picking one up.
Disclosure: A review unit was provided by Corsair for the purpose of this review. You can buy it from Corsair.