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Corsair Dark Core RGB SE Wireless Mouse Review (w/ MM1000 mat)

The Corsair Dark Core RGB SE ships in a very brightly-coloured box – to highlight the RGB capabilities of the mouse – while a large photo of the mouse is also positioned on the front.

Inside, the only included manual is a small quick-start guide. However, there is also a 1.8m braided cable (for charging or for using the mouse fully wired), a replaceable side grip, the 2.4GHz wireless dongle, and a microUSB to USB Type-A adapter.

Coming to the mouse itself, it is immediately clear that the Dark Core RGB SE is a relatively large, ergonomic mouse for right handed users. It measures 126.8(L) x 89.2(W) x 43.2(H) mm and weighs in at 128g without the cable, so it’s perhaps not going to be for ultra-competitive esports gamers.

However, it’s larger shape and built-in thumb rest should hopefully mean it is quite comfortable, but that is something we talk about on the next page.

On the left hand side of the mouse, Corsair has done things a bit different with the button layout. The central button is a sniper button which temporarily lowers the mouse’s DPI level, and either side of that we have the forward and back buttons.

The right hand side of the mouse is smooth, soft-touch rubber by default – but the whole side grip can be removed.

This is thanks to two small magnets which keeps the side grip in place, so simply pulling on the rubber grip will pop it off from the main body of the mouse. You can then attach the secondary side grip – a larger piece of plastic, it flares out to provide some space for your fourth and pinky fingers to rest.

At the top of the mouse, we find the primary buttons, the textured scroll wheel and a single button just below that – which, by default, is for switching profiles. If you’re wondering about a DPI switch button, there are actually two built into the side of the LMB – another unconventional move.

Moving over to the bottom-end of the mouse, the Corsair logo takes pride of place in the middle of the mouse. More interesting, though, is the dimpled plastic that is surrounding the logo – the whole section has this textured feel to it which is quite unique.

Turning the mouse over, we get a look at the four PTFE mouse feet as well as the optical sensor. This sensor is the PixArt PMW 3367 – a modified version of the popular PMW 3360, this is the unit Corsair has been implementing within all its recent high-end mice.

Lastly, at the very top of the mouse the microUSB connector is rather tucked away. You can obviously use this to charge the mouse’s battery or to connect the cable for using the mouse as a fully wired unit.

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