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Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB gaming mouse review

Methodology

Testing a mouse like this involves using it as my main office mouse for a period of a week, as well as trying it out in a number of different games. This being an MMO and MOBA mouse, I focused testing on those areas, but also took it for a spin in various shooters, strategy games and RPGs. Throughout I look at its accuracy and ease of use, as well as comfort and the usefulness of additional features.

I also factor in exterior extras such as back-end software functionality.

Gaming

Considering it is built upon the excellent Corsair Scimitar RGB (non-pro), I was not surprised to find this version excellent at all sorts of gaming. True it performs at its best in MOBA and MMO settings, where macros are most useful and the pace is not quite as frantic as in your average shooter, but the Scimitar Pro performs perfectly in almost all scenarios.

The wide range of sensitivities supported by the Pro does not do much to improve upon its predecessor, though 16,000 DPI perhaps makes this version a little more future proof than the 12,000 that its predecessor was capable of. Personally I rarely breach 4,000 DPI, so it had little use for me, but for those running multiple 4K displays, you may get some mileage out of the top end sensitivities.

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The Corsair Scimitar Pro supports both palm and finger grip styles very well and can do claw too to some extent. The number of buttons on the left hand side does leave you struggling to find a base grip for a claw style, so it is not one I would recommend, but this mouse does cater to just about everyone.

This mouse is on the heavy side, but it does not ever feel weighty enough to cause concerns over slow acceleration when fast paced movements are required, nor did it present a problem of fatigue. It is undoubtedly slower than much lighter mice, so that is something to bear in mind if you are looking for raw speed, but I never found it much of a detriment.

When it came to using the many, many side buttons in-game, I found them just as viable as their predecessor’s. Often side-buttons of this number on mice can present a few issues. They can mean you cannot hold the mouse as tightly for fear of pressing them and sometimes actuating them on purpose can end up shifting the mouse due to the force required. I am happy to report that none of that happened with this review. Their tactile feedback prevents over pressing, but they require enough force that you can use them for added grip if needed.

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CUE software is now far easier to use and is just as functional as ever

The fact that you could adjust the placement of the keys too was a nice touch, as it meant this small-handed reviewer did not find himself reaching unnecessarily.

In MMO and MOBA testing I was able to play a game entirely with my mouse hand, which might make this an excellent tool for those with limited mobility. There is obviously a learning curve to moving over from keyboard shortcuts, but if you would like to be able to play with your left hand free, the Scimitar Pro’s unique functionality makes it more than capable.

General Usage

The Scimitar Pro is equally strong as a general usage mouse. While its large size may suggest it as a slightly clunky tool, this could not be further from the truth. I found it perfectly viable as an office mouse for web browsing or photo editing and Photoshop shortcuts became much easier to remember when they were one button press away, rather than a combination of keyboard keys.

Plus I had up to 12 of them at my thumb-tip, which gave me plenty to work with.

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The back-end software functionality of the Corsair Utility Engine is as always, excellent, though recent updates make it far more user friendly. In the past I had criticised CUE for being a bit obtuse, but that is no longer the case. All menus are contained within a single panel and are very easy to understand.

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Surface calibration is not a common feature even in high-end mice, but is a nice addition

Corsair deserves real praise for the big improvements it has made there. It makes it very easy to adjust everything from macros, to standard key mapping to lighting – which incidentally looks excellent and not over the top.

Comfort

The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is, like the standard Scimitar, incredibly comfortable to use. The soft plastic shell sits neatly in your palm and is even quite good at dissipating perspiration when necessary. You can maintain multiple grip points easily, somewhat regardless of grip style and the buttons under your thumb never feel clumsy of too easy to press.

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The finger rest on the right hand side is very well designed and should fit multiple hand sizes without difficulty.

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