In the market you can find many mice for MMO and MOBA games, which are very similar to each other. But Corsair Scimitar mice still stand out from the whole mass thanks to the movable panel for the thumb. In our test lab came the Pro-version of the mouse, namely the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB, which is equipped with a sensor with a higher resolution.
The first mouse Scimitar was introduced by Corsair in 2015 at the Gamescom. Even then she bribed with interesting yellow color inserts and an original shape. But MMO and MOBA gamers were interested in, first of all, twelve additional buttons for the thumb, which were located on the side. And to adapt to the anatomy of the gamer, the panel could be shifted by 8 mm. As a sensor Corsair chose Pixart S3988 with a resolution of 12.000 DPI. Meanwhile, a newer version of the sensor came to the market, which, in particular, Corsair used to update the mouse M65 Pro RGB .
For the Pro version, an optical sensor was chosen, which Pixart makes specifically for Corsair. Namely PMW-3367, which is quite close to the popular PMW-3360. The sensor has a high “native” resolution of 16.000 DPI. Except for the new sensor, the Scimitar Pro RGB mouse is very similar to the non-Pro option. Both mice have the same design and number of buttons. But the Pro version, if you believe the specifications, was significantly simplified. If the Scimitar RGB weighs 147 g, we get only Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB 122 grams. But the recommended retail price remained the same: for Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB you will have to pay 79.99 euros.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB comes in a cardboard box with a front door. Behind it is a mouse, and it is hidden behind a transparent plastic. The box itself is very difficult to understand, so if you have to pack back the mouse and accessories, then you have to sweat.
Speaking of accessories: the Corsair mouse comes with a quick setup guide, a warranty card (the warranty period is two years) and a small hex key.
The mouse itself has an ergonomic shape and is aimed at right-handed people. Thanks to an additional panel with buttons, it has a characteristic elevated shape. Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB mouse is quite cumbersome, it is better for users with medium-large hands. Light it too you will not name, weight makes 122. However, for target sphere MMO / MOBA such weight is quite comprehensible. Also, the mouse has several RGB illumination zones. Namely four (or five) – in front (to the left of the cable fixing), a scroll wheel, a side zone (where the thumb buttons) and a logo. The side LED strip next to the thumb buttons is not adjustable through the backlight control, it is used to display the current DPI level. The colors of the strip can be adjusted through the DPI settings in the utility. However, this bar will always be highlighted statically, regardless of the effects of other areas of illumination.
The MMO / MOBA mouse allows gamers to select various actions directly through additional buttons. They are traditionally available for the thumb. The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB on the thumb panel has 12 buttons in three horizontal rows, four vertical columns. At vertical columns the cover of buttons alternates: it either smooth, or rough (with a texture). However, to get your finger on the right button to touch, you still need a workout. Interestingly, the buttons are numbered not in lines, but in columns from the bottom up. But this has its own logic: it is easier to operate buttons in one column than in one line, because you do not need to bend your thumb at different angles. Up to any button you can reach out with your thumb, although the sensations are not always familiar.
So the thumb with Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB mouse will not be easy, but the little finger can comfortably rest on the rubber sidewall, stabilizing the mouse.
A freely suspended mouse wheel has long been a proprietary feature of Corsair mice, and we again received the same design from Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. The wheel is large and is clad in a rubber rim with a voluminous texture, but it turns surprisingly easily. The two main buttons are pressed exactly, with tactile feedback and click. Two small buttons behind the wheel are pressed a little sideways, but they also work quite reliably. Through them, you can switch profiles and six DPI steps.
The mouse is connected with a cable of an average length of 1.8 m in the fabric braid. If the entire length is not needed, the cable can be easily rolled up and secured with a Velcro-Stick.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB mouse is supported by the proprietary Corsair utility. Namely, the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE), which allows you to manage various Corsair products. In the case of a new MMO / MOBA mouse, the settings are divided into five tabs. The “Actions” tab defines the key binding, the “Backlight” tab allows you to control four RGB-illuminated zones and set effects. The “DPI” tab is responsible for the sensitivity of the mouse (you can set the sensitivity separately for the X and Y axes in steps of 1), for each DPI level you can choose your own color of the strip. On the “Performance” tab, you can activate the anti-aliasing and elevation of the LOD (three values). Finally, the last tab allows you to calibrate the mouse under the surface of the rug.
The mouse offers as many as 12 buttons for the thumb. To make it easier to work with them, the panel with buttons can be moved, optimizing it for the anatomy of a particular user. It is for this purpose that the hexagon key is included in the delivery. It is inserted into the groove from the bottom of the mouse, after which the panel is shifted to the desired position by turning the key. That is, the mouse can be configured not only through the utility, but also mechanically. But, again, the 12 buttons require addiction.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB mouse is supported by four PTFE feet. It can not be said that the mouse slides on the rug very easily, but the movements can be precisely controlled. Especially with transverse movements, the mouse “rustled” noticeably on our fabric mat (SteelSeries QcK Heavy).
The PMW-3367 is a product of exclusive cooperation with Pixart, although it is pretty close to the popular PMW-3360. However, there is nothing wrong with this, because we have one of the best sensors on the market. We did not find any shortcomings in our tests. Mouse movements were transmitted accurately and without distortion. And this involved not only moving on the rug, but also on more complex surfaces, for example, on a white table top. However, the distance of the LOD detachment (the level of recovery) is better set to a low value. At a high value, the mouse cursor sometimes “jumped”, it was worthwhile to raise the mouse to move around the rug.
Sensor Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is great for dynamic games, such as first-person shooters. In our Battlefield 4 test, the mouse showed itself perfectly, although the massive shape and average ease of sliding still remind that the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is not a mouse for FPS. The shape of the mouse implies grip with a full hand (Palm). That is unlikely to please those users who prefer grip half the brush (Claw) or fingertips (Fingertip). But the ergonomic shape is great for long work in office and other applications – the hand does not get tired.
Externally, the mouse Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is difficult to distinguish from the standard version – except that the USB port plug is now gray, not yellow. The two models are really very close, because the main difference between the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is in the updated sensor. We could not make a direct comparison with the model of non-Pro, but the built-in sensor is one of the most significant advantages of Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. Mice MMO / MOBA often equipped with not the best sensors, which do not always accurately convey hand movements. Therefore, it is doubly pleasant that the Corsair novelty received a reliable high-end sensor.
But also on other characteristics the mouse proved itself convincingly. Let’s start with the original, but functional design (note that the mouse is also available in a more strict all-black coloring). The equipment is also excellent. Of course, the design area with buttons for the thumb is a matter of taste. Some MOBA gamers prefer a simpler layout with fewer buttons. But if you need buttons in large quantities, then 12 pieces in this case will surely taste. The buttons to the touch are well separated from each other, and the entire panel can be shifted to better adapt to the anatomy of the user.
The RGB backlight is well designed, four zones are added to the mouse, supplemented with a DPI indicator strip. Note also complete freedom in setting the DPI stages, you can set the sensitivity value in steps of 1 DPI. There is also a calibration of the sensor under the surface of the rug. All the settings are conveniently done through the CUE utility, which supports a wide range of Corsair products.
If you need a MMO / MOBA mouse with an equally convincing sensor, then the choice is not that big. An alternative to the large mouse Scimitar Pro will be the SteelSeries Rival 500 with a Pixart PMW-3360 sensor. But if Corsair used the traditional matrix for MMO / MOBA with buttons, SteelSeries chose an alternative layout, which in some ways simplifies the separation of buttons to the touch. Note also the presence of tactile feedback, which can signal, for example, the end of the cooldown period. Compared to the futuristic Rival 500 mouse, Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB seems almost classically.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is a very convincing model without significant flaws, if you need a MMO / MOBA mouse with a classic design.