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Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse Review

By Chad Sebring from May 4, 2017 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Corsair

Inside the Glaive RGB




The back feet had to be removed to access the four screws which allow the top to come off of the Glaive RGB. There is a ribbon cable to be careful of to control two of the RGB lighting zones, but otherwise, everything is housed in the bottom half.





Under the left click button, we see that there is an Omron switch with blue plungers. On the side of the switch we find the typical model number, but this time it ends with 50M, denoting the fifty million clicks it is capable of providing.




The DPI selector button is backed with a Kailh white switch. The switch requires slightly less pressure to actuate it, and the report has a hollow sound, where the Omron switches are solid in the click you hear. We can also see a bit of the black pad style switches used for the pair of left side buttons, which are soft and have an audible click when used.




To view the PixArt PMW3367 sensor, we did have to remove the top PCB to do it. The sensor is optical, it can deliver up to 16,000 DPI, it can be calibrated via software, and we do believe this is the same sensor found in the Corsair Scimitar.




Likely done after the MCU was binned from the manufacturer, and to track the chips as they are used, we find a sticker placed on the top of it with the number AK73N2560, which has nothing to do with the model of chip it is.




Removing the sticker allows us to view the NXP Semiconductors MCU. This is the LPC11U37F 501, which is a 32-bit processor, with 128kB of memory, and it is part of the Arm Cortex-M0 family. Plenty of horsepower and control for this Glaive RGB.




Since we had it out, we may as well cover the use of the TTC switch used for the scroll wheel. Movement is heavily segmented, yet at the same time, the action is smooth and silent.




Under the right click button, we indeed find the match to the first Omron switch we saw. We can just make out the pad style switch behind it, which is used for the scroll click feature, it requires a fair bit of force to actuate, and the click here is also hollow sounding.




After the tour of the inside, we put the Glaive RGB back together and plugged it into a PC. By default, this is the lighting you will see upon installation. Both the Corsair logo on the heel, and the thin stripe on the left side are glowing yellow. The DPI indicator lights are blue, and always will be.




TI is a shame that as a user we rarely get to enjoy this view of any mouse. In the case of the Glaive RGB, the view from the front is spectacular. It is something to do with the shape and lines as they are presented from this angle, but the aggressive styling and contoured shape in this image have us wanting to see this more often.

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