Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
When it comes to peripherals, it does seem that Corsair is always trying new things, and is not afraid to step outside of the realm of what many customers might consider reasonable. When it comes to mice specifically, professional gamers will stress two things to you when asked about a mouse they would use. The first thing that will likely come up is that the mouse is based on an optical sensor.
The reasoning being that they are more precise than a laser-based sensor, and therefore translating into more accurate movement of the character in the game. The second thing that comes to mind is that most desire a wired mouse as well. While there used to be much latency involved with such devices in the past, as time has progressed though, products have gotten faster, so much so you can barely notice it is wireless.
Corsair has gone ahead an designed a new mouse for us to play with and is intended to work as part of the puzzle with the K63 keyboard and K63 gaming lapboard we reviewed a little while ago. Although this mouse is based on an optical sensor, the path taken this time was to not only deliver wireless capability but connectivity via Bluetooth as well.
Since there is a lapboard involved, it usually means gaming from a greater distance than what the conventional cables will account for, and with such a device, honestly, nobody likes being wired across the room to be able to game from the couch. With options of wireless connectivity and AES protected Bluetooth connectivity as solutions to the issue with wires, Corsair was the first to deliver this brilliant concept to us.
The mouse in question is the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE. Not only does it come with three methods of connectivity, the Dark Core RGB SE has plenty of buttons for those who need a lot of them, attractive styling, comfort, five LED zones, even a swappable side panel, but is also backed with the new Corsair iCUE software. We have had quite a bit of time with the Dark Core RGB SE mouse at this point, and what we can say at this time, is that there is a lot to address. Even if not gaming from the couch, this could be the mouse you have wanted all along; you need to see it to realize it.
Corsair has never been huge on displaying specifications, but what we do find in the chart we took from their product page does provide the gist of what is going on. What we see first is that the Dark Core RGB SE is backed by a two-year warranty, which protects from damage incurred in transit or defects in workmanship. We then move on to what is incorporated in the mouse. There are nine buttons to use on the mouse, and the Optical sensor is the PixArt PMW3367 with up to 16,000 DPI.
We mentioned five locations of LED illumination, but two of them are controlled simultaneously via software, making for a total of four programmable zones. There is some onboard memory for profile and Macro storage, and speaking of profiles, there are three by default, but more can be added. Omron makes the primary switches with a fifty-million click lifespan, the mouse can be used wired or wireless, and the design is intended for palm grip users.
In the right side of the chart, we do see that the Dark Core RGB SE gaming mouse weighs in at 128 grams without the cable, but there is no mention of dimensions. Pulling out the ruler, we find that the Dark Core RGB SE is 127mm from front to back, it is 89mm wide with both "wings" in play, and it is 44mm tall. The mouse is made of ABS plastic, rubberized coatings are used on various parts of it, and at this time, the only color option is black. The cable is 1.8 meters in length and comes with a black and white braided cloth cover. The Dark Core RGB SE is built for the FPS and MOBA gamers out there, it has a polling rate of 1000Hz and can last up to 16 hours on a single charge of the Lithium-Polymer battery.
The Dark Core RGB SE falls into the price range where many gaming mice tend to sell for, as Corsair has set the MSRP of this mouse at $89.99. Looking to buy one from the typical retail outlets, we see that Newegg is showing the same price right now, but mentions it is a sale price, and this "sale" will be ending soon. Amazon is a different story altogether though. With Corsair provided in the link as the seller, we find that to obtain the Dark Core RGB SE from them; you will have to shell out at least $130.50 for the same product. Since in two out of three places match on pricing, we are going with the $90 price point as our reference for this review. Keep it in mind that you may soon have to actively hunt for a good deal to obtain the Dark Core RGB SE, as by what we gather looking to buy one, lots of places are making a cash grab for now.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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