As just a mouse without extra connectivity options, the Dark Core RGB SE is a darn good product. The feel is right, the finishes and textures used are visually appealing, the RGB LED touches are a nice addition, but at the bottom line, the mouse works as intended, and becomes one with the hand in no time at all. We like that the mouse is designed for palm-grip users, as we fall into that category, and we love that it is made for FPS games, as that is mainly what we play. The thing is though; we still have some features to talk about that we know of in only one other company's products.
First of all, 2.4GHz wireless connectivity has been around a while, and while not surprising to see here, we do enjoy a no wires attached experience with little discernable lag in any aspect of use. What is a bigger deal is that the Dark Core RGB SE mouse is also Bluetooth compatible, which is better signaling, although in a slightly smaller range than wireless. Again, at no time in testing did we see or feel any reason why Bluetooth connectivity has a downside for the end-user.
Small things come to mind from our testing, and they must be brought forward so you can learn from our mistakes. Good antennas for the motherboard are a huge plus when using the Dark Core RGB SE. Not so much for wireless connectivity, but it makes all the difference in the world for the Bluetooth range. The mouse will fall asleep if left on after about twenty minutes and does need input to wake. A press of any button brings the Dark Core RGB SE back into action, and it is the only time we experienced any lag, as that initial click is registered to the PC while waking.
The last thing we need to address is what we were alluding to earlier in the review. The side buttons on the Dark Core RGB SE are aesthetically placed well, but for those with small or medium sized hands, the page forward half of the ring-shaped switch is way too far forward. For those with substantially longer fingers, this mouse would be a perfect fit, but for us to use all of the buttons, this one put us in an awkward reach. We did find rotating the mouse forty-five degrees to the left help to alleviate the stretching, but then offsets the input of the cursor.
With everything we have seen, addressed, and sat and thought about for a while, Corsair does have a solid mouse to offer the masses. However, those who have smaller hands may have trouble using all of the buttons; it is the perfect accent to the rest of the K63 gear this mouse was designed for initially. That is not to say the Dark Core RGB SE does not work well on the desktop, as that is where most of our testing was done. At $89.99 to obtain this product, we feel that Corsair is not asking too much for everything you get.
While it feels good and in a blind test would be hard to tell which mode of use it is in, we know the RGB LED zones, the extra right side panel, and the Bluetooth connectivity is what will drive people towards this mouse. Don't forget though; there is the iCUE software in control of everything, so you can take this mouse and do anything you desire to make your daily grind or gaming a better experience. For all of this, including our short thumb issue, we still feel that the Dark Core RGB SE is well worth your time to check it out, and potentially buy one of the most feature-rich designs on the market today.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: Corsair was the first to our labs with a wired, wireless, or Bluetooth connectable mouse. Not only that, but it is a well thought out design with comfort in mind as well as the bling factor. The Dark Core RGB SE may not be a perfect fit for us, yet many will love this optical sensor gaming mouse.
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