Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
We made mention in the Ironclaw RGB review that Corsair had a pair of mice they would like to show off, so here is that second installment. In the mouse we have for you now, we are going back in the history of Corsair peripherals, and revisiting a much older design. What started as the M60, moved up to become the M65, then the M65 Pro, and there may have been other iterations we missed as well, but this is where the idea stems from. Corsair did not just rename the mouse either, not only does it share similar internal components to the Ironclaw RGB, the design has taken on external changes as well.
Corsair says they that took the original M65, poured over user feedback and reviews, to find out where to improve on the design to be able to make small but critical updates. Foremost of the new features is the new sensor being used, a 15% reduction in weight from the original, an exposed aluminum frame (although we are confident they all had exposed frames), and redesigned thumb buttons. Externally, there are other subtle changes, like the removal of slots in the metal frame, a broader left side thumb rest, as well as different nuances that show its heritage while offering something new at the same time.
With the Ironclaw RGB being designed for palm grip and large hands, it would only make sense to come out with something for the remainder of the market as well. The new M65 RGB Elite Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse is not as long as the Ironclaw, but lends usage to the claw grippers out there. In the product you are about to see, it is like catching up with an old friend. Mostly good things, but all things come with some baggage as well. With only one major stumbling point to be seen later in our review, we still feel that you should carry on and get an idea of the path that mice are taking in 2019 over at Corsair.
While the information in the provided chart is not categorized very well, we will try to make sense of it. The M65 RGB Elite comes in black as we have, or white, and there are bits of exposed aluminum here and there. The mouse is a three-piece top design of plastic sections which mount to the aluminum frame under it all. There are five PTFE feet under it, and the M65 RGB Elite is only 116.5mm long, 76.6mm wide, 39.2mm tall, and without the cable or the weights, it weighs in at 97 grams. The mentioned cable is 1.8-meters in length, it has a braided covering, and terminates with the new connector cover. Getting back to the weights, there are three which are found under the mouse, and each weight is 4.1 grams added to the 97 grams mentioned as the total weight of the M65 RGB Elite.
Just like in the Ironclaw RGB, the same PixArt PMW3391 optical sensor is used. The range of settings is also 100 to 18,000 DPI, and with iCUE software, you can adjust the DPI one at a time. Polling rate for the sensor is 1000Hz by default but can be changed. There is only one layer to the M65 RGB Elite instead of multiple profiles, but the eight buttons can be remapped via software. There are two zones of RGB lighting, at least by how they are changed in iCUE. The scroll wheel, the logo on the heel, as well as a trio of lights at the bottom of the back edge, will light up. That leaves two things we missed so far; the two-year warranty coverage and the USB 2.0 connection to the PC.
OF the Ironclaw and the M65 RGB Elite, the latter is a tad more expensive to obtain. With all things pretty much equal between the two, there is an anodized aluminum frame to consider in the cost as well as the addition of a sniper button. For an additional ten dollars, bringing the MSRP of the M65 RGB Elite to $69.99, we do not feel they are out of line asking that price. It comes down to personal choice, and if the M65 RGB Elite is a good fit for your hand as well as your wallet. From the time we have spent with it, it is easy to say that the mouse we are about to go into fine detail about is the best of the M65 series of mice, and if you liked the older versions, you would undoubtedly want the M65 RGB Elite as well.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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