Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Even though one of our first mice we used for the majority of our early gaming was done with a wireless mouse, in well over a decade, vast improvements have been made. It used to be said by just about anyone out there, that if you play games on a PC, wired mice we a no-no, and a wired solution should be found at all cost! However, as of late, that perspective needs to be changed! With all of the advancements in wireless technology, where low-latency is now possible, along with the improvements in battery design, takes us far away from the days of "hold on guys, I need to swap batteries" or "I'm done for a bit, my mouse has to sit on the base!" Of course, there were exceptions where mice could be wired back to the PC, and the game can continue, but we all want that freedom of a full days use, maybe even two, just in case we forget at the end of the day to enable the charging system.
Those days are now here, and as we looked at the Dark Core, G603 and G903, to name a few, there is no doubt that wired or wireless, in a blind test, a vast majority of users would be hard-pressed to tell them apart! In this latest rendition of a wireless mouse from Corsair, they have designed this device for gamers, and as such, delivers all things related to those needs, yet this mouse can be connected via cable, 2.4GHz wireless, and even Bluetooth. On top of that, Corsair made sure that iCUE is compatible, which delivers all of the customizations you could dream of while packing a bunch of top-tier goodies into a shape that is not only ergonomic but in a bold, aggressive way, is an attractive piece of hardware to have at your beck and call.
The mouse in question is the Ironclaw RGB Wireless Gaming mouse, and what you are going to see does go above and beyond what most mice offer, and that is any mouse on the market, not just the wireless options. That being said, we do have a ton of things to go over, as we point out all of the design features along with the hardware and software implementations that come together to make up what could be the best universal solution to a mouse for any user! Stick with us on this one, as the ride is long, but we feel that the journey, as well as the destination, are worth the time to get your mind wrapped around what is going on!
We are going to follow right on down the list of specifications chart, of which we borrowed from the Ironclaw product page. At the top of the list is the mention of the two-year warranty that the mouse is covered for, and are immediately smacked with the ten programmable buttons. The sensor of choice is optical, the PMW3391, and it tops out at 18,000 DPI. There is backlighting in the Ironclaw, in three zones, where the RGB LEDs can be programmed for the logo on the heel, the multi-purpose indicator LEDs, and even a pair of "headlights," The MCU offers onboard storage, with up to three profiles stored on the device at any given time. Inside of the mouse, you will find a pair of Omron fifty-million click main switches to take the abuse. The design of the Ironclaw is for palm grip users, and all told it weighs in at 130 grams. Software support is essential, and iCUE is available for this mouse while charging the mouse or using it wired happens through a 1.8 meter USB 2.0 cable which comes with a braided covering. Corsair has designed this mouse with FPS and MOBA games in mind, while also ensuring adjustable report rate, wired, 2.4GHz wireless, and Bluetooth communications, the latter two, powered by a Li-Po battery.
With all of that said, there is much left on the table. There are no mentions of the fact that this is a right-hand mouse, nor do the specification allude to anything that makes up this ergonomically shaped mouse. We know it is made from plastic, as most mice are, but this is a five-piece design rather than the typical two-piece designs we see most of the time. Rubberized panels are added to both sides of the Ironclaw to ensure a secure grip, and even the top section of the mouse has a smoother rubberized coating applied. The left side of the Ironclaw has a "wing" for the thumb to rest upon, and a plethora of buttons that are not only easy to access but do not get easily pressed when it is not intended to happen. By our measurements, the Ironclaw is 126.6mm from front to back, 80.09mm at its widest, and height is harder to judge without the proper tools, but we see near 47mm of height. A bit of a side snippet, we also weighed the Ironclaw, and the 130-gram weight does not include the cable.
Since we were on the product page for the Ironclaw RGB Wireless anyways, we took a look at the stated MSRP, and are pleased to see that it is set at only $79.99! However, a bit of time has passed since the release of this mouse, and as such, we get to reap the benefits of waiting. At this time, both Newegg and Amazon are listing the Ironclaw RGB Wireless at the same price, which is just $59.99 as we type this sentence! At near $80, it does raise the bar on the Ironclaw as to what we expect, but just shy of $60 puts us into mainstream options territory. With what you are about to see, even at $80, it is a decent deal, but at just $59.99, this is one hell of a deal! Even if you are not currently looking for a mouse, at this price we suggest buying on and shelving it for when you will use it, it is just that good, and we are already glowing about things this early in the review! That in itself says a lot about what Corsair has been up to lately!
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