With so many changes and features dumped into the Dark Core RGB PRO SE, we have much to talk about as we conclude this review. We feel we should start with things that feel short, or something we felt could have been changed, and on all honestly, we have only one complaint. Whoever the engineer is over there designing how these mice are assembled is either a mysterious genius or a sick sadistic person, we still are not sure! By this, we mean they are coming up with more tricks than we can easily decipher when it comes to opening these last couple of mice from Corsair. Not that it is a bad thing, and we have never run into an issue where a specifications chart claimed something we did not find inside.
However, we would like to have seen the MCU, which we are guessing is 32-bit, as there is so much going on that it benefits from that level of product. We have no doubt the main switches were Omron 50-million click switches, and we have no reason to doubt the use of the PixArt PAW3392 optical sensor either, but we do like poking around and showing the guts.
Even though the feature set is very rich, the wireless connectivity is what will sell this mouse. On a cable, everything is as expected; a little input lag, accuracy, and a bit of drag from the cable. When we opted to game and work with the Slipstream wireless dongle, there was no change, and to the average user, outside of the need to charge the mouse, differentiating these two options is very tough to do. We also tried our hand with Bluetooth connectivity. While we did experience what felt like slowdowns of the cursor movement in DOOM Eternal, it may have been a hiccup caused elsewhere, we were not able to replicate it in other titles or with other connectivity options.
With a maximum battery drain time of fifty hours, do keep in mind, which is with tight power-saving settings and no RGB LEDs. On Bluetooth and Slipstream, we saw similar timeframes. With eight hours of use, leaving it powered on the desktop with no sleep settings enabled, we saw twenty-four hours before we needed to charge. One day each was dedicated to full-on abuse, with little rest, one charge dedicated to Slipstream, we got fifteen hours before we hit the bottom end of the red zone for the battery indicator gauge.
Doing the same for Bluetooth connectivity, we went at it again, but this time required a recharge after sixteen hours. Of course, with sleep options, and a switch to turn the mouse off, these times will vary greatly depending on how you use it, but it will get you through a long day of games or work as long as you are sure to charge it when not in use. Out of the box, that is left to the cable, but any Qi charger or something like the MM1000 will do that for you.
As to the Dark Core RGB PRO SE as a mouse, without all of that previously mentioned, extensive list of features we have covered, we still have yet to address it. The feel is more substantial for our hand, but with the modifications made to the PRO edition, added grip areas, grip on both sides, and removal of the side button arrangement for something a bit more standard, all help to improve on these aspects. We like a mouse with wings, as it reduces drag by offering rests for the thumb and pinky, and that option is given with the second right side cover.
All of the buttons are within reach, and with ten functional buttons, eight of which are reprogrammable, over three profiles, leaves nearly unlimited options for right-hand users on top of this ergonomically shaped gaming mouse, which gives us no reason to complain when using it, sliding it freely on our mousepad, or when the need arises to have to lift it, it is a reliable, functional, well thought out design that many will appreciate.
On top of the basics, we can go into iCUE and add Macros, customize the RGB lighting in multiple zones, change DPI LED colors, whatever it is, the software delivers what you need. What makes it all that much better is the cost associated with it! Nearly two years ago, Corsair asked $90 for the Dark Core RGB SE, and while it was a great product in its day, it has been surpassed by the Dark Core RGB PRO SE. Even so, the MSRP of the Dark Core RGB PRO SE is ten dollars less, at $79.99. Who cannot get behind getting more product for less of an investment?
You will be hard-pressed to find other mice similar, and we are thinking back to products from the likes of Logitech and ROCCAT, comparing features, pricing, and connectivity options, and the Corsair solution floats to the top in our minds! The Dark Core RGB PRO SE has a lot of changes, but not one of them to the detriment of the product. While a tough nut to crack, there is an extensive list as to why this mouse should be in your top five mice ever made!
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
Last updated: Apr 8, 2020 at 03:30 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
Corsair packs in every option known to man, with a couple that aren't, and comes out smelling like a rose! No matter what you do at a PC, the DARK CORE RGB PRO SE adds a new level, and is what all others will strive to be.