A few companies have ventured into designs like this, Razer being likely the one most well-known for it, but the market proved the need for such a device. It has allowed the likes of Corsair to ponder that originator, rework the finer details, wrap it up in something distinctly Corsair looking, and sell it to those with the imagination to use it to its full extent! While designed to be for MMO and MOBA gamers, we are neither of those and still found uses and opportunities to take advantage of what the Scimitar RGB Elite brings to the table.
We also love the fact that when using so much of the mouse's left side for the 12-button Key Slide pad, the actuation force of the buttons is strong so that you can lift the mouse without pressing multiples of them. The only real downside to a product such as this is that it is so involved, that it would require a complete rebuild for the left-handed users out there. For now, if you cannot mouse with your right hand, you are out of luck.
Without iCUE, none of the twelve buttons function out of the box. You will need to go in iCUE even to set a page back and page forward button, which, to be honest, is not a deal-breaker, as everything on top of the mouse functions as it should. Along with a plethora of button programmability, remapping, and Macro capabilities, iCUE delivers in other ways. We love linking all of our Corsair hardware to one illumination mode, we adore mousepad calibration, and we are just scratching the surface of what is available for the Scimitar RGB Elite.
Even though we tend to stick to the KISS principle when it comes to our peripheral choices, Corsair has delivered a mouse that not only offers this sort of functionality but by incorporating the Key Slide technology into the deal, no longer are some of the buttons out of reach for some. With a bit of tinkering, both with the mouse, and in software, you can easily and quickly get to that "just right for me" state.
If you are a longtime reader of our peripheral reviews, you will know we have loved many mice in the $80 price range, but hands down, this Scimitar RGB Elite beats those mice on almost every level! Of course, we realize that not every mouse is a perfect fit for every hand out there, but if you are going to try something new, why not start with one of the most functional products on the market?
While not the first to come up with packing the mouse's left side with buttons, we do feel Corsair does it best, and all while not detracting from other aspects of what makes a solid choice in gaming mice. At just $73.74 through Amazon, you are looking at one of the best bang-for-the-buck mice in existence!
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: Jun 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
Attention to details, massive amounts of functionality only limited by your imagination, Key Slide technology, all of it backed by iCUE is a recipe for success. Even if not an MMO or MOBA gamer, we still highly recommend the Scimitar RGB Elite.