The Corsair Glaive RGB is, in sum, an excellent gaming mouse that you shouldn’t pass up on.
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As the M65 was previously Corsair’s flagship product, the Corsair Glaive RGB may be an attempt to make a more accessible flagship mouse. The M65 is a gaming mouse with a focus on first-person shooters, but it has some questionable aesthetic choices that may turn off some users. The Corsair Glaive RGB is an ergonomically sound mouse that works well for palm and claw grippers alike.
In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Corsair Glaive RGB, the company’s latest offering. The custom PixArt PMW3367 optical sensor and the swappable thumb grips are what Corsair claims set apart the Glaive RGB, making it suitable for gamers who may be concerned about the mouse’s ergonomics.
The Glaive RGB was released at a price of $69.99, making it a direct competitor to similarly priced products, such as the Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Razer Lancehead. Prices range from $50 to $60 right now, depending on color (black or aluminum) and size.
I’ve put a lot of miles on my Glaive as my daily driver. I’ve used it for everything from Microsoft Office to photo editing to Spotify to games.
The main feature of the Corsair Glaive RGB Pro isn’t necessarily something you’ll use often, but it’s nice to have.
What is the Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse?
The Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse is an excellent wired mouse that doesn’t break the bank. Add to that some cleverly implemented lighting and a small but welcome array of customization options, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
- Adjustable visuals
- unconventional layout
- Successful execution
- Extra handholds might not be worth it in the long run.
- expensive compared to other mice of the same type
- There is a learning curve associated with using software.
If you’re looking for a gaming mouse, you’re probably already familiar with the term “glaive,” which refers to a type of polearm with one blunt end and one bladed end. The Corsair Glaive RGB Pro ($70) is an adaptable piece of technology that, like the weapon it was named after, can be used in a variety of contexts and aesthetic preferences.
The Glaive’s three interchangeable grips and unique design make it a potentially worthwhile purchase for first-person shooter and multiplayer online battle arena players. However, compared to some of Corsair’s better mice, the Glaive is a bit pricier and its main selling point is probably only going to be useful once. The Glaive is one of the better tools for palm-grip players who struggle with conventional thumb grips. It’s too specific for the general public.
|DPI/CPI||16,000 (100-16,000 in 100-step increments)|
|Sensor||The optical PixArt PMW3367 sensor|
|Switches||In the case of Omron (50 million clicks),|
|Using RGB Color-Temperature Lamps||I’d say yes (there are three time zones)|
|Controls That Can Be Programmed||6|
|Response/Report Ratio||(variable) Frequencies of 1000, 500, 250, and 125 hertz|
|The Vehicle’s Internal Storage||Yes|
|Weight||Weight: 122g (no cable included).|
|Anatomical Features of Mice’s Feet||Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE for short)|
|Dimensions||Size (in millimeters): 125.8 x 91 x 44.6|
|Length of Cable||That’s about 6 feet, 8 inches or 1.8 meters!|
|Selecting a Game Mouse or Mouse Style||FPS|
The Glaive RGB comes in standard Corsair black and yellow packaging, but the front flap folds away like a door to reveal additional product information.
If you open it up, you’ll find the mouse, some extra magnetic thumb rests, and the instructions. The thumb grips in the Glaive RGB come with a soft felt bag for storage, which is a nice touch and helps sell the mouse as a premium model.
Design and Features
Right-handed gamers can take advantage of the premium ergonomic features of the Corsair Glaive RGB. The Corsair Glaive RGB is a big mouse, measuring 4.95″ x 3.6″ x 1.8″ (L x W x H) and weighing 122g.
The Glaive RGB is ergonomically designed to be held in a palm. Clearly, comfort was a top priority for Corsair, as the Glaive’s body employs a well-proportioned, contoured shape that is very pleasant to use and possibly reminiscent of Razer’s DeathAdder in appearance.
It’s a chunky rodent, to put it mildly, and the 122g weight doesn’t include cables or accessories like the thumb grips, which could be a dealbreaker for some. As someone who enjoys using a heavier mouse, I can attest that the Corsair Glaive RGB strikes the ideal balance between being too heavy and too light. When I use lighter mice, I often accidentally launch myself into the air.
The Corsair Glaive RGB has a matte black finish, which will likely fade and wear over time, or get that “shine,” depending on how you look at it. It’s not as glossy as, say, Corsair’s M65 RGB Elite, but it still provides that tactile, grippy feel. You can get the Glaive in two different styles: one with aluminum details and one made entirely of plastic. The plastic-only variant weighs about 120 g less.
The Glaive’s three-zone RGB lighting is tastefully implemented, though the palm area can get warm due to the backlit logo. Additionally, the DPI setting is indicated by one of five lights located on the mouse’s top. The DPI indicator lights are normally concealed by your hand, but are otherwise ingeniously placed.
To ensure that the Glaive’s design doesn’t alienate anyone who might prefer a different aesthetic, it comes with three different thumb grips. While I acknowledge that personal taste plays a significant role in this debate, I can attest that these grips are top notch. There is no chance of any of them moving around or rattling because they all feel sturdy, practical, and well-fitted.
The Glaive relies on the PixArt PMW3367 sensor, a Corsair-developed variant of the industry-favorite PMW3360. Even though it has been succeeded by a newer Corsair variant, the PMW3391, the PMW3360 is still widely considered to be among the best sensors available.
Destiny 2, Anthem, The Division 2 open beta, Battlerite, and Final Fantasy XIV were among the games I used to evaluate the Corsair Glaive RGB. While the Glaive may be marketed as a first-person-shooter (FPS) mouse, it lacks any special characteristics that would make it a better fit for FPS games than other types of games. Based on my testing, I can say that the Glaive is equally (if not more) effective across all genres.
While playing first-person shooters like Destiny 2, the sensor showed no signs of malfunction while using the Glaive for tracking. While the Glaive doesn’t come with a dedicated sniper button, one of the side buttons can be easily programmed to take its place, and the aiming experience was spot on.
When evaluating button quality, I favor “clicky” MOBAs and MMORPGs like Battlerite and Final Fantasy XIV. The typical Omron switches with a 50 million click rating are present, demonstrating that Corsair spared no expense. While playing the aforementioned games, I experienced no pretravel and found the switches to be tactile and provide satisfying feedback.
Finally, there was no innate angle-snapping or jitter in the Corsair Glaive RGB.
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating here for clarity. The iCUE software from Corsair is quite good, and it deserves to be considered among the best peripheral software options. Possibly not quite up to the standards set by Logitech or SteelSeries, but certainly not as rudimentary as Cougar’s UIX System.
The Corsair Glaive’s iCUE software allows for extensive personalization. Surface calibration comes first, followed by a trip to the DPI tab to adjust the resolution. Of course, you can also experiment with the required RGB lighting.
You can also adjust the lift-off distance, the enhanced pointer precision, and the angle-snapping (not recommended) features.
Why buy the Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse?
Though the plastic used in many areas of the Corsair Glaive gives away its $59.99 price tag, the array of useful features and gorgeous design more than make up for it. In conclusion, this is a top-tier gaming mouse.
Corsair appears to be aiming for a wider audience with the Glaive RGB and the upcoming Ironclaw RGB (both of which we’ll be reviewing in the near future). Since this is a company that is more likely to be recognized for its keyboards than its mice (at least in terms of peripherals), it makes sense that they would create a flagship product that would become as recognizable as Razer’s DeathAdder series.
The Corsair Glaive RGB is, without a doubt, the company’s most ergonomic mouse to date, especially for gamers with larger hands or a preference for a more conventional mouse shape. The thumb grips provide a decent amount of adjustability, which is something you won’t find on a lot of the nearby competition.
Although Corsair advertises the Glaive as a first-person shooter (FPS) mouse, it performs admirably in any genre. The format is ideal for role-playing games, multiplayer online battle arenas, and similar genres. It’s solidly constructed, the buttons feel good to press, and the sensor works as advertised.
Although, the Glaive might not be for everyone. Whether you get the plastic or aluminum version, this mouse is going to weigh you in at 120g to 127g. Additionally, it’s a rather sizable mouse, so those with smaller hands may find it cumbersome to use. Finally, it’s not exactly a cheap mouse, despite being less expensive than it was at launch.
The Corsair Glaive RGB remains one of the most appealing and user-friendly gaming mice in my opinion.