Corsair M65 RGB Elite Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅09-01-19
Performance Testing
Connecting the mouse to the PC is a simple USB connection, at which point the Corsair iCUE software recognises the M65 and immediately puts on a light show, cycling through the lovely RGB range. From the get go, the mouse is fairly well configured with a basic profile, in terms of DPI options and the sniper button’s default sensitivity.

The M65 Elite is a smaller than average mouse, with a wide body, aimed at claw grippers or people with average to small hands. Corsair have tweaked the body in several ways compared to the previous M65 iteration, most notably on the side button cluster, increasing the prominence and size of the “forward and back” buttons as well as shifting the sniper button forward around half an inch. All of these improvements make the mouse more comfortable and easier to use. Corsair have also shaved off 15% of the weight from the previous model, bringing the M65 Elite down to 97g (without the weights). A lightweight mouse causes less drag, is easier to flick about and is generally more responsive, though a few grams might not sound like they make a great deal of difference, the human hand is an immensely well-tuned piece of evolution and is sensitive to much less. However, if you do want to pile the weight back in, the mouse will weigh 115g total. While speaking about the weights, it’s possible to adjust the balance of the mouse by picking and choosing which of the weights you leave in the mouse. It’s something you need to try out to appreciate properly, but it certainly changes the feel of the device.

Thanks to Corsair moving the sniper button forwards somewhat, making it more accessible, enlarging the thumb buttons and tweaking the weight, the M65 Elite is a tremendously comfortable mouse to use, with a satisfying build quality; Corsair’s claims that this mouse will last a lifetime of gaming don’t seem too far-fetched. This is further helped by the inclusion of OMRON switches beneath the right and left click, rated at 50M actuations each.

When testing this mouse out for gaming, we put it through Battlefield V, War Thunder and Borderlands 2. The PMW 3391 sensor, which we also tested in the Corsair Ironclaw RGB, has been developed in partnership with PixArt exclusively for Corsair. It features a maximum resolution of 18,000 DPI, and minimum of 100, making it one of the most versatile we’ve ever tested. The mouse performs exactly as you’d hope it would in-game, offering all of the reliability you need as well as pixel-perfect accuracy. PixArt and Corsair have done a fantastic job with the sensor in this model.

We’ve already touched on the DPI adjustability in the Corsair iCUE software, but we feel it’s worth mentioning again. Usually a manufacturer will offer steps of 50, or even 100 DPI at a time, making tweaks a little more difficult than they should be. While we don’t expect the vast majority of people will ever use individual adjustments of 1 DPI at a time, it’s possible and allows you to set the mouse up exactly as you want to.

RGB lighting is beautiful on this, with it illuminating both the desk and the mouse, as well as the translucent strips around the scroll wheel, all adding together to produce a brilliant light.

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