👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅28-09-21
CORSAIR’s iCUE software has gone through many iterations now, slowly expanding what it can do and improving on how customers interact with it.

The installation process isn’t as straight forward as you might hope, if you’re heavily accustomed to the usual process of installing software; there’s far too many colours and buttons that aren’t obvious, it strikes as the usual installer you’d get from freeware where they’re trying to slide something else in from the side without you noticing. Not an excellent start.

Once we’re into the software, the new layout is very colourful and vibrant but it’s certainly feature-packed. You can change settings for any of your CORSAIR peripherals from here, view some system vitals or apply “Scenes”, which changes the colour scheme and effect of everything with one button.

Starting off with Key Assignments, this section of the driver software allows you to pair a function with any of the buttons on the mouse, including the LMB and RMB if you so wish. If, like myself, you tend to stick your mouse to a certain DPI setting then leave it there, the top buttons on the mouse will find themselves completely unused, instead of wasting them, things like this can be assigned to microphone mute, volume adjustment, page up/down, the world’s your oyster here. Just add a new assignment in the bottom left then drag it onto whichever button you want to assign it to.

Lighting effects, undoubtedly the most fun of all of the settings, is one part of the software that CORSAIR do very well, there’s loads and loads of options in here so you can definitely find exactly what you’re looking for. Speed, colour, effects, the whole range can be tweaked and adjusted here to your heart’s content.

Following the list down, the next big one is gestures. This is something you likely won’t have come across on a mouse before but it certainly holds some promise. Thanks to the accelerometers inside the M65 ULTRA, the device can detect when it’s picked up and tilted; the main function of this is incredibly low lift-off detection but CORSAIR have made good use of the sensors to enable gesture control. The mouse can be tilted in four different directions to trigger preset actions, such as forwards and backwards in your web browser or closing down windows, pretty much anything can be programmed in. The sensitivity of the gestures can also be tweaked, in 10° increments, all the way up to 90°.

Finally, the particulars of the mouse are tweaked within a smaller settings window. Firmware updates for the onboard processor, polling rate options from 125Hz all the way through to 8000Hz, a toggle for on-the-fly DPI adjustments, RGB brightness slider, angle snapping (which you should always turn off for gaming), lift height adjustment and button response optimisation.

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