The Corsair name needs no introduction. The company’s history of producing top quality gaming mice and keyboards is well known, though competition is tougher than ever in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Here for review we have the Corsair Glaive, a new mouse from one of the true leaders in the gaming space. Does the Glaive meet the high standards we’ve come to accept from Corsair’s stable of quality mice? Read on to find out.
Key specs here are the 122g weight, which is on the heavier side, three zone RGB lighting, 6 programmable buttons and 100 to 16000 DPI in 1 DPI steps!
Unboxing and Overview
The Corsair Glaive comes well packed in a nice box full of information on every feature of the mouse.
And on the rear there’s a nice detailed overview of the key features.
The mouse itself comes protected inside a plastic shell. Overall the package is well presented and professional.
Inside the package, we have two guides for installation and warranty, on the right are two magnetic interchangeable thumb grips and there’s also a nice drawstring bag to store the ones you aren’t using. Then of course there is the mouse itself.
Below is the Glaive itself. It is on the large side, though not as large as the Roccat Kone EMP we tested recently. The mouse has a very good ergonomic design. It will be equally at home for those using it palm style or those who use it claw style.
Now we take a look at the sides of the Glaive. On the left-hand side of the mouse there are two programmable buttons. By default they are forward and back. The Glaive comes with three interchangeable thumb grips. The default one is installed in the picture below. It’s a smooth grip, whereas the others have a dimpled texture that proved better grip. These grips are held in place with strong magnets. They will not dislodge by accident. One of them is essentially the same as the default grip, with the addition of rubber dimpled grip, while the third grip is larger and flared with a rubberized thumb rest.
The other side of the mouse is devoid of buttons but has a nice textured finish for your fourth and pinky fingers.
Here is the front of the mouse. We see here the rubberized and textured scroll wheel. Immediately behind this is a single button for adjusting the DPI. At the bottom is a pair of vertical grilles which house RGB lighting that we’ll go into later. The cable is braided and is quite stiff. You’ll also note that the design is tailored for right handers. A feft hander could get away with using the Glaive at a pinch, although your fourth finger will likely be bumping the forward and back buttons. This means the Glaive is really a right handed mouse only.
Here is the rear of the mouse. The Corsair logo is also RGB lit.
Lastly here is the base of the Glaive. There are four large glide pads. The Glaive uses a PMW 3367 sensor. It scales all the way up to 16000 DPI. Amazingly, this sensor is adjustable in single DPI increments. If you are a serious gamer and wish to dial in your preferences with the finest possible granularity, then the Glaive is about as customizable as it gets.
Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) Software Overview
Gaming mice aren’t simple point and click devices. If they were, we’d all be using $10 Acme garbage mice. A key differentiation between different mice is the quality of its software. Corsair has their Corsair Utility Engine (CUE). This software controls many products in Corsair’s range including headsets and keyboards as well as their mice. The first page of the CUE software is the ‘Action’ Page and is shown below.
This is where you can program all six of the mouse buttons (left click, right click, middle click, DPI toggle, forward button and backward button.) Macros can also be set here, but these aren’t simply standard macros. You can do things like set delays and assign sounds to them. They can be saved and applied according to the games you’re playing for example.
The second page is where you control the RGB coloring of the mouse.
As you’d expect, there are the usual 16.8 million colors available across the three lighting zones. These are the Corsair logo, strips on the left and right side and a set at the front of the mouse. You can sync them all or program them independently. There’s a bunch of effects too.
A little strangely, the DPI LEDs across the left side stay in their default blue and cannot be adjusted.
Here’s a look at three of the 16.8m colors available. Overall the RGB functionality is excellent, with bright solid colors appearing vibrant. Lighter color are still a touch washed out. White is like a very very light blue, however the major colors like red, blue, green, purple, yellow etc are accurate and bright. Even some of the more slightly less common colors like pink, aqua and orange look great.
Next up is the Performance tab. You can change the pointer speed here and also enable angle snapping which makes it easier to draw straight lines. This should be useful for creative apps and golf games (a personal pleasure.)
The next page contains the DPI settings. You can see there are five main sliders which will be assigned to the DPI selection button and represented by the blue LEDs on the mouse itself. You can choose everywhere from 100 DPI all the way to 16000! 16k is really extreme though. Moving the mouse just a couple of mm is enough to scale a 4k screen from one side to the other at this setting. Finally there’s a sniper mode. With this you can set a custom DPI just for nailing that distance sniper shot. Very good if your target is just a few pixels wide!
Finally there’s the surface calibration tab. This is designed to calibrate the sensor to the particular mouse surface. We used a Tt Esports Dasher mouse pad. Whether the calibration was responsible or not, the Glaive was an absolute pleasure to use on this particular surface.
General Use Impressions
The feel of a mouse is very much up to the user. What I might find comfortable and ergonomic may feel like a family sedan in another person’s opinion. As a natural claw gripper, switching to the alternate rubber side grip was absolutely perfect for my usage style. Shifting over to the third thumb grip with the flared base also felt very comfortable when used in a palm grip mode. The rubber grips really do add the feeling of a snug fit.
The Glaive is on the large side, so it would naturally suit a palm grip, but this will depend on the size of your hands. Personally, I have large hands so it is still easy to use with a claw grip. The Glaive has very large glide pads and has minimized resistance when moving it around on our accompanying Tt Dasher surface.
Corsair use a customized PMW3367 optical sensor and it’s very impressive. The ability to set DPI all the way up to 16000 DPI is overkill though. At this setting the mouse pointer is screaming all over the screen with just millimeters of input. Somewhere under 5000 will be more suitable for most gamers though with the DPI granularity on offer and a consistent surface, you’ll be able to fine tune this to your exact specification and set your DPI’s according to your gun for example. The programmable DPI feature is something you won’t be able to live without once you’ve come from a generic mouse. It’s one thing to shoot a large helicopter out of the sky, its another to snipe distant targets with a pistol and its another to select a bunch of units in a turn based game. With the massive variety of in game actions, switchable DPI is a great thing.
The Glaive performed well on a variety of different surfaces. Not everyone sits at their desk with a quality mouse pad. The top of a blanket works well, as well as a benchtop and even a pair of track pants! Don’t expect to win tournaments at Dreamhack using your pants as a mouse surface though.
The click action is a little quieter than some other mice we’ve tested which some people may really prefer. The scroll wheel is good, but feels a touch lightweight and plasticky in comparison to the scroll wheel of the Roccat Kone EMP, but then that’s probably the best scroll wheel we’ve ever used.
When it comes down to it, reviewing a mouse is downright hard. Everyone has their opinions and preferences when it comes to choosing your mouse. We recently reviewed the Roccat Kone EMP and came away very impressed. It’s clear the competition is very tough in this segment.
The strength of the Corsair Glaive it is very comfortable and ergonomic feel and design. With a mouse, this is the criteria that gets the highest weighting. It’s adjustable grips mean that most users will be able to tweak it to fit their needs. Both claw and palm grippers will find the Glaive easy to use and very comfortable. The sensor is excellent and allows for an amazing level of customization. If you can’t find a DPI setting you like, you never will! Finding consistent accuracy and performance is so important to be the best you can be in your game and with a good surface, the Glaive performs very well.
The CUE software is very good and continues to evolve in usability, features and overall stability. Its RGB coloring is very good and it shows deeper colors with a great level of accuracy and vibrancy. Even lighter colors show up well, though the very lightest colors can be a bit inaccurate, which is a weakness of a lot of RGB gaming products.
The Corsair Glaive is a very well designed and capable gaming mouse. With its quality software, customization and good looks with full RGB functionality, Corsair have a mouse that will appeal to many users. Its not perfect though. The static blue DPI LED’s detract a bit from the RGB lighting and the scroll wheel feels a touch light and generic. But in the highest weighted criteria: ergonomics; it is excellent. Its also far from cheap at around $149 SGD, though we can see it a few dollars cheaper at a few online retailers. For the money though, you get an excellent mouse, but the competition is very tough.
Try it. If you like the feel then we’re sure you’ll be very happy with owning a Glaive.
General ergonomics and excellent feel
Swappable rubber textured side grips
Corsair’s CUE software
Good RGB vibrancy and color accuracy
Scroll wheel could be better
DPI LEDs are not RGB.