The Scimitar PRO RGB is once again a fascinating mouse, just for the thumb-buttons alone. Is it much different from last years iteration ? Heck, no .. I dunno really. It looks the same, feels the same yet has a higher DPI range, pre-configured profiles and that terrific Pixart 16,000 DPI optical sensor. Now perhaps herein is the biggest benefit to be found. At the time that we reviewed the regular SCIMITAR I noticed some people complaining about tracking issues with the mouse. We checked that and simply could not confirm it. However at the time we tested it a new version of CUE was just released, likely addressing that specific worry. This year I know for sure you are going to like the SCIMITAR RGB PRO though, as I cannot find a single thing wrong with it. it feels good, fast responsive and the cherry on top of the cakse is the new and update CUE software. It has received a massive overhaul and works really well. And hey, this is coming from a guy that complained A LOT about CUE software the past two years. KUDOS to Corsair for that as it seems, they have listened to feedback from us and you guys. I still find the SCIMITAR series the most stunning looking mouse ever, not just for the design but combined with the multiple levels and zones of RGB lighting it becomes something really out of the ordinary. And I know I know... RGB LEDs are a (perhaps) somewhat over-hyped trend these days, but they do work out just really well on the Scimitar. From a practical point of view the Scimitar is simply innovative advancing over traditional mice. The buttons and thus profile/macro options you get on this puppy are insane brotha! Who needs G keys on a keyboard when you can do the same at the press of one out of 12 thumb buttons. With the even rows having a slick/smooth tactile feel and the uneven rows rugged you do not even have to look at the mouse as you'll easily learn the 12 positions. That is just great for MMO, strategy and MOBA gaming. I do realize that the thumb buttons however also might be too much for many of you, especially the FPS gamers that need to pull the trigger often and fast might not appreciate all the buttons at precisely that location. But hey, there are plenty of fish in the sea... and by that I do mean that as a euphemism for mouse. The thumb buttons, the RGB lighting, the rugged feel, the ergonomic housing, the long braided cable.
Yah or nay?
It's Yay, the overall experience with this mouse is good and comfortable, I do think that people with slightly above average large hands will like the mouse really well as it is a bit bulky in size. That does have an effect on weight, it's not a light-weight mouse but to be honest that weight seems balanced and the feel just right (that's for me though and can be considered subjective). The hardware of the mouse is excellent, the design of the mouse is good and comfortable, and you get a mouse with mucho grade software options, more than enough buttons that are programmable (and then some), it has very funy looks with the RGB setup and allows you to reposition the thumb buttons. We love the fact that you can store profiles in the mouse itself. We did not experience lag or input issues. The mouse is connected with one USB cable (USB 2.0), braided and is roughly a 2 m cord. Overall it just is very good build quality, we get to have the 16,000 DPI laser engine, multiple macro profiles selectable per button, hardware DPI selection and thumb buttons. The mouse does not feel cheap and is simply comfortable to use. The buttons give proper feedback when pressed and also offer good response.
The CUE Software
I've stated a thing or two on the CUE software already. I've been nagging Corsair for two years already that the CUE software was too complicated and not user friendly enough, not to speak of the bugs I have seen the consumers report. The past year or so Corsair has been going strong with updates and overhauling the software. The latest update (download here) honestly looks good, feels good and is so much more user-friendly that I now finally can classify it as a proper software suite. It is extensive though, but that's just because of the fact that the mouse is extensive. All buttons can be programmed, you can alter DPI stages and even assign different LED colors to DPI stages, the multiple RGB LED zones can be programmed to a color and animation of your preference and so on. It's the heaps of functions that do complicate control software, yet again Corsair did improve with is massively up-to a phase that we like it.
The Corsair gaming line of product over the years has evolved, they are always on the cutting edge of feature and whatever technology brings in the current timeframe. I used the word evolved here as honestly I feel the that their product have matured.Their gaming line of products is wide ranging from headsets, to mouse-pads to the most wicked keyboards and yes towards mice as well. That brings us to the the Scimitar RGB PRO. Personally I don't see or feel a huge difference over the last-gen SCIMITAR. I do know that the new optical sensor from Pixart is the shiznit at the moment. Personally I cannot feel or notice a difference in-between 12K or 16K DPI, but I do realize that some young gamers right now are flipping their middle finger at me. Hey okay, that's fair enough. What I can tell you is that once again I very much like what Corsair offers with the new SCIMITAR RGB PRO. It offer precision combined with complex macro recordings and profiles that the more advanced gamers they use often in games. The functionality can really help you our fast in game by programming weapon changes or programming sequences that help you get on your way fast. The benefit is that you can active that macro at the push of one of the 12 thumb buttons. The 12 buttons look complex to operate, however you will be surprised how fast you get used to it and how easy it will be to remember the proper button and macro location. The true FPS gamer will probably need to steer away from a mouse like this as the mouse will not serve that specific purpose. That makes the Scimitar a mouse for a very specific group of people. But sure, selecting macros this way is much faster opposed using G keys on your keyboard as you do not need to look at (find) the button anymore.
Above an Ultra HD video - give it some time to look at and we'll cycle through some color options and animations available with the CUE software.
In closing, as stated this mouse feels very responsive and accurate and has a nice fit in my hands. For some of you, the mouse might be a hint on the big side as well as a notch too heavy. These are minor concerns though. Corsair improved massively on the CUE engine software which is so very important for this mouse, well done. Combine the intricate functionality with the RGB LED lighting system and you'll have something very special sitting at your desktop. You'd almost forget that it probably has one of the best, if not the best optical sensors your money can get you. At 89 Euro/USD a properly designed gaming mouse with an always evolving software suite. Surely the guys and gals that purchased the previous gen SCIMITAR RGB even benefit from the new CUE, basically giving their mice a free new update. In the end it the choice of purchase comes down to your thumb, does controlling 12 buttons with your thumb seem plausible to you? If yes, look not further as Corsair has invented what could be the best MMO mouse to date.
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