Solidly built and finished to an extremely high standard for the purchase price, the brand new Scimitar Elite RGB offers a comfortable MOBA/MMO mouse with a whole lot of macro buttons. It won’t translate well to other genres, though.
Great construction materials
Adjustable macro bank position
New 18,000 DPI sensor
Comfortable over long periods of usage
Doesn’t suit claw grips
Macro buttons are close together
No polling rate adjustment in software
Tricky to use for shooters
The Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite may be the third iteration of the Scimitar, following the original and Pro versions. In the attempts to be the very best gaming mouse for MOBA/MMO gamers, it features 17 programmable buttons, including a 10-button grid on the left panel. A fresh PixArt sensor, an increased max CPI of 18,000 and a different mechanism for adjusting macro key positioning which involves a hex key will be the primary changes.
Available for $80/£75 during writing, it’s more costly compared to the Pro (designed for $50 during writing), which found its way to 2017, but isn’t all that different beyond the sensor change. The purchase price jump is even harder to justify when contemplating the inherently specialized nature of the mouse. You could possibly use a first-person shooter (FPS) mouse in MOBAs or MMOs, but it’s a bigger stretch to take this wide, chunky model right into a competitive shooter arena.
Design and Comfort
The initial thing I noticed about the Scimitar is how wide it feels at a complete three inches. For comparison, well known FPS mouse, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is merely 2.8 inches wide. With a textured area on the proper side having a groove for your ring finger, the Scimitar includes a different ergonomic feel to many gaming mice, and it’s a nice one. That is particularly true in palm grip, where in fact the thumb falls right into a proper position for accessing the lender of macro keys. You can certainly position the bank in the heart of its 8mm-wide housing or completely left or right. The included hex key unlocks the lender for movement. However in some of its three locations, the macro bank continues to be obviously designed for a palm grip style instead of a claw.
As usual with Corsair gear, the materials feel premium and durable, from a pleasantly tactile matte finish over the buttons and palm rest to small gloss plastic details below the left mouse button (LMB) and on the CPI profile cycle buttons south of the mouse wheel. Additionally, there are flashes of brushed aluminum on the lower, surrounding the PixArt PMW3391 sensor (perhaps to keep carefully the weight distribution centered) and behind the macro bank. A Corsair logo breaks up the otherwise clean lines of the trunk, and “Corsair” written on the edge of the LMB adds another dash of branding. This can be a most aesthetically pleasing mouse in Corsair’s current lineup, profiting from fewer textured finish areas compared to the current Nightsword and Dark Core models.
The usability of this macro bank is questionable, however. Although it might appear such as a good plan to have so many buttons near your thumb, the execution leaves the entranceway open for pressing multiple button simultaneously or losing my orientation and needing to look from the screen to get the desired button. To combat those issues, the rows of buttons are textured alternately, two rough and two smooth. That certainly helps but doesn’t make the inherent problems connected with asking your thumb to be so agile disappear completely. That’s especially true for all those folks whose thumbs are on the wide side. Because the buttons are programmable, you can circumnavigate potential accidental presses simply by spacing out the macro bank buttons performing in-game functions, but that begs the question: Why have 10 of these to begin with?
There are four RGB zones: leading, mouse wheel, macro bank and logo. You can customize each zone individually, and the finish result’s much less distracting or gaudy much like many gaming mice available to buy. The logo and numbers on the buttons come through pin-sharp, with RGB lighting coming through them too, talking with this Scimitar RGB Pro’s construction.
Since Corsair built the Scimitar for the MOBA arena, I took it for a spin in Dota 2, where it had been comfortable for long sessions. That broad design and ring finger indent really proved valuable during longer matches, reducing the potential resistance of my two outside fingers trailing on the mouse mat by encouraging all fingers to sit over the front. It had been easy enough to assign macros to talents and even buy commands using Corsair’s iCue software, but I still didn’t feel totally confident when looking for one button amidst a sea of these. I had more luck utilizing the textured rows only. The bottom buttons — 1, 4, 7 and 10 — are specially tricky because they force a change of grip to attain. Which was true if the bank was pushed completely to leading, back or in the guts.
The new sensor has a higher CPI than prior Scimitars at a max of 18,000, and the mouse enables you to to store three different profiles identifiable by a red, green or blue status LED, each with five different CPI levels. Although I defy one to actually use that incredibly sensitive setting used, I possibly could feel precision and smoothness of the sensor down at 800 DPI, the cheapest setting on the mouse’s default profile, too. The lift-off distance can be impressive when set to “high” in the iCue software, but it’s hard to gauge an actual measurement since Corsair doesn’t offer an precise specification.
Furthermore to its MOBA cred, that is also an excellent mouse for long-form strategy sessions in famous brands Civilization or Total War and proved especially helpful in the latter for grouping unit types using the macro bank. In the event that you split your time and effort between Machiavellian pursuits like this and digital audio tracks workstations (DAWs) just like the Ableton or Pro Tools software, you’ll locate a use for all those 17 buttons, too. I came across them convenient for DAWs when it found assigning shortcuts like creating tracks.
And simply for fun, I gave the Scimitar RGB Pro a run in CS: GO, too. Here, its three-inch width conflicted with the claw grip I favor for this sort of game. Plus, the macro keys weren’t more useful when compared to a gaming keyboard here. This mouse not being a great FPS mouse isn’t a surprising rvelation, but it’s worth considering how specialized the Scimitar condition and button layout are.
Features and Software
Corsair iCue may be the one-stop look for all tweaks, RGB customization and CPI profiles with the Scimitar RGB Pro. That is also where you program the macro bank to accomplish whatever you want to buy to — just select among the buttons, hit the record icon accompanied by whatever inputs you will need and it’s saved.
It’s also as easy as ever to assign patterns and colors to RGB lighting zones. My review unit automatically took on a custom lighting pattern I had previously designed for a different Corsair mouse when I plugged it in, a welcome — if slightly spooky — touch.
iCue’s surface calibration tool is always worth running. Once you get started the procedure, the program has you draw some circles at a set speed and makes the required adjustments.
With iCue you can set six DPI profiles, each with three different sensitivity levels you can set. That’s three a lot more than the Dark Core RGB Pro, which targets FPS games, which doesn’t immediately seem sensible. CPI doesn’t seem to be more important in the genres the Scimitar targets than in shooters. Just what exactly gives?
Additionally, as with the other Corsair mice I’ve tested recently, there doesn’t seem to be to be anywhere to adapt the polling rate in iCue. Adjustments for angle snapping, lift height and increased pointer precision are obtainable in the performance settings, but no polling.