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Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Review

If you’re an MMO lover, a five-button mouse may not be enough to handle the dozens of macros you’ll use to kill older gods and stomp hardcore gamers. The Corsair’s Scimitar RGB Elite has you covered. For $80, it’s an excellent choice for anyone who wants to free up some bindings on their keyboard. And while the Scimitar RGB Elite is explicitly designed for MMO and MOBA players, it’s also surprisingly useful as an FPS mouse. This is our Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Review.

Last updated on October 21, 2020 3:00 am

If you don’t worry about the lack of plug-and-play, and if you want to refine your bindings, then the Scimitar RGB Elite is an excellent mouse with lots of customization, comfort, and accuracy.

Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Review – Design

The Scimitar RGB Elite is large and heavy. With 6.9 x 4.5 x 3.1 inches and 9.6 ounces, this mouse is suitable for palm grippers and arm grippers. The smooth surface of the mouse is made of rubber, with Corsair’s fully rigged ship’s logo on the bottom. At the front is a structured scroll wheel with two DPI buttons underneath. On the right side is a structured recess to rest the little finger or ring finger.

The side keyboard on the left has 12 programmable buttons, giving the mouse a total of 17 programmable buttons. For visual inclination, the RGB illumination appears on the scroll wheel, the logo of the lower palm, and the side keyboard. Colour schemes are adjusted via Corsair’s iCUE software.

Features

Among the MMO mice, the Scimitar RGB Elite has a beautiful standard feature set. The re are 17 programmable keys, and the sensor supports up to 18,000 DPI (but the vast majority of people will play at less than 1,500). The mouse also has a polling rate up to 1,000 Hz (you’ll probably land somewhere between 500 and 1,000) and a 1.8-meter braided fiber cable. The 12-button keypad on the side is where this mouse shines.

Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Review

The second and fourth row of buttons is structured in such a way that they are easy to identify and can defend themselves against embarrassing fat finger attacks. The keyboard itself can be slid forward or backward using the included key slider. However, the odometer reading may vary on iCUE, Corsair’s software, and the driver. The Scimitar RGB Elite is not a plug-and-play device, so that fancy side keypad I just praised is a deadweight unless you download iCUE and program all commands yourself.

The hardcore gamers will love iCUE for the customization it offers, but the software can also be a hassle for gamers who want a solid game mouse and aren’t interested in the details of tweaking the light scheme.

Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Review – Performance

I’ve used the nimble Logitech G Pro Gaming and haven’t grabbed it in years, so I was amazed at how natural the Scimitar felt in my hand. I was worried about the layout of the side keyboard, which looked small and too crowded. But in practice, the adjustable placement and the alternating structure rows made navigation easy. I play a druid on World of Warcraft, a class known for its infamous large capacity pool.

Thanks to the intuitive side keyboard, I was able to heal my teammates in caster-shape, convert to cat-shape to get to safety, and then break back into caster-shape to send battle rez, all without having to stretch my fingers across the keyboard. But despite being designed specifically for MMOs and MOBAs, the Scimitar was also a surprisingly useful FPS mouse. Pointing my arm at this mouse was a breeze. Even aiming, the wrist felt precise and smooth.

The finger rest and the tapered end on the right side let my wrist and the lower part of my palm rest on the mouse pad, giving me the grounding I needed to make subtle motor movements. By following goals with my arm and cutting with my wrist, I could easily pop heads in Overwatch and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Conclusion

The Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite is a fantastic choice for gamers who want to take their MMO gaming to the next level. For $80, it is competitively priced with other mice in its class, with the added benefit of the adjustable side keyboard. However, Scimitar’s reliance on iCUE could be a bummer for some. Gamers looking for a large MMO mouse that works right out of the box should consider the Razer Naga Trinity.

If you’re looking for a high-performance MMO mouse that has a design that still shreds and that you can use for the occasional FPS session, you can’t go wrong with the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite.

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Last updated on October 21, 2020 3:00 am
8.2 Total Score
Our Verdict

The Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite is a comfortable, intuitive mouse for MMO players who still enjoy the occasional FPS game, but dealing with Corsair's iCUE can be a hassle.

PROS
  • Comfy design
  • Adjustable side keypad
  • Great for arm aimers
CONS
  • iCUE can be a hassle
  • The keypad doesn't work out of box
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