Corsair has, on the one hand, carried on with the new iCUE supported mice, dropping in an insane amount of DPI, and built a small to medium-sized wired mouse, perfect for those of us without huge hands, who like to game without a ton of weight under our right hands. On the other hand, Corsair has made a wireless version, but due to its extra components and the weight of a standard AA battery free from any cables, it is much heavier in its design. These are geared towards the claw and fingertip grip market and are slated for FPS and MOBA titles. Both are black, both share the same button layout, but there are defined differences between what each of them is capable of, and they vary in the level of iCUE support.
In the review you are currently reading, we will do something a bit different from what we typically do, and that will be showing you four products in a single review. Corsair has sent over a pair of mice to look at, one a wired model and another connected via Slipstream Wireless or Bluetooth, but are very similar in shape, styling, and function, so we are pairing them into a single review. Corsair had also sent a pair of mousepads, which we do not review on their own anyway, but they will get a page to feature them as well.
As we attempt to deliver what is essentially a pair of reviews in one, we will separate all aspects of one mouse from another, as we cover the newest pair of mice to hit our desk from Corsair. These mice are called Katar Pro mice, but the wired model is the Katar Pro XT, billed as an ultra-light gaming mouse, while the other is called the Katar Pro Wireless. Even though they both fill the same void in their uses and defined group of customers, what you are about to see has to be the most affordable solutions to enter the Corsair ecosystem we have ever seen!
The first chart we see was copied from what we found on the Katar Pro XT product page. We are told that this mouse is backed with a two-year warranty and that this version has six buttons. The DPI of the Katar Pro XT tops out at 18,000, and movement is tracked via the PixArt PMW3391 optical sensor. A single RGB zone is packed into the scroll wheel on this version, and we also see a single onboard profile slot to keep your settings. Oddly, though, Corsair states that Macros and remapping are not possible.
The pair of main switches are made by Omron and have a fifty-million click lifespan, but only for the main pair. This is a wired mouse with a standard cable length but is sleeved in a “drag-reducing” paracord. As we mentioned, Corsair states the job description as FPS or MOBA games, and for those who prefer a fingertip or claw grip for right-hand usage. There is no weight tuning in this mouse, but there is a selectable polling rate, and the mouse weighs in at 113 grams, said in the specifications. However, the box says it is 73 grams, a tad shy of our scale showing 76 grams. This information is confusing, to say the least, and brings up the question of its ultra-light moniker.
The last bit you need to know about the Katar Pro XT, other than being black and made of plastic, is the cost. Shockingly, as we look at the MSRP, Corsair askes just $29.99 for the Katar Pro XT and confirmed that with the Amazon listing, we found with an identical price shown next to the mouse.
The Katar Pro Wireless is a slightly different bird, and we will cover the differences between the two. The name is a more obvious one, but then we see that the DPI has been reduced to 10,000 DPI for the wireless version. The PixArt Optical sensor has been changed to a PMW3325 this time, and the lifespan of the main switches is shown to be thirty million for this variant. Connectivity changes from wired to Slipstream wireless via a USB dongle, or you can pair the mouse via 1ms Bluetooth. The weight has been verified with our scale at 74.9 grams without the battery included, and accounting for that adds another twenty-four grams. The last thing to know is that the Katar Pro Wireless does ship with a AA battery, which should deliver up to 135 hours of use before you need to get into your battery stash and replace it.
With a few more components added into the mix to make the Katar Pro Wireless wireless, there is a slight increase in cost to go this route over the wired Katar Pro XT. However, in our search, we saw that the MSRP was just $39.99, and again, we found the same price on Amazon. As we mentioned, whether opting to use the cable or going wireless, these have to be the most affordable solutions from the Corsair mouse segment that we have ever tested. In many other instances, it cost much, much more to enter the iCUE family.
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