Corsair Gaming has been on a major winning streak recently, with the amazing Corsair Void series of headsets being some of the best we’ve ever tested, followed by the incredible Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent, which is an incredible keyboard and also one of the quietest mechanical keyboards on the market. So, no stranger to innovation with their latest products, Corsair Gaming are now introducing the Scimitar RGB Optical MOBA and MMO gaming mouse, and it’s pretty special.
“The Scimitar RGB gaming mouse revolutionizes game play with its Key Slider control system, 12 mechanical side buttons, and pro-proven 12,000 DPI optical sensor. It’s purpose built to deliver the ultimate MOBA and MMO gaming experience.”
Equipped with a movable side panel that features 12 mechanical and fully programmable buttons, the Scimitar is a real deadly weapon for competitive gaming. With a level of customisation that I’ve never soon on a mouse in this class before, so it’s certainly something I’m eager to put through its paces.
The core body of the mouse has been designed to not exceed 135g, although it reads a little higher when you weigh the cable. This weight was set as a favourite by many pro gamers for a nice balance between speed and control. Check out the preview video below as Warren and Jason from Corsair Gaming walk us through a few of the unique features of the Scimitar.
Equipped with a 12000dpi optical sensor, RGB lighting, a whopping 17 programmable buttons and so much more, the Scimitar is sounding pretty amazing, so let’s get in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
The packaging is typical of the Corsair Gaming range, with a clear image of the mouse, as well as a quick run down of the main features.
Around the back, we’ve got a little quote from professional WoW player, Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton.
The box opens up, giving us a little more information on the Key Slider, but we’ll take a closer look at that ourselves in a moment.
A Closer Look
The Scimitar comes hard-wired with a braided USB cable and a custom shaped USB header that colour matches the rest of the mouse.
The mouse has a pretty unique ergonomic shape, and obviously it has that unique side panel control with 12 mechanical switches on the left side.
Two of the rows are smooth and two have a light texture to them, this doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but it makes it a whole lot easier to tell exactly where your thumb is without having to look at the switches. Not going to lie, it takes some getting used to, but once your thumb learns the shape of the keypad, it’s like touch-typing with a mouse.
The right side of the mouse has a pretty strange shape, which benefits palm-rest play styles greatly, as it allows for a completely relaxed grip over the mouse without the loss of control.
The wider section towards the front allows your fingers to rest on the light grip surface, giving you extra control. I personally have wide hands and I find it extremely comfortable to use the Scimitar, even after many long hours of gaming. The way the mouse is shaped benefits those with smaller hands too, it’s perfect for anyone who prefers a palm-rest grip.
You can see how the mouse slopes down to the right, giving your hand a slightly off to the side profile, which eases some of the strain on your wrist too, the only downside is that you’re going to have a bad time trying to use this mouse with your left hand, it’s obviously for right-hand use only. The scroll-wheel is huge, but heavily recessed into the body of the mouse, giving you excellent control and the deeply grooved rubber grip coating is a welcome addition.
Still not content with the ergonomics? There’s a little tool included to help you tweak it a little further.
Insert it into the Allen Key slot on the base of the mouse and loosen it up a little bit, and you’ll be able to adjust the position of the side panel controls.
You can move the key pad any amount from front to back to suit your hand size or personal preference. I have set it at the back, middle and the front just to demonstrate how far it can be moved.
Back is great for those with smaller hands.
Middle is usable for money, for me it allows my thumb to reach the 10, 11, 12, buttons much easier.
Front, this was perfect for my hand size, of course, you’re own preference may be different. What I do like is that the backplate is brushed aluminium, it doesn’t need to be, but it looks lovely.
The base of the mouse is super smooth and features four large slipmats to give is excellent glide. The smooth glide, both on cloth and soft mat surfaces is helped in no small part by the lightweight design of the mouse.
The sensor performance on the Scimitar is superb, there’s zero acceleration across the whole range. While I doubt anyone would be using the maximum of 12000DPI that often, it’s still got a great response and can draw curves without severe glitching.
Connecting the Scimitar to the PC, you’re instantly treated to a gorgeous array of RGB LED lighting effects. As with all the new Corsair RGB products, you can tweak all each lighting zone, of which there are four on the Scimitar, with any colour and effect you desire, even combining your keyboard and headset to synchronise the colour patterns. There is more going on here than I need to talk about, so enjoy the huge collection of images below, as when it comes to colours, a picture speaks a thousand words.
There is a huge range of customisation options on the Scimitar, more so that I think I will ever need in my entire lifetime. Of course, choice is no bad thing and while it does take a while to dial everything in, the payoff is certainly worth it. Having full command over every button for macros, mouse controls, shortcuts, multimedia, whatever you can think of, is a huge benefit for gaming and desktop use. Of course, this mouse is great for MMO and MOBA where long lists of commands are commonplace. I personally found it a huge advantage in ESO, especially when it came to changing loadouts and opening the multitude of options windows from the tool bar.
You can import/export your custom lighting, key configuration and sensor settings with ease, but you can also store them locally on the mouse its self. This means you can use it at gaming tournaments where desktop software for the mouse isn’t allowed, but also means your settings can be taken with you anywhere your mouse goes, handy if you swapping systems for a while.
The RGB lighting options are insane, so much so that I could do a whole review on those alone, but I won’t. Let’s just say that think of a colour, think of how you want it and you can do it, it’s that simple. The colour profiles are handy for determining your gaming profile and DPI settings at a glance or just colour matching it with your other hardware.
The sensor performance is simply amazing, the mouse glides like it’s on ice and the feedback from the buttons (all of them) is snappy and satisfying. I could spool off about how I tried this game, that game, did some work, but the fact is that it’s just an amazing mouse use for any application, so long as you can adapt to so many buttons on the side.
The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features, so I was expecting a price tag that was closer to £100, but it is in fact only £69.95 from Overclockers UK. I’m not saying that’s particularly cheap, but it’s still excellent value for money for what you get.
Corsair has done it again! The new Corsair Gaming Void headsets are some of the best we’ve ever seen, their new Strafe keyboard is one of the best we’ve ever seen and now their new Scimitar gaming mouse is, you guessed it, one of the best we’ve ever seen! When it comes to gaming mice, innovations are few and far between, but the Scimitar manages to pack in every feature you could possibly ask for and more, as well as a few new additions we’ve never seen before.
The 12 mechanical buttons on the side of the mouse are fantastic to use. They look a little small, but each button is well defined and easy to use. Sure, it will take some getting used to compared to most mice, but the payoff for MOBA and MMO gaming is huge. The Key Slide feature puts the Scimitar above the offerings of the competition too, as it allows you to sculpt the ergonomics to best suit your needs and play style.
The software is comprehensive, allowing extensive customisation of every single buttons configuration, with timers, macros, profiles, lighting, multimedia and so much more at your fingertips. It’s also easy to use if you want it to be, and as endlessly advanced as you may need if you like to dig deeper into the settings. The RGB lighting is easily tuned too, even allowing you to synchronise other Corsair peripherals lighting along with it from a single piece of software.
The sensor is amazing, and a clear example of why Optical is king when it comes to gaming. It tracks beautifully and with a range of 100 to 12000 DPI, you’ll have no issue with finding the settings that best suit your needs. Combine this with the lightweight and easy glide design, superb ergonomics and responsive switches, and you’re well on your way to gaming at your absolute best.
- Great build quality
- Comfortable ergonomics
- Key Slide adjustment
- 12 fully programmable mechanical buttons on side
- Customisable 4-zone RGB lighting
- Comprehensive software
- Excellent sensor performance
- Competitive price
- No left-hand option available at this time
“The Scimitar is easily one of the best performing and looking mice we’ve ever tested. It’s got a huge amount of features, customisation options and more, while maintaining a competitive price and ease of use.”
Thank you Corsair Gaming for providing us with this sample.