Corsair Glaive RGB
The Glaive RGB marks a significant change from the likes of Corsair’s M65 Pro RGB and even the multi-buttoned MMO/MOBA gamingorientated Scimitar RGB, as it represents Corsair offering a customisable mouse for the first time. We’ve seen similar features from a range of manufactures, although the Glaive RGB is only customisable in the thumb area.
A trio of thumb supports are included. First, there’s a large, textured L-shaped thumb rest, which sports its own anti-friction pad on the underside due to its size. It increases the size of the Glaive RGB and offers better support and comfort for your thumb, and is especially useful for large-handed gamers. The other two rests are smaller and sit within the outline of the mouse. They’re identical in size, but cater for gamers who prefer textured or smooth surfaces.
All the supports can be fitted without tools, so it’s quick and easy to swap them, and Corsair includes a bag to hold the spares too.
The Glaive RGB is longer than Corsair’s other mice, measuring 126mm, although it’s still well short of longer specimens – for example, Logitech’s G402 is a centimetre or so longer. Thanks to a higharching back, the Glaive suits a wide range of grip styles too, further aided by the fact that you can make it larger still by swapping out the thumb supports.
There are the usual six programmable buttons, including a pair of thumb buttons, with a single DPI-toggle switch on top, plus a button on the aluminium scroll wheel. The Glaive RGB also sports Omron switches, which offer a light, reliable click, along with a Pixart PMW 3367 optical sensor. This sensor offers a lofty 16,000dpi resolution, which can be fine-tuned in 1dpi steps in Corsair’s Utility Engine (CUE) software.
CUE also enables you to record and save macros to the mouse, reconfigure buttons and set up to four DPI settings, including a sniper mode, with different levels of sensitivity for each axis if you wish. These settings are indicated by LEDs on top of the mouse, which is handy to see at a glance. The software also allows you to calibrate the sensor to your desk surface or mouse pad, adjust the USB polling rate and tweak the RGB lighting across three independent zones.
In use, the Glaive feels very comfortable in reasonably large hands in both claw, finger and palm grips, and it will suit smaller hands too, thanks to its smaller size compared with some of the competition. The DPI button is well-placed, although for regular use, it can be more beneficial to have two buttons forward of the thumb buttons for easier access, as on Corsair’s own Sabre RGB and Logitech’s G402.
The Glaive feels fantastic to use, though, and the large Teflon pads on the underside offer very low friction while the sensor performs perfectly in a variety of games.
The large Teflon pads on the underside offer very low friction
The Glaive RGB is a little more expensive than Corsair’s typical FPS-focused mice, but you get a lot for your money. Comfort and build quality are excellent, and the thumb supports allow you to customise this area of the mouse to your liking. The icing on the cake would be two DPI toggle switches, with the ability to go up and down through the sensitivity range inside of just one direction. In every other respect, the Glaive RGB is a comfortable, good-looking and flexible gaming mouse – a superb effort from Corsair.