Cor­sair Glaive RGB

Custom PC - - CONTENTS - SUP­PLIER www.over­clock­ers.co.uk ANTONY LEATHER

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

Con­clu­sion

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.

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