Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB mouse review

If you ever thought that most gaming mice do not have enough buttons for you then Corsair’s new Scimitar MMO/MOBA mouse is probably what you need. It incorporates 12 side buttons as well as the usual ones at the front end. The optical sensor has a class leading 12,000 DPI rating.
As you would expect from a contemporary high end mouse it also comes fitted with RGB LEDs, powerful back end software and some innovative, ergonomic styling.
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This is a complete package that will certainly cater to a specific audience who demand a complex button layout. We think it looks rather impressive too, as shown in the picture above.

Features and Specifications

  • 12,000 DPI sensitivity – optical  sensor.
  • 12 button key slider.
  • Four zone dynamic RGB lighting.
  • Front mounted cable protector.
  • Braided cabling.
  • Ergonomic design.
  • Supports powerful back-end Corsair Utility software.
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The packaging for the Scimitar is high caliber, featuring a nice mix of matt and glossy card. The front of the box showcases some of the more exciting features, including the RGB lighting, 12K DPI optical sensor and the key slider for all of those additional buttons.
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As with most gaming mice packaging you can flip this box open to get a better look at the rodent itself. The interior and rear tell you more about the key-slider, as well as giving you a quote from professional WoW player, Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton, who described this mouse as “far beyond anything else available.”
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Included along with the mouse is a short warranty leaflet, a quick set-up guide and a hex key for adjusting how stiff the key-slider is, making it easier, or more difficult to move it back and forth.
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The mouse itself is larger than the average gaming mouse, with a more pronounced palm rest and side ergonomics. It is right-handed only and has a solid construction without any creaking or flexing when pressure is applied.
Although the main body is split up into a few distinct sections, almost all of them are covered in a silicon coating which is nice and soft to the touch.
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The rear features a translucent Corsair logo – we are glad to see the company returned to its traditional sails, rather than the Corsair Gamingtramp stamp on some of its recent products.
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The side panels on this mouse are quite distinct from one another. The left hand side features a big yellow surround for the key-slider, which features a full 12 additional buttons which can all be programmed in back-end software. Notice that along with translucent numbering for lighting, there are also colour coded and textured keycaps to make identification in the heat of the moment that bit easier.
Hidden within the yellow surround is a translucent window for lighting which lets you know which sensitivity the mouse is currently set at when powered on.
Along the right hand side, things are much less exciting. There is merely an extension of the silicon mouse coating and a textured, rubber-coated finger rest.
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The slider works with a simple push and allows you to move the key-panel back and forth eight millimeters, thereby catering to users with smaller and larger hands – as well as slightly modified grip types.
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At the front there are left and right mouse buttons, though they are entirely separated by a central division. That gap houses the rubber-coated, and translucent scroll-wheel, behind which are a pair of DPI switches which allow for up and down selections.
Right at the front of the mouse is a trio of translucent panels (left of picture) for additional lighting and you will also notice that the mouse cable is off center. It is however protected to prevent shearing against the frame over time.

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The underside of the mouse features four PDFE (unbranded Teflon) feet, though they are not symmetrical. Running down the centre is a brushed aluminium panel which houses the 12,000 DPI optical sensor and there is a small hex-screw hole which allows for adjustment of how stiff the 12-button key-slider is.

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The cable itself is braided, though the material is smooth – almost slippery, which should prevent it catching on anything. The USB header is tipped with yellow to help it stand out, but features just a standard, nickel-plated USB connector.
Testing a mouse like this involves using it as our main office mouse for a period of less than one week, as well as trying it out in a number of different games. This being an MMO and MOBA mouse, we focused our testing on those areas, but also took it for a spin in various shooters, strategy games and RPGs. Throughout we look at its accuracy and ease of use, as well as comfort and the usefulness of additional features.
We also factor in exterior extras such as back-end software functionality.
The Pixart ADNS s3988 optical sensor in use in the Corsair Gaming Scimitar is considered by some to be among best gaming sensors in the world and it is hard to fault that assessment. This mouse is a true pleasure to use, with smooth, acceleration-free movement and supreme accuracy that you will find hard to match with other gaming mice.
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Movement in all directions is smooth and fast when you need it to be, and the breadth of available DPI options means all gamer types are catered for. If you prefer a low sensitivity and large, arm-sweeping movements, you are supported – likewise are those who prefer a twitchy, short move mouse. You can easily switch between the two (or more) options mid-game too, thanks to the DPI selectors, which allow for up/down adjustment without cycling.
Perhaps the only downside for some, will be that this mouse is rather hefty at 147g. It is weighty, but not cumbersome, so if you like an ultra-fast, light mouse for high-speed gaming this may not be for you. That said, we did not notice a huge difference between it and our  lighter favourites.
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Different colours are well represented with this mouse
As much as we found the Corsair Scimitar a solid mouse for gaming in all areas, it is of course in the MOBA and MMO genres where it particularly shines. Along with the great movement and gaming ability of the sensor, the remappable side-buttons really set this mouse apart from the competition and not just because they are there, but because they work so well.
Often side-buttons of this number on mice can present several problems. They sometimes mean you cannot hold the mouse as tightly for fear of pressing them and sometimes actuating them on purpose can end up shifting the mouse due to the force required. We can happily report that neither of those problems were present on the Corsair Scimitar. Their tactile feedback prevents over pressing, but they require enough force that you can use them for added grip if needed.
The placement of the keys was not even a problem for this small-handed reviewer, as I was able to adjust the line up to my preferred position without difficulty. I did occasionally find my thumb dragging on the mat a little though, when pressing the bottom row of buttons.
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The shape of the mouse means you do not necessarily need to however, as we found that the palm rest provides plenty of added grip and mobility, reducing the amount of pressure your thumb is required to provide on its own.
While you might presume that the slightly more sedate pace of an MMO would lend itself more to mouse controlled abilities, we were impressed immeasurably with the Scimitar’s skills in the fast-paced world of MOBAs. While we are far from world class gamers, within our first game we were firing off spells and abilities with relative ease.
There is certainly a new learning curve to controlling your character almost entirely with the mouse, but we can imagine that after a number of games that gap in ability between keyboard use and mouse use will fade. It may not disappear entirely, as we feel that a single hand is unlikely to be as fast as a coordinated pair, but the functionality is there to make it happen if it can be done.
This would be a great mouse for anyone with a disability that restricts their mobility to a single hand too. Special Effect would likely approve.
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Of course the functionality afforded by all of those added buttons does not begin and end with gaming. Those keys can be remapped for other types of software too, such as Photoshop. We spend a lot of time editing pictures with that particular piece of software and there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts we resort to help speed up the process.
From adjusting colours to resizing the picture – we were able to remap a lot of those commands to the mouse, making it quicker to perform those oft-repeated functions. It may not always be ideal or you may prefer dual hand functionality, but having the options there is always handy and the fact that there are so many buttons means it will not get in the way, or detract from the overall function of the mouse.
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Corsair made a smart choice putting all of the buttons on one side of the mouse too, instead of spreading them across both sides as some manufacturers have done. This lets you focus on holding the mouse with your ring and little finger, rather than trying to click with both sides.
Despite having an unorthodox design though, the Corsair Gaming Scimitar is a very comfortable mouse to hold. The silicon coating and shape go a long way to making your hand and wrist comfortable over long periods. Its buttons are all within easy reach and you can adjust the side ones with the slider, which prevents the need for stretching or bizarre hand positions.
That said, this is a mouse that is more suited to palm/finger grip styles than claw grips, as that jacknifed thumb position is not particularly conducive to reaching all of the buttons.
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The RGB lighting on this mouse is excellent, with all colours well represented – something that not every manufacturer has gotten right. Although it is not the easiest to adjust in the back-end software, the customisation is very comprehensive, meaning that as long as you are willing to spend a bit of time tweaking and learning how it all works, you should be able to craft a very personalised lighting experience.
That is the same for the software overall really. Corsair’s Utility Engine is one of the more in-depth and all encompassing peripheral software suites available at the moment, catering to all of Corsair’s peripherals in one place. While this does make the overall experience more concise in that you do not need multiple installs, it is not the easiest of software to figure out on first glance. Spend some time though and you will have the exact mouse that you want.
The Corsair Scimitar is truly an exceptional mouse. It combines high-comfort, with one of the world’s best gaming optical sensors and extreme functionality with a suite of available, remappable buttons. You may not have a use for all of them, but the option is there and it provides not only a different playstyle for those that want it, but a new way to play for those with limited mobility.
The giant keypad is perhaps a little too big in some respects and even though it can be moved to make reaching everything a little easier, those with long thumbs may find pressing the back buttons a little difficult. In comparison, those with shorter thumbs may find the front ones a slightly awkward angle – but it will all depend on the user’s particular hand shape and their style of grip.
This one is certainly more suited to palm grippers and to an extent those who prefer a finger style. Claw grippers can make use of it, but there are probably better alternatives. Claw grips are also not ideal for pressing side buttons either, as they use the thumb for control rather than the rest of the hand.
The mouse is also a little heavy, so smaller, weaker gamers may find it tiring after a couple of hours heavy use.
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But other than that there is little, if anything to complain about. The smooth PTFE feet let you make big, sweeping movements with this mouse if you prefer, or you can crank up the sensitivity and make minute adjustments for big gains if that is your style. Better yet, do them both mid-game by using the DPI selector switches, which have both up and down functionality.
A lovely little touch too was the lighting strip hidden behind the yellow styling, which lets you know the current DPI setting at all times. It does not drown out the other lights and is only visible to you the player, so will not give anything away to local competitors.
The lighting is very well represented and the back-end software is in-depth and provides just about every option you could want – its a tweaker’s delight.
All in all, the Corsair Gaming Scimitar is a fantastic mouse for whatever you are playing, but if you particularly like MMOs and MOBAs, it is surprisingly versatile too. If you have a more relaxed style and would like to game away with one hand, the Scimitar makes it possible.
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Pros
  • Extremely comfortable over long periods.
  • World class, 12,000 DPI optical gaming sensor (Pixart ADNS s3988)
  • Fantastic lighting and great back end software.
  • Additional buttons provide all the extra function you will ever need.
  • Mechanical switches and adjustable panel make pressing them easier than most similar mice.
  • Cable protector and swish braiding keep cable from catching or stressing.
Cons
  • Thumb drags when pressing lowest buttons.
  • Big keypad may be difficult for some to press everything.
  • May be a bit heavy for some.
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