Corsair Utility Engine
Rather than having separate utilities for each class of peripheral, Corsair bundles them all together in the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE). When you start CUE, it will scan your system and identify all connected and supported Corsair devices– in this case I have the Sabre RGB mouse, the MM800 RGB mouse pad, and a K70 Rapidfire keyboard. Simply click on the device you want to control to invoke a device-specific set of functions.
Corsair has spent time on the user interface design of CUE, which despite its power is very easy to operate. You can create complex macros and edit them on a step-by-step basis, inserting and deleting individual steps, and even adjusting delays between steps with millisecond precision. Once you’ve got a macro set up, a simple click on the button you want to assign it to on the mouse image connects the macro to the button.
There are four lighting zones on the mouse– the Corsair logo, the DPI indicator, the scroll wheel, and an odd vented section in front of the mouse that won’t readily be visible when you’re using it:
You can set each of these areas to a static color, and invoke and limit some simple effects (like strobing or pulsing between defined colors). In this case I’ve select Lighting Link, which will move a synchronized rainbow of color across my keyboard, mouse, and mouse pad.
You can define five selectable resolutions, from a low of 100dpi to a high of 10,000dpi, and give each a specific RGB color; using the DPI-up and -down switches will cycle through the resolutions and set indicator color appropriately. Of course if you don’t need to switch resolutions on the fly, you can repurpose these buttons in the Actions section and set the indicator lighting as desired in the Lighting section.
Your current resolution setting color is shown on the edge of the mouse:
The Performance section lets you set Angle Snapping and Enhanced Pointer Precision. Honestly I couldn’t feel any difference with these settings, but you might.
Any set of actions, lighting, DPI, and performance settings may be grouped in a Profile, and profiles can be either loaded manually or set to load automatically with specific games. And if you’re using an all-Corsair setup as I am, a single profile can contain all the actions, lighting, and other settings for all of your Corsair devices, so invoking a game with an associated profile results in an immediate change to the appearance and operation of all your devices. Neat!
All in all I found this one of the easier configuration programs to use. Let’s see how this mouse itself is to use in the next section.