Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
I’ve reviewed a number of mice over the years, and while I’ve found something to like in almost all of them, this is my current favorite. I’ve tended to prefer heavier mice with some metal or weights in them, but I find the featherweight responsiveness of the Corsair beguiling.
For me, at least this mouse hits all the right notes: 8 buttons is enough to have all the extra functionality you want, without being overwhelming; the scroll wheel is tight and precise, and the lighting effects are sublime. Yeah, I know: lighted peripherals are not something you normally pay attention to while you’re actually gaming, but they sure look nice otherwise. What might not look nice after a while is the mouse itself: the rubberized coating, while making it nice to hold, also shows grease marks readily.
Still, it’s a little feature-poor compared to some of the competition. For example, the G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 gaming mouse offers the same 8 programmable buttons and four-zone RGB lighting, but includes enough onboard memory for five stored profiles, has adjustable weights, is ambidextrous via switchable side panels, offers palm height adjustment, and includes Omron switches and a laser sensor…and sells for the same price as the Sabre RGB.
So why would you consider the Sabre? One reason: CUE. The ability to integrate with other Corsair peripherals is a real win, and if you have or plan to buy a Corsair gaming keyboard, the ability to bundle keyboard and mouse settings into a single profile is a real win.
Corsair Sabre RGB Conclusion
For $49.99 (Amazon | Newegg), the Corsair Sabre RGB is an excellent gaming mouse and a good value. However, it’s definitely not the best value, as there are competing products that offer superior features for about the same price.
The Sabre’s strength lies in its being part of the Corsair peripheral “ecosystem”: that is, “things you can connect to your computer that you can control with CUE.” Serious gamers will appreciate being able to combine a group of keyboard and mouse settings under a single profile, and control them with a single, well-designed utility.
In other words, the Corsair Sabre RGB Gaming Mouse shows best as a component of a system that includes at Corsair gaming keyboard (and maybe the MM800 mouse pad). If you already have a Corsair keyboard or are planning to get one, the Sabre RGB should definitely be on your list.
+ 10,000dpi sensor
+ 8 programmable switches
+ Four programmable RGB lighting zones
+ Excellent utility software
+ Works well with other Corsair peripherals
– Competitive mice offer better hardware value
– Rubberized coating shows oil/grease marks
Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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