Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Subjective Performance Tests

After installing and properly configuring the Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB to my liking using the software, I put the Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB through our series of standard tracking performance tests. This includes normal office usage in the Windows environment, as well as gaming within first person shooter games such as Counter-Strike: Source. Graphics work is done in addition to the regular office usage with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Mousing surfaces used includes the Func F-Series 10 L and XTracPads Ripper XXL. Please note these are subjective tests, but we attempt to make it as objective as possible with our cross-reference testing methods.

Personally, when I use my mouse, I prefer to establish a palm grip rather than a claw grip. What this means is that I prefer to cover the whole mouse with the palms of my hands, therefore a comfortable ergonomic fit is a priority preference. The Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB, being designed mainly for users like me in mind, is perfect for the occasion. For those who like claw grips or a semi-claw-palm-hybrid grip, the Glaive RGB will also accommodate you if you have larger hands. Furthermore, its lightweight design makes it excellent for first person shooter games, especially for those who commonly engage swift, quick actions. This, in conjunction with its wide sensitivity sensor -- 100 DPI to 16000 DPI in 1 CPI increments -- caters perfectly to all the different scenarios and game play strategies FPS gamers will encounter in the real world. The fact is, dipping as low as 100 DPI is definitely not something you will see every day, nor is the epic 16,000 DPI maxima in 1 DPI increments. I am not entirely sure why anyone would need something that nauseatingly sensitive, but hey, it is there for those who want it.

During usage, I have never accidentally pressed any buttons I did not intend to click. Obviously, there are not a whole lot of buttons on the Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB, but at the same time, this is only made possible considering the few that are there are very well placed in the first place. It is interesting because the Glaive RGB is marketed as a MOBA mouse as well, and while it is sized like one, the lack of buttons mean you probably will not be remapping many, if any, of the ones on board. After all, this is no SteelSeries Rival 500. That said, any feature I need is always well within reach of my thumb, so props to Corsair coming up with great placements. I am also a fan of the soft touch paint and molded rubber grip. The Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB generally grips well in my hand, even if my hands are average sized. That said, I personally find the Rival 700 more comfortable mainly due to the slimmer profile and sharper front angle of the mouse, but this is mainly my preference.

The primary purpose of Corsair Gaming's Glaive RGB is intended for the performance enthusiast crowd. It is intended for gaming, but this does not exclude graphic professionals and office users demanding the edge in tracking precision. Unlike some gaming oriented products, I found the Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB to be excellent for both everyday office work in addition to performance demanding applications. The PixArt PMW3367, being based on the PMW3360, is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, sensors in the market today, and you can definitely see why with this mouse. The sense of control and the smoothness of its glide over all tested tracking surfaces was excellent, and the pointer goes exactly where I want it to go combined with the precision I want. I noticed no tracking problems with the Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB on all surfaces I have tested it on. The surface calibration feature further enhances its tracking performance, although I personally did not notice any significant changes before and after calibration.

At 1000Hz polling rate with the optical sensor, the Glaive RGB is an incredibly precise and quick responding mouse, just as we would expect from a performance gaming product. Its lightweight build and excellent grip only enhances the capability of the electronics. No input lag was noticed; response time was consistently excellent from the lowest sensitivity setting all the way past 12,000 DPI. At maximum resolution, I feel like there might be a very slight reduction in response time. Although sensitivity range is not a direct indicator of performance, similar to how resolution is not a direct indicator of digital camera performance, its incredible precision was still basically sustained across the entire sensitivity range. I noticed what could be very minor jitter at maximum sensitivity, but I could not tell if it was just my hand or if it was really the mouse itself.

The Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB is highly customizable for users desiring wide tracking resolution, maximum responsiveness, lag free performance, and razor sharp handling characteristics. It glides very smoothly thanks to its PTFE feet too. This is everything you can expect from a gaming product.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests
4. Conclusion