Page 4 - Conclusion
Like how a friendly community and a competitive price makes a surprising difference at a ski resort, does the enhanced performance, light weight, and low price of the Corsair Katar PRO XT make for an unexpected advantage to the user experience when gaming? While it certainly did not reinvent the wheel, the Corsair Katar PRO XT does provide solid performance for various applications thanks to the high-end PixArt PMW3391 sensor inside. The PixArt PMW3391 is truly a star in performance with low jitter, high precision, and 18,000 DPI sensitivity -- not that most people use anything close to that, of course. The mouse is solidly built, being very easy to grip with the molded texturing on the side. The light weight of the mouse is complemented by the PTFE feet on the bottom that allows the mouse to move smoothly over any flat surface, which makes for a fun time when playing FPS and MOBA-specific games. All the buttons are easy to reach and I rarely found myself pressing buttons I did not intend to click. The clicks themselves are also crisp and responsive. Using it with Corsair's iCUE software allows for a variety of unique customizations from button mappings to lighting effects. What is surprising is there is even onboard profile storage, despite the fact it only stores one profile that is limited to DPI and lighting configuration only. My only complaint is it looks and grips like a generic office mouse. I understand that it is not easy to make a larger, more ergonomically-shaped mouse that is light in weight and low in price. The size of the Corsair Katar PRO XT was good for claw and finger grip styles, but palm grip users will most likely find themselves more comfortable with a different shell design. Overall, I cannot deny that I had a good time using this mouse to play various games or even just for productivity. I am confident to say that the Corsair Katar PRO XT provides solid performance for those who are looking for a new gaming mouse in 2021 at an MSRP of only $30.
Corsair provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH equal.balance Award | APH Networks Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks, but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Networks Numeric Rating is 7.5/10
Please note that the APH Networks Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other publications.
The Corsair Katar PRO XT is a budget gaming mouse that packs some serious punch with PixArt's PMW3391 sensor in a totally unassuming package.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests