In my mind, the kind of person who is searching for a specialised gaming mouse already knows what the iconic “glaive” is, but for those who aren’t aware, it is a polearm with one blunt end and one bladed end. Like the weapon, the Corsair Glaive RGB excels in its versatility, catering to a plethora of different styles and applications.
Coming with three interchangeable grips and a design reminiscent of Corsair’s design language, the Glaive could be one of the best investments you could make for FPS and MOBA games. That being said, the Glaive competes with some of Corsair’s other mice and the niche that it is catering for may not even notice it. However, the Glaive has solidified itself as one of the better gadgets on the market.
DPI - 18,000 DPI
Sensor - PMW3391
Sensor Type - Optical
Mouse Backlighting - 3 Zone RGB
Onboard Memory - Yes
Onboard Memory Profiles - 1
Mouse button Type - Omron
Connectivity - Wired
Mouse Button Durability - 50M L/R Click
Grip Type - Palm
Weight - 115g (w/out cable and accessories)
CUE Software Supported in iCUE
Cable - 1.8m Braided Fiber
Game Type - FPS, MOBA
Report Rate Selectable - 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/
The Glaive is packaged in the typical Corsair yellow and black with the Glaive itself looking minutely different from other gaming mice but still manages to look distinguishable in its own right. The device is long and relatively low profile and you see it more than you feel it.
Colours remain predominantly matte black (a godsend), giving the Glaive a stealthy, premium look. Silver gives the design a breath of fresh air, with the RGB strips and Corsair logo reminding you that this isn’t your everyday mouse.
The RGB accents aren’t imposing and the width can be changed thanks to Corsair’s iCUE software. Interchangeable thumb grips give you a sense of customisation, but is catered more to how you want to hold the mouse, rather than being purely visual. By default, the Glaive’s thumb grip is a flat surface with a coarse texture for added grip. It’s not bad, but doesn’t offer much in the way of support. That’s perfectly fine since there are two more to choose from: one with a subtle groove and smoother texture, and the other is a traditional full thumb rest. That being said, it doesn’t take much to change the grips at all. Simply pull the grip off from its magnetic locks and place the new one in its spot. Simple. Having the ability to change grips is a welcomed and convenient feature. At the same time, once I picked my favourite grip, I didn’t find myself going back to the other two.
Beyond that, there are seven buttons: a left button, a right button, a clickable scroll wheel, two dots-per-inch (DPI) sensitivity buttons just beneath it and two thumb buttons off to the side. They're all easy to reach and satisfying to click. The Omron switches do a good job of giving immaculate feedback between clicks, but the placement of the two thumb buttons will take some time to get used to. In the first few hours of using the mouse, I accidentally bumped into the buttons on a few occasions.
To customise the Glaive, you can dive into the aforementioned iCUE software. Within the software, you can change your DPI (between 100 and 18, 000), reprogram buttons, create macros, calibrate the mouse for different surfaces (which is a must when you plug in your mouse), adjust the RGB lights, and a lot more. iCUE is a quintessential reason for buying the Glaive. It really elevates the Glaive’s potential and unlocks what it can really do. You would need to simply take 15 minutes to learn what the software can and cannot do and you’re good to go.
Corsair continues to be one of the better mouse manufacturers when it comes to monitoring DPI levels. Instead of using lighting combinations or, worse still, no indicator at all, the Glaive has five lighted notches to let you know which DPI setting you're using. It doesn’t work alongside the RGB settings, but that would have made the price go up so I’m glad Corsair kept it simple in this regard.
Once you move past choosing the perfect grip, playing around with iCUE and staring at the mesmerising strip of RGB, the Glaive starts to really shine. The mouse works very well in all kinds of games, but truly shined in FPS games. That being said, the Glaive can do more than enough to meet your needs in any game you throw at it. I jumped between Battlefield V, One Finger Death Punch 2, Jurassic World: Evolution, and Subnautica. In every instance, the Glaive excelled and even exceed my expectations, with a mere click to adjust DPI to match the game’s needs.
The Glaive kept up with my frenzied clicking in One Finger Death Punch 2 (which is by no means a normal feat) and I didn’t lose grip or feel fatigued - even after playing for hours. Since Corsair believes the mouse could be of special appeal to FPS and MOBA players, I spent a little more time with those genres. Playing online matches in Battlefield V, Heroes of the Storm and Apex Legends, I was able to unload round after round without ever having to worry that I was going to lose my grip, or that the mouse would miss a command.
The Glaive may not have the wireless features that are all the rave in this day and age, but it brings useful features, great ergonomics, and an ecosystem that will keep you locked down to Corsair for many years to come. The Glaive Pro RGB boasts a low-profile design that is perfect for FPS and MOBA players who are looking for a quality piece of hardware. If you are in the market for a great mouse and are willing to invest, the Glaive Pro RGB should definitely be on your shortlist.
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