I'll start off by saying that I was never much of a PC gamer. I occasionally dabbled in the likes of Minecraft, Fallout: New Vegas, and arena shooters like Unreal Tournament or Quake - though when it came to my preferred hardware, I always went for the budget, bog-standard equipment that ensured I could get the most out of my performance. After spending time with Corsair's Harpoon RGB Pro, though, I've significantly changed my mind on the kind of hardware I need; a budget gaming mouse almost designed specifically for my kind of tastes.
Sensor - Pixart PMW3320
Main Switches - Omron (rated for 20 million clicks)
Weight - 85g / 0.19 lbs
Size - 111.5 x 68.3 x 40.4 mm
Number of Buttons - 6 buttons + scroll wheel
Polling Rate - Selectable 1000/500/250/125 Hz (USB)
Cable Length - 1.8 m
Software - iCUE (not compulsory)
Interface - USB
Price - roughly R599
The Harpoon RGB Pro is a fantastic FPS/MOBA gaming mouse for the budget-friendly gamer, offering a near-perfect entry point mouse for the casual gaming crowd. Weighing in at just 85g, it's a tremendous lightweight mouse that accentuates versatility, fluidity, and comfort thanks to its contoured, attractive, yet simple design. It also includes six programmable buttons: the left click button, the right click button, a clickable middle button on the wheel, a DPI cycle button, a forward button, and a backward button. Going for the more simple yet elegant design choice, the Harpoon RGB Pro offers the bare minimum, yet that's all you really need to get you started.
When I first plugged the Harpoon RGB Pro into my laptop, I was immediately taken aback by how quick the installation process was. Within a matter of seconds, I was already able to use the mouse to its fullest capabilities, offering programmable options, smooth performance, and of course, controlling the RGB with the pre-installed iCUE software.
The RGB on the Harpoon isn't as accentuated as the Glaive, only affecting Corsair's logo on the back. It certainly appears more humble than exorbitant about its lighting, which should be a huge plus for those who have problems with the ostentatious nature of RGB these days. I personally don't mind a little light show on my hardware, but if you're looking for that, you might be a little let down by the Harpoon. Additionally, since your palm is blocking the logo during usage, you hardly take notice of it. However, that isn't any reason to knock it down a peg, as it more than makes up for it with its ease of use.
It certainly appears more humble than exorbitant about its lighting, which should be a huge plus for those who have problems with the ostentatious nature of RGB these days.
With FPS games, though, I felt right at home.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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