The Corsair Sabre RGB Professional Champion Collection optical gaming mouse is yet one more gaming peripheral with a really extreme title. One meaning completely nothing to me as a client. That stated, what Corsair has achieved right here is the furthest factor from the standard gamer extra. It strips away every little thing pointless to ship a light-weight 74g, high-performance esports mouse, at a formidable $60.
After I pulled it out of the field, I used to be struck by how easy it appears to be like. Corsair did not waste any useful resource on fancy edgy designs, rainbow RGB, or punching holes within the shell. And whereas it’d look simplistic, it is extra intently akin to a Katana sword than Iron Man’s swimsuit.
The form is nearly symmetrical, becoming snugly within the palm for a assured grip that will not slip or slide. The tapered sides enable your thumb and pinky to relaxation comfortably. Some would possibly discover it a bit large however I discovered it excellent for my common palm grip.
The primary mouse buttons and thumb buttons are barely textured, completely different from the remainder of the mouse, which improves grip. There are two chunky thumb buttons which are as satisfyingly clicky, as are the principle mouse buttons. These use Corsair QuickStrike switches, a design which leaves zero hole between the buttons and their OMRON switches. So this apparently makes them sooner, extra responsive, and constant. However I actually did not really feel any distinction in contrast with my previous Razer Basilisk Final.
Sabre RGB Professional specs
Programmable buttons: 6
Sensor: 18,000 DPI PMW3392
Sensor sort: Optical
Mouse backlighting: 2 Zone RGB
On board reminiscence: Sure
Mouse button Kind: Omron
Report fee: 8,000Hz
Grip sort: Palm, Claw
Weight tuning: No
On the entrance of the thumb properly is an LED indicator that exhibits which DPI preset the mouse is on at any given time. It is acquired three gentle bars which alternate once you swap the DPI utilizing the button positioned behind the scroll wheel. You’ll be able to regulate the presets utilizing the Corsair iCue software program which additionally saves them on to the mouse.
Due to the 18,000 DPI optical sensor, you’ll be able to have steps from as little as 100 all the best way to 18,000 DPI. I am undecided you’d ever use that top a DPI as I’ve discovered something between 600 and 1800 greater than sufficient for gaming and work.
However what makes the Sabre Professional actually particular is the 8,000Hz polling fee. That primarily beams your instructions to the pc eight occasions sooner than the usual 1,000Hz on most gaming mice. Once more, I could not really feel the distinction in responsiveness and I had no scientific technique to measure it, however somebody higher than me will discover extra use for this excessive pace. One for the professionals, perhaps.
A phrase of warning although—Corsair says the AXON Hyper-processing know-how required to maintain this excessive pace polling would require a beefy CPU to maintain up. You will get a warning in iCUE each time you activate the 8K polling, however since I used to be testing this on an Alienware R11 with an i9-10900K processor, I by no means observed any efficiency points. That stated, you probably have a decrease efficiency processor, like a quad-core i3 Intel, you would possibly see some degradation in efficiency.
And that is not all of the iCUE software program permits you to change. There are many controls to high quality tune the Sabre Professional to your explicit liking. You may as well regulate the 2 zone RGB lighting discovered on the Scroll wheel and the Corsair brand behind the mouse. The RGB is impressively vivid, although I did not discover the customizations versatile or fascinating sufficient past simply having static or rotating colors. I would have beloved some extra gradient, or flowing shade results.
Every of the Sabre Professional’s six buttons may also be reassigned in iCUE. The Macro editor is fairly easy to seize and assign to any key of your selection.
What I discovered unusual is the dearth of presets for well-liked video games resembling you’d discover in Razer Synapse. This is able to be helpful when creating completely different mouse profiles which, by the best way, you’ll be able to assign to particular video games. This fashion, anytime you modify an app or sport, iCUE will routinely change the mouse profile settings. Good.
Moreover, Corsair gave the Sabre Professional a drag-reducing Paracord USB cable that will not slowdown these hyperfast polling alerts, or your quick hand actions, by dragging alongside the floor.
Talking of which, there are additionally replaceable 100% PTFE glide pads which I discovered to be very easy throughout my mousepad. I very a lot desire wi-fi mice however the truth that I barely ever remembered that the Sabre Professional was tethered is an efficient signal that the paracord works as marketed.
I am vastly impressed with what Corsair has achieved with the Sabre Professional. For $60, you’re getting a hell of a performer and it is cheaper than Razer Viper 8KHz.
The 8,000Hz polling paired with an 18,000DPI sensor is certainly overkill for many players however professional’s will respect the design selections that make this glorious for aggressive play. For the remainder of us mortals, this can be a snug, responsive mouse that provides you nice bang in your buck, and simply top-of-the-line wired gaming mice I’ve ever used.