Now it’s not often that a new gaming mouse will generate a ton of buzz, but when the Glaive launched, it seemed like everyone was talking about it. And after using it for a while, I determined that the buzz appeared to be justified. A great all-around gaming mouse with bonus modularity for 69.99 US? Psh! But hey, I can’t just give away my conclusion at the start, so let’s have a look at this thing.
The Glaive has a nice matte black finish all around with a textured grip on the right. It’s got RGB LEDs just above that grip, on the front in an exhaust-vent looking design, on the left in a glossy strip, and of course, the Corsair logo on the back. It’s also got grip on the left side. Or not. Or it’s got even more grip. What is this madness? Here we have kind of the most interesting about the Glaive, its modular grip options. It comes with 3 swappable thumb grips – the first with a slim matte finish, the second with a bit more bulk and grippiness, and the third with a wider grippy profile that also has a little bump on the bottom so you can use it to move the whole mouse. The grips are magnetic, so they’re super easy to swap on and off, and though they seem like minor changes, they really do significantly change the way the mouse feels. I personally preferred the middle option, but I enjoyed swapping them on and off to find out which one worked best.
Now, above the swappable grip are the very pronounced forward and back buttons. There’s also a DPI switch button below the scroll wheel, and obviously the primary and secondary buttons for a total of 5 fully programmable buttons. Those primary clickers use Omron switches rated for a healthy 50 million clicks. Beside the DPI switch are five indicator lights, which helpfully let you know which DPI level the mouse is currently at. The aluminum scroll wheel is very clicky, with texturized rubber, which I personally prefer. And on the front, we’ve got a very securely attached 6 foot long braided cable.
Oh, the bottom, we haven’t seen that yet. We’ve got very wide teflon pads, which let the mouse glide pretty effortlessly, flanking a custom Pixart PMW367 optical sensor with up to 16 thousand DPI, so you have that option if you have the motor control of an advanced cyborg from the future. This sensor also enables you to adjust the Glaive’s DPI by increments as low as 1, so you can reaaally fine tune this bad boy using Corsair’s software, more on that in a bit. And it’s got a 1 ms polling rate, which gets you a pretty much lag-free response.
Now the mouse itself weighs 122 grams, which is a liiittle on the heavier side, but definitely not the heaviest mouse I’ve tried. I should note this is the aluminum version – there’s also a black version, but the two models are actually the same weight. The Glaive measures 125.8 by 91.5 by 44.6mm, which is about 4.9 by 3.6 by 1.8 inches. I’m used to using relatively small mice, and mostly I use claw grip, so this mouse felt a bit on the fatter side, although the slimmest matte thumb grip significantly slims its profile.
Now on to that software we were talking about. The Glaive uses the Corsair Utility Engine, just like most of Corsair’s products, where you can assign custom actions to the 5 buttons, choose which RGB lighting pattern you want for the 4 LED zones including Corsair Lighting link to synchronize lighting with compatible Corsair RGB products, and you can adjust DPI settings for each of the 5 levels, not including the additional sniper DPI setting. The Glaive also supports surface calibration, so you can get more accurate control on whatever mousepad or non-mousepad you’re using it on. And if you spend all that time setting everything up just the way you like it, the Glaive has onboard storage for user profiles, so you can plug it in to any PC and have it behave the exact same way whether or not Corsair’s software is installed.
Now, time for some final thoughts. The Glaive appears to be a great all-around gaming mouse – solid build quality, great switches, custom, super accurate sensor, and you KNOW you gotta have that RGB lighting. But the swappable thumb grips definitely add some more value to the mouse. If you’re spending some cash on a good gaming mouse, it’s nice to know you’re not locked in to one particular feel once you get it – truly, doing this review felt like testing out 3 separate – albeit, very similar – mice.
So lots of pros here. In terms of cons, honestly there’s not much I can say. Even with the thinnest grip, the Glaive was still a little wide for my taste, but as I said, I do prefer smaller, thinner mice from the get go. But even then, I got used to this, and I feel like having a more solid grip might have even helped me play better in Overwatch. If you like medium or large mice, then the size might be perfect for you. The 5 customizable buttons are nice, but it would have been cool to see 1 or 2 more – or even the ability to hold one of them to enable double functions, like Roccat’s shift system. And one last thing to note – the corsair logo appears to get slightly warm after a while. Not like, hot, but just so you barely notice it. It’s almost imperceptible – I just thought it was my hand warming the mouse initially, but – just so you’re aware and don’t buy this thing and then you’re like, is this thing gonna explode, or??. It won’t. Although I probably shouldn’t make that promise. I don’t think it will.
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