I'm a big fan of Corsair's mechanical gaming keyboards, but I admit I've never used a Corsair gaming mouse until the Glaive landed on my desk a few weeks ago. As a long-time user of Razers DeathAdder, I decided to switch the Glaive all day to see if it could convince me for everyday and playful use cases.
The specifications for the Glaive are pretty much every box: a 16,000 DPI sensor, high-performance Omron switches for 50 million clicks, six customizable buttons, a polling rate of 1000 Hz, and a total weight (without braided cable) of 122 grams. You even get three RGB lighting zones that can be customized using Corsair's CUEair software. It's no surprise that the Glaive price is equivalent to Razers DeathAdder Elite at $ 69.99, as both offer similar features. It is in the upper middle class of prices for gaming mice.
The construction of the Corsair Glaive is solid for mice. The main body is made of black plastic – with parts made of silver aluminum – with a matt soft-touch coating for the palm rest. This rest has a great texture, so the mouse feels at home in your hands while being easy to grip.
On the right edge there is a rubberized structured handle for your ring and your little fingers. On the other side is a shiny black stripe, under which the forward and back buttons are in their own designated area. And on the underside of the mouse: four large slide support pads, with which the Glaive can slide easily over any surface.
The left and right main switches show a decent click response with enough light actuation force that repeated clicks in games are a breeze. Regardless of whether you press in the middle of the buttons or on the edges, the response is almost identical, giving the impression that the Glaive is well built. The scroll wheel has an excellent texture that supports the grip, and the slightly notched scroll response feels solid and well built again. Clicking the scroll wheel takes more power than I want, but that's just a fool.
The forward and back buttons are in the perfect position for my medium-sized hands: when I reposition my thumb to access these buttons, only a single movement is required to access either button, unlike some mice, the only back button in one hand place ideal ergonomic position. This type of observation may sound strange, but the less often you have to reposition your fingers during use, the more comfortable the mouse is. Unfortunately, the back button is a bit spongy; I would prefer a closer click here.
The sixth button is located under the scroll wheel in a position that is difficult to access in normal operation. This is intentional because the button is mapped to change the Glaive's DPI setting by default. By pressing the button, you can switch between five adjustable DPI settings and illuminate the corresponding number of lights on the wrist rest to inform you which DPI preset has been selected. For those who want to set and forget the DPI value, you can assign this button to any function or macro in the Corsair Utility Engine – and any mouse button other than a left click.
In terms of tracking, the maximum DPI of 16,000 glaive is far too high for most unless you need the best possible precision in certain games. A DPI of 16,000 is as good as that of current gaming mice. So you will definitely not miss out on sensitivity, and you never know that such a high sensitivity could one day be useful. Personally, I like a DPI setting in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 for everyday use, and the Glaive performs well at this level.
Ergonomically, the Glaive is a very comfortable mouse. The palm of the hand is higher than the Deathadder, but I feel that this extra height fits my palm more comfortably. The mouse has a great size and weight for both everyday use and games. As I mentioned earlier, the main buttons are easily accessible. However, ergonomics can be somewhat subjective. So I recommend checking and grasping the mouse in a store before buying it to make sure it fits your hand. With this in mind, I think the design of this mouse is well suited for most users, especially for those who like to grip with the palm of their hand.
However, I will remind potential buyers that the Glaive is so angled that it is only suitable for right-handed users. Left-handers should opt for an ambidextrous mouse instead.
One of the characteristic features of the Glaive is the interchangeable thumb grip. Corsair contains three handles in the box, which can be easily detached and attached magnetically. The standard grip follows the curves of the mice and uses the same soft-touch texture as the palm rest. There is a textured grip that uses materials that are identical to the right side of the mouse, and makes the mouse a little wider for those with larger hands. The third handle is also structured, but adds a paddle pad and maintains the same overall width as the standard handle.
The choice of handles depends on personal taste, and I love how Corsair's Glaive offers options that cover most common mouse styles. Personally, the standard handle was the best option for me, but I can easily see how those with larger hands would prefer the extra width of the structured handle. The best part is that after buying, you can play around with the Glaive to see what you like instead of having to make this decision before handing over your money and possibly regretting it.
There are three customizable RGB zones on the glaive: the front, which subtly projects its light onto your mouse pad and is not really visible under normal use; the edges of the palm rest; and the large Corsair logo. The right edge and Corsair logo are covered during use, but you can see part of the left streak of light. These zones can be changed to any color in the Corsair Utility Engine or set to some basic cycle effects.
The RGB lighting of a mouse is more cosmetic than that of a keyboard, in which the keys are illuminated and which is much more visible. The Glaive has a decent RGB implementation, although I've seen some mice (especially from Razer) that have larger and more visible RGB zones.
Like many gaming mice these days, the Glaive has built-in memory to store your DPI and RGB color profiles, so you can set up the mouse on one computer and easily use the same settings on another. Corsair Utility Engine can also perform surface calibration to give you the best possible precision on your mouse pad.
I didn't know what to expect when I received the Glaive, but I'm definitely impressed with the end product. It's a comfortable, solid mouse with a soft-touch plastic finish that feels good in your hands. The interchangeable thumb grip is a unique feature that offers added value. It also comes with a premium 16,000 DPI sensor for those who want the cursor to zoom across the screen at a million miles an hour.
I'm not sure if I really want to spend $ 70 on a gaming mouse, although I'm aware that there are more expensive options. However, if you want one of the best mice on the market and need features like RGB lighting and a super high DPI sensor, the Corsair Glaive is a great option.
Advantages: Super comfortable soft-touch plastic design. Thanks to the unique interchangeable thumb rest, the Glaive fits all hand sizes. Perfect tracking with high sensitivity. Three-zone RGB lighting with excellent software control.
Disadvantage: The competition is just as good at $ 70.