In recent years, the world of eSports has risen swiftly from the depths of ignorance. The growth of Twitch streaming has made people more enthusiastic and more committed to the field. Naturally, though, this has boosted gaming accessory development as well. Mice, keyboards, gaming chairs, headsets, the list keeps going on. The increased competitiveness has also pushed manufacturers and developers to upgrade their products for increased gaming performance. By increased gaming performance, I mean high DPI mice and even high refresh rate monitors allowing the least amount of input lag. These things are quite important when it comes to competitive gaming.
Corsair IronClaw RGB Wireless Mouse
- Excellent Build Quality
- Comfortable to use for extended periods of time
- High DPI Range
- Supporting App opens up customisation opportunities
- No add-on weight support
- Some input lag when compared to other mice
Connection type: Wireless | Battery time: Approx. 17 Hours | Max DPI: 18000 | RGB: Yes
VERDICT:The Corsair IronClaw RGB is the best mouse you can buy for the price. It provides an excellent gaming experience across all fronts and manages to hold its ground against headphones about double its price. For people looking to compete at a level and save the hit on their wallet, this is the mouse.
Today though, we restrict ourselves to just gaming mice — the Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless Mouse in particular. Yes, the name is quite a mouthful but its the product we care about, not its intimidating name or title. The mouse takes over its predecessor, the Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS and competes directly with the likes of Logitech and Razer, even Steelseries. Today, we see if the mouse is worth the pickup and can it hold its own in a world full of the brands mentioned above.
From the first look, it comes in a somewhat modest packaging. Nothing too flashy, nothing that screams RGB, to be honest. It’s about personal preference, but for me at least, I want my packaging to speak for itself. I want it to tell people that I just splurged a big chunk of my hard earned money on a GAMING mouse.
Anyway, coming back to the box. The mouse is printed on the front, showcasing its angles on the back as well. Digging into the box, we come across some paperwork (as if we need it). Finally, we get to the thing we have been waiting for, the mouse itself. The mouse itself is as big as I imagined. I have big hands, and it fits fine. The grip was pretty firm too. Overall, not a bad feeling mouse. It doesn’t stop there, though. Inside the box, we find a braided USB A to micro-USB cable. Now, this is just me being stingy, but I would have loved a USB C cable instead. Come on! It is 2019, after all. USB C everything, please. Apart from the cable, we find a USB dongle that acts as a receiver for the mouse. It comes with a USB extender as well — a good thing to include in the box.
Setting up the mouse is quite simple. Let’s be honest here; it’s just a mouse after all. Connect the USB receiver to the PC and turn on the mouse. It would take a couple of seconds to pair, and that’s about it! Now the fun part begins. Go to Corsair’s website and download their iCUE software. This software would allow you to assign custom commands to the programmable buttons and tweak the RGB settings in the mouse from this point onwards; it is your imagination that takes over so good luck with that.
Design and Build Quality
After taking the mouse out of its packaging, one cannot keep themselves from checking out the brawns of the device. In a single word, this mouse is built like a tank. The company has not compromised on anything as far as the build quality is concerned.
Going through the mouse, we can see the soft touch matte rubber coating that influences grip. Remember, this is the main focus they clearly went for. The mouse wheel is made out of a mixture of plastic and metal but is coated in a textured rubberized material. This material would allow efficient scrolling and reduce accidental movements. On the bottom tip of the mouse lie two buttons. To distinguish them from the rest of the material, they’re made out of glossy plastic. Moving to the side of the mouse and we catch two more buttons resting on top of the side hand rest.
The hand rest is has a textured rubberized material to it, similar to the scroll wheel while the side buttons are made of plastic but matte. The mouse is enveloped by metal and that adds to the heft of the device. Weighing in at 133g, the mouse feels sturdy and yet easily maneuverable. Overall, the entire feel and quality of the mouse are top class and five stars to Corsair for it.
Usage & Performance
In this section, we talk about the performance bit of the mouse and how it fairs in the real world. Given that it is a gaming mouse after all, perhaps that is where we lean towards when it comes to its usage.
Firstly, we talk about the wide range of DPI available for the mouse. Now, considering how our minds work, it would take the whole Harvard debating team to convince me that an 18000 DPI is necessary. In my opinion, it’s just a marketing stunt and nothing more. While testing the mouse, I hooked it up to my main PC first and then to my laptop. My desktop supports a 144Hz 39 inches panel, and at 18000 DPI, the slightest of wiggle had landed the pointer from one corner to the other. As for my laptop, do not even get me started. Anyway, I rest my inner curiosity and let it go back to 800-1000 DPI. Perhaps, my MX Master 2s has spoiled me like this.
Talking about the RGB, the mouse exhibits that brilliantly, in my opinion. Among all the other mice that piqued my interest, the IronClaw RGB stood out. Corsair has introduced RGB to the mouse in such a manner that it doesn’t make it look cheap or fake. For context, the Steelseries mice that I reviewed previously and even Razer ones, they overdid RGB lighting. It’s not a bad thing, RGB accents are difficult to master, and Corsair did it ever so perfectly.
Since the mouse is wireless, I had to check the battery life of the product. In my test, I let it charge from zero to a hundred percent and then used it till it died out. After a week of using the mouse, seeing the averages, I was quite impressed. With all the RGB lights on, the sensor set to 2.4 GHz, the mouse lasted anywhere from 15 hours to 17 hours. While this was alright, competitors like Razer offer much better battery times. When I turned off all the RGB light, I couldn’t see the mouse dying any time soon. With regular usage, a couple of hours of gaming every day, I saw the mouse lasting for about 53 hours. That was pretty amazing. And, to charge the 1000mAh battery, it takes around 3 hours.
Now, coming to the point that most of you have been dragging along this review for, the gaming performance. Perhaps the first concern that comes to everyone’s minds is a gaming peripheral being wireless. The people who feel that way need to chill out. We live in a day and age where mobile phones charge by just placing them on a mat or a surface. While that’s all true, many professional gamers have complained about the wires affecting their gameplay, especially when it comes to competitive games like CS: GO. Apart from that, the mouse fits in better than a wired one, aesthetically. No wires, no tangles, excellent cable management otherwise, I find it hard to complain, honestly.
After having all of that out of the way, I come to the gaming (finally). I made sure that I tried this mouse with a plethora of game types. I can honestly say, overall the mouse did not disappoint. The way I would judge this mouse would be comparing it to a similarly spec’d mouse but wired. To make my assumptions as unbiased as I can, I put this up against the wired version of this very mouse. This would make it a fair competition besides the weight, the wireless model being about thirty grams heavier than the wired one. As far as I could tell, just by my naked eye, having set both on 1000 DPI, I couldn’t detect any difference in the response rates. There was no apparent input lag I could see, having set both side-by-side on two different PCs. Perhaps if both the mice were hooked up to a software that marks response time, we could see the difference, if there was any. Since both the mice have the same sensors, I doubt there would be much of a difference. In my opinion, this mouse would serve gamers of all types quite.
To sum up this review, where do we land with the Corsair IronClaw RGB Wireless. While it is an excellent mouse for the value, there are places where it falls short.
In terms of connection and sensor specifications, the mouse does an excellent job. For an 80$ mouse, you get RGB, excellent build quality and a state of the art sensor to move it along. The mouse offers amazing tracking and didn’t feel like it was based on a wireless connection when it comes to gaming. Even games like Fortnite and Apex Legends ran smoothly without latency hiccups.
Perhaps where the mouse feels “budget” is the lack of customizing. Yes, while the Corsair iCUE app allows for many customizations, it is not very user-friendly. All the options are not laid down for an everyday user. The number of options makes it counterintuitive instead. Coming to the accessories included, Corsair has done the bare minimum. I cannot stress enough the importance of add-on weights. These are the little things that make a peripheral your own. Sadly, the mouse doesn’t give us that. Nor does it have a quick charge option to compensate for the average battery time when compared to its competitors. Another added bonus would have been USB C support. With the world evolving and transitioning to USB C, which is more efficient, its inclusion would have been quite welcome.
Overall, for the price, the mouse simply did not disappoint. It offers excellent quality and good performance. Yes, a product cannot be perfect, there are always some kinks here or there. But, Corsair has managed to make something easy on the pocket which does not disappoint.
Price at the time of review: $80