Corsair Scimitar RGB Moba/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The Scimitar mouse is something of a latecomer, but Corsair had a number of existing MMO mice to draw ideas from – Razer Naga, Logitech G600, even Corsair’s own Vengeance M90 – it’s clear the best features have been incorporated into this new design. The Scimitar does well in several ways – the palm ergonomic form is good and suited for long yet easygoing sessions, the Key Slider mechanism gives some degree of adjustment to the thumb buttons, the CUE software provides lots of possibilities for assigning macros, the use of aluminum in some places gives a bold accent, and the four-zone RGB lighting adds a nice touch of dynamic color.Corsair Utility Engine

Yet, there are some annoyances. A problem with other MMO mice is that it isn’t easy to access all of the thumb buttons. The Key Slider is meant to solve that however, we found it doesn’t adjust the Scimitar’s thumb grid forward far enough and our resting thumb is not positioned in the center of the grid. As a result, six thumb buttons are not within quick reach. In addition, the thumb button grid is positioned so close to the base of the mouse, pressing the lowest buttons along the base edge puts the side of the thumb in contact with the mousepad or whatever surface the mouse is being dragged on. That was something we noticed very quickly and it may not be comfortable for some.Corsair Scimitar

Corsair has labeled the Scimitar as a MOBA mouse which we doubted from the start. MMO mice tend to be tall in order to fit the thumb grid. As such they’re big and they’re not easy to maneuver which is important for positioning in MOBA games. The Scimitar is also very bulky for a gaming mouse. Weighing 147 grams, it’s nearly 1.5 times heavier than the typical gaming mouse. It may seem practical to bind spells or other actions to the thumb buttons, but MOBA gameplay is much faster than that of RPGs and the thumb just isn’t fast enough to handle separate inputs.Corsair Scimitar

Corsair’s new MMO mouse has some cool things going on that the competition doesn’t have, but the Scimitar isn’t the best. The Razer Naga has a better, more comfortable palm ergonomic and the Logitech G600 has more buttons in other places for more utility. The Key Slider feature on the Scimitar didn’t solve our problem of reaching all 12 buttons which we’ve experienced with other MMO mice. The yellow plastic accent is out of place and unnecessary given the dynamic RGB lights. For MOBA gaming, don’t even bother using the Scimitar for that – it’s not nimble enough. At $74.99 shipped on Amazon it’s competitively priced against the $69.97 standard Razer Naga with single color green LED lights, but the Logitech G600 which has RGB lighting on its thumb grid is much less expensive at $41.23. The Corsair Scimitar is good, but not stellar.

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Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Scimitar could have been the best MMO gaming mouse if not for a few annoyances using the thumb buttons.

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  • Caleb Matthias DeWitt

    I can honestly say this is one of the worst gaming mouses I’ve ever had the displeasure of purchasing. The driver crashes CONSTANTLY, and has made me lose a number of matches in various games I play. After a number of attempts to research a fix or solution, I’ve come up empty handed. The Naga works without a separate driver to control the thumb buttons (the Scimitar does not), and even with the drivers for the naga installed, it doesn’t crash AT ALL, and the scimitar has crashed twice in the last two hours for no discernible reason. It does this AT LEAST daily, usually 4-5 times a day. Just get a Naga. Scimitar is flimsy, and cheap, and their program is unstable.

    • Realist

      Been using mine extensively for work as well as gaming for more than a year and had a driver issue once, and could have been windows update, but re-loaded the software and that was the last issue I had. I also have a Naga, and all I can say is the Naga is slightly more comfortable, but it broke much sooner than my Corsair did. But love the Naga brand, just enjoy the Corsair more.

  • Drazen Gojkovic

    Nice review. I wonder, is Scimitar’s scroll wheel (not button) mappable? For instance, is it possible to program it to make a continuous keystroke while scrolling up or down?

    • David Yee

      Unfortunately, the scroll wheel is not mappable

      • Drazen Gojkovic

        Thanks for the answer! So then it will be Razer Naga Chroma for me.

        • David Yee

          The Naga mice don’t have programmable scroll up and scroll down either. The Logitech G600 comes pretty close with its left and right tilting scroll wheel.

        • Drazen Gojkovic

          Well I’m pretty sure it has, at least according to this photo http://www.kitguru.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/naga01.jpg
          And speaking of G600, I use one now, double-click problem two months in, and software sometimes tends to be buggy.

        • David Yee

          Huh. Okay.

          For your current situation, get in touch with Logitech support for an RMA. You are entitled to a replacement within reason under the warranty agreement.

  • Arran

    The Corsair Scimitar is #6 on this list.. http://mousearea.com/best-mmo-gaming-mouse-2016/

  • Razer’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, to raise a stink over the Scimitar’s announcement last August when he stated on social media “If I see yet another company ripping off the Naga again I’m going to throw up.”

    Meh, they need to fix the durability of their Naga models because they personally suck as far as my experience. If another company or someone could do better than them that’s fine by me. i don’t wanna get ripped off in the end….

    • Rayan Chatterjee

      I’ve been using my Naga Epic for a year and a half now and zero issues…what do you all do with your mouses that they break so often?

      • I just click a lot. Razer’s not my style anymore. I’m getting this if I have a chance or the Logitech G600. I’m done using their mouse. I have a Corsair N95 Vengeance for 3 years and still works like a charm.

        • Farstryder

          Same dude I loved the naga until 2 of them broke in a row. Google it they are notorious for for left and right clicks breaking, better unplug it before you play a game like Path of Exile or Minecraft or any heavy clikcing. I’ll be getting this soon for an anniversary present.

        • Sweet. I finally have the G600 and i say that its way better than that sodding Naga. I hope to try this one day as well…

        • Eruanga Franza Kusumasubrata

          hahahaa always the same issue with naga… they fall apart way too easy for a high-end gaming mouse… even with epic handling and all it still crumble within 4 months (in my case) and yes ive been searching for another “naga” and have G600… it last for 3 years even without proper handling ^^

        • geekscanbecool

          Used the old Naga and the G600. After about 18 months, the buttons on the G600 have started to fail. Buttons 2,3 and 6 on the grid now don’t work.
          Only issue I had with the old Naga is that it wasn’t comfortable to hold. New Chroma looks much better.

          Each to his own, but I think I will go back to the Naga.

    • Jesse Pollock

      A year or 2 is not good durability. I agree I have gone through 1 already. The left click went on it. My corsair keyboard has withstood spills (with immediate clean up, but its design prevents a lot of liquid from getting into the board quickly) I am thinking of going with its paired RGB MMO mouse. They seem to make quality products, though the designs are a bit off. I find the G1-18 button pad is useless with its positioning.

  • Eye4Sli

    I wish there was also a performance review on the driver-sofware side. USB 2/3, Windows vista/7/8.x/10 issues, on/off, resume from sleep mode, CPU/Mem usage, page fault..etc. From my experience those mouses are buggy as hell. Also.. yup, not comfortable at all.

    • David Yee

      I wish it would be that straightforward to compare performance
      impact caused by peripheral software. Yet, the vast majority of those programs have such little impact on system resources that there’s hardly anything to compare in that regard. The cases where one should expect to see performance problems are on really old systems where high USB polling can have an impact. Additionally, a number of these programs do get updates over the internet, some very frequently at times. These updates can bring bugfixes, optimizations, and even new or improved features.

      As for the sensor, we’re seeing optical reaching very high
      DPIs which nullifies probably the biggest advantage a laser sensor could provide.

    • Spirit

      For the optical question, basically, optical is superior than laser. It is more accurate, doesn’t have built in mouse acceleration, and isn’t as affected by lift height, as compared to laser. As David Yee said, the only real advantage that laser has is the super high DPI counts, which is just a gimmick to make you buy the laser mouse. Here is a comprehensive guide about it.
      http://www.overclock.net/t/951894/the-truthful-mouse-guide

  • wrottr

    Is this website infected? AAA auto insurance all over the webpage (invisible) click ANY where and go to their website, and clicking on page next takes me to intel laptops for sale. Using IE11 here.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      We noticed an issue with Vibrant Media on IE11 this morning. It looks like it is impacting Internet Explorer 11 version 11.0.9600.18059. Vibrant Media looked into the issue with IE 11.0.9600.18015 and couldn’t reproduce it. Can you confirm your IE11 build please?

      • wrottr

        Thanks. It’s the .18015. With KB3087038.

      • wrottr

        The webpage is also working now. For the moment, I am able to get to the next page and click in white area and not get ads. I think this was also happening previously.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          yeah, I’ve had the same experience… works fine at times and then others it doesn’t. I think that is why Vibrant Media can’t solve the issue. I’m going to disable the ads now as I don’t want it to be an issue for folks over the weekend.

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