Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

It's been a while since we last took a look at a so-called MMO gaming mouse and though the glory days of MMORPGs have past, there is still life in some of the largest MMOs out there. World of Warcraft's reported 5.6 million subscriptions from this past August is still impressive which goes to show that MMO mice are still relevant.  Corsair adds the Scimitar mouse to its Corsair Gaming collection which follows the precedent established by the Razer Naga mouse which was released in 2009 – a grid of twelve thumb buttons. That one feature alone was enough for 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." A further note, the Scimitar is not Corsair's first MMO mouse - the Vengeance M90 was released back in 2012.Corsair Scimitar Corsair has also labeled the Scimitar as a MOBA mouse and though it is true that Dota and League of Legends require lots of keyboard input such that having lots of mouse buttons can be useful, MOBA players in general dislike the bulkiness of these MMO mice. We're going to pay attention to how well the Scimitar holds up for MOBAs and determine if it makes sense for Corsair to attribute this mouse for such games.Corsair Scimitar Moving past the intended operation we quickly take a look at the Corsair Gaming Scimtar's features before diving into the review. Most notable is the Key Slider system in which position of the thumb buttons can be adjusted along a sliding track. Other features include mechanical switches, a 12,000 DPI optical sensor, and RGB lighting in four zones. The mouse comes with a 2-year warranty and is currently listed on Amazon for $74.99 with free shipping. Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Features: Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Specifications: If you find the Scimitar in the store, you can pull back the front flap to get a look at the mouse.Corsair Scimitar The Scimitar mouse comes with a small screwdriver for the Key Slider lock which is secured in the Velcro cable tie. Also included in the package are a warranty guide and a quick start guide that goes over how to operate the Key Slider and where to get the CUE software.Corsair Scimitar

Looking Around the Corsair Scimitar

Corsair ScimitarThe Corsair Gaming Scimitar is a large and heavy mouse with physical dimensions of 4.7(L) x 3.0(W) x 1.9(H) inches / 119.4 x 77 x 48.8mm and weighs 147 grams. Some aluminum is incorporated into the material construction along with the usual plastic. There are a total of 17 buttons on this mouse with 12 on the side, two on the two, the clickable scroll wheel, and the standard left and right buttons. There are five RGB LED lights, though only four of them can be customized with dynamic effects.Corsair Scimitar Underneath the mouse we see the 12,000 DPI optical sensor showing itself from within a block of aluminum. There are four rubber feet placed around the edges and a screw for loosening or tightening the sliding thumb buttons.Corsair Scimitar Here we get a head-on view of the left side of the mouse. There's more aluminum behind the 12 button thumb grid.Corsair Scimitar In front of the thumb buttons is an RGB light that shines one color as determined in the CUE software to indicate which profile setting is being used. The light faces to the rear and can be distracting.Corsair Scimitar Looking to the front, we see two of the four RGB lighting zones.Corsair Scimitar On the right side, we see a textured rubber grip. Also note the high curved top for supporting the palm of the hand.Corsair Scimitar Looking down the mouse we see the tall curve for supporting the hand.Corsair Scimitar

Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) Software

In order to customize the Scimitar's buttons and lights, the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software must be downloaded. This program is also used for and unifies other Corsair Gaming peripherals. Corsair hasn't fully consolidated some of the devices settings in the same submenu. Here under the Device listing in the Settings menu, users can disable lighting, change polling rate, and update firmware.Corsair Utility Engine Most of the settings are under the Profiles menu. To the left is a dropdown that lists a bank of profiles and below is a list of modes for the selected profile. The rest of the interface is used for the mouse settings themselves organized into tabs. Here we are looking at button assignments for the Scimitar mouse. A variety of actions can be created and then assigned to a mouse button. In the next few screenshots we quickly go through each of them.Corsair Utility Engine Macro records keystrokes and then allows editing of the string. The other settings offer fine tuning the macro.Corsair Utility Engine Text automatically types out a block of user defined text. It is more efficient for very long phrases, but unlike Macro, cannot output some modifier keys such as Alt and Ctrl.Corsair Utility Engine Keystroke is also similar to Macro and Text. A defined set of keys is outputted upon keypress.Corsair Utility Engine Shortcut opens or executes a program upon keypress.Corsair Utility Engine DPI changes the sensitivity of a compatible mouse.Corsair Utility Engine Timer triggers a countdown that appears in the overlay.Corsair Utility Engine Mouse triggers certain mouse actions with compatible mice.Corsair Utility Engine Media Control provides presets for controlling music or video playback as well as system volume.Corsair Utility Engine Right clicking a button on the graphic of the Scimtar mouse under the Assignment submenu also brings up a few other options including Mode Selection/Switching. When assigned to a button, the mode can directly switch to another in the profile or cycle to the next or previous.Corsair Utility Engine A button can also be assigned to perform Profile Switching.Corsair Utility Engine The Lighting submenu allows customization to four of the five RGB lighting zones. The available lighting effects are Rainbow, Solid Color, Color Shift, and Color Pulse.Corsair Utility Engine Corsair Utility Engine The Performance &DPI submenu allows changes to the each of the five sensitivity settings for that mode. The color of the fifth RGB LED light by the thumb grid is set here as well. The other settings on this menu are pointer speed, angle snapping, lift height, and ‘enhance pointer precision' which is Windows' included pointer acceleration setting.Corsair Utility Engine

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