Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

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Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Wireless Gaming Mouse – Righting The Wrongs

With the Dark Core RGB Pro SE, Corsair has made a solid wireless mouse and have greatly improved upon their previously released Dark Core Wireless, which had an awkward side button layout and wireless that, regardless of the updates Corsair had done to firmware, was just never quite stable and certainly not reliable for FPS gaming. The Dark Core RGB Pro SE is a mouse I feel comfortable using in any scenario, whereas I just couldn’t approve of the previous model due to the wireless shortcomings. The Dark Core RGB Pro SE is a bit weighty compared to my current favorites like the G703 Hero and G Pro Wireless, but at 133 Grams, it didn’t hold me up and felt comfortable over long sessions.

If you are a fan of configurable RGB lighting on your peripherals, the Dark Core RGB Pro SE is definitely for you, as the lighting zones are highly configurable and the effects are consistent with solid, uniform lighting across each zone. Of course, the Dark Core RGB Pro SE Wireless is capable of Lighting Link, so it can sync up with the lighting on your other Corsair peripherals when using the iCUE Software. One thing I noticed is that the whites on the Dark Core RGB Pro SE were really close to pure white, where many mice exhibit a bit of a blue tint when set to all white due to the behavior of the LEDs. Kudos to Corsair, as they really nailed consistent lighting on the Dark Core RGB Pro SE.

Corsair’s SlipStream wireless tech for mice is now on a level where I feel it’s comparable or better than Logitech LightSpeed, the first wireless iteration that I felt comfortable using in competitive FPS. Logitech has yet to release a wireless iteration capable of 2,000HZ, so for now Corsair has a bit of a feather in their cap, even if the difference between a 1MS and .5MS polling rate are going to be negligible to a majority of us.

I was very impressed with the battery life of the Dark Core RGB Pro SE. Corsair is using Pixart’s latest power-optimized sensor along with optimizations to power draw over wireless and an auto-shutoff during no activity. I was able to use the Dark Core RGB Pro SE for several days between charges, for hours each day, even with basic color shift lighting enabled on every zone. I noticed that the original Dark Core RGB got a bit warm during use, especially when lighting was used. The Dark Core RGB Pro SE seems to have improved that issue a bit, as I don’t feel it warm up nearly as much as its predecessor. The overall build quality on the Dark Core RGB Pro SE felt solid, though there was a slight rattle during my shake test, there was no sensor rattle and overall, I feel confident in the Dark Core RGB Pro SE holding up well over time.

Great wireless performance, a configurable button layout with easy access, a fairly comfortable feel and excellent build quality that has been improved from previous generation Corsair mice makes the Dark Core Pro RGB SE an easy recommendation if you’re looking for a wireless mouse that won’t let you down in the heat of battle. At just $79.99 for the base model, with a $10 price premium on the SE model that offers Qi charging, the Dark Core RGB Pro SE is priced very competitively against competing wireless mice with similar specs, such as the Logitech G502 LightSpeed, which rings in at $129. I’ve been enjoying the Dark Core Pro RGB SE as my daily driver for the past few weeks and am definitely happy with what Corsair has produced this time around.

LR Editors' Choice

Legit Bottom Line: Corsair has produced a solid jack of all trades wireless gaming mouse in the Dark Core RGB Pro SE and have priced it very competitively. If you want a responsive wireless mouse that will stay reliable in the middle of  game sessions, look no further. 

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