For testing the Scimitar RGB Elite I grabbed the latest version of iCUE from the Corsair website, version 3.24.52, dated 01/06/2020. While the Scimitar RGB Elite will work out of the box without any software, Corsair iCUE is required to adjust settings for the mouse such as lighting, DPI, button remapping and more.
After installing iCUE the Scimitar RGB Elite was immediately recognized and I was prompted to do a firmware update, which went smoothly and without issue.
Just to get an idea of what each button on the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite can be programmed to do, check out the macro section in iCUE. You can program each of the buttons on the keypad to activate recorded macros, activate remapped keys, launch programs and more.
You can program each of the twelve side buttons on the Scimitar RGB Elite, making it a very versatile mouse.
While the settings section for the Scimitar RGB Elite doesn’t have many options, there are some important ones. The master brightness for the RGB can be controlled, useful for when you want to just turn things off without adjusting profiles. Polling rate can be set at 125HZ, 500HZ or 1000HZ, though most users won’t need to change from the 1000HZ/1MS default, there could be compatibility issues running a 1000HZ polling rate on certain older systems, so it is nice to have the option. Firmware can be updated for this section and you can also clear the onboard memory from the device. I would like to be able to adjust settings such as debounce time and lift off distance, things available on other gaming mice I’ve tested recently.
The Corsair iCUE software for the Scimitar RGB Elite proved to be stable and I didn’t have any noticeable issues, but the learning curve and overall interface would likely prove just a bit too convoluted for novice users. In order to take full advantage of the Scimitar RGB Elite, users will have to use iCUE. While the software is fine in its current state, I would like to see added functionality.
Let’s talk about the overall build quality and performance of the Scimitar RGB Elite and wrap up this review on the next page.