The Corsair Glaive is the rationale I spend weeks with each mouse we assessment. Normally the additional time appears like a formality—I can inform virtually immediately whether or not or not I like a mouse. However each from time to time there’s a Glaive, a mouse I strongly disliked at first however (considerably) reversed opinion on over time.
The design: A rodent linebacker
What’s humorous is the Glaive ($60 on Amazon) seems like a reasonably generic mouse. You wouldn’t assume it will take so lengthy to regulate to it, judging from footage.
Take a look at drive one in particular person although, and also you’ll instantly notice how exhausting it’s to evaluate scale from product images. The Glaive is massive. Or reasonably, broad. With the default thumb-piece hooked up (extra on that later) it measures 2.9 inches throughout. With the broader thumb-rest, it’s three.6 inches.
Numbers solely inform a part of the story. If you happen to examine these measurements to different mice just like the Logitech G502 (2.9 inches) or the Razer DeathAdder (2.eight inches), the Glaive doesn’t appear that hefty.
The distinction is that the G502 and DeathAdder are tapered. Measure them at their widest level and also you get the numbers above, however every narrows significantly because it approaches your wrist, and normally includes a appreciable cutout on your ring/pinky fingers alongside the aspect, too. The G502 hits 2.9 inches with the thumb relaxation included, for example.
The Glaive is nearly rectangular by comparability. It’s broad on the prime, it’s broad on the backside, it’s broad in between. The domed prime masks this reality a bit, and it actually doesn’t look like (for example) 1984’s actually-rectangular Macintosh mouse. Nonetheless, this can be a mouse with a broad set of shoulders. It additionally makes it a bit troublesome to elevate and reposition, particularly with the Glaive weighing in at four.three ounces.
There are different oddities too. The thumb buttons, for example. Most mice attempt to make the thumb buttons as inconspicuous as attainable, putting them the place (it’s anticipated) you’d grip, then contouring them so that they lie virtually flush with the chassis.
Right here? Not a lot. The Glaive has three detachable aspect panels. One, the default, slopes beneath the mouse and offers the Glaive a considerably DeathAdder-like form. The second, which is textured for higher grip, slopes out barely, including one other half-inch or so to the already-broad Glaive. The third choice, additionally textured, provides a G502-style thumb relaxation.
These panels are magnetic and thus simply swapped out. I’ve personally been utilizing the thumb-rest choice, which whereas admittedly broad, is each snug and provides one other mouse skate to the underside of the Glaive.
Getting again to the odd half, although: Regardless of which choice you select, the thumb buttons aren’t contoured to the aspect panel. There’s a couple of quarter-inch hole between the highest of every panel and the precise thumb buttons.
It’s an extremely bizarre design, and one more reason I didn’t just like the Glaive at first. It appeared like regardless of how I held it, I couldn’t discover a grip that was each snug and left my fingers on the thumb buttons. Even after per week I used to be nonetheless adjusting.
After which, someday within the second week, it clicked. I discovered myself probably not noticing the Glaive’s form as a lot, my hand unconsciously adopting some kind of hybrid claw/palm grip that I’d settled on as probably the most snug choice. Likewise, my thumb adjusted to the groove, utilizing it for additional friction and help whereas resting on the thumb buttons.
Is it my favourite design? Completely not. It lacks each the familiarity of a extra conventional mouse and the consolation of a unconventional (and overlarge) built-for-ergonomics design just like the Mionix Naos.
The Glaive did develop on me, although. I additionally assume it will be a terrific selection for individuals with broad arms—who don’t have many choices in that class, typically. The Naos is an effective one, as are just a few of Logitech’s non-gaming designs, however should you discover the common mouse disappearing in your arms the Glaive is likely to be price a re-assessment.
Another notes earlier than we wrap up:
1) Like each different gaming mouse these days, the Glaive is festooned with RGB LED zones. Three, to be actual—a ribbon on both sides, two “headlights” on the entrance, and Corsair’s emblem beneath the palm. There are additionally 5 blue (non-RGB) lights to delineate DPI, arrayed mainly the place your index finger stretches all the way down to the left mouse button. The latter is very engaging, and truly certainly one of my favourite components on the Glaive.
The ability draw should be increased than most RGB mice although, cause being that the Glaive will get heat after prolonged use—significantly beneath these DPI lights. It’s a reasonably faint warmth, and positively not harmful, but it surely’s…unnerving?
2) With 5 programmable DPI settings, the Glaive actually wants two buttons to change up/down as a substitute of single DPI cycler. It’s ludicrous to by accident faucet the DPI button, then need to faucet it 4 extra instances to get again to your most well-liked setting. Virtually unusable.
Left-click is a bit stiff, too. It’s gotten higher the longer I’ve used it, however fixed double-clicking is a bit more durable right here than it’s on most different mice these days.
three) The sensor is nice, however Corsair’s default settings will not be. The Glaive makes use of a PMW 3367, which might appear to be Corsair’s customized tackle the now-standard 3360/3366. The primary distinction is the 3360/3366 tops out at 12,000 DPI, the 3367 at 16,000. These high-end numbers are largely pointless although, and at decrease sensitivities the 3360/3366 and 3367 carry out fairly equally.
The Glaive defaults in Corsair’s software program to a “Medium” liftoff distance although—the quantity you must increase the mouse earlier than it stops registering. It is a no-go for anybody who consistently lifts and adjusts whereas gaming, and means you’re virtually required to put in Corsair’s software program if solely to toggle this setting to “Low,” which provides a correct 1-ish millimeter liftoff and prevents inaccurate mouse motion when repositioning.
Like I stated, when you’ve got massive arms, the Glaive must be excessive in your checklist. That market is under-served, particularly in gaming circles, and other than the aforementioned Mionix Naos, the Glaive might be your most snug choice. It’s a surprisingly snug mouse, when you regulate to it.
However it’s a bizarre design, and I feel Corsair ought to do a second move on some facets. The correct edge might stand to be a bit extra sculpted—that’s the place many of the “broad” feeling comes from—and the thumb groove minimized. Additionally, if it’s a selection between “Numerous RGBs” and “A mouse that doesn’t warmth up a lot it makes my palm sweat,” I’ll take the latter. All the time.
[Note: There are also a non-zero number of reviews on Amazon/Newegg talking about click issues—specifically single clicks registering as doubles. I didn’t have this issue in my review unit over a few weeks of use and thus didn’t factor it into the score, but it’s something to be aware of.]