,Introduction,Today sees the launch of two new products from Corsair, both aimed squarely at the eSports Tournament players amongst you. We’ve already reviewed the K70 RGB TKL Champion Series and it’s one button solution to ensuring you don’t fall foul of any regulations in your competition.,Mice have fewer opportunities to have massive macros and button combinations assigned to them than keyboards do, so the need to disable it all at the flick of a switch is less important. What you want from a mouse is a sensor which is extremely accurate, tracking your movements as truly as possible whether they are fast or slow, with no interpolation or angle snapping to spoil that perfect click.,The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series is a mouse that has been designed similar to a dragster. Whereas they are huge engines with enough car to get it down the quarter mile, the Sabre is all about a massive sensor surrounded by just as much as is necessary to be a mouse. Responsiveness is the watchword here and to this end it weighs a mere 74g, has buttons designed for the minimum of deadzone and utilises a well respect PixArt sensor as its beating heart. With the addition of Corsair’s AXON technology that can bring you 8000 Hz polling when used in conjunction with the iCUE software, there is much for the hardcore gamer to love.,Let’s take a closer look and then find out how well it performs.,Technical Specifications,
Regular readers will know that Corsair release a huge number of mice to ensure there are products available to cover every need, and we’ve reviewed them all. It makes the famous yellow box like an old friend, particularly as they rarely miss the mark.
The large left and right buttons come with Corsair Quickstrike, which pre-tensions the buttons so that there is no gap between the plastic and the Omron microswitch. It’s all about responsiveness and removing any flab and deadzone between your finger pressing them and them actually responding. When you add that to the AXON 8000Hz polling the only excuse left for you missing your click is your skill level.,
On teh underside there are large PTFE glide pads which can be replaced should you find it necessary. Maybe it’s us but we find we wear the microswitches out on mice long before there is any perceptible wear on the low friction feet.,
As befits its no-nonsense approach the Sabre Pro Champion Series just has a pair of buttons on the side that are large enough to be hit easily but not so large you can hit them by accident. It’s a delicate balance and one it achieves with aplomb. In front of the buttons you can see the DPI indicator.,
Rather than have a heavily braided cable that can easily get kinks in it, a few of the recent Corsair products we’ve looked at, this Sabre included, have instead had a paracord type cable that bends easier, straightens with less fuss, and is just a lot less restrictive. If you don’t use a mouse bungee you know that sometimes your cable can get in the way of delicate movements, but the paracord cable here lessens that tremendously.,
Corsair list the Sabre Pro Champion Series at 74g, and our scales have it at 72.6g. It’s about as light as you can get before you head in to the territory of mice that have had huge swathes cut from their bodies to cut the weight still further.,
The newest iteration of the Corsair iCUE software takes up more room than its predecessor – around 700MB – but has simplified the look without removing any of the functionality. It’s very much a refinement of what has come before, and if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed at the choices available then you’ll appreciate the tutorial popups.,
As you would expect from a Corsair product the lighting is excellent. The white is white, rather than a light blue, and the yellow is yellow as opposed to that yellow/green colour so commonly found in RGB systems. Any colour with a little red in it seems stronger than others, but we’re splitting hairs.,
,Mice come in so many formats these days that there is one to fit every hand and need. If you play MOBA games exclusively there are ones with a dozen side buttons. Should you want something that has many customisation options but is a bit more of a regular mouse design then there are products such as the Corsair Dark Core.,The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series sits at the sleek, stripped down, singularity of purpose end of the rodent spectrum. The first thing that strikes you is the lightness. It’s by no means the lightest mouse we’ve reviewed, but it’s still down at the lower end weighing just short of 73g. The benefits of wired technology isn’t just the endless gaming, but without a battery you’re always getting a mouse that’s much lighter than a wireless model. Although the weight numbers are immutable it feels even lighter than it is, and if we had to guess without the facts we’d suggest it’s more in the sixty gram range. This lightness means there is no inertia at all and even fine hand movements are translated without issue. For those of you who indulge in marathon gaming sessions you can be sure that this lack of weight means you can game way beyond the recommended ‘take a break’ limits without fatigue.,Helping ensure that what movements you do make are accurately represented is the fabulous PixArt PMW3392 sensor. With a maximum DPI of 18000 and available to be tweaked one DPI at a time, both horizontally and vertically, all the way down to 100 DPI you can be guaranteed of finding a setting that suits your gaming style and skill level. Replicating massive movements is something that all sensors can do, but the real element that sorts the chaff from the wheat is when you’re trying to be pixel perfect in sniping or similar and wanting to move a tiny amount. Lesser sensors can require way more physical movement than you’d imagine before they respond, but the PixArt just lets you get on with the business of smiting your enemies.,So you can move it easily, and the sensor has placed your cursor directly where you want it, and it’s time to click the button and perform an action. This is where the combination of the famous Omron switches – even more ubiquitous than the Cherry MX switches are in keyboards – and the Corsair Quickstrike buttons come in to play. There is zero deadzone here. No play at all. It’s as if your brain is wired directly to the switch. The slightest pressure and it actuates. Ultra responsive barely covers it. This all works in conjunction with the Corsair AXON technology that enables 8000Hz polling on compatible systems – anything released in the last few years – to give you the cutting edge. You still need plenty of skill to play with the best, but the Sabre Pro might just be the weapon that tips you over the edge into greatness.,The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series makes full use of the light weight, responsive sensor and Quickstrike buttons to be a transformative experience if you’ve been lumbering along with a fat mouse and heavy buttons. By paring everything down to only that which is necessary Corsair have also kept the price down to an attractive £59.99. It’s all the mouse you need and nothing you don’t, and if you have the skill level to maximise it then it could be the reason you’re standing on the top of the podium., ,Discuss the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series in our OC3D Forums.