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Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser RGB: Laser accurate, sabre sharp

By Peter Chu - 25 Mar 2015
Launch SRP: RM252

Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser RGB: Laser accurate, sabre sharp

Corsair is without a doubt a name that has become synonymous with high-quality PC peripherals. From memory modules to keyboards, Corsair has seen it all and done it all with plenty of flair -- go ahead and consult the rave reviews their products have amassed if you think otherwise.

As a result, our expectations were running high when we received the Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser RGB gaming mouse for testing. Now that we have spent a few intimate days with it, does the Sabre Laser RGB manage to live up to the stringent quality that we have come to expect from the gaming arm of Corsair? Let’s find out.

 

Design

As far as looks are concerned, the Sabre Laser RGB definitely features the fundamental characteristics of a gaming mouse: flashy lights, a prominent logo and plenty of customizable buttons.

Speaking of customizable buttons, there are eight of them for you to tinker with: left/right buttons, a DPI sensitivity rocker, a clickable scroll wheel, a thumb-operated forward/back button, and a button below the scroll wheel. Not as many as what you would find on a MOBA-dedicated gaming mouse, but definitely more than enough for all other intents and purposes.

If you are left-handed, we are sorry to say that this gaming mouse isn’t for you. The Sabre Laser RGB is made with right-handers in mind, judging from the placement of the forward/back buttons, which are right above the comfortable recess of the thumb rest -- on the left side of the mouse. Corsair says that the Sabre Laser RGB is designed to be used with a claw-grip, which we agree as the mouse feels wider than it is tall, without much of an arch that for your palm to rest on.

The one thing that’s notably missing from the Sabre Laser RGB is the lack of a left/right scroll wheel button. Yes, we are aware that it’s not the most widely used of buttons, but it would still be a nice inclusion should there be a need for it.

 

Features

Being a Corsair Gaming product, it’s only natural for the Sabre Laser RGB to be outfitted with durable materials. It has a 1.8 feet long braided cord that prevents tangles, and Omron-switched buttons that are rated to provide each of the mouse’s buttons with a lifespan of at least 20 million clicks. Furthermore, with its 1,000Hz refresh rate, you can be sure that the Sabre Laser RGB will be able to register even the most violent and abrupt of mouse movements.

If you are the type of person who likes to take advantage of every single feature of your device, instead of using it as it is out of the box, you will definitely want to download the accompanying Corsair Utility Engine software. Let’s just say it’s one of the most comprehensive mouse utility software we have seen to date.

For example, you can use it to customize any of the mouse’s three-zone lighting from a palette of 16.8 million colors, adjust each of the five DPI settings and its color code, set macros, customize buttons, create individual profiles and the list goes on. It’s scarily extensive.

So many options! Mind you, this is only the Macro configuration page.

Then again, if you’re only interested in changing the basic mouse settings like DPI sensitivity, button configurations and backlight color, there is a separate tab for that which is thankfully much less intimidating to navigate through.

 

Performance

To determine whether the Sabre Laser RGB is worthy of wearing the 'gaming' moniker that precedes its name, we decided to put it to the test by using it to run through two intense first-person shooters -- Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

After blasting our way through both games, we’re pleased to report that the mouse was able to perform flawlessly without a hitch. From the quick flick of the hand to execute a rocket jump in Team Fortress 2, to meticulously lining up a headshot with a sniper in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the Sabre was able to pull the two acts off with ease.

Furthermore, because the Sabre Laser RGB is extremely light and nimble, we didn’t find our wrist or hand feeling strained after using the mouse for extended periods of time.

With its versatile DPI sensitivity that ranges from 50-8,200 (selectable in intervals of 50), we are pretty certain that there is a magic number or two hiding somewhere in there that will suit your needs. Though you probably would not be using either of the two extremes very often, for obvious reasons.

Also, despite the Sabre Laser RGB specifically being labeled as a ‘gaming mouse’, we found it perfectly usable for other computing tasks. Whether you decide to use it for surfing the web, or navigating your way through endless rows and columns of (boring) spreadsheets, the Sabre Laser RGB will certainly feel right at home. Simply put, it’s a jack of all trades.

 

Conclusion

It really should not come as a surprise if we said that we genuinely adore Corsair’s Sabre Laser RGB Gaming Mouse. It’s light, agile, precise and comfortable to use for hours on end. Best of all, it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg either, as the Sabre Laser RGB is moderately priced at RM252 and comes bundled with a two-year warranty. Needless to say, if you are in the market for a new gaming mouse, the Corsair Sabre Laser RGB should be on the top (and possibly the only) one on your list.

9.0
The Good
Comfortable to use for long periods
Delivers excellent tracking performance
Corsair Utility Engine allows for extensive mouse customization
The Bad
Lacks a left/right scroll wheel button