The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is an impressive overall wireless gaming mouse. It features an outstanding sensor that can reach a maximum of 18,000 CPI, and you can adjust the CPI in increments of one. It also has exceptionally low click latency and a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz. Unfortunately, It's heavy and doesn't offer weight optimization, so it's not ideal for ultra-light gaming. Fortunately, it's very comfortable and designed for right-handed people using a palm grip, and it can also be used with a fingertip or claw grip by those with larger hands.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is excellent for office use. It's a very comfortable mouse that's suitable for any sized hand with a palm grip. It can connect to your computer either through its USB receiver or Bluetooth, which is great. There are a lot of buttons you can reprogram, which helps with your workflow, but sadly, the wheel doesn't offer any horizontal scrolling.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is good for FPS games. It's packed with great gaming features such as exceptionally low click latency, a 2000Hz maximum polling rate, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, it's a heavy mouse. Fortunately, it's very comfortable and designed to be used with a palm grip by any hand size.
The mouse is excellent for MMO gaming. Every button on the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is macro-programmable. There are two side buttons and an extra two above, closer to the left button. It has exceptionally low click latency, a high polling rate, and a wide CPI range.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is disappointing for ultra-light gaming. It's a heavy mouse, and there's no way to make it any lighter. On the upside, it's loaded with gaming features, such as exceptionally low click latency and a high polling rate. It's also very comfortable to use.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is impressive for traveling. It's fairly portable, and it has a slot to hold the USB receiver. You can connect to it either through its proprietary receiver or Bluetooth, which is convenient. It's a very comfortable mouse, and it's designed for use with a palm grip by any hand size. Lastly, it's well-made, and you shouldn't worry about breaking it when you throw it into your bag.
We tested the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO in black, which is the only color available for this model. There's a variant called the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO SE, which allows for wireless charging with any of Qi-compatible mousepad. The models are listed below.
|Model||Sensor Model||Max CPI||Advertised Weight||Wireless Charging|
|DARK CORE RGB PRO||PAW3392||18,000||133g||No|
|DARK CORE RGB PRO SE||PAW3392||18,000||142g||Yes|
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The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is an impressive overall mouse, and it feels better-built and more comfortable than other wireless gaming mice. It has a higher polling rate than most, but the sensor has a high CPI variation, which is disappointing. It's heavy, but if that doesn't bother you, this is a great mouse for its price.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is slightly better than the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. The Corsair has Bluetooth support, a higher polling rate, and the dedicated software is available on macOS. On the other hand, the Razer has more programmable inputs, it's lighter, and the sensor has lower CPI variation.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO and the Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS are both good wireless gaming mice. The M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS is lighter, and it comes with weights if you prefer heavier mice. It has a wider CPI range and a very low lift-off distance, as well as more programmable inputs thanks to its tilt gesture support. Also, while its charging cable is rubber, it feels more flexible and doesn't retain kinks like the DARK CORE RGB PRO's braided cable. On the other hand, the DARK CORE RGB PRO has lower click latency, and it's better suited for larger hands using a palm or claw grip.
The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO are two good FPS gaming mice. Both options have a gamer-centric look and aren't for people with very small hands. The Logitech is a bit smaller and lighter and has more buttons, including an extra one on the side. On the other hand, the Corsair has both a thumb and a pinky rest, which some people may find more comfortable. It also has a lower click latency, and its polling rate goes up to 2000Hz, which is quite a bit higher than the Logitech.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless. The DARK CORE feels better-built and more comfortable. It also has more buttons, a wider CPI range, and the CPI can be adjusted by increments of 1. However, the HARPOON has less CPI variation, and it's much lighter.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is a good wireless gaming mouse, while the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is an excellent wired gaming mouse. The DARK CORE connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, has a thumb rest and a detachable pinky rest, and has a higher polling rate. Unfortunately, its sensor is somewhat inconsistent. Comparatively, the SABRE is wired-only, significantly lighter, and has a lower lift-off distance. Both have comparable click latency and are well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip, but only larger hands using a fingertip grip.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO and the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED are two similar-performing mice. The Corsair is a right-handed mouse with Bluetooth support. It has lower click latency, wider CPI range, and a higher polling rate. However, the Logitech is an ambidextrous mouse that's lighter, has less CPI variation, lower lift-off distance, and more buttons.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless. The Corsair has Bluetooth support, lower click latency, a higher polling rate, and more programmable buttons. However, the Logitech is lighter, the sensor has a lower CPI variation, and it has a lower lift-off distance.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO has a gamer-friendly aesthetic. Its ergonomic-shaped body is made out of matte plastic with textured rubber on the back and scroll wheel. The side grips have the same textured pattern as the back, except they're hard plastic instead of rubber. There are also glossy accents on the back and near the scroll wheel. There's RGB lighting throughout, including on the logo, sides, and scroll wheel.
Even though it's bulky, it's fairly easy to carry around and has a slot to place the USB receiver in.
It has an excellent build quality. The plastic body feels solid and there's no flex or squeaking when you squeeze it hard. There's a sound when you shake it, but that sound disappears if you place your finger on the left/right buttons, so it's likely these buttons are a bit loose. The textured rubber on the back and scroll wheel feel nice, and the mouse glides around very well. The RGB lighting looks good, too.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is heavy. It comes with an extra side panel for your pinky that weighs three grams, so you can make it a bit heavier by adding it. There's a variant, the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO SE, that's advertised to be about 10 g heavier.
This mouse is very comfortable. It has an ergonomic shape designed for right-handed people and it comes with a nice thumb rest. There's an additional side panel in the box you can use for a pinky rest. If you're interested in a mouse with fewer buttons but similar performance and a palm rest you can adjust to change the length of the mouse, check out the Mad Catz R.A.T. 2+.
This mouse is designed for a palm grip, and it should be easy to reach all the buttons for any sized hand.
This mouse doesn't have the best shape for a claw grip, but unless you have a small hand, it should be easy to reach all the buttons.
Only those with a large or extra-large hands should use this mouse with a fingertip grip. Those with smaller hands will have trouble reaching the top and side buttons.
The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO Wireless can be paired with its USB receiver or through Bluetooth, and you can also use it wired while charging. There's an LED light between the scroll wheel and CPI switch button that indicates the battery life and pairing status. The battery is rated to last at least 16 hours if you use the RGB lighting, but this isn't something we test for.
The included braided cable is mediocre. It's so stiff out-of-the-box that it's difficult to use the mouse when wired. The cable kinks rather easily.
There are eight buttons, and you can reprogram all of them, including the scroll wheel click. If you're interested in a similar gaming mouse with configurable side buttons that allow you to install one or two side buttons on either side, check out the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum.
This mouse has remarkably low click latency, both over a wired and wireless USB connection. Note that these results are produced with a 2000Hz polling rate. The click latency is somewhat higher and less consistent when connected via Bluetooth. However, this is expected, and a Bluetooth connection isn't recommended for reaction-based gaming.
The off-center sensor may affect gaming performance, but shouldn't be a problem for general office use.
The incremented scroll wheel can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which is disappointing if you need to scroll through long documents.
The Corsair iCUE software is outstanding. It offers a ton of customization options, and it's available on both Windows and macOS. The mouse has onboard memory, making it easy to carry over your settings to another computer.