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Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 23, 2020 at 09:12 am
Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO Picture
8.2
Office/Multimedia
7.6
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
5.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.4
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

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 has low click latency and a really high polling rate. Unfortunately, its sensor doesn't always perform at the set CPI and overshoots at times. It's heavy, and it 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.

Our Verdict

8.2 Office/Multimedia

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.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to use with a palm grip.
  • Bluetooth-compatible.
  • All buttons are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel doesn't offer extra features.
7.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is good for FPS games. It's packed with great gaming features such as low click latency, a high polling rate, and a wide CPI range. Sadly, its sensor doesn't always perform at the set CPI, and it's a heavy mouse. Fortunately, it's very comfortable and designed to be used with a palm grip by any hand size.

Pros
  • Low click latency over a wired or wireless connection.
  • 2000Hz max polling rate.
  • Very comfortable to use with a palm grip.
Cons
  • Sensor doesn't always perform at set CPI.
  • Heavy mouse.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

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 low click latency, a high polling rate, and a wide CPI range, but unfortunately, its sensor doesn't always perform at the set CPI.

Pros
  • Low click latency over a wired or wireless connection.
  • 2000Hz max polling rate.
  • Very comfortable to use with a palm grip.
  • All buttons are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Sensor doesn't always perform at set CPI.
  • Scroll wheel doesn't offer extra features.
5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

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 low click latency and a high polling rate. It's also very comfortable to use.

Pros
  • Low click latency over a wired or wireless connection.
  • 2000Hz max polling rate.
Cons
  • Heavy mouse.
  • No weight optimization.
8.4 Travel

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.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to use with a palm grip.
  • Bluetooth-compatible.
  • Slot for USB receiver.
Cons
  • Heavy mouse.
  • 8.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.4 Travel
  1. Update 10/20/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

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.

Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (127 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 3.2" (81 mm)
Grip Width
54 mm
7.3
Design
Portability
Volume
26.91 Cu. Inch (441 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

Even though it's bulky, it's fairly easy to carry around and has a slot to place the USB receiver in.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
176 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
137 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
134 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

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, that's advertised to be about 10 g heavier.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

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.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb and Pinky

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.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is designed for a palm grip, and it should be easy to reach all the buttons for any sized hand.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

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.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

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.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

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.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

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.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO
  • USB-C cable
  • USB receiver
  • Additional side panel
  • Manual

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3392
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
1 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
10 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
2000 Hz

The off-center sensor may affect gaming performance, but shouldn't be a problem for general office use.

7.5
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

There are eight buttons, and you can reprogram all of them, including the scroll wheel click.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The incremented scroll wheel can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which is disappointing if you need to scroll through long documents.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
7 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
12 ms
Click Latency: Wired
6 ms

This mouse has excellent low click latency. It has low click latency whether you're using it with the USB receiver or wired, which is great.

Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Corsair iCUE
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

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.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

This mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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

If someone has a DARK CORE RGB PRO that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Compared To Other Mice

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 error, which is disappointing. It's heavy, but if that doesn't bother you, this is a great mouse for its price.

Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wireless mice, and the best Corsair mice.

Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless. The DARK CORE has lower click latency, a higher polling rate, and it has onboard memory. However, the IRONCLAW has more buttons, lower lift-off distance, and less CPI error.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate

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 error.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless

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 error and it's much lighter.

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

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 error, lower lift-off distance, and more buttons.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Corsair M65 RGB Elite. The DARK CORE is wireless with lower click latency and a higher max polling rate. On the other hand, the M65 is wired, feels more comfortable, and has less CPI error.

Razer Mamba Wireless

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Razer Mamba Wireless. The Corsair has Bluetooth support, a higher max CPI, a higher polling rate, and the dedicated software is available on macOS. However, the Razer is lighter, and it has an extra programmable input.

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse. 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 error, and it has a lower lift-off distance.

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