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Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 16, 2020 at 08:45 am
Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse Picture
6.8
Office/Multimedia
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.5
Video Games (MMO)
7.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse is a simple, compact gaming mouse that's a wired version of the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless. It has an excellent sensor with a high polling rate, low click latency, and wide CPI range, but its CPI is quite inconsistent. It has two side buttons, and you can reprogram almost any button on the mouse through the iCUE software. It's a right-handed mouse designed for a claw grip with any hand size, and unless you have a small hand, it's a good choice for a fingertip grip. However, due to its small size, it's uncomfortable for large hands with a palm grip.

Our Verdict

6.8 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair HARPOON is okay for office use. It's a fairly comfortable mouse that's designed to be used by any hand size with a claw grip. It's a good choice for a fingertip grip unless you have small hands, but it's not comfortable for larger hands with a palm grip. It's well-built and it has a good amount of programmable buttons and it works with both Windows and macOS.

Pros
  • Suitable for all hand sizes with claw grip.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Not suited for large hands with palm grip.
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
7.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair HARPOON is good for FPS gaming because it's lightweight and easy to move around, but the cable feels stiff. It has low click latency and a high polling rate that you can adjust. It has a wide CPI range, but sadly, the sensor isn't very consistent. It's designed for a claw grip, and due to its small size, it's a good choice for small to medium-sized hands with a palm grip.

Pros
  • Suitable for all hand sizes with claw grip.
  • Excellent sensor performance.
  • Lightweight mouse.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Not suited for large hands with palm grip.
  • Cheap cable.
7.5 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair HARPOON is good for playing MMO games. You can reprogram almost any button, but there are only two side buttons. It has low click latency and a high polling rate. It's fairly comfortable to use, especially if you have small hands, and it's designed for use with a claw grip. Lastly, it has a wide CPI range, but there's quite a bit of CPI variation.

Pros
  • Suitable for all hand sizes with claw grip.
  • Excellent sensor performance.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Not suited for large hands with palm grip.
  • Cheap cable.
7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair HARPOON is very good for ultra-light gaming. It's a light mouse, but it's not as light as some other ultra-light mice. It has a high polling rate and low click latency. Unfortunately, it has a stiff cable, which is hard to remove any kinks out of, and you can't remove any parts to make it lighter.

Pros
  • Suitable for all hand sizes with claw grip.
  • Excellent sensor performance.
  • Lightweight mouse.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Not suited for large hands with palm grip.
  • Cheap cable.
5.0 Travel

The Corsair HARPOON is bad for travel because it's wired-only. It's a bit difficult to carry around, mainly due to its bulky wire. On the bright side, it feels well-built, so you shouldn't have to worry about breaking it in a laptop case or bag.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Not suited for large hands with palm grip.
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
  • 6.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 20, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Sep 16, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 26, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Corsair HARPOON is a simple-looking gaming mouse with a black body and slanted design. There are rubber textured grips on each side of the mouse and the scroll wheel. The CPI switch button and the programmable side buttons are glossy. There's one RGB location on the logo, and you can customize it through the iCUE software. It looks a lot like the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless, except the CPI switch button doesn't have RGB lighting.

Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (116 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Grip Width
59 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
19.34 inยณ (317 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Corsair HARPOON is a lightweight mouse that isn't too bulky, but because it's wired-only, it may be difficult to carry around and use on planes or trains.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
113 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
85 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
85 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This is a lightweight gaming mouse, but sadly, you can't add any extra weight to it.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Corsair HARPOON has a good build quality. This mouse is made out of solid matte plastic with textured rubber grips on the sides. The mouse is well-made, and there aren't many loose parts aside from the CPI switch button that wobbles a bit. The mouse clicks aren't very satisfying, and there's an audible difference between the left and right clicks. The feet are of good quality, so it's easy to move the mouse around.

7.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Corsair HARPOON is fairly comfortable. It has a slight slant to the right, so it's designed for right-handed use. The grips on the side feel nice and the programmable side buttons are easy to reach. The CPI switch button is too far back no matter which grip you're using. For a gaming mouse with similar performance but an ambidextrous shape and side buttons on both left and ride sides, check out the SteelSeries Sensei RAW.

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

This mouse is small and isn't suited for large hands with a palm grip. The bottom of your palm will rest on the table and you may have to reach back for the scroll wheel and CPI switch button. If you're interested in a gaming mouse that's well-suited to all hand sizes using a palm grip, check out the BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B.

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

The Corsair HARPOON is designed for a claw grip and you should be able to easily reach all the buttons regardless of hand size.

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

For the most part, this mouse is well-designed for a fingertip grip. However, it may be too hard to reach the programmable side buttons if you have small hands.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

This is a wired gaming mouse that can't be used wirelessly.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse's cable is thin and it's difficult to remove any kinks from it. It feels cheap and unfortunately, you can't remove it if you want to replace it.

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

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3320
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
250 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
6,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
250 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-13%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
7.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram the right click, CPI switch, the two side buttons, and the wheel click button through the iCUE software. Also, you can reprogram the left button as long as the left click is assigned to another button.

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 Corsair HARPOON wired gaming mouse has an incremented mouse wheel, but sadly, you can't unlock it for infinite scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
7.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17.5 ms

The Corsair HARPOON has a low click latency, but it's higher than most wired gaming mouse we've tested. Still, most people won't notice much of a delay. If you're interested in a similar mouse with lower click latency, check out the ROCCAT Burst Core or the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro.

Operating System And Software
8.5
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
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Corsair iCUE software offers excellent customization options. Sadly, the mouse doesn't have on-board memory, so you can't use your settings on another computer.

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

This mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse is a simple gaming mouse that should please most people looking for a light mouse. Although it doesn't have as good of a sensor as some other gaming mice, like the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless, the sensor still offers excellent performance.

Also, check out our recommendations for the best wired mice, the best FPS mice, and the best cheap gaming mice.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is much better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. Both mice have a similar shape and are recommended for the same hand sizes and grip types, but the SteelSeries is an ambidextrous mouse. It also has a much more consistent sensor, and it has more programmable inputs. On the other hand, the Corsair has textured grips on the sides.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED is better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. The Logitech is a wireless mouse designed for a fingertip grip. It has a much better sensor with a wider CPI range, less CPI variation, and lower lift-off distance. However, the Corsair is a wired mouse designed for a claw grip, and it's lighter.

Razer DeathAdder Essential

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse and the Razer DeathAdder Essential are wired gaming mice with a right-handed design and high back. The Razer has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a more consistent sensor. If you have larger hands and use a palm grip, you may find the Razer's larger size more comfortable. On the other hand, the Corsair is more suitable for small hands using a palm or claw grip.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a bit better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. The Razer can be used by most grip types and hand sizes, except small hands with a claw or fingertip grip. It has a significantly better sensor with a much wider CPI range, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of one. It also has more programmable inputs. However, the Corsair's dedicated software is also available on macOS, and the mouse is lighter.

Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is an updated version of the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. It has a more consistent sensor with a broader CPI range and a CPI that you can set more precisely. It also has onboard memory for settings and marginally better click latency, though it's likely too small of a difference to be noticeable. Both mice are well-suited for a claw or fingertip grip for nearly all hand sizes and a palm grip for smaller hands.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless is much better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. Both mice have the same shape, while the RGB Wireless is, as the name suggests, a wireless mouse. It also has a much better sensor with a wider CPI range and lower CPI variation. However, the RGB Gaming Mouse is lighter and has a lower lift-off distance.

Logitech G203 Prodigy

The Logitech G203 Prodigy is slightly better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. The Logitech is ambidextrous and has a better-performing sensor with a wider CPI range, much less inconsistent, and a lower lift-off distance. It also has a lower click latency and an extra programmable button. However, the Corsair is a right-handed mouse suitable for those with extra-large hands who use the claw grip.

Corsair SABRE PRO

The Corsair SABRE PRO is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. The SABRE is significantly lighter, has a much lower click latency, and an 8000Hz maximum polling rate. It also has onboard profile storage, a wider CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of one. It's suitable for all grip types, depending on hand size. On the other hand, the HARPOON has RGB lighting, but its CPI is only adjustable by increments of 250. That said, it's suitable for all grip types, but it's too short for those with larger hands using a palm grip, and it may be difficult for those with small hands to reach both side buttons using a fingertip grip.

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