Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Sep 16, 2020 at 08:45 am
Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.7
Office/Multimedia
4.9
Travel
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
7.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
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 inaccurate at times. 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

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Corsair HARPOON is a decent mouse overall. It's good for FPS gaming due to its small size, low click latency, and wide CPI range. It's also very good for ultra-light gaming because of its lightweight design. This mouse is also decent for office use because it's well-built, fairly comfortable to use, and there are rubber grips on the sides. Sadly, the wired-only design doesn't make it ideal for traveling.

Pros
  • Suitable for all hand sizes with claw grip.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Not suited for large hands with palm grip.
  • Cheap cable.
6.7 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.
4.9 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.
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, it's not very accurate. 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.
7.7 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 error.

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.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.9 Travel
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

Check Price

Black HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

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
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
113 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
85 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
85 g

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

5.6
Design
Portability
Length 4.6" (11.6 cm)
Height 1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 2.7" (6.8 cm)
Volume
19.34 Cu. Inch (317 Cu. centimeter)
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. If you want a wireless option, check out the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless.

7.5
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.

7.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
59 mm

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.

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

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: 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
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: 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
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

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

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Braided
No
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.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse
  • Manual

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
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.

8.6
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
250 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
6000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
250 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
10.3 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Corsair HARPOON has excellent sensor performance. While the sensor's CPI error is very high during slow movements, luckily, it's much more accurate when moving the mouse quickly. This mouse has a very wide CPI range, but it may be disappointing to some that the adjustment steps are quite high, so it may be difficult to find the perfect CPI setting. On the upside, you can set the polling rate to 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, or 1000Hz.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

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.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

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

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.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED
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Amazon.com

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

SteelSeries Rival 3
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BestBuy.com

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 better sensor with lower CPI error, and it has more programmable inputs. On the other hand, the Corsair has textured grips on the sides.

Razer DeathAdder Elite
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Amazon.com

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 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 less CPI error. However, the RGB Gaming Mouse is lighter and has a lower lift-off distance.

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