Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 27, 2021 at 10:06 am
Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO Picture
7.0
Office/Multimedia
7.9
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
8.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is a good wired gaming mouse. It's lightweight but feels sturdy and has a compact, right-handed design ideal for all hand sizes using a claw grip. It's also suitable for smaller-sized hands using a palm grip and all hand sizes except for small hands using a fingertip grip. It has texturized sides, RGB lighting, and companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, its cable feels cheap and isn't very flexible. Performance-wise, it has good click latency, a good lift-off distance, a broad CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100. However, our unit's sensor is somewhat inconsistent, tending to undershoot during quicker mouse movements.

Our Verdict

7.0 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is decent for office use. It feels well-built, has a good number of programmable buttons, and software for Windows and macOS. It has a comfortable right-handed shape well-suited to nearly all hand sizes using a claw or fingertip grip and smaller hands using a palm grip. Unfortunately, it's wired-only, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good number of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.9 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is very good for FPS gaming. It's lightweight, feels well-built, and should be comfortable for all hand sizes using a claw grip, smaller hands using a palm grip, or all but small hands using a fingertip grip. It has good click latency, a good lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100. Unfortunately, it has a stiff rubber cable, and the sensor on our unit is somewhat inconsistent, tending to undershoot quicker mouse movements.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Lightweight.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Cable feels cheap and isn't very flexible.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have anywhere near as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse, and its cable feels cheap and stiff. That said, it feels well-built, has good click latency, a good lift-off distance, and companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. It's ideal for a claw grip for all hand sizes, suitable for a palm grip for smaller hands, and a fingertip grip for all but small hands.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
  • Companion software for Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is a very good ultra-light gaming mouse, but it's on the heavier end for what we'd consider an ultra-light, and it has a stiff cable. Despite this, it has good click latency, feels very well-built, has good mouse feet that glide well on mousepads, and has a comfortable right-handed shape that's well-suited for a claw grip regardless of hand size. It's also suitable for smaller hands using a palm grip and all hand sizes except for small hands using a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Lightweight.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Cable feels cheap and isn't very flexible.
5.3 Travel

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is inadequate for travel use as it's bulkier than most mice designed for travel and likely won't fit in most laptop cases. It's also wired-only, which might get cumbersome when using it in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated May 27, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 19, 2021: Early access published.

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Black Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.5" (115 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Grip Width
56 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
19.28 in³ (316 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
111 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
85 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
85 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
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
6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO
  • Manual

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3327
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-9%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate settings available on the Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

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
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
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
7.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
16.5 ms
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

If you'd rather have a similarly performing mouse that allows you to make basic RGB lighting and CPI adjustments without companion software, check out the Cooler Master CM110.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is an improved version of the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse. The unit we tested is black, and there are no other variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is an updated version of the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse, offering an upgraded sensor and small improvements to the level of comfort over its predecessor. It's a budget lightweight gaming mouse with many customizable options and software compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, it has a stiff and noticeably cheap-feeling cable, and you can't adjust the set CPI as precisely as you can with many other Corsair mice.

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

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is a great budget FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious has a honeycomb body that makes it significantly lighter. It also has a much lower click latency, a more flexible cable, and feet that glide better. It's well suited for all grip types, but only for larger hands. Unfortunately, its software is only compatible with Windows. The Corsair is heavier but feels sturdier and has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS. It's best suited for a claw grip for all hand sizes.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO. The Razer is significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, better mouse feet, and a much lower click latency. It's best suited for a fingertip grip or a claw or palm grip for smaller hands. Comparatively, the Corsair has a wider CPI range, and unlike the Razer, its companion software is compatible with Windows and macOS. It's best suited for a claw or fingertip for most hand sizes or a palm grip for smaller hands.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse

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.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO. The SteelSeries is lighter, its cable and mouse feet glide more smoothly, and it has better click latency. Comparatively, you may like the Corsair better if you'd prefer an ambidextrous shape. It also has a higher maximum CPI. Both mice are ideal for a claw grip for all hand sizes, a palm grip for smaller hands, and a fingertip grip for larger hands.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless

The Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO is an updated, wired version of the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless. The HARPOON RGB PRO is significantly lighter, has a lower lift-off distance, a broader CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and onboard memory for settings. On the other hand, the HARPOON RGB Wireless connects via a USB receiver or Bluetooth. It has a lower click latency and a much more consistent sensor. Both mice are ideal for nearly all hand sizes with a claw or fingertip grip and smaller hands for a palm grip.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair HARPOON RGB PRO. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and is lighter, has a more flexible cable, better mouse feet, and two additional side buttons. It also has a broader CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. However, its software is only compatible with Windows, while the Corsair has software compatible with Windows and macOS. Both mice are well-suited for claw and fingertip grips for nearly all hand sizes and a palm grip for smaller hands.

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