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Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 06, 2020 at 08:15 am
Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless Picture
8.1
Office/Multimedia
8.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
7.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.4
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a very good compact gaming mouse. Its small and versatile design makes it a great choice for tossing into a laptop bag and bringing with you, as well as using with your gaming setup at home. It has fairly low latency when used either with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, so you can leave the receiver plugged into your desktop at home and pair it with your laptop via Bluetooth on-the-go, which is great. Despite being quite small, people with any hand size should be able to have no problems with claw grip, though small hands may have difficulties reaching all the buttons with palm grip.

Our Verdict

8.1 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless is a very good mouse for office and multimedia use thanks to its decently comfortable design and a good amount of programmable buttons. It can be used comfortably with claw grip by any hand size, though people with small hands will likely have a hard time reaching all the buttons with fingertip grip. It's compact enough that you can easily toss it into your laptop case, and it can connect to your laptop via Bluetooth so you don't need to bring any dongles with you, which is great.

Pros
  • Great sensor performance and low click latency.
  • Portable and fairly lightweight.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable.
8.1 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a very good mouse for FPS games. Its click latency is quite low when used either wireless or wired, and its CPI is customizable and very consistent. It has two additional side buttons, and all six buttons can be reprogrammed via Corsair's iCUE software. It's reasonably lightweight; everyone should be able to comfortably reach all the buttons when using claw grip, and only small hands will likely have a harder time with fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Great sensor performance and low click latency.
  • Portable and fairly lightweight.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a great MMO mouse. While it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice, every button is programmable on both Windows and macOS, which is great. It's suitable for any hand size with claw grip, and only those with small hands will have a hard time reaching the side buttons with fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Great sensor performance and low click latency.
  • Portable and fairly lightweight.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable.
7.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a decent mouse for ultra-light gaming. While it isn't nearly as lightweight as dedicated ultra-light mice like the Glorious Model D, it's still quite light when used wirelessly. Its click latency is also low even when used without a wire, and its sensor performance is excellent. It's recommended for claw or fingertip grip, though small hands may have a tough time reaching the front side buttons with fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Great sensor performance and low click latency.
  • Portable and fairly lightweight.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable.
8.4 Travel

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a great mouse for travel thanks to its compact and wireless design that can be used via Bluetooth without the need for any dongles or USB receivers if your laptop is Bluetooth-enabled. It feels durable enough to handle being tossed into a laptop case and is comfortable for all hand sizes when using claw grip.

Pros
  • Great sensor performance and low click latency.
  • Portable and fairly lightweight.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable.
  • 8.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.4 Travel
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless is a compact gaming mouse with a fairly straight-forward black design. There's RGB lighting on the logo on the back, as well as on the CPI switch button.

Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (116 mm)
Height 1.8" (45 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Grip Width
59 mm
7.8
Design
Portability
Volume
16.48 Cu. Inch (270 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

This is a very portable mouse thanks to its compact and wireless design. You should have no problem tossing it into most laptop cases or bags, and it's a great companion to go with a gaming laptop.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
145 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
103 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
103 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a fairly lightweight mouse when used without a wire.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless' build quality is good. The entire mouse is made of good quality matte plastic. There is a small amount of wobble on the main L/R click buttons, though it's unlikely that this will be at all noticeable during regular use. The side buttons can also be activated by pressing hard enough on the side of the frame, though again, this likely won't be an issue during regular use.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

This mouse is decently comfortable. It has a very slight right-handed slant but could still likely be used for either hand. Its compact size makes it a bit less comfortable than larger mice, but it's still more pleasant to grip than the Razer Atheris, which has a similar design.

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

This mouse is quite compact and is best used in palm grip by smaller hands, even people with medium hands may find it a bit on the small side. Larger hands will find it too cramped, and their fingers will hang too far off the front.

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

This mouse is great for claw grip, as any hand size should be able to use it comfortably and reach all the buttons.

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

Everyone except those with small hands should be able to use this mouse well with fingertip grip. Small hands may have a hard time reaching the front side button.

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 HARPOON RGB Wireless can be used wireless with either its USB receiver or via Bluetooth as well, which is great if you have a Bluetooth-enabled laptop and don't want to bring the USB dongle with you. You can also plug the mouse in via Micro USB and use it while charging. If you prefer a wired-only mouse, then check out the Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The included Micro USB cable is decent. It's a braided cable that is quite rigid and maintained a lot of kinks from the packaging.

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

  • Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless mouse
  • Micro USB cable
  • USB receiver
  • Manual

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3325
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
10000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
0 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
3.6 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
7.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless has two side buttons, a CPI switch button, and a mouse wheel button. Along with the L/R clicks, all of these buttons can be reprogrammed within the software. If you want a wireless mouse with more programmable inputs, look into the SteelSeries Rival 650.

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 mouse wheel is only mediocre as it doesn't have a horizontal scroll or L/R buttons. The mouse wheel itself has pronounced increments that feel very clicky. Our mouse almost felt like the wheel was scraping as you scroll, though this may go away over time and might just be specific to our unit.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
9 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
16 ms
Click Latency: Wired
7 ms

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless' click latency is quite low regardless of how you use it. Even over Bluetooth, it's low enough that most people shouldn't notice any delay, which is great.

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 software for this mouse is great. It's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, which is great, but unfortunately, this mouse doesn't feature on-board memory, so customization settings won't stick with the mouse if you use it on a different PC.

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

Corsair's iCUE software is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, so you have access to all customization options on either OS.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair HARPOON Wireless is a compact gaming mouse similar to the Logitech G305 and the Razer Atheris. Unlike most gaming mice which are rather large and bulky, it can easily be tossed into a laptop case and brought with you on-the-go. See our recommendations for the best wireless mouse, the best Corsair mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless and the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED are both great wireless FPS gaming mice. The Corsair can be used with its USB receiver, as well as with Bluetooth or wired, while the Logitech can only be used with its proprietary receiver. While the Logitech has a wider and more adjustable CPI range, the Corsair's sensor performance is slightly more accurate. Both mice are recommended for claw or fingertip grip, though those with small hands will be better off with the Corsair, and extra-large hands will have a better time with the Logitech.

Razer Mamba Wireless

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless and the Razer Mamba Wireless are both very good gaming mice, but the HARPOON has a smaller form factor that's easier to take around with you. It also can be used via Bluetooth, and has low click latency regardless which connection type you use. On the other hand, the Razer feels more durable and is much more comfortable thanks to its larger body. Most people will have an easier time using the HARPOON with a claw or fingertip grip, while the Mamba is best-suited for a palm grip.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed. While the Razer is wireless-only, the Corsair can be used wireless or wired while charging. The Razer is a bit heavier and larger, which makes it better suited for palm grip. Meanwhile, the more compact and portable Corsair is best for all hand sizes with claw grip. While the Razer has a much wider and more adjustable CPI range, the Corsair's CPI is slightly more accurate.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless. The Viper is larger but lighter and is much more comfortable and durable feeling. Both mice are only suitable for palm grip with small or medium hands, and while the Corsair can be used by all hand sizes with claw grip, people with extra-large hands will only get a comfortable grip of the Viper when using fingertip grip. The Viper has a much wider and more adjustable CPI range, though the sensor on the Corsair is more accurate. The Viper Ultimate has more programmable buttons, and its L/R click buttons are optical instead of mechanical.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse

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.

Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO

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.

Razer Atheris

The Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the Razer Atheris. The Corsair is lighter weight, feels better built, is rechargeable, has a wider adjustable CPI range, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Razer has more programmable buttons. The Corsair is suitable for any hand size with claw grip, while the Razer is best recommended for fingertip grip.

SteelSeries Rival 650

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless. The SteelSeries is better-built, it feels more comfortable, it has more buttons, and lower lift-off distance. However, the Corsair has Bluetooth support, it's lighter, and it has lower click latency over its USB receiver.

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