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Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 23, 2020 at 09:10 am
Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless Picture
8.0
Office/Multimedia
7.5
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
5.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless is a good overall gaming mouse. This mouse is rather large and has a right-slanted design, with a thumb rest, meaning a palm grip is recommended for it. It has amazing sensor performance and very low click latency, whether wired or wireless. However, it's a heavy mouse that not everyone will prefer. Its buttons are also awkwardly positioned and might take some time getting used to. On the upside, the mouse is very well-built, and will be better suited for larger hands.

Our Verdict

8.0 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless is a great office mouse thanks to its wireless design and fairly ergonomic design for right-handed people. It's very comfortable to use in a palm grip thanks to its high body, right slanted design, and thumb rest. It also has a good amount of buttons to make workflow a bit more fluid.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Amazing and customizable performance.
  • Great for palm grip.
  • Very low click latency; wireless and wired.
Cons
  • Stiff cable.
  • Unusual button layout.
7.5 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair IRONCLAW is a fairly good mouse for video games like FPS. Its click latency is extremely low when used with its receiver or when wired, which makes it feel very responsive. However, the mouse is big and heavy, and some people might prefer a lighter option for FPS games.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Amazing and customizable performance.
  • Great for palm grip.
  • Very low click latency; wireless and wired.
Cons
  • Stiff cable.
  • Unusual button layout.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair IRONCLAW is a very good mouse for MMO games. It has amazing performance and has a few extra buttons, giving you a bit more inputs for abilities. However, this won't be as ideal as a dedicated MMO mouse with a side panel with 9 or 12 buttons.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Amazing and customizable performance.
  • Great for palm grip.
  • Very low click latency; wireless and wired.
Cons
  • Stiff cable.
  • Unusual button layout.
5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless is not designed to be an ultra-light gaming mouse. It's rather big and heavy and won't be suitable for this use.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Amazing and customizable performance.
  • Great for palm grip.
  • Very low click latency; wireless and wired.
Cons
  • Stiff cable.
  • Unusual button layout.
6.9 Travel

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless is a decent travel mouse. Thanks to its Bluetooth compatibility, you can easily connect it to your laptop without having to bring its cable or receiver around. However, the mouse is a bit bulky and might be hard to toss in a laptop case.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Amazing and customizable performance.
  • Great for palm grip.
  • Very low click latency; wireless and wired.
Cons
  • Stiff cable.
  • Unusual button layout.
  • 8.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.9 Travel
  1. Update 10/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless has a very gaming-oriented design. It has a lot of RGB lighting and a very aggressive style. The mouse looks very big and features a thumb rest on the left side, which is covered by a rubber coating. The mouse also has lots of buttons on top of its body.

Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (126 mm)
Height 1.9" (47 mm)
Width 3.1" (80 mm)
Grip Width
64 mm
5.2
Design
Portability
Volume
28.93 Cu. Inch (474 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Although the Corsair IRONCLAW is wireless, it's quite bulky and doesn't even have an internal storing compartment for its receiver. The mouse is rather large and high, so you might not be able to toss it in a laptop bag. However, for people looking for a gaming mouse for their home setup, this won't matter.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
173 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
133 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
133 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless RGB is very heavy and there are no optimization options.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless' build quality is great, but isn't quite on par with other Corsair mouse like the Scimitar RGB Pro. Only the front of the IRONCLAW is made out of metal, rather than having an aluminum frame. Instead, it's made out of solid plastic, which feels durable. The feet of this mouse are regular and slide decently well. There are also no loose parts.

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

The ergonomics are great. Due to its right-slanted design with a thumb rest on the left side, this is a very comfortable mouse to palm grip. However, some of the buttons might be a bit harder to reach depending on your hand size.

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

A palm grip is strongly recommended with this mouse, regardless of your hand size.

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

When using a claw grip, people with small and medium hands might have a bit of trouble reaching the mouse wheel and the front buttons.

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

Just like the claw grip, people with small and medium hands won't have the best control over the mouse with a fingertip grip and might have trouble reaching some buttons and the wheel.

10
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
Yes
Battery Indicator No

The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless has amazing wireless connectivity. It can be used both via Bluetooth or with its receiver. You can easily switch between modes with the switch on the underside of the mouse. It also turns itself off after being idle for a few minutes, or you can turn it off using the same switch.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless' cable is mediocre. Similar to Razer cables, it keeps kinks from the packaging and feels rather stiff. On the upside, when you're not using the cable to charge your mouse, you can use it as an extension to put your receiver closer to the mouse, for optimal performance.

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

  • Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless mouse
  • USB Receiver
  • Receiver adapter
  • Micro-USB Charging cable
  • Manuals
  • Control
    Control
    Sensor Specifications
    Sensor Technology
    Optical (LED)
    Sensor Model
    PixArt PMW3391
    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
    1.2 mm
    Maximum Polling Rate
    1000 Hz
    7.9
    Control
    Buttons
    Buttons Activation
    Mechanical
    Total Number Of Buttons
    10
    Number Of Side Buttons
    3
    Number Of Programmable Inputs
    10
    Profile Switching Button
    Yes
    CPI (DPI) Switching Button
    Yes
    Gesture Support
    No

    This mouse has a lot of buttons on the left side of its body, making it sometimes awkward to use. All 10 buttons of the mouse are programmable, and it also has a profile switching button and a CPI switch button. The buttons are fairly easily to click and offer good feedback, but their positioning might be weird to use at first.

    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 IRONCLAW Wireless has a mouse wheel that has fairly soft increments but still provide good feedback. Note that there are numerous reports online mentioning the low quality of the scroll wheel, which seems to be the weak point of the mouse and is usually to first part to break.

    Control
    Noise
    Click Noise
    Loud
    8.7
    Control
    Click Latency
    Click Latency: Receiver
    9 ms
    Click Latency: Bluetooth
    28 ms
    Click Latency: Wired
    7 ms

    The Corsair IRONCLAW Wireless RGB's click latency is amazing when used wired or with its receiver, which is how we expect most people to use this mouse. On the upside, it can also be used via Bluetooth, but this isn't recommended for gaming as the click latency is noticeably higher.

    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 a lot of customization options on the IRONCLAW Wireless. Unfortunately, we weren't able to make the on-board memory work on various different computers, which is disappointing.

    8.3
    Operating System And Software
    Mouse Compatibility
    Windows Compatibility Fully
    macOS Compatibility Partially

    This mouse should be fully compatible with Windows and macOS, but we weren't able to customize it on macOS. Even when macros and settings were saved, the mouse would automatically revert to the default profile when used on a Mac.

    Compared To Other Mice

    The Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless is a good overall gaming mouse, but is mainly designed for people with large hands using a palm grip. It has excellent performance, but it's quite heavy and might be harder to play FPS games with. On the upside, Corsair mice are very well-built and this mouse has amazingly low click latency, whether you use it wired or wireless. See our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and the best FPS mice. If you're interested in Corsair products, also check out the best Corsair mice.

    Logitech G502 HERO

    The Logitech G502 HERO is very similar to the Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless when it comes to gaming. It's slightly lighter, but their overall performance is nearly identical. The Logitech is wired, while the Corsair can be used wirelessly. The Logitech's cable is also slightly better, but the difference is minimal.

    Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO

    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.

    Corsair M65 RGB Elite

    The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless, although the M65 is wired while the IRONCLAW is wireless. The M65 is lighter and feels better made thanks to its aluminum frame. On the other hand, the IRONCLAW Wireless is better suited for a palm grip, especially for people with larger hands.

    Corsair Nightsword RGB

    The Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless and the Corsair Nightsword RGB are fairly similar, but the IRONCLAW doesn't need a cable to work. The Nightsword is ever so slightly lighter, but both mice have very similar performance.

    Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

    The Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless. It's noticeably lighter and when used wired, its cable feels better made and more lightweight. The Logitech also has an ambidextrous design while the Corsair is made for right-handed people with a strong slanted design. On the other hand, the Corsair can be used via Bluetooth as well as with its receiver, which the Logitech can't do.

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