Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 11, 2020 at 09:12 am
Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless Picture
7.6
Office/Multimedia
7.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.4
Video Games (MMO)
6.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.4
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is a good wireless gaming mouse. It's a well-built mouse that has an ambidextrous design with two buttons on its left side. It's small enough to fit into most laptop bags, and it has USB receiver storage within its battery compartment. It has an excellently low click latency and a wide CPI range that can be adjusted in increments of 100. Its smaller size is best suited for a fingertip grip, but small and medium-sized hands will find it comfortable with a palm and claw grip. If you prefer a wired design, the Corsair KATAR PRO XT has the same size and shape, and it performs better. We've heard some reports of Bluetooth connectivity issues with newer M1 Macs, but this isn't something we test for. Let us know in the discussions if you've had the same issues.

Our Verdict

7.6 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is good for office use. It feels well-built and it's comfortable to use, although it doesn't have many ergonomic features like dedicated office mice have. It's fully compatible with Windows and macOS, and you can customize its buttons and sensor settings from the iCUE software.

Pros
  • Outstanding customization software.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Not as ergonomic as dedicated office mice.
7.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is good for FPS gaming. It's comfortable to use and feels well-built. You can customize the CPI settings and reprogram the buttons through the iCUE software. Its click latency is excellently low, and its CPI range is quite wide. However, it's on the heavier side for its size.

Pros
  • Outstanding customization software.
  • Excellently low click latency.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy for its size.
7.4 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is decent for MMO gaming. It's comfortable to use and feels well-built. All of its buttons are programmable through the iCUE software. However, it doesn't have as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice. It has a wide CPI range, but the sensitivity can't be adjusted as precisely as some other gaming mice.

Pros
  • Outstanding customization software.
  • Excellently low click latency.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
  • CPI adjustment steps aren't extremely precise.
6.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is just adequate for ultra-light gaming. It feels well-built and comfortable to use, and it has an excellently low click latency and a high maximum polling rate. However, it's somewhat heavy for its size, and there's no way to optimize the weight, so it may not be the best pick for fans of ultra-light gaming mice.

Pros
  • Outstanding customization software.
  • Excellently low click latency.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy for its size.
  • CPI adjustment steps aren't extremely precise.
8.4 Travel

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is great for travel thanks to its wireless design. It should fit well into most laptop cases, and it also has a space in its battery compartment to store its USB receiver.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • USB receiver storage.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy for its size.
  • 7.6 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.4 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.4 Travel

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is a low-profile mouse with an ambidextrous design and two side buttons on its left side. The sides are slightly textured to help with grip. Its body is matte black, but its side buttons, CPI buttons, and the area surrounding the scroll wheel are glossy. It has no lighting zones, except for the CPI switch which lights up green, red, or white to let you know which CPI you're set to, and blue when in Bluetooth pairing mode.

Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (116 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 2.5" (64 mm)
Grip Width
59 mm
7.8
Design
Portability
Volume
17.09 Cu. Inch (280 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is very good for travel since it's small and wireless, meaning you don't need to worry about a cable. It should fit into most laptop cases, and it also has space in its battery compartment to store the receiver.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
105 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
103 g
Weight Distribution
Back-heavy
Extra Weights
No

It's somewhat heavy for its size, with most of its weight distributed to the back due to its use of an AA battery. If you store the receiver into the mouse and use Bluetooth, it's two grams heavier, but this difference isn't noticeable. That said, there are no weight optimization options.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

It has good build quality. Overall, its plastic feels solid and there are no squeaking sounds when pressing the buttons. However, there's a slight rattling that seems to come from the right clicker when it's shaken. The top back cover feels a little loose, and it has some flex when you lightly press down on it, but it isn't too noticeable while using the mouse.

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

The mouse feels comfortable. Although there aren't any grips, there's a slightly textured pattern on each side to help prevent slipping. The side buttons are well-placed, and all hand sizes should have no problem reaching them with a fingertip grip. Due to its small size, larger hands will struggle to use it with a palm grip and extra-large hands with a claw grip.

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

Due to the mouse's small size, people with large or extra-large hands might struggle to comfortably reach the scroll wheel and side buttons with a palm grip. Small and medium hands should feel comfortable with this grip.

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

Due to the mouse's small size, people with extra-large hands may feel this mouse is too small to be used with a claw grip. All other hand sizes should feel comfortable.

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

Any hand size should be comfortable using it with a fingertip grip.

9.4
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
1x AA
Use When Charging
No ( Single use batteries)
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless has fantastic wireless connectivity options. It requires a single AA battery which Corsair claims lasts up to 135 hours, though we haven't tested this. The CPI switch light also indicates battery life when powering on. If you prefer a wired option, the Corsair KATAR PRO XT is nearly identical to the KATAR PRO Wireless but it performs better.

Note: We've heard some reports of Bluetooth connectivity issues with newer M1 Macs, but this isn't something we test for. Let us know in the discussions if you've had the same issues.

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Design
Cable
Cable Length N/A
Cable Type
No Cable
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
No Port

This is a wireless-only mouse that uses a battery, so it doesn't come with a cable.

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

The feet on the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless are good. Despite having two sharp edges, the feet glide well both on a mousepad and directly on a desk.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless mouse
  • USB wireless receiver
  • 1x AA battery
  • Manuals

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
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
0 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
3.6 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

While the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless has a wide CPI range, the sensitivity can only be set in increments of 100, which isn't as precise as some other options. The sensor is very consistent, and it doesn't tend to undershoot the set CPI by much. You can choose between four polling rates: 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. Unfortunately, its lift-off distance is quite high, so the sensor might track your movement when repositioning your mouse.

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

It has a decent amount of buttons. All of the buttons are programmable through the iCUE software, except for the up and down scrolls.

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 scroll wheel is a textured rubber that feels grippy, and the steps are pronounced. There's no L/R tilt and it can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is quiet and shouldn't bother those around you.

8.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
8 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
11 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

It has excellent click latency. It's a little higher over Bluetooth, but it should still be low enough to feel responsive while gaming.

Operating System And Software
9.8
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
No

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless has outstanding companion software. The Corsair iCUE is compatible with both Windows and macOS, and you can customize every aspect of the mouse. However, the task of assigning macros and saving to the on-board memory isn't very user-friendly.

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

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless has no variants and it's only available in black. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is a good wireless gaming mouse, especially for its price point. Its click latency is very low, and it has a wide CPI range, although the sensitivity can't be adjusted as precisely as other gaming mice on the market. Also, it's somewhat heavy for its size. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming mouse, the best FPS mouse, and the best Corsair mouse.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless and the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED are both good gaming mice. The Logitech feels better built, and its CPI range is wider and more precisely adjustable. However, the Logitech doesn’t have Bluetooth like the Corsair, and its mouse click is much louder. The Corsair’s click latency with its receiver is slightly lower, and it has a profile switching button.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is better than the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless. The Razer feels better built, has more programmable buttons, and has a lower lift-off distance than the Corsair. However, the Corsair has wireless capabilities, its sensor is more consistent, and the Corsair iCUE software has better compatibility.

Corsair KATAR PRO XT

The Corsair KATAR PRO XT is better than the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless, but the PRO Wireless is a better choice if you prefer not having a cord. Otherwise, the PRO XT has a wider CPI range that can be adjusted very precisely in increments of 1, and it has a significantly lower minimum lift-off distance. On the other hand, the PRO Wireless' sensor has zero CPI variation, and its click latency is much lower despite being wireless.

Logitech G603 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G603 LIGHTSPEED is better than the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless. The Logitech feels better built and more comfortable. Its bigger size is better suited for a palm grip, while the Corsair is better for a fingertip grip. Also, the Logitech's CPI range is wider and more precisely adjustable. However, the Corsair's click latency is lower, and its sensor is more consistent.

Razer Atheris

The Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless is better than the Razer Atheris. The Corsair's slightly bigger size makes it useable with more grip types, and its CPI range is wider and more consistent. Its click latency is also much lower. On the other hand, the Razer is better for travel since it's smaller.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless. The Razer feels better built, has a wider and more adjustable CPI range, and more programmable buttons. However, the Corsair has Bluetooth support, uses one AA battery, and its software is compatible with macOS, although it's less user-friendly.

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