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Corsair M65 PRO RGB Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 16, 2021 at 10:13 am
Corsair M65 PRO RGB Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
8.3
Video Games (MMO)
6.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.4
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is a good wired gaming mouse. It feels very sturdy and has three side buttons, including a sniper button which, by default, shifts to a lower CPI setting for more precise cursor movements as long as it's held. Performance-wise, it has a low click latency, a wide CPI range, a CPI you can precisely adjust by increments of one, and a very low lift-off distance. Its shape is well-suited for all grip types, though it's likely too short for extra-large hands using a palm or claw grip and too large to control comfortably with small hands using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, it's still heavy, even after removing all tunable weights.

Our Verdict

7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is good for office and multimedia use. It has an impressive number of buttons, all of which you can program with the companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. It also has a comfortable shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any wireless connection options, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Impressive number of buttons; all buttons are programmable.
  • Comfortable shape with thumb rest and textured, grippy sides.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is a good FPS gaming mouse. It feels very sturdy, has low click latency, a CPI that's precisely adjustable by increments of one, and a very low lift-off distance. It also has a sniper button that shifts to a lower CPI as long as you hold it. Its shape is well-suited for all grip types; however, extra-large hands might find the mouse too short using a palm or claw grip, while small hands may have trouble controlling the mouse using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, it's also quite heavy, and its cable isn't very flexible.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
  • Comfortable shape with thumb rest and textured, grippy sides.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Cable and mouse feet are only decent.
8.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is great for MMO gaming, though it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. Nevertheless, it feels very well-built, it has low click latency, and you can program all of the buttons it does have with the companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. It also has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of one, and a very low lift-off distance. It's well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
  • Comfortable shape with thumb rest and textured, grippy sides.
  • Software for customization is compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
6.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is mediocre for ultra-light gaming. It's significantly heavier than dedicated ultra-light gaming mice, its cable isn't very flexible, and its mouse feet are only decent. Despite this, it feels very well-built, has good click latency, and has a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Cable and mouse feet are only decent.
5.4 Travel

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is inadequate for travel use as it's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse with no wireless connection options, making it cumbersome to use in tight spaces like trains or planes. Despite this, it feels very sturdy and has onboard memory for carrying over settings to computers without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky; likely won't fit in most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.4 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 16, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 31, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (118 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 3.0" (77 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
21.48 inยณ (352 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
172 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
141 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
121 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

The Corsair M65 PRO has three removable 4.4g weights held in by three 2.4g screws on the underside. You can remove some or all of these weights to adjust the distribution and overall weight of the mouse.

9.0
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

If you're interested in a similar mouse that has fewer buttons but similar performance and a palm rest you can adjust to change the length of the mouse, check out the Mad Catz R.A.T. 2+ or the Mad Catz R.A.T. 4+.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
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
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Corsair M65 PRO RGB
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3360
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
1 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-3%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rate settings on the Corsair M65 Pro are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

7.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
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
Quiet
8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13 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
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB we tested is black, but there's also a white color variant. The similar Corsair M65 RGB Elite is an upgraded version of this mouse with a new sensor, an additional RGB zone in the mouse wheel, and a wider side button placement.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair M65 PRO RGB is a predecessor of the Corsair M65 RGB Elite. Both mice feel very sturdy, have excellent sensors, and have multiple options for changing your CPI on the fly. You can also adjust CPI settings precisely by increments of one, which is rare for most gaming mice. While the M65 Elite version improves many aspects of this mouse, you may still want to consider the original if you prefer a very low lift-off distance and a wider-spaced side button cluster.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best FPS mouse, and the best Corsair mouse

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is a slightly better FPS gaming mouse than the Corsair M65 PRO RGB. The Logitech has more programmable buttons, a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons that also unlocks for free scrolling, a higher maximum CPI, and a lower click latency. Comparatively, the Corsair feels sturdier and has a more precisely adjustable CPI. Both mice also have sniper buttons and are well-suited for all grip types, though the Logitech is better-suited for larger hands, and the Corsair is better suited for smaller hands.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Corsair M65 PRO RGB are comparable FPS gaming mice. The Razer is much lighter, has smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a higher maximum CPI. Unfortunately, its software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Corsair feels much sturdier, has an extra side button, a lower click latency, onboard memory, and software compatible with Windows and macOS. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, though the Razer is better suited for larger hands, while the Corsair is a bit better suited for smaller hands.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is an updated version of the Corsair M65 PRO RGB. The RGB Elite is lighter, has a CPI indicator, an additional RGB lighting zone in the scroll wheel, better mouse feet, and a higher maximum CPI. Comparatively, the PRO RGB has a lower lift-off distance and side buttons placed closer together.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Corsair M65 PRO RGB is a good FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious has a honeycomb body and is much lighter. It has a more flexible cable, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a lower click latency. Unfortunately, its software is only compatible with Windows. Comparatively, the Corsair feels much sturdier, has an additional side button, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and software compatible with Windows and macOS. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is an excellent wireless gaming mouse, while the Corsair M65 PRO RGB is a good, wired gaming mouse. The Razer is significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, smoother gliding mouse feet, and you can use it wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a higher maximum CPI, one additional side button, and significantly lower click latency. Unfortunately, its software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Corsair is a wired-only mouse, but it feels sturdier, has a more precisely adjustable CPI, and its software is compatible with both Windows and macOS.

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