Corsair M65 RGB Elite Mouse Review

Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Corsair M65 RGB Elite Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 0.8.1
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office/Multimedia
5.4
Travel
8.3
Video Games (FPS)
8.8
Video Games (MMO)
7.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Corsair M65 Elite is a very good gaming mouse that has an excellent build quality thanks to its aluminum frame. Its performance is also outstanding and you can easily customize its DPI settings to better suit your preferences. It also has a sniper button that switches your CPI to your set value for as long as you hold it, which is very useful. On the upside, it has great ergonomics and fits most people. People with extra-large hands might not feel comfortable using a palm or claw grip, while smaller hands might not have great control over the mouse with a fingertip grip.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

Good for mixed usage. This mouse is designed for gaming, but it can also be used in the office thanks to the programmable buttons and amazing build quality. This mouse can easily be customized to your personal preferences as well and you can program all its buttons. However, it's a bit on the heavier side and won't be the best option for ultra-light gaming.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.8 Office/Multimedia

Good for the office. This mouse has great ergonomics, although people with extra-large hands will have trouble with palm or claw grip, while smaller hands might have trouble reaching some buttons with a fingertip grip. The mouse has an excellent build quality and a few programmable buttons that you can customize easily on Windows PCs. However, it isn't wireless and the cable could clutter your desk space.

5.4 Travel

Unsuitable for traveling. The mouse is fairly big and won't be very travel-friendly. It's also wired-only, meaning it might not be ideal to use in a plane if you don't like having a cable dangling around.

8.3 Video Games (FPS)

Great for FPS video games. It has a very low click latency and is decently light when taking out all the available weights. This mouse has amazing performance and can be customized to your preference. Also, the build quality is amazing and most hand sizes will be able to use this mouse comfortably. Only extra-large hands might have some trouble with the palm and claw grips while small hands might not have the best control with a fingertip grip.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
8.8 Video Games (MMO)

Excellent for MMOs. The mouse offers a few programmable buttons, although not as many as dedicated MMO mice. The build quality is amazing and the mouse has great ergonomics, which is suitable for most people. However, extra-large hands will have trouble with the palm and claw grip, while small hands might not feel comfortable using the fingertip grip.

7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

Good for ultra-light gaming. This mouse is a bit on the heavier side, but has amazing performance which is customizable to your preference. It's a great gaming mouse, but if you're looking for the lightest option, this mouse isn't it.

  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.4 Travel
  • 8.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding performance.
  • Near-universal design for all hand sizes and grips.
Cons
  • Stiff cable.
  • Not recommended for small hands with fingertip grip, or extra-large hands with palm or claw grip.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style

The Corsair M65 has a gaming-oriented design. It has a high bump where your palm rests and has a sleek aluminum and matte plastic look. There are also two RGB zones, on the wheel and on the manufacturer's logo, which is at the back of the mouse where your palm rests. It has a few side buttons, including a sniper button that sets your DPI to a preset number when holding it down.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
147 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
118 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
97 g

This mouse is quite heavier than ultra-light gaming mice. You can reduce its weight by removing three 4g weights and the three 2g screws that are on the underside of the mouse.

5.5
Design
Portability
Length 4.6" (11.6 cm)
Height 1.5" (3.9 cm)
Width 3.1" (7.8 cm)
Volume
21.24 Cu. Inch (348 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

This mouse is quite large and more than likely doesn't fit inside a small laptop bag. Its cable adds to its bulk and won't be as portable as a wireless mouse. This won't be an issue for people looking for a gaming mouse for their PC setup.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the M65 is excellent. The main frame underneath the mouse is made out of solid and lightweight aluminum. The side plastic panels have no wiggle and nearly no flex, which is great. All buttons feel solid and responsive. This is one of the better-built mice we've tested so far.

8.5
Design
Ergonomics
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
64 mm

The Corsair M65 RGB has great ergonomics. Other than the side buttons and the thumb rest, the mouse has a fairly ambidextrous design. There's also no variant with the same design for left-handed people. Also, the high palm rest design reduces the amount of suitable grips and hand sizes. On the upside, the mouse is easy to grab, and the thumb rest helps to have a better control over the mouse. If you want a true ambidextrous design, check out the Corsair M55 RGB Pro instead.

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

The Corsair M65 is suitable for almost all hand sizes with the palm grip. However, people with extra-large hands might feel like their fingers extend past the mouse's body.

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

When using the claw grip, only extra-large hands might feel like their fingers overextend on the mouse's body.

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

The Corsair M65 Elite RGB has great ergonomics for most people using the fingertip grip. However, smaller hands might have trouble controlling the mouse smoothly or reach all the buttons.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

The M65 can't be used wirelessly.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable of the Corsair M65 Elite is mediocre. It resembles the Razer Naga Trinity's cable, meaning it keeps kinks from being folded and might drag on your desk. It's braided, but feels stiff and isn't the most malleable.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair M65 Elite RGB
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No

During testing, we managed to make the M65 work on glass, but it only worked partially and it gets quite frustrating to use, which is why it isn't recommended.

8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms

The click latency of the Corsair M65 RGB Elite is very low and most people won't notice any delay when playing games.

9.7
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
1 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
2.1 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The performance of the Corsair M65 Elite RGB is outstanding. It has a very wide range of DPI, which you can customize very precisely, meaning you can find the perfect mouse sensitivity for your needs. It also has a very high polling rate, resulting in a smooth cursor movement. However, it seems its lift off distance is a bit higher than most gaming mice, but most people won't notice this difference.

8.5
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

All the eight buttons of the Corsair M65 Elite are customizable, which is great. You have the left/click buttons, two side buttons, the big red sniper button, and the mouse wheel click. By default, the side sniper button automatically sets the DPI to 400 for as long as you hold it. You can customize this in the iCUE software. If you want a Corsair mouse with a few more buttons, check out the Corsair Nightsword RGB, although its sensor isn't as consistent.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The mouse wheel of the Corsair M65 Elite is typical of gaming mice. It's incremented, giving good feedback on the scroll wheel, but can't be unlocked for fast scrolling like some office mice.

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

The Corsair iCUE software offers a lot of customization options on Windows and macOS. You can easily set the DPI settings for five presets and the sniper button. You can also adjust the lighting effects of the two zones, or completely turn it off. The mouse also has on-board memory, meaning you'll be able to plug in your mouse in a different computer and still have your settings.

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

The Corsair M65 Elite has amazing compatibility. You can fully customize it on both Windows and macOS.

Compared to other mice

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a great FPS mouse that separates itself from the others thanks to its amazing build quality and giant sniper button. You can also customize the mouse sensitivity by increments of 1, which gives you a lot of control over how the mouse feels. However, its cable is a bit stiff and its latency is a bit higher than most wired gaming mice. See our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best mouse.

Logitech G502 Hero
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G502 Hero is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Corsair M65 RGB Elite. It has a lower latency than the Corsair, even though it's wireless, and has more programmable buttons. On the other hand, the Corsair is smaller and lighter-weight, though people with very large hands may have a difficult time using it with the palm or claw grips.

Corsair Nightsword RGB
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a better gaming mouse than the Corsair Nightsword RGB. They have different shapes, but the M65 Elite is better built and fit most grips and hand sizes. Its sensor is also more consistent with its CPI settings. On the other hand, the Nightsword has slightly more buttons.

Corsair M55 RGB Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a better mouse than the Corsair M55 RGB Pro. The M65 is better-built thanks to its aluminum frame, but it's a bit heavier as well. Also, its sensor is more consistent and doesn't seem to undershoot or overshoot depending on the mouse's movement speed. On the other hand, the M55 has two side buttons on each side, giving it a true ambidextrous design, while the M65 only has side buttons on its left side.

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