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Corsair M65 RGB Elite Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Corsair M65 RGB Elite Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
8.2
Video Games (FPS)
8.3
Video Games (MMO)
7.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.4
Travel
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

7.5 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.

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.
8.2 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.

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.
8.3 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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.4 Travel
  1. Update 10/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

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
Shape
Length 4.6" (116 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 3.1" (78 mm)
Grip Width
64 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
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.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
147 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
118 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
97 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

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. If you want a lighter mouse, check out the XTRFY M4 RGB.

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

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
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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. Something bigger like the Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless will be better suited for a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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 Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

The M65 can't be used wirelessly.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
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.

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

  • Corsair M65 Elite RGB
  • 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
-6 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a very similarly performing mouse to the Razer DeathAdder V2. They both have outstanding performance, but the DeathAdder V2 has a slightly higher max CPI, a lower click latency, and a lower lift-off distance. The Corsair is better for claw grip if you have small hands, but the V2 is better in both palm and claw grip for people with very large hands. Finally, the V2 has a much less stiff and rigid cable, which is great.

Corsair M55 RGB Pro

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.

Corsair IRONCLAW RGB Wireless

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 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 DARK CORE RGB PRO

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is better than the Corsair M65 RGB Elite. The DARK CORE is wireless with lower click latency and a higher max polling rate. On the other hand, the M65 is wired, feels more comfortable, and has less CPI error.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury

The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury and the Corsair M65 RGB Elite are similar in that they're both mice designed for FPS games with a dedicated sniper button. However, the Corsair is better overall, as it's lighter, more comfortable to use, and its CPI can be adjusted in increments of 1. The Logitech has lower click latency, though, and its cable isn't as stiff.

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