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Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 11, 2021 at 10:22 am
Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Picture
7.0
Office/Multimedia
8.7
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
8.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.2
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is an excellent wired gaming mouse. It has a comfortable right-handed shape and a solid plastic body with a slight texture for added grip. It's lightweight, feels well-built, and it has a very low click latency. It also has two independent RGB lighting zones, a flexible cable, good mouse feet, and companion software for customization compatible with Windows and macOS. Its CPI has a wide range that you can adjust by increments of one. It's well-suited for all grip types, but those with smaller hands may not be able to reach all the buttons using a claw or fingertip grip. This mouse is also one of the first to offer an 8000Hz maximum polling rate, which should provide more fluid-feeling mouse movements, though this isn't something we currently test.

Our Verdict

7.0 Office/Multimedia

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is decent for office use. It feels sturdy and has a comfortable right-handed design suitable for larger hands using any grip type. It has companion software compatible with Windows and macOS, which allows you to remap all buttons or set buttons to perform some actions, like run macros, open applications, or even register keystrokes. Unfortunately, you can't use it wirelessly, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed design.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is excellent for FPS gaming. It feels well-built, it's lightweight, and it has excellent low click latency. It's one of the first mice with an 8000Hz maximum polling rate, which should make cursor movements feel smoother, although this isn't something we currently test. It also has a flexible cable, good mouse feet, and a wide CPI range you can adjust in increments of one using the companion software. Its comfortable right-handed shape is suitable for all grip types, but those with smaller hands may not reach all buttons using a claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Companion software offers lots of customization options.
  • Lightweight.
  • Comfortable, right-handed design.
  • 8000Hz maximum polling rate.
Cons
  • Higher polling rates only intended for high-end computers.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is very good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice. That said, all its buttons are programmable, and its comfortable, right-handed shape is suitable for larger hands using any grip type. It feels well-built, has excellent low click latency, and has a CPI with a wide range that you can adjust by increments of one using the companion software, which is also compatible with Windows and macOS.

Pros
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Companion software offers lots of customization options.
  • 8000Hz maximum polling rate.
Cons
  • Higher polling rates only intended for high-end computers.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.6 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is excellent for fans of ultra-light gaming mice, though it's a bit heavier than some dedicated ultra-lights. It has amazing low click latency, a flexible cable, and mouse feet that glide well across non-cloth mousepads. It feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape that's suitable for all grip types. However, those with smaller hands may have trouble reaching all the buttons using a claw or fingertip grip. It also has an 8000Hz maximum polling rate that should offer mouse movements that feel more fluid, but this isn't something we currently test.

Pros
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Companion software offers lots of customization options.
  • Lightweight.
  • 8000Hz maximum polling rate.
Cons
  • Higher polling rates only intended for high-end computers.
5.2 Travel

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is inadequate for travel use. It isn't very portable and may not fit into most laptop cases. You also can't use it wirelessly, making it cumbersome to use in environments like trains or planes.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • May not fit into most laptop bags.
  • 7.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.6 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.2 Travel
  1. Updated May 11, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has a right-handed shape, two side buttons on the left, and a matte black plastic body with a slight texture for added grip. There are two independent RGB zones, one within the Corsair logo and another within the mouse wheel. There's an additional LED light on the left side that indicates the CPI setting.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (129 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.7" (69 mm)
Grip Width
66 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
23.07 inยณ (378 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
103 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
75 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
75 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Corsair SABRE PRO's build quality feels great. The left and right clicks have good feedback, and there's no flex in the body. However, there's a rattling sound if you shake the mouse, and the side buttons feel a bit squishy.

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

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has a right-handed design, two side buttons on the left, and the mouse body has a slight texture for added grip. It should be comfortable for people with medium and larger-sized hands, but some of the buttons may be difficult to reach for smaller hands using some grip types.

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

This mouse should be comfortable to use with a palm grip for all hand sizes.

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

Those with small hands may not be able to reach both side buttons with a claw grip.

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

Those with small or medium-sized hands may not comfortably reach both side buttons and the scroll wheel with a fingertip grip.

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 Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is a wired-only mouse that you can't use wirelessly.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has an excellent cable. Though it's advertised as a paracord, it still retains some kinks from packaging and lacks the flexibility of a true paracord.

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

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has good feet with rounded edges. Unfortunately, they make a scratching noise when used directly on desks, and they drag slightly on desks and cloth mousepads. We couldn't find any third-party feet available, but let us know in the discussions if you do.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair SABRE RGB PRO mouse
  • User manual

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3392
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
1 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-2%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
8000 Hz

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has a very wide CPI range, and you can adjust the setting in increments of one. It also has a low lift-off distance and very little CPI variation. In addition to standard polling rate settings of 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz, there are settings for 2000Hz, 4000Hz, and 8000Hz. These higher polling rates should provide smoother feeling mouse movements, but this isn't something we currently test.

Note: Corsair's iCUE software warns that you should only use the 8000Hz polling rate if you have a high-end system. We didn't experience any problems during our tests, but if you have any issues, let us know in the discussions.

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

You can remap all buttons and even set them to run macros, act as media controls, launch applications, or perform keystrokes. The button below the scroll wheel cycles between five CPI settings that you can adjust using the software.

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 SABRE RGB PRO has a notched scroll wheel with pronounced steps. Its rubberized surface gives it a good grip and makes it easy to control.

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

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO has amazing click latency that should feel very responsive.

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

Corsair's iCUE software is compatible with Windows and macOS and offers loads of customization options for RGB lighting, button mapping, surface calibration, CPI settings, and more. It's easy to use, but some options are difficult to find, and using the onboard memory isn't straightforward.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is only available in black. The closely related Corsair SABRE PRO is nearly identical to this mouse, but it lacks RGB lighting. See the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is a wired gaming mouse that Corsair is marketing both as a high-performance budget option and an affordable choice for competitive FPS and MOBA players. It's also noteworthy for being one of the first mice with an 8000Hz maximum polling rate, which should offer smoother feeling mouse movements, although this isn't something we currently test.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best FPS mouse, and the best Corsair mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO and the Glorious Model D are excellent wired gaming mice suitable for larger hands using all grip types, but they have several significant differences. The Corsair feels sturdier, has a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, and has a better click latency, though the difference is small enough that most people are unlikely to notice a difference. Its companion software is also compatible with Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the Glorious is lighter, has a significantly more flexible cable, and much better mouse feet. Unfortunately, it has a higher lift-off distance, its CPI is only adjustable by increments of 100, and its companion software isn't compatible with macOS.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Corsair feels more comfortable, has better mouse feet, has a somewhat wider CPI range, and has a HyperShift button for setting a second layer of commands. It's also almost universally suitable for all hand sizes and grip types. Comparatively, the Corsair is lighter, has a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, a CPI you can adjust by increments of one, and a more flexible cable. It's well-suited for almost all hand sizes using palm or claw grip and larger hands using a fingertip grip.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O and the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO are excellent wired gaming mice with comparable performance and shapes suitable for larger hands using any grip type. The Glorious is lighter, has better mouse feet, a more flexible cable, and an ambidextrous shape. Unfortunately, its companion software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Corsair has a right-handed shape, a significantly better click latency, an 8000Hz maximum polling rate, and a CPI with a wider range that's adjustable by increments of one using the companion software compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Corsair SABRE PRO

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO and the Corsair SABRE PRO are excellent wired gaming mice with 8000Hz maximum polling rates. They're nearly identical except that the RGB PRO has a pair of independent RGB zones, one in the scroll wheel and one within the logo, as well as an LED CPI indicator on the left.

Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is a good wireless gaming mouse, while the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO is an excellent wired gaming mouse. The DARK CORE connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, has a thumb rest and a detachable pinky rest, and has a higher polling rate. Unfortunately, its sensor is somewhat inconsistent. Comparatively, the SABRE is wired-only, significantly lighter, and has a lower lift-off distance. Both have comparable click latency and are well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip, but only larger hands using a fingertip grip.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate and the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO are excellent gaming mice with comparable performance suitable for larger hand sizes using all grip types. The Razer is much heavier, but you can use it wirelessly using its USB receiver. It has eleven buttons that you can program, and you can set a HyperShift button to enable a second layer of controls. The Corsair is significantly lighter but doesn't have wireless capabilities. It also has a much higher 8000Hz maximum polling rate, its software is compatible with Windows and macOS, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of one. Unfortunately, it only has six buttons you can program, and you can't set a secondary layer of commands.

Glorious Model O Wireless

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO and the Glorious Model O Wireless are excellent gaming mice suitable for larger hands with all grip types, but they have a few standout differences. The Glorious is an ambidextrous mouse that connects either wired or wirelessly using its USB receiver. It's lighter, has much better virgin grade PTFE mouse feet, and has a more flexible cable. On the other hand, the Corsair is a wired-only mouse with a right-handed shape and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. It has a CPI with a wider range that's adjustable by increments of one. It also has better click latency, though the difference is slim enough that most people likely won't notice any difference.

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