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Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Nov 08, 2023 at 11:22 am
Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS Picture
7.1
Work
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
8.7
Video Games (MMO)
9.5
Raw Performance

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS continues Corsair's SCIMITAR line of MMO-focused gaming mice as the first wireless addition to the lineup. It has a right-handed shape and features 15 programmable buttons, including a 12-button side panel that you can slide backward and forward to suit your hand size and grip type. You can connect this mouse wirelessly via Bluetooth or using the included 2.4 GHz USB receiver. It also features software-controllable multi-zone RGB and a sensor with a 2000Hz polling rate, which is higher than on previous generations of SCIMITAR mice.

Our Verdict

7.1 Work

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS is a decent mouse for work use despite not being designed for it. It has a comfortable right-handed shape, great build quality, and plenty of additional reprogrammable buttons. Also, it can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or by using a receiver. However, the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and L/R tilt inputs.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Plenty of reprogrammable buttons.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks free-scrolling and L/R tilt controls.
8.4 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS is a great mouse for FPS gaming. It has remarkable sensor performance overall, with a 2000Hz polling rate, very low click and sensor latency, and high sensor accuracy. That said, it's significantly heavier than dedicated FPS mice and is more difficult to move quickly and accurately.

Pros
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Superb overall sensor performance.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Unusual 2000Hz polling rate implementation that falls short of other mice tested at 2000Hz.
8.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS is an excellent mouse for MMO or MOBA gaming. It features a 12-button side panel that is back-and-forth adjustable to better suit your hand size and grip style for a more comfortable fit. It has excellent sensor performance and low click latency that is suitable for casual and competitive play.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Plenty of reprogrammable buttons.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Superb overall sensor performance.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Unusual 2000Hz polling rate implementation that falls short of other mice tested at 2000Hz.
9.5 Raw Performance

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS has remarkable raw performance overall. It has superbly low click and sensor latency, and it reacts extremely accurately and quickly to your movements and inputs. However, its polling rate performance is slightly less consistent than other mice we've tested with a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz. For more details, see the Sensor Latency section.

Pros
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Superb overall sensor performance.
Cons
  • Unusual 2000Hz polling rate implementation that falls short of other mice tested at 2000Hz.
  • 7.1 Work
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.5 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Nov 08, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 20, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Sep 12, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Sep 08, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Sep 05, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS is only available in a black colorway, and no variants are available at the time of writing. While not a variant, there is a closely related, previous-generation wired model in the same lineup called the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE. You can view the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS is a wireless MMO gaming mouse that continues Corsair's SCIMITAR lineup, like the previous generation, wired-only Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE. It shares the same overall shape and features, like its adjustable 12-button side panel, as other mice in the lineup, but has a sensor that now supports a higher maximum polling rate of 2000Hz.

This mouse is a great choice if you're looking for a wireless MMO mouse with a full 12-button side panel. It's in a mid-range price bracket compared to the more expensive, feature-rich, and customizable Razer Naga V2 Pro. It also has a more conventional, heavy-set design compared to radical new MMO mouse designs, like the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless, which takes cues from some more FPS-focused mice with a honeycomb body designed to be as lightweight as possible.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best MMO mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best Corsair mouse.

Razer Naga V2 Pro

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS and the Razer Naga V2 Pro are both similar performing MMO gaming mice. The Corsair supports a higher native polling rate of 2000Hz and has a 12-button side panel that you can adjust back and forth. The Razer only has a 1000Hz native polling rate, but you can purchase a HyperPolling dongle separately for a maximum polling rate of 4000Hz. The Razer also features a fully swappable side panel with different button configurations, including a 12-button layout, and has better build quality than the Corsair.

Razer Naga Pro

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS and the Razer Naga Pro both perform similarly as MMO gaming mice. The Razer has better build quality and features a fully swappable side panel with different button configurations, including a 12-button layout. In contrast, the Corsair has a 12-button side panel that you can adjust back and forth. The Corsair also supports a 2000Hz polling rate, whereas the Razer does not.

Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE and the Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS are MMO mice that belong to the same lineup. The SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an older wired-only model. On the other hand, the SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS is a newer wireless model. It also has an improved sensor with better overall performance and a higher maximum polling rate of 2000Hz.

SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS and the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless are both MMO gaming mice with 12-button side panels that perform similarly. The Corsair supports a higher native polling rate of 2000Hz and has a 12-button side panel that you can adjust back and forth. The SteelSeries is much lighter than the Corsair but has significantly higher click and sensor latency.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color RGB

This mouse looks and feels similar to the other mice in Corsair's SCIMITAR lineup. It has a matte black body with glossy black accents and silver/gunmetal side buttons. It also has full RGB on the Corsair logo on the palm area and embedded in the lettering of the side buttons. However, the side button illumination looks dim in a well-lit room.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (119 mm)
Width 2.9" (73 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Grip Width
71 mm
Ambidextrous
No
Left-Handed Friendly
No
Finger Rest
Pinky
7.5
Design
Portability
Box Volume
22.33 inยณ (366 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
Yes

This mouse has fairly good portability overall. Although it's on the bigger side, it has a compartment under the mouse where you can store the wireless receiver.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has very good build quality. It feels premium with a matte plastic finish and a textured right-side grip. There's some minor flex high on the side button panel in the middle of the mouse. The left and right-click buttons have slight side-to-side movement. However, these issues are not noticeable in regular use. The buttons on the side panel look like metal but are made of plastic.

The side button panel is adjustable on a slider that moves back and forth. You can adjust it using the included Allen key to loosen and tighten it in position. You can see a photo of the adjustment process here. Once tightened, the panel feels solid and doesn't move, even when applying considerable pressure.

5.6
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
112.5 g
Default Weight
113.0 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is quite heavy compared to most FPS-focused gaming mice, but its weight is typical for an MMO mouse.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

The shape of this mouse is very similar to the other mice in the line-up, like the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE, but with some minor differences in its curves. It has a fairly large, right-handed shape with a ring finger/pinky rest. You can move the side button panel forward and back, which makes it easier to reach for different hand sizes and grip types.

9.6
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
2
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

You can connect to this mouse through its USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It has a rechargeable battery that Corsair claims has up to 120 hours of battery life using the receiver and up to 150 hours using Bluetooth, with both figures being achieved with RGB lighting turned off.

7.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse comes with a braided USB-A to USB-C charging cable. It has mediocre flexibility, and it retains some kinks from its packaging, but it glides over surfaces well and doesn't snag easily.

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

This mouse has good feet that glide fairly well with not too much scratchiness or drag despite their sharp-cornered shape. However, most gaming mice have better gliding feet than the Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS. Third-party replacement feet are also available.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS
  • Allen key
  • USB receiver
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • User documentation

Control
9.1
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
17
Number Of Side Buttons
12
Number Of Programmable Inputs
15
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all the buttons on this mouse except for the left click and the profile button underneath the mouse. It also has a side panel with 12 buttons that you can reprogram.

9.3
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
2.9 ms
Wired
2.5 ms
Receiver
2.9 ms
Bluetooth
7.9 ms

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS has remarkably low and consistent click latency that delivers a very responsive feeling suitable for even competitive gaming.

The click latency was tested at a polling rate of 2000Hz, and with Button Response Optimization disabled. Button Response Optimization is a software setting that adds debounce delay to prevent slam clicks.

9.5
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.02%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.04%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.08%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.11%
Precision Error Between CPI
1.75%
Worst Tracking Error
-6.33%
Minimum CPI
100 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
1 CPI

This mouse has remarkable CPI performance overall. The physical movements you make with your mouse translate extremely closely to your cursor movements on-screen.

We tested this at a 2000Hz polling rate and with Button Response Optimization disabled.

9.2
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
12.0 ms
Delay At Half Movement
2.8 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
2.5 ms

This mouse has remarkable sensor latency performance. It reacts very quickly to the physical movements you make with the mouse, and you won't notice any delay.

Note: Similar to other Corsair mice we've tested, we observed that the Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS sensor operates differently at its 2000Hz setting compared to most other mice with 2000Hz polling rates. At its 2000Hz setting, this mouse sends two reports to your computer at 1-millisecond intervals, while most other mice we've tested with a 2000Hz polling rate send one report every 0.5 milliseconds. While the sensor latency performance is still superb overall, it's measurably less consistent than most other 2000Hz options from other manufacturers.

We tested this at a 2000Hz polling rate and with Button Response Optimization disabled.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
MARKSMAN 26K
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
2000 Hz

The available polling rate settings for this mouse are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, and 2000Hz.

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 SCIMITAR ELITE WIRELESS has a textured rubberized scroll wheel that scrolls precisely and quietly. However, the step increments aren't well-defined, and they're hard to notice at times.

Note: Previous mice in the SCIMITAR lineup, including the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE and the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB, are prone to early scroll wheel failure that can develop anywhere from three months to two years of use.

We didn't encounter any build quality issues with the scroll wheel of the Corsair SCIMITAR WIRELESS during testing. However, we're on the lookout for any reports of any scroll wheel issues from the wider community and will update this review in the future if reports begin to emerge. If you have this mouse and want to share your experience, let us know in the forums.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

This mouse's left and right clicks are relatively quiet compared to many gaming mice. However, they're less quiet than the dedicated silent switches present on some productivity mice.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name Corsair iCUE
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

Corsair's iCUE software lets you customize various settings like CPI, polling rate, lift-off distance, RGB, and more. It's reasonably straightforward to use. However, some settings, like macro programming and button assignment, are less intuitive. That said, most users won't have much difficulty with it.

Additionally, much like similar software options from other major manufacturers, this software is the source of criticism from the broader community. While we didn't experience any issues during the testing of this mouse, many users online criticize this software for requiring frequent updates and taking up disproportionate system resources, among other complaints. This software may be frustrating if you prefer more lightweight software options or no software at all.

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

This mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.