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Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed May 26, 2021 at 10:23 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 10, 2023 at 03:56 pm
Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE Picture
7.5
Work
8.1
Video Games (FPS)
8.8
Video Games (MMO)
8.9
Raw Performance

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an outstanding mouse for MMO or MOBA gaming. It feels very well-built and has a soft-touch plastic body, a textured grip on the right, and a 12-button side panel on the left that you can slide forwards or backward to suit your hand size. It has a low click latency, a low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of one. It's well-suited for a claw grip for all hand sizes, suitable for all but small hands using a fingertip grip, and ideal for all but extra-large hands using a palm grip. It also has four independent RGB lighting zones and companion software for customization compatible with Windows and macOS.

Our Verdict

7.5 Work

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is good for office use. It feels very well-built, has a side panel with 12 programmable buttons, and is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. It's best-suited for a claw grip, regardless of hand size, but it's also well-suited for a fingertip for all but extra-large hands and a palm grip for all but small hands. Unfortunately, it doesn't connect wirelessly, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons, and it doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Plenty of programmable buttons.
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit into most laptop cases.
8.1 Video Games (FPS)

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is very good for FPS gaming, despite being heavy and having a fairly stiff cable. It has low click latency, a low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of one. It feels very well-built, has good mouse feet that glide well on mousepads, and it's ideal for a claw grip for all hand sizes. It's also well-suited for all but small hands using a fingertip grip and suitable for all but extra-large hands using a palm grip.

Pros
  • Plenty of programmable buttons.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Bulky; may not fit into most laptop cases.
  • Fairly stiff cable.
8.8 Video Games (MMO)

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an exceptional mouse for MMO gaming. It has an adjustable 12-button side pannel, it feels very well-built, and it has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS. It also has great click latency and a low lift-off distance. It's ideal for all hand sizes using a claw grip, but it's well-suited for a palm grip for all but small hands and a fingertip grip for all but extra-large hands. Unfortunately, it has a fairly stiff cable, and its mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons.

Pros
  • Plenty of programmable buttons.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
  • Software compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit into most laptop cases.
  • Fairly stiff cable.
8.9 Raw Performance

Pros
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit into most laptop cases.
  • 7.5 Work
  • 8.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.9 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Jan 10, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed in the Wireless Versatility section of this review.
  2. Updated Dec 21, 2022: We've added mention of the newly-reviewed Razer Naga V2 Pro in this review.
  3. Updated Dec 09, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.4. This update modifies our Hand Size Recommendation test, adding a more granular hand size recommendation chart. We've moved several minor tests into different test groups, removed the Travel usage, and added a new Raw Performance usage. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated Sep 06, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.3. This update adds a new Sensor Latency test and makes minor changes to several of our existing tests, resulting in test result changes in several sections. For more information, you can check out our full changelog here.
  5. Updated Aug 15, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update simplifies our Weight test and expands on our CPI test from Test Bench 1.1, resulting in changes to test results in both sections. For more details, you can see our complete changelog here.
  6. Updated Jul 05, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update revamps our Click Latency test and results in changes to test results. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  7. Updated May 26, 2021: Review published.
  8. Updated May 18, 2021: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE RGB is an updated version of the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB, and it has an upgraded sensor with a wider CPI range. The unit we tested is black, and there are no other variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE RGB is a continuation of Corsair's SCIMITAR lineup. It has the same extremely sturdy-feeling build quality and adjustable 12-button side panel that sets the original apart. It's an outstanding mouse for MMO or MOBA players, but it can be a good choice for anyone who needs a large number of programmable buttons and prefers highly customizable mouse sensitivity settings.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best MMO mice, and the best wired mice.

Razer Naga Trinity

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE and the Razer Naga Trinity are comparable MMO mice. The Corsair feels better built and has a 12-button side panel adjustable to your hand size. It's suitable for all grip types and almost all hand sizes and has a broader CPI range and companion software for Windows and macOS. The Razer has better click latency and is more versatile as it has three swappable side panels with different layouts. It's well-suited for a claw grip for all but small hands, a palm grip for medium and large hands, and a fingertip for larger hands.

Razer Naga Pro

The Razer Naga Pro is a more versatile all-around gaming mouse, while the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an outstanding MMO mouse. You can use the Razer wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth, it has swappable side panels with different button layouts, and much better click latency. On the other hand, the Corsair is a wired mouse with an adjustable 12-button side panel, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. It also has software compatible with Windows and macOS, which the Razer lacks. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the Razer isn't suitable for small hands.

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming

The Logitech G600 MMO Gaming and the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE are comparable MMO mice. The Corsair is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a wider CPI range and a more precisely adjustable CPI. Comparatively, the Logitech has a somewhat better click latency and more programmable inputs using the dedicated G-Shift button, which enables a second layer of commands. Both mice are well-suited for a palm or claw grip, but you're likely to find the Corsair more comfortable if you have smaller hands and may prefer the Logitech if you have extra-large hands.

Razer Naga V2 Pro

The Razer Naga V2 Pro and the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE are gaming mice designed primarily for MMO gaming. The Razer is a wireless model with better overall gaming performance. It has a customizable scroll wheel and a set of three hot-swappable button panels with 3, 6, and 12-button configurations. On the other hand, the Corsair is a wired-only model. It has a full-12 button side panel that you can slide forwards or backward to better accommodate your hand size or grip type.

Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an upgraded version of the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB. It has an improved sensor with a broader CPI range and less CPI variation. On the other hand, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB has a marginally better click latency, but it's likely too small to make a noticeable difference. Both mice are best suited for a palm grip for all but extra large hands, but they're also well-suited for a claw grip for all hand sizes and a fingertip grip for all but small hands.

Razer Naga X

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is a better MMO gaming mouse than the Razer Naga X, but it's less versatile overall. The Razer has better mouse feet, a better cable, and it's much lighter. You can also set a Hypershift button to program a secondary layer of controls. Unfortunately, its software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Corsair has a more precisely adjustable CPI and a lower lift-off distance. Its software is compatible with Windows and macOS. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the Corsair is more accommodating for smaller hands.

Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed

The Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed and the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE are MMO gaming mice. The Razer is a wireless model that uses AA batteries. It has a few more programmable buttons overall and significantly better-quality mouse feet. Its scroll wheel also has left- and right-tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode. On the other hand, the Corsair is a wired-only model. It's more lightweight, and its 12-button side panel cluster can be adjusted forward or back to accommodate your hand size.

Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an outstanding MMO gaming mouse, but the Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED is more versatile. The Logitech connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It also has six buttons and has a thumb rest. Comparatively, the Corsair is a wired mouse with an adjustable 12-button side panel and a pinky rest. The Corsair is well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, while the Logitech is suitable for all grip types but likely more comfortable for larger hands.

EVGA X15

The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE and the EVGA X15 are both mice designed for MMO gaming, but the Corsair is better overall. It feels excellently well-built, and it's suitable for use with any hand size in a claw grip. It has a wider CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI very precisely in increments of one. Additionally, its companion software is compatible with both Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the EVGA has many more programmable inputs thanks to the ability to assign an E-Shift button to enable a second layer of commands. It also has a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (119 mm)
Width 3.0" (76 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
Ambidextrous
No
Left-Handed Friendly
No
Finger Rest
Pinky
5.4
Design
Portability
Box Volume
23.25 inยณ (381 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No
9.0
Design
Build Quality

Note: We didn't experience any issues with our scroll wheel during our testing, but some users have reported that their scroll wheel stopped working after anywhere from three months to two years. This issue was also present on the previous version of this mouse, the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB. However, judging from the number of recently reported cases we've observed online, it appears Corsair may have partially fixed the issue with this version as there are fewer reports, and they seem to largely happen after long periods of use. We will continue to monitor this situation and update this and other articles as necessary.

5.8
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
107.6 g
Default Weight
107.6 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

If you're interested in a significantly lighter MMO option, check out the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
Wired
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

This is a wired-only mouse. If you're interested in a wireless MMO gaming mouse, check out the Razer Naga V2 Pro. Or, if you'd prefer a version that uses AA batteries for power instead, check out the Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed.

7.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wired
Cable Length
6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE
  • Allen Key
  • Documentation

Control
9.2
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
17
Number Of Side Buttons
12
Number Of Programmable Inputs
17
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No
8.7
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
5.0 ms
Wired
5.0 ms
Receiver
N/A
Bluetooth
N/A
8.7
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
0.39%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
0.63%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
0.83%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.42%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.35%
Worst Tracking Error
-1.25%
Minimum CPI
100 CPI
Maximum CPI
18,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
1 CPI
8.5
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
12.6 ms
Delay At Half Movement
5.8 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
7.0 ms
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3391
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate settings on the Corsair SCIMITAR ELITE RGB are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

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