Competition is pretty tough in the computer mouse market, especially when it comes to gaming. Going up against the likes of Razer and Logitech is no walk in the park. Corsair is no slouch in the gaming mouse department either, and the Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE is one of their most popular peripherals to date.
This bad boy promises all the bells and whistles you can expect out of a stellar wireless gaming mouse at a pretty reasonable price tag. But is it enough to lure you away from heavy-hitters like the Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless and the Razer Basilisk Ultimate? That’s what we’re here to find out in this Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Review.
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What is the Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE?
American tech company Corsair has been in the business of computer hardware and peripherals for more than a quarter of a century now. Initially making a name for themselves developing RAM modules, they moved on to creating anything from PC cases to power supplies. Recently, they’ve shifted their focus to more gaming-related hardware and are famous for their inclination to designing RGB products.
The Dark Core RGB Pro SE is the follow-up to Corsair’s 2018 mouse of the same name (minus the “Pro”) and one-ups its predecessor with superior responsiveness and a major accuracy upgrade. At its core, it’s unmistakenly a gaming mouse thanks to its eye-catching RGB design, host of programmable buttons, and its textured carbon fibre-ey look. According to Corsair, it was built with first-person shooters and MOBAs like Dota 2 and League of Legends in mind, which explains its bulky palm-heavy design. Gamers who aren’t planning on spending a fortune on a solid mouse will be glad to know that the Dark Core RGB Pro SE hovers around an affordable $89.99 price point.
The Dark Core RGB Pro SE is rocking a Pixart PAW3392 optical sensor with an 18000 DPI and an impressive polling rate of up to 2000 Hz, both hallmark features of a great FPS gaming mouse.
While it’s primarily a wireless mouse, it also features Bluetooth connectivity and can be hooked up to your laptop or PC via its 1.8 m braided fibre USB cable if you prefer a wired experience.
With a total of 8 programmable buttons, there’s no shortage of extra controls on the Dark Core RGB Pro SE making it perfect for MOBAs and massively multiplayer online RPGs. Mapping those extra items and skills should be a walk in the park. The left and right mouse buttons are Omron switches and you can expect around 50 million clicks out of them, give or take.
If you plan on connecting the mouse wirelessly, you can look forward to around 16 hours of use with standard RGB lighting in play and up to 36 hours if you kill the lights. Bluetooth will save you a little bit of battery life and give you about 18 hours of play with RGB and around 50 hours without the light show. As a bonus, the mouse fully supports Qi wireless charging pads, in case that’s something you’re interested in.
Design & Comfort
Design-wise, not much has changed from its elder brother. Right off the bat, you can easily tell that the Dark Core RGB Pro SE is a hefty piece of equipment. It’s got a palm rest on its left side and an extra flap on its right for your ring and pinky fingers, making it extra comfy for bigger hands. People with smaller hands, however, may find the mouse too bulky and might have a hard time gripping it properly.
The design itself is ergonomic and tasteful. Its lower half and right and left rests are textured for a better grip and its top half is smooth and matted. Unfortunately, even brand new, the textured parts kind of look like they’ve been through years of wear and tear.
It gives the impression that they were once spikey but the edges were smoothened out due to extended use. Its RGB lighting placement is particularly easy on the eyes, with a gorgeous RGB strip next to the side buttons and the functional DPI indicators. The trademark Corsair sails logo lights up as well, of course, as well as both sides of the scroll wheel. If you enjoy a more subtle gaming mouse design that doesn’t scream “video games”, then you’ll likely get a kick out of the Dark Core RGB Pro SE.
What’s it like to use?
Performance is where the Dark Core RGB Pro SE really shines. The mouse is good to go right out of the box and the left and right clicks feel nice and crisp to the touch. While its 18000 DPI might be just a tad less than the newer line of Razer mice like the Deathadder V2 and Basilisk V2, it’s still more than enough for the average gamer no matter what genre of game you play.
Shooter fans will be in for a pleasant surprise as the two buttons on the side of the left mouse button actually allow you to easily control the DPI sensitivity of the mouse, which I found particularly useful for sniping on the fly in Call of Duty Warzone. In the beginning, it might be a little jarring to have extra controls for your index finger, but after a brief adjustment period, you’ll wonder how you survived all this time without it. Customization is a breeze thanks to the mouse’s downloadable iCue app, allowing you to effortlessly manipulate the various RGB and sensitivity options and create your own profiles.
Corsair gives Razer and Logitech a serious run for their money with the Dark Core RGB Pro SE – a wireless gaming mouse that’s as comfortable as it is effective. You can expect high-end performance no matter what kind of game you’re playing, and Corsair’s made sure to give some extra love to FPS games due to the mouse’s high sensitivity and innovative extra index finger buttons.
Smaller hands may have a longer adjustment period because of the Dark Core’s large size and I’m sure a lot of gamers will be weirded out by the odd texture design, but make no mistake, this is easily one of the best wireless gaming mice out there. Especially for its price tag.
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Review Box
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Review
Design & Build - 8.4/10
Features - 8/10
Battery Life - 7.6/10
Comfort - 8.1/10
Total Value - 8.1/10
Corsair has crafted what is perhaps their greatest gaming mouse of the past few years. The Dark Core RGB Pro SE combines comfort and an elegant design with impeccable performance and tons of customizability to provide gamers with a wireless experience they can fall in love with day in and day out.
The bulky design may not be for everyone and the worn-down looking textured sections could’ve used a little more work, but those are just minor missteps in an otherwise spectacular wireless gaming mouse that’s a little lighter on the wallet than the competition.
✓ Design that’s both handsome and comfortable
✓ Top-notch performance
✓ Impressive battery life
✓ Cheaper than most of its rivals
✓ Supports Qi Charging
✗ Might be a little too bulky for smaller hands
✗Textured areas look worn out
✗ Takes some practice to get used to the two extra buttons near your index finger