|Item model number||CH-9315211-NA|
|Operating System||Windows, Mac OS X|
|Item Weight||4.5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 3.51 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5 x 3.51 x 1.7 inches|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
Corsair Dark Core - RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse - 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Comfortable & Ergonomic - Play Wired or Wireless
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- Ultra-fast 1ms 2.4GHz wireless technology optimized for the best gaming performance. The report rate is 1000Hz and the cable is a 1.8m Braided Fiber
- Low latency Bluetooth wireless technology for connecting to Windows, OS X, and other Bluetooth 4.0 or higher enabled devices
- Custom, gaming-grade, native 16000 DPI optical sensor with 1 DPI resolution steps for high accuracy performance
- Contoured shape and two included interchangeable side grips provide a tailored fit
- Onboard storage with hardware macro playback to take your gaming profiles with you
- Compatible with Xbox One to play mouse-enabled games
- Ultra-fast 1ms 2.4GHz wireless technology optimized for the best gaming performance. The report rate is 1000Hz and the cable is a 1.8m Braided Fiber
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DARK CORE RGB features ultra-fast 1ms wireless, Bluetooth compatibility and wired mode for performance gaming with versatile connectivity. The high-accuracy, 16000 DPI optical sensor, customizable in 1 DPI steps, can be tuned to virtually any mouse pad. The comfort-contoured shape and 2 interchangeable side grips ensures precision and control. Onboard profile storage, programmable through CUE software, saves RGB lighting effects, macros and DPI settings for easy access to your settings. Up to 24 hours of battery life and continuous use through USB charging while gaming. The durable Omron switches are rated for 50 million clicks to provide ultra-fast response and reliability over time.
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Maybe I was just spoiled from having used Logitech's programmable mice, but even the basics of the iCUE software that's used with this mouse are terrible. The "charging pad" is also less useful than an off-the-shelf Qi charger would be (which the mouse is also completely compatible with).
The mouse has a Qi charger built into it, so you don't need to plug it in to charge it. As all user reports on the Corsair forums have shown, this is very important since the mouse has a useable battery life of ~4 hours while in Power Save mode. Also, like those incredibly cheap budget mice, this "high end" gaming mouse will go to sleep after a programmable amount of inactivity, and require you to click to wake it back up. When you do go to charge it, there's a small circle in the upper right side of the very large mouse pad that is the only location in which the mouse will charge. You have to line the bottom of the mouse up with that, and wait for some lights to respond to ensure it's lined up properly. Based on location of the matching points, this puts the top of your mouse off the top edge of the mouse pad. Also, this can't be done if your computer is off. Even though the mouse pad uses an independent USB cable for the power, and even if your computer allows charging when off or asleep, the mouse pad will not allow anything to use the Qi charger if its unable to communicate with the iCUE software you have to install.
Tons of complaints on the Corsair forums also detail the numerous problems with the mouse itself. You can configure profiles in the iCUE software, and you used to be able to store some of them in the mouse itself. Being able to do this meant you didn't need to have the iCUE software running for the configuration settings, like DPI and lighting effects, to be used. Despite the claims from Corsair itself, this is no longer an option with the new versions of iCUE. It was removed without even being noted in their release Changelog. Without the profiles stored in the mouse itself, all settings revert to some poor defaults when the mouse goes to sleep, the computer reboots, or you start charging the mouse.
The iCUE software itself is also very problematic and poorly designed. It's not obvious when you first open it how to even configure the mouse settings. Once you figure out how to modify a profile for the specific device, re-assigning buttons is done thru the "actions" menu, which defaults to allowing you to create macros. This is confusing since assigning macros to buttons has always been a special case of button reassignment, and no indication is ever given that the "actions" have anything to do with button assignment on the mouse until you're mostly done with re-assignment.
The iCUE software is also exceedingly buggy. It will suddenly start injecting key presses, even though there's no keyboard even associated with the software. In my case it just started repeating the key "2" as fast as it could with no warning, even when the mouse was disconnected. As soon as iCUE was force quit, the key stopped showing up.
iCUE also uses an absurd number of system resources. There are some reports on the forums of more than 300MB used by iCUE when it's idle. For reference, that's how much Firefox or Chrome will use when dozens of tabs are open.
For simplicity, here's a breakdown of most standard Logitech programmable mice versus this Coursair Dark Core SE RGB. As a baseline I compare the roughly equivalent Logitech G602, which is the same price as just the mouse itself.
Corsair Dark Core = ~4 hours with RGB colors disable, in Power Save mode
Logitech G602 = ~6 months, in Standard Mode (not in power save mode)
Corsair Dark Core = Configurable, recommended 10-15 minutes, requires button click to wake up
Logitech G602 = N/A, automatic sleep with user-transparent wake up. No button clicks ever required for wake up.
Corsair Dark Core = Poorly implemented, no onboard storage (despite claims), settings lost easily. Supports near-infinite profiles since all are stored on computer. Supports game-specific profiles.
Logitech G602 = Very easy and obvious to set, always stored on device, supports 5 profiles on the device. Supports computer-driven game-specific profiles if separately enabled.
Corsair Dark Core = ~15 minutes to fully recharge via mouse pad Qi charger. All charging activities put the mouse to sleep first (loses all settings).
Logitech G602 = N/A, uses 2 AA batteries.
Using the included dongle to use the 2.4GHz connection to truly be wireless is actually disappointing. i find the mouse every once in a while jump across the screen for no reason. If i was using this for gaming this would be completely unacceptable. The Bluetooth connection does not carry your profiles. This means no macros, no DPI changes, no RGB customizations. While the wired works fine, if i was going to always keep it wired i would have just bought another M65 which i do strongly recommend to anyone who is serious about using this mouse for gaming.
To be honest this product has left me feeling really disappointed with my purchase, while i still recommend every other one of corsairs products that i own i can not recommend this product until corsair fixes these issues.
My mouse at home tracks much better, but still has the common issue of the cursor randomly jumping to the top left corner of the screen. Once again, I put up with it... but it is awful when it happens while gaming. The other issue I'm having is the mouse now keeps disconnecting and I'm constantly having to turn off / on the mouse to get it to reconnect. I've tried plugging the receiver into various USB ports, including the passthru port on my K95 which is 12 inches away from the mouse, but still no luck. I'm outside of my Amazon return window so I guess I need to go through Corsair now.
If you're considering this mouse, do some research and look into all the common issues. At the time of this post, many people are having issues and it doesn't seem like Corsair wants to / knows how to fix these issues. If you want to use this mouse wired the majority of the time, it's great and I'd give it a full 5 stars. But for whatever reason, Corsair can't achieve the wireless quality a $10 mouse will give you.
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Immediately upon plugging the mouse in, I started having connection problems. Wired, bluetooth, 2.4ghz wireless - you name it, there were connection problems with it. At first it seemed to be mostly a wired problem. Plug the mouse in over the provided USB cable, and after a couple of minutes it would just stop functioning.
So I swapped to the proprietary wireless adapter. That worked okay - for a few hours, at most. After about 3 hours of use, the mouse stopped working. I had to turn it on and off again to get it working. Then another hour later, it stopped again. Same thing. Then it was twenty minutes. Now it's every 3-5 minutes. The cursor stops moving, the mouse buttons no longer work. It shows connected in iCUE, but simply doesn't respond.
Some forum posts suggested a firmware update, but the disconnection issues seemed to strike even while it was updating the firmware (causing a cancel on the updates) and when the firmware finally did update... the problems didn't stop.
I guess those reviews were right. All the lighting and adjustable sideplates in the world don't matter if your mouse can't even mouse. I'm very disappointed, and that's the first time I've said that about a Corsair product.
The battery life is pretty good, and the iCUE control is great, i love being able to control so much via one tool. The RGB lighting isn't bad, but that's subjective, and it is controlled via iCUE as well.
My issue is, and why i gets only 3 starts, it randomly disconnects, and the only way to make it work is to unplug the wireless dongle and plug it back in. I have not been able to narrow it down, it truly is random. Some days and many days it will be fine, then as much as three times in one evening I have to pull/plug the dingle.
I have the latest firmware and iCUE so its rather weird.
What I liked;
- the buttons feel real good to press, particularly the side "sniper" button
- the Qi charging is very convenient
- weight feels good, not too heavy and not too light
- ability to switch between USB 2.4GHz dongle and Bluetooth
What I don't like;
- the scroll ball, a Logitech-esqe "infinite scroll" would be great although they have probably patented it
- inability to synchronise the RGB lighting with other Corsair-Link accessories
- difficult to like up the Qi charging spot, the mouse is slow to respond to when it hits "the right spot"
My setup experience;
PC: Windows 10 64 bit, Corsair iCue software, both running latest available updates
- plugged in mouse and was prompted to install the 3.22 firmware
- at some point during firmware install, the PC had blue screened and restarted
- upon restart, mouse would not communicate with the USB receiver, required cable but was not displaying in iCue software
- Corsair website was difficult to locate the support article for performing a hard reset of the mouse
- after a hardware reset, and removing the device from Windows Device Manager and reinstalling the driver, the mouse was detected in iCue
- after detection, was not paired with USB receiver and the USB pairing in iCue software was timing out (I insist I was following the onscreen prompts to a T)
- repeated hardware reset and uninstalling device from Windows Device Manager two more times until pairing was successful
All of these steps were performed and corrected before the Corsair ticket was responded to by their staff. not being located in a region with live chat availability, this made the first few hours of the mouse usage incredibly frustrating and the first time I have had an issue in an almost exclusive Corsair system.
When I first got it, it seemed fine. I was only having some issues with the software remembering what DPI I had it set to before, so I had to keep resetting it.
Then it started to spontaneously have my character look all the way up. Like 90 degrees into the sky. Without input. It's definitely made me miss some crucial shots and lose some games, but it only happened once in a while.
As time went on it happened more and more frequently. Now it happens every 5 minutes.
I've been using wireless charging. That's pretty cool at least.
But now, I think the mouse has lived its last day. It now only holds a charge for about 15 minutes. I'm switching back to my old wired mouse now until I save up and can afford a new mouse.
But, it'll happen more often when I clicking around iCUE software. Just clicking at the top tabs may trigger the jumpy movement. So I suspect it's the software issue. BTW I have the latest firmware.
The mouse is comfortable, the right side attachment with pinky rest is what I been looking for, for years. But I would hope the pinky rest be bigger so I can have both my ring finger and pinky rest on it (just personal preference).
thumb buttons are too hard to use. I cant reach the "forward button", and when pressing "sniper button" I can easily press the "back button" by mistake especially you need to hold the sniper button for long. I have small hands but I also have Logitech G700 and G900 for similar sizes and I had no issue reaching to those buttons.
And re-mapping the buttons in software is very hard to understand. I haven't figure out how to make the "Sniper button" to toggle sniper mode.
Amazing mouse... Works on Bluetooth or through a dongle. The qi charging works with all qi chargers includiny phone wireless charger.
Lots of customization options.
The latency on this mouse is fantastic, however the battery life is horrible and I find myself needing to plug it in to recharge overnight otherwise the mouse just dies without any notice.
The ergonomics are pretty good, I like that it came with an extra winged attachment (though I found it was more comfortable without it) my only gripe is the thumb buttons, the forward button is not only too far, but also quite a bit smaller so its very hard to press.
The final nail in the coffin is the horrible software you need to use, iCue is slow, poorly designed, and I find my mouse's DPI to change randomly whenever I turn the mouse on and off, or when plugging it in and unplugging it.
Final thoughts, I would probably pass on this one, and spend a little extra to pick up the Logitech G Pro.
Its got all of the buttons you'd want and the iCUE software for programming them along with the RGB. speaking of RGB it looks epic and can be customized in nearly infinite ways.
The clicks feel satisfying and it is insanely comfortable to hold and use.
But is it good?
Oh yes, it is the 24000 dpi that gives this mouse and an insane range of precision and is not just a gaming mouse but a fantastic mouse for productivity as well.
The wireless adapter works well however wired is best if you have many peripherals in your PC. Bluetooth is also a nice touch if you were to travel and wanted a mouse to use and wanted to take this one you would even need to unplug anything just grab it and go.
overall this mouse is killer, especially on a sale.
I certainly won't be buying another mouse anytime soon.