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Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA is the latest addition to the Corsair mouse stable. This model is also a real concentrate of technology, designed for those looking for something heavier (precisely concerning weight) than those that Corsair has recently launched. But weight isn’t the only detail that catches the eye. 

PROSCONS
Excellent build qualityStiff cable
8 programmable buttonsExpensive
Up to 8,000 Hz of Polling Rate
26K DPI sensor

Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA is a mouse with extremely peculiar shapes. Its structure is designed only for right-handed users since both the programmable buttons and the side shapes are precisely designed for use with the right hand. However, a form factor that fans of the brand and the M series will recognize and appreciate.

Specification

Corsair M65 RGB Ultra
$CHECK PRICE
BrandCorsair
Model  CH-9319411-NA
TypeGaming
Button8
Weight97 grams 
Dimension117 x 77 x 39 mm
Material PTFE
ColorBlack
Sensor Optical OMRON Switches
Sensor ModelCORSAIR MARKSMAN
Polling RateUp to 8,000 Hz
ConnectivityWired USB-A 2.0
DPI26,000 DPI
RGBTwo-zone RGB
Battery typeLithium-ion polymer
Battery lifeUp to 120 hours
Wireless ChargingYes
SoftwareCORSAIR iCUE software
BluetoothYes
CompatibilityWindows, Mac

The M60 model made its debut in 2011, 10 years ago. From the first minutes, however, the hand, at least ours, is at ease. Each finger finds its place, and even those who use the artisan grip will have no problems of any kind. It may be a little lower than we would have expected, but we did not encounter any fatigue or other issues related to prolonged use. As usual, the device accompanied us for several days, not only in gaming use but also in work, to allow us prolonged tests involving the use of software and video games.

Design

Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA hides many other essential features. The body below, which glimpses out from the front and back, is in aluminum. The resistance of the product is therefore out of the question. The upper layer is made of plastic, pleasant to the touch, and not too smooth, just enough to guarantee a sufficient grip. To increase the grip, there are also the lateral knurls where the thumb and little finger rest.

As mentioned in the introduction, Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA is a mouse that boasts, unlike the many coming on the market lately (as well as Corsair’s Saber PRO RGB Wireless ), a weight that can even exceed 100 grams. It weighs 97 grams, but in the back, the one that houses the sensor, so to speak, it is possible to insert three additional weights that allow you to go up to 115 grams. The peculiarity then is not only the fact of inserting these three weights but also arranging them differently or using only one or two of them to create one’s balance. And the way to balance the mouse is also helpful for another feature that we will discover shortly.

There are two more programmable buttons before the mouse wheel, useful for cycling between DPI configurations. The wheel is huge and has a “tire” style cover that guarantees excellent grip. The feedback of the button integrated in the wheel itself is more than discreet. A few technical hints before continuing further. The main buttons are the CORSAIR QUICKSTRIKE that we had already appreciated in the SABER PRO RGB Wireless review combined with switches OMRON optics , designed to guarantee a practically instantaneous speed of implementation. The two buttons can be pressed along their entire structure. The smoothness of the mouse is guaranteed by 4 classic PTFE feet that follow the particular structure of the aluminum body. 

Performance

Here we have the wired variant of Corsair’s new M65 RGB ULTRA. Also, in this case, we are dealing with a long cable (1.8 meters) in Paracord. It’s like not having it. The cable runs smoothly over the mat or surface where you would usually use the mouse without hindrance. Indeed, it is precisely the presence of the cable that allows a polling rate 8 times higher than that of most gaming mice. Usually, due to the reviews, we alternate the use of wireless mice with wired ones. We assure you that the transition to those with Corsair Paracord cable is painless.

The Corsair AXON Hyper-Processing proprietary technology allows the achievement of the 8,000 Hz polling rate (the same reached by the wired version of the wired SABER PRO ). But be careful: the 8,000 Hz mode can only be activated by the iCUE software and only if you have sufficiently performing hardware. Thanks to the Corsair MARKSMAN proprietary sensor, 26,000 DPI of sensitivity can be reached, an exaggeratedly high value that you will hardly find yourself exploiting. What matters is that the sensitivity can be increased by 1 DPI at a time, allowing, obviously again via iCUE, to see your reference values ​​(even for the Sniper button).

The weight balance of the mouse is also linked to another feature of the M65 ULTRA. Among the many integrated hardware improvements, there is also the so-called Sensor Fusion Control, which integrates a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. The two sensors have a dual purpose: the first is to improve the tracking of the repositioning of the mouse in case you lift it from the surface; the second is to allow you to match the functions of the mouse to the inclinations. Also, from iCUE, it is possible to calibrate inclination of 20, 30, or more degrees towards one of the 4 directions (left, right, front, back) and match these inclinations to specific functions. For example, you could make tilting the mouse 20 degrees to make the system respond as if the user were pressing the V key on the keyboard. You can even match whole text strings, maybe a specific message to send in the game chat.

A feature that is particularly difficult to find in other mice adds to the already excellent hardware equipment available to this M65 RGB ULTRA. When we said that it is a real concentrate of technology, we were not joking at all. An obligatory mention also to LED lighting. Since, in this case, Corsair did not have to spare itself to keep the weight within particularly low thresholds, many more LEDs have been integrated, which contributes to making the mouse even more aggressive and iconic. 

Software

Without CORSAIR iCUE software, you do not have access to most of the top features of the mouse in question. We still find it a bit immature and complicated. Still, if nothing else, connecting M65 ULTRA and opening iCUE, you are greeted by a series of tutorials that explain step by step how to set, for example, the functions related to the inclination, how to assign new keys, and how to manage the lighting. The process to calibrate the mouse on the surface of use is also very useful, an essential step to use M65 ULTRA to the best of its possibilities. 

Conclusion!

Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA is one of those mice that, at first glance, might seem almost niche. The truth is, it’s effortless to fall in love with it. Under the fine aluminum body hides the best of Corsair’s proprietary hardware, which allows access to some particularly original features and, in some cases, really comfortable.

The SNIPER button will delight shooter lovers, as well as the 26,000 DPI sensor that allows sensitivity shots of 1 DPI at a time. However, note that not everyone needs so many options, programmable keys, and such high performance. The price is not affordable for all budgets, especially if you want to opt for the wireless model. But know that the wired gets along great.

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