Earlier this year, we released the linked version of the . investigated Corsair Saber RGB Prowho was especially notable for his kind of madman (although not unprecedented) Polling rate of 8,000 Hz, much faster than the typical 1,000 Hz. Now the company has cut the cord with the Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless. You won’t find a polling rate quite as high on the wireless model, but at up to 2000 Hz, it’s still technically twice as responsive as most mice. And the 26,000 DPI optical sensor is impressive for a wireless rodent, even if it’s probably overkill for most gamers too. At 79g, it’s a bit lighter than the competition Razer DeathAdder v2 Pro Wireless while costing less, although still expensive with a suggested retail price of $109.99.
Whether it’s the . is or is not best gaming mouse or the best wireless mouse remains to be seen. I like the understated design and, like the wired model, the Saber RGB Pro Wireless feels great in my hand. But given the $100+ price tag, I’d like to see some rubber or at least textured plastic sides for better grip during tense, sweaty fights.
Corsair Saber RGB Pro wireless specs
|Sensor model||Corsair Marksman Optical Sensor|
|Maximum sensitivity||26,000 DPI|
|Polling rates||1,000/2,000 Hz|
|LED zones||2x RGB|
|Cable||1.8 m USB Type-A cable, braided|
|Connectivity||USB Type-A, USB Type-A dongle, Bluetooth 4.2 LE|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||5.08 x 2.76 x 1.69 inches (129 x 70 x 43mm)|
|Weight||0.17 lb (79 g)|
Design of Corsair Saber RGB Pro
The overall design of the Saber RGB Pro Wireless is somewhat generic, but in a slick, unassuming way that I especially like. It’s also quite similar to what you’ll find on the wired Saber RGB Pro(which costs a lot less at approx $60† However, there are a few key design differences between the two models.
For starters, the Saber RGB Pro Wireless has a single RGB lighting zone — the Corsair logo on the back — while the wired model also has a glowing scroll wheel. And while the button behind that wheel still lets you jump between four adjustable sensor sensitivity settings, there’s no light-up indicator on the side like there is on the wired model. Instead, the top button has a small RGB light that glows briefly and changes color to indicate DPI settings. Since you can select the color for any preset in the company’s iCue software, this is technically a second RGB zone, but the light is so small I didn’t even notice it until I was more than half way through testing the mouse. used to be. used to be.
Other than that, the only other visual difference is that the wireless model has “//SABREWL” written in an understated font (or at least understated for a gaming mouse) on the edge of the left mouse button, rather than the “//SABRE” of the wired model.
Some other key external features of the Saber RGB Pro Wireless: The mouse has a USB-C connector on the front for charging, and the company provides a 5.9-foot braided cable for that. For wireless performance, the small radio frequency (RF) dongle, which takes advantage of Corsair’s low latency slipstream tech, is housed in a compartment at the bottom. Be careful not to lose or break the small case as it is not attached to the mouse and feels a bit cheap.
Also on the bottom of the Saber RGB Pro Wireless is a switch to toggle between Slipstream (RF), Charging/Wired or Bluetooth modes and a button above that to initiate pairing for the latter. Both types of wireless connections worked without any issues during my testing. But you’ll want to use the dongle and Slipstream if you’re gaming, as it delivers lower latency – Corsair claims less than 1ms.
Corsair says it expects 60 hours of use over the Slipstream connection or 90 hours over Bluetooth. Those estimates are with the RGB lighting off, so expect less if you can’t live without a little glow (which will be covered by your hand if you’re using it anyway).
In my mixed use (both wireless modes and when plugged in) for about 10 days of normal gaming and productivity, the battery reached 0%, but the small indicator on the top sensitivity button started flashing red as I was writing this, indicating that the battery was almost empty. Razer’s more expensive DeathAdder V2 Pro Wireless has 70 hours of battery life using its HyperSpeed RF dongle (and up to 120 hours on Bluetooth), but that mouse has a polling rate that comes out at 1000 Hz, half that of the Corsair rodent.
As for the overall feel, the Saber RGB Pro Wireless is pretty standard, which I think is good for both comfort and familiarity. Aside from the main buttons and the rattling RGB scroll wheel, you get a DPI button on the top and two additional buttons on the left, which are the right size and place to press with the front or back of my thumb.
I lean toward a palm grip (or, more accurately, I switch between fingertip and palm depending on what I’m doing), so I found the Saber’s moderate bulge at the top and pushed it back more comfortably than, say, Razer’s Viper line. But your mileage may vary, especially if you’re left-handed, as the Saber isn’t ambidextrous.
Really the only thing I didn’t like about the physical design of the Saber RGB Pro Wireless is the smooth sides. The plastic there isn’t glossy so it could be worse, but the sides are the same matte plastic as the rest of the shell. I would prefer rubber grips here or at least more textured plastic, especially at this price. The Razer DeathAdder v2 Pro Wireless costs a little more, but it has molded rubber grips on the sides. Plain plastic sides are fine for short gaming sessions, but for long, tense fights and/or if your battle station isn’t in an air-conditioned room, textured or rubber side grips can make a big difference.
Gaming Performance of Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless
I’ve been using the Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless for a few weeks in my current gaming glove, which doesn’t include MOBA titles, but does include some FPS shooters and RTS titles. Over hours of gameplay included the ascentI Ancestors Legacy and It’s billionsLike it Eternal doom and Borderland 3the Saber RGB Pro Wireless was comfortable, responsive and reliable.
The buttons felt good and where my fingers expected them, and the sensor never let me down. However, I can’t say that I noticed a big difference between the traditional 1,000 Hz and the top 2,000 Hz of the mouse. I also couldn’t take full advantage of the sensor’s impressive 26,000 DPI on paper.
In fact, the top-out-of-the-box preset of 3,200 was a bit high for me. And anything above 4,000 DPI was far too sensitive for my fingers, wrist, and brain to be usable at all. I’m certainly not an elite gamer – gaming has always been a leisure activity for me. But if so, 2000 Hz polling and the high DPI sensor here will give you a bit of an edge.
Software for the Saber RGB Pro Wireless (iCue)
Corsair’s iCue recently got a much-needed version 4 upgrade that, (for me at least), makes it much more stable and intuitive to use. But after living with it for a few months, it’s still clunky and often takes seconds to open, although technically it’s usually in my system tray.
That said, the software can handle a lot from coordinating RGB settings across all compatible devices to monitoring temperature and fan speeds and handling changes to all your Corsair peripherals. So maybe a bit of code bloat and clumsiness is inevitable. Asus’ comparable Armory Crate has similar issues, and at least Corsair doesn’t include tabs that are basically advertisements for more of the company’s products, like Asus does with Armory Crate.
With the Saber RGB Pro Wireless connected, either via the USB cable or the dongle, adjusting the settings was pretty painless. Click the mouse image in iCue and a menu along the left edge provides a list: key assignments, hardware key assignments/lighting (useful for saving up to five profiles for those times when you don’t want to use iCue), lighting effects, DPI, surface calibration, and device settings.
Most of those menu options are self-explanatory. But with Device Settings you can change the polling rate (five options, between 125 and 2,000 Hz), adjust the RGB brightness, choose how fast the mouse goes to sleep and check for firmware updates.
The DPI option lets you adjust the five presets (one low Sniper mode and five others) in one-digit increments. I thought the default options were pretty good, in that if I went way above 3,200 DPI on the high end, the mouse was too sensitive for me to work easily.
In the Button Assignments section, you can customize six mouse buttons. The only thing missing here are the buttons at the bottom, but that wouldn’t be useful in a game anyway. Corsair even offers a tutorial – or at least it seems it wants to. On my system, the only part of the tutorial that worked was the “Skip Tutorial” link.
Aside from the occasional slowness (and the non-functional tutorial on how to map buttons), iCue worked well for me and delivered the tweaking options I expected while using the Saber RGB Pro Wireless.
With an impressive sensor, 2000 Hz polling, and a comfortable, understated design, there’s a lot to like about the Saber RGB Pro Wireless – especially if you’re looking for a high-quality wireless mouse and aren’t afraid to shell out over $100 before. the privilege. Even at its $110 MSRP, Corsair’s mouse is cheaper than its rival Razer option, the DeathAdder V2 Pro, which has slightly longer battery life but doesn’t have the higher polling option.
That said, while I like that the Saber RGB Pro Wireless is fairly light for a 79g wireless mouse, it also feels pretty much the same as the wired model, which costs about $50 less. After long gaming sessions in the heat and humidity typical of the greater New York area towards the end of summer, I would have liked to see at least grippy, textured side panels. I didn’t miss them that much on the wired model, but at this price point I expect my rodent to feel a bit more premium.