There are a ton of different options to choose from when you’re in the market for a gaming mouse. Researching, testing, and finally choosing that perfect mouse can become very time consuming. I used a Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse for quite some time and I loved it. Unfortunately, it eats through batteries and I got tired of occasional wireless connectivity issues. It also made a weird springy noise when releasing the left mouse button that was audible in recordings. I record training videos professionally, so this was an obvious concern.
When I decided to buy a new mouse, my goal was to simply get an updated, corded version of the G602. Enter the G502 Prometheus which was exactly what I was looking for. I tried the mouse at a Best Buy store and BOING. It makes the same exact springy noise that the G602 makes. Be careful what you ask for. The G502 was too similar to the G602. I’m glad the mouse was on display because it was a huge time saver.
I then decided to choose based on style, sale price, available features, and reviews (not in that particular order). I picked the Alienware AW558 and the Corsair Glaive (both had nice discounts, good looks, and similar features). I have several Corsair products already, but I didn't want to buy Corsair based on brand only. After trying them both out, I liked (and kept) the Corsair Glaive because:
• Admirably high sensitivity options (up to 16k DPI)
• DPI on the fly button is easy to use (some caveats below) with 5 customizable DPI settings
• Mouse is very responsive for gaming and very precise for Graphic Design and Photo Editing/Retouching.
• 3 Customizable grips to fit your style. I use the no-frills, flat one. Work the best for me.
• Looks great. The lighting is nice and diffused. There are several areas on the mouse that let the RGB lighting shine through. Other RGB gear can have only one or two small areas for lights which make it seem like an afterthought.
• Buttons are solid and easy to reach (even the thumb buttons). The thumb buttons require just the right amount of pressure to activate and are positioned just above where you rest your thumb. No more potential for misclicks! (thumb button misclicks were occasional with the Logitech G602 and quite common with the Alienware AW558).
• The Glaive doesn’t have a funky, hand-shaped ergonomic design and this is actually fine. The mouse feels comfortable even after hours of use whether for work or play. If you set your sensitivity nice and high, you hardly have to move the mouse to get the pointer to go great distances even on higher resolution displays. Once you settle on the sensitivity that suits you, it’s almost like you’re holding on to air. A light touch is all you need. No more mouse death grip or constant mouse lifts. Note: I use the mouse on a QHD, 2560 x 1440 display.
There has to be a con or two, right?
• Most people complain about the CUE software. It has been improved, but there are still some issues. Saving custom settings is fairly easy—even saving your settings to the mouse’s onboard memory—but difficulties can arise if you have 2 or more Corsair items that use CUE or 2 or more custom presets—or both. According to Corsair forums, only some users have experienced issues managing multiple items/profiles in CUE.
• There are 5 DPI settings and it would be nice if there was an Up and Down button to cycle through DPI. With the current design, you have to cycle through sequentially with a single button (so going from 1 to 5 or 5 to 4 requires 4 clicks). Additionally, the current DPI setting does not stay lit on the mouse. The lights only function as you are cycling. There is no DPI lighting option in CUE for the Glaive. Since the lights are off by default, you can’t check what DPI setting you’re on by looking at the mouse. There is a thread about this in Corsair forums but no solution.
All things considered. This is a great mouse. It solved all the problems I had with my Logitech G602, which was my primary goal, and it has done much more. I thought going back to a corded mouse would be a burden, but it hasn’t been. The benefits far outweigh the smaller issues.