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CORSAIR - DARK CORE SE Wireless Gaming 9 Button Optical Mouse with RGB Lighting and Qi Wireless Charging - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lightning Fast Mouse; Clunky Software

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    ryanmcv
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    Wireless gaming mice are the next "big" accessory being pushed at PC gamers. With the Dark Core SE, Corsair aims to rid wireless gaming mice of their reputation for perceived latency increases and wireless connection issues. In my experience, Corsair has largely succeeded, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Here's my take: PROS: - Excellent, ergonomic design. The mouse is rather long and should comfortably fit the contours of your palm. The thumb rest is perfectly sized with a nice soft-touch plastic. The textured surface on the rear portion of the mouse provides nice grip during long gaming sessions. - Weight. The Dark Core SE feels very substantial. I prefer a heavier mouse since it tends to offer more control and precision. - Lightning fast performance. With a max DPI of 16,000, the mouse is extremely responsive. Buttons on the top of the mouse let you reduce mouse sensitivity for even more accuracy. Taking shots in Rise of the Tomb Raider has never been more precise. The mouse easily keeps up with rapid movements and I have yet to notice any lag whatsoever. - Multiple connection options, including wired, 2.4 GHz, and Bluetooth. You'll want to use 2.4 GHz for optimal wireless performance, but it's nice that Bluetooth is included as a back-up. - Nice placement of RGB lights. Not too many, not too few. The lights turn off after about 15 or 20 minutes of inactivity to save battery. Using the Utility Engine software, there are an almost limitless amount of color configurations to choose from. - Great battery life. Corsair claims up to 24 hours of use on a full charge, and that seems accurate to me. - Qi wireless charging. You can recharge the mouse on the companion MM1000 pad (sold separately) or on any Qi-enabled wireless charger. It works well, but like most wireless charging solutions, it seems to charge rather slowly. CONS: - Questionable button layout, especially the side buttons near your thumb. The backward and forward buttons seem to be too spread out, and I have to really stretch my thumb to reach for the forward button. Since the buttons are on a rocker, you can't press forward and backward at the same time. - Clunky customization software. In the quick-start guide, Corsair doesn't even mention that you have to go to its website to download and install the Utility Engine customization software. Regardless, the software is a confusing mess. Simply remapping a button takes about 50 clicks through menus, sub-menus, and sub-sub-menus. The mouse supports up to three "profiles" of different settings, but every time I edit and save an existing profile, I seem to accidentally delete or overwrite another profile. Furthermore, the software only seems to recognize the mouse via wired connection. So if you're using the mouse wirelessly, you'll have to plug it in every time you want to change a setting. Corsair really needs to rethink this entire process. - Slow to wake up. After the mouse goes to sleep after 15-20 minutes of inactivity, it takes at least a few seconds of movement to finally wake it up. OVERALL: Aside from a few awkward button placements and weak customization software, this is an excellent wireless gaming mouse. It's comfortable, sturdy, and extremely fast. The addition of Qi wireless charging helps it stand out in an increasingly crowded market. If you really want to get the most out of this mouse, just be prepared to spend several frustrating hours with Corsair's software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Wireless Gaming Mouse

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    SamG
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    The Dark Core SE is an awesome mouse for gaming and in general. It’s extremely comfortable to use and you get a ton of customization options. Oh, and it has wireless charging too, which is pretty sweet. The mouse has 9 buttons, a 16000 DPI sensor, RGB lighting, and wired and wireless functionality. The wireless can be done either through the included USB dongle or Bluetooth (switchable via the bottom of the mouse). It’s nice to have both options and you could potentially save yourself an extra USB port via the Bluetooth route. In the box you you get the mouse, an additional finger rest, a 2.4 GHz receiver dongle for wireless, a long micro-USB cable for wired, and a micro-USB to USB-A adapter, which is provided to help get the 2.4 GHz receiver as close to the mouse as possible for the strongest wireless connection. The Dark Core SE has a design that reminds me of Logitech’s MX mice. It’s ergonomic and it feels like my fingers all naturally land where I’d like them to be. There’s a nice textured surface as well. All of the buttons have a good click feel to them and the scroll wheel has just the right amount of feedback and resistance. Using the 2.4 GHz receiver and I didn’t encounter any delays or stutters in the connection at all, which is more than I can say of many wireless mice I’ve used in the past. The mouse is super smooth and extremely responsive, especially on the MM1000 mouse pad. The button placement is about right for the most part. You get your standard left/right and middle click buttons, as well as some forward/back and a ‘sniper’ button on the thumb rest. The sniper button dials back the DPI while you are holding it down and the idea is to allow you to aim with more precision, which is definitely useful in shooters. There are 2 buttons dedicated to adjusting the DPI just to the left of the left click button that are a little awkward to get to, but my personal experience with the mouse didn’t really see me needing to adjust the DPI very much. The RGB lighting on the mouse is done well. You get illumination on the scroll wheel, the Corsair logo, the thumb rest, and the lower left and right sides near the back. The default action is a slow cycle through the spectrum of colors, but it can be adjust in the software too. It’s a lot of lighting, but somehow it doesn’t feel overdone and it can be turned off all together as well. Almost everything about this mouse can be customized via Corsair’s Utility Engine software. The buttons, lighting, and DPI can all be customized here. The software doesn’t come in the box, so you need to go to Corsair’s website to get it. I did find the software to be a bit unintuitive to use. There’s a lot to do, but it’s not always clear where you need to find it and there are menus for demo products that I don’t even have that let you adjust the settings for them. I’m not sure what the point of the demo products are or how to remove them; they feel like unnecessary clutter. One more thing to mention about this mouse is it has wireless charging built-in. It uses the Qi standard, so any Samsung or iPhone wireless charger will charge it, but if you pair it with the MM1000 mouse pad that has Qi wireless charging built right in. Unfortunately the charging pad is only in one specific location and you can’t use and charge the mouse wirelessly at the same time. Still, it’s a cool feature to have and if you’re not going to pick up the mouse pad with the Dark Core SE you may as well just get the normal Dark Core, which gives you everything the SE has except Qi charging. Overall this is one of the best gaming mice I’ve ever used and I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for a good wireless option. The clunky software and limited wireless charging implementation do make me wish I could give it 4.5 stars though. I don’t consider the wireless charging a must-have in its current state either, so you could do just as well with the non-SE model. Either way I think you’ll be happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average Wireless Gaming Mouse

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    Balthazar2k4
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    I had high hopes for the Dark Core SE, but ultimately I feel let down. Out of the box the mouse feels solid, well constructed, and has just the right amount of weight for me. The texture on the mouse is nice and gives it a nice grip. Overall, the mouse feels comfortable in my hand. I would say I have pretty average hand size so your mileage may vary. The mouse feels responsive and the sensor has extensive DPI settings that can be tuned in software and assigned to the DPI selection buttons on the top of the mouse. It also features a sniper button on the side which allows for reduced DPI for more precise shots. It works well, but leads me to my first disappointment. The buttons on the side require a fair amount of force to trigger. Plus, the button on the other side of the sniper button really requires me to readjust my grip to even reach it. For me, the forward and back buttons on the side are basically useless for that reason. My next gripe is the scroll wheel. It has no adjustment either in software or any kind of hardware selection. It has a pretty tight feel and will not free roll if you try to spin it fast. That means without some kind of software adjustment to change the scroll speed you may find yourself spinning the wheel... a lot. This is especially noticeable on web pages or documents where you need to quickly scroll to the bottom. I have found it is actually more convenient to simply grab the scroll bar and drag it down as opposed to the finger Olympics needed for the scroll wheel. The mouse has three lighting zones if you are into RGB customization. All of which is controlled through Corsair's new iCue software. The software has a substantial amount of customization that can be applied to the mouse to allow for button reassignment, DPI fine tuning, and lighting effects. Overall, it is decent software if not a tad confusing to use. After a bit of playing with it it starts to make sense. The mouse does come with a charging cord for those who have not shelled out for the Qi enabled mousepad Corsair offers (MM1000). I am using the mouse with the mousepad and all I can say is that the charging spot is a tad small. If you don't get the mouse precisely in place it will not charge effectively. This gets me to my next gripe... battery life. With the lights turned off you can expect a couple days of solid use, but once those RGBs are fired up expect that time to shrink fast. I am seeing a day of solid use with the lights on. Certainly makes the MM1000 an almost necessary purchase because of that. The mouse offers both 2.4GHz and Bluetooth connectivity. I use the included 2.4GHz adapter and have found it quick and highly responsive. That said, I have had a few instances of my cursor jumping well ahead on the screen. Only seems to happen when I am moving the mouse and not stationary so I am assuming that it is probably a firmware issue or maybe I have a defective mouse. For now, I am chalking it up to needing a software fix. For me the mouse is really nothing more than an average wireless gaming mouse. Fact is, I've used better. The rather short battery life means that the mouse really needs the mousepad (MM1000) too. That makes for a $160 combo at MSRP. Yes, that is substantially cheaper than the Logitech's PowerPlay option, but I am not sure I perceive it as a value either. Maybe if you can find the duo on sale I would say give it a shot, but for now I would make sure I look at all of my options. This one isn't the slam dunk I wanted it to be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great looking mouse, could have done better

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    Aditya
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    I have used it for few days and it has performed well on both the PCs I have. One with CUE installed and one without. Evaluating it as a no frill gaming mouse I think it is a 4 star product. The reason it is not a 5 star product is that the placement of two keys. DPI button next to left click and Fwd button next to sniper. They are both placed not so perfectly. The DPI button starts seamlessly from where left mouse boundary is, so it is really difficult to hit it without looking at the mouse. They could have given a slight thickness at the edge so that one can use it without really taking your eyes off screen. This is how G602 does. I kept hitting sniper button when intend to hit forward, the sniper is protruding and is easy to hit, I guess you can get used to it over time. Otherwise the motion is crisp, it feels nice in hand. Though there is no option for custom weight unlike G502/G602. I like my mouse to be a bit on heavy side and I cannot do that here. I am a palm grip user and it handles well. It is almost like a G602 in that aspect. LED is great and goes really well with the led keyboard. It looks really nice, and have a solid feel to it like any Corsair product. It is probably the BEST looking mouse (I know its subjective) even without its LED. Textured surface works well for the grip. Gaming was good with it though I missed the heft of G602). I did not notice any lag using it wireless and it was as good as G602 in movement and control while playing Overwatch. Sniper mode worked great, it takes DPI very low I believe. Now the wireless charging part, it has it built-in or you can charge it using the supplied cable. I did not try it with an wireless charger separately but I did try it on Corsair mouse pad (which pairs with it). I am not impressed, it misses the charging spot most of the time. I noticed only once the led flashing in white for three time, while charging. (Which it should as per manual). It has Bluetooth as well, so you can connect using that as well BUT it can not work on two devices at once unlike Logitech MX Master 2, which can work with three devices at the same time, transitioning using the installed software. I understand it is not a productivity mouse, but when one is paying so much, you expect it to do all. It does go to sleep after few minutes of no activity which is great. In the end it is a decent wireless gaming mouse (first from Corsair). But I can not justify it at its current price. It is expensive because of the frills, and those frills does not work well. So overall a 3.7 - 3.8 star product for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A true wireless mouse

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    Reddog
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    CORSAIR - DARK CORE SE Wireless Gaming 9 Button Optical Mouse with RGB Lighting and Qi Wireless Charging - Black As a long time PC gamer I have had lots of gaming mice over the years and I enjoy PC gaming now maybe more than ever. As primarily a PC gamer having a good keyboard and mouse is very important to me. Newer gaming mice have settled into a standard feature set so it is little things that make a difference in a very crowded market. The Dark Core is a very good looking mouse. I have average size hands and the mouse is very comfortable for me. I think Corsair has done a very nice job with the RGB lighting. I have been using the mouse with the matching Gaming Qi Wireless Charging MM1000 Mouse Pad. These two were intended to be used together although it is not required and they both are very nice products. I now have quite a bit of gaming time on the Dark Core mouse and it is working very well for me. I especially like the thumb rest on the side. It seems a bit larger than most gaming mice and I do think they got the feel right. I also like the feel of the material Corsair used. Its smooth and feels very good in the hand. Teamed up with the MM1000 Mouse Pad allows you to wireless charge the mouse which I really like. Mice with RGB lighting are going to have a shorter battery life if you run with the lighting on which is how it should be used. Mated with the MM1000 Mouse Pad makes this a truly wireless mouse where you do not ever need to connect to a cable. For me personally I don’t usually spend much time mapping the mouse buttons. I judge gaming mouse on how they feel while gaming and over a full days use. The Dark Core does both very well. Still this is not a perfect device. I am not a big fan of the Corsair CUE, Corsair Utility Software. It just seems to be very limited and dated looking. And although I think the comfort is right I think some of the mouse button placements could have been done better. Still matched up with the MM1000 Mouse Pad for wireless charging and with its good looks and nice feel I am making this my primary gaming mouse. One final observation is the mouse is a bit heavy from what I normally use. It does not have removable weights so if you like your mouse very lite this one is probably not for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    CORSAIR - DARK CORE SE Wireless

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    leanwolf
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    The Corsair dark core se wireless is a much needed upgrade for any pc gamer using a wired mouse. The response time is excellent and there is barely any lag experienced when using it for FPS games . The box contains the mouse, a charging cable, interchangeable side and the usb dongle. The mouse has a very modern look and feels comfortable in the palm of your hand. The soft rubbery grip plastic feels nice to the touch and seems good quality. The mouse has some extra side buttons and the one on the thumb side is a sniper button and this is perfectly placed allowing you to change dpi as needed and getting better shots when playing fps game. There are 3 lighted dots that indicate what dpi setting you are currently using as well as the profile. Buttons and lights can be easily customized using the software. Included in the box is a modular magnetic side grip that can be switched out to provide a rest for little finger. The RGB lightning looks pretty nice and adapts to the movement and can be easily adjusted to your liking by the software. Under the mouse you can see the 16000 dpi optical sensor, an on/off switch and a wireless select switch for bluetooth and 2.4GHz. With the 1ms response time this mouse feels very responsive and in a week of use it felt very natural and easy to use. An excellent wireless gaming mouse with snappy response and great controls.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Gaming Mouse Option

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    cjviscito
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    Corsair's Dark Core RGB mouse is a no-brainer pickup if you also get the Qi MM1000 mousepad to go with it. Compared to other gaming mice I've tried, the overall feel is rather sturdy and I've come to appreciate the texturized surface on the back of the mouse where my palm rests. This mouse is also crazy sensitive, since I enjoy getting to pair my mice and keyboards to my gaming rig and my Mac mini, I also paired the mouse using the Bluetooth option. I used the included wireless dongle to connect to my rig and there's a physical toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse, so I don't move the cursor on both computers by accident. When I connected it to my rig, the setup was a breeze - Corsair offers some additional software to configure profiles for different gaming situations, but I usually set those options up in the games themselves, since I hate having to download bloatware. I like to keep my machines running clean. When I connected it to my Mac, I had to turn the sensitivity down to the lowest setting because the cursor was zipping all over the place. The Qi charging ability is cool - but you have to leave it in a very specific spot, so you can't move the mouse and play/charge at the same time. But, for the price, it's a great buy with some features that you'd easily end up shelling out 2x as much for on other mice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5/5 star mouse but low internal battery life

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    Sherlock221
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    Excellent mouse. Extremely comfortable and highly responsive. All buttons can be easily reached and pressed. Note that the forward button might be slightly out of reach for someone with a smaller hand/shorter thumb length. The attached thumb rest is appreciated and prevents your thumb from dragging along the pad during use. I have also found the DPI sniper button useful outside of gaming for accuracy on art/modeling/editing. The mouse itself DPI/tracking is extremely responsive and accurate. No lag or other issues. The only notable concern is the low internal battery life. I have found that constant use can leave the mouse dead every one to two days; however, the wireless (Qi) charges the mouse very quickly so there is little downtime. If the mouse does die, it can be usable again for some time within a minute or two of charging and then left to charge between sessions. I purchased this with the matching MM1000 Corsair wireless charging mouse pad. I do not know how long the mouse will last using regular batteries. If you are not using the wireless charging function, look into the regular Corsair Dark Core (not the SE) which is the same mouse but cheaper because it does not have the wireless charging functionality. If you do not care about wireless charging, buy the non-SE for cheaper. If you want the built in wireless charging, I suggest buying this along with a wireless Qi charging pad (such as the Corsair MM1000), 5 out of 5 stars if you have a wireless charging pad. Excellent mouse. Accurate and responsive. Comfortable shape and materials. Just be aware of the low internal battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid mouse that goes the distance

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    PhilGA
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    As a Technical Insider Network member, I was given a unit in exchange for an unbiased review. As far as mice go, the Corsair Dark Core SE gaming mouse is certainly one to put on your wish list. Overall, it's a comfortable-feeling mouse with all of the customizations you'd need for any computing adventure. The mouse is solidly-built; you certainly won't be concerned about it lasting through typical use. And the fact that it uses an optical sensor for movement means it can be used on practically any surface. Technology-wise, a push of one of its many buttons -- specifically the top-middle button -- will allow you to set up one of three profiles for the mouse. Each profile can be custom-made for its array of buttons to perform specific functions, depending upon your Windows or macOS application. The LED lights that are integrated into the device do an excellent job of not just lighting it up, but conveying various levels of visual information regarding usage and battery life. Speaking of battery life, while it took me about a half hour to fully charge the mouse via its integrated Qi wireless sensor, it does come with its own USB charger to get things going. For connectivity, it's great that Corsair integrated both 2.4Ghz wifi as well as Bluetooth connectivity for smooth connections (I personally like Bluetooth connectivity as it keeps me from having to take up a port to connect and once the device is paired, it's good to go). On the negative side, the instructions don't describe how to pull off the right side of the mouse (when looking down upon it) in order to change out the Interchangeable Side Group (I guessed correctly on how to do it); this helps folks who either like the additional form factor or for lefties. Other than that, this is a good, solid mouse for any need you might have. The fact that it stores up to three profiles allows you to use this device in a multi-OS environment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs frequent charging, but otherwise OK

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    Alan
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    I haven't been a fan of wireless optical mice because no matter how they taught their low mill-second response time features, you won't get any better performance than that of a wired mouse. Another reason has to do with recharging/changing out the batteries every once in a while. And for many wireless mice owners, that's totally fine. Except this particular model from Corsair needs you to charge it... all. the. time. As I'm writing this review actually, I'm using a wired Vivitar laptop USB mouse in lieu of the Corsair Dark Core SE wireless gaming optical mouse (that's a mouthful) because it is currently charging (wirelessly, as well) using the Corsair MM1000 trackpad that it is designed for. Now, being able to charge your mouse without connecting to a wire just by hovering it over a particular corner of your trackpad may sound pretty sweet, and futuristic. But, I can't use my desktop machine temporarily when I need it most. I think, most importantly, what Corsair failed to include with their very first wireless gaming mouse release to market, is an idle standby mode that kicks in after several minutes of inactivity. There are plenty of other wireless gaming mice from leading competitors that do this, and I don't have to plug in or swap out the batteries as often as this. While I'd love to discuss into detail about all of the other great features that make this mouse what it is for pro gaming use, I am baffled at the fact that this device needs to be charged so frequently. Forgetting to turn around your mouse and switch it to the "off" position when you're about to move away from your desk for a long period of time, only to come back and realize it's juice is dead and is needing to be recharged isn't a very convenient use case for this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love the RGB and wireless, but that's it...

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    Isaiah97
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    I was looking for a reliable wireless mouse with RGB lighting and extra buttons. The Dark Core SE met those requirements and it was cheaper than the other non-wireless charging one. Everything seemed good, but I was somewhat reserved about the side button placements. I should have listened to myself because I was only disappointed. The two buttons on the left mouse click are not back and forward, but rather a toggle to move through DPI speeds that you can set. The middle button under the scroll wheel switches through DPI profiles you can customize, which I like, but the mouse would be okay without that function if you just set up program detection. Now for the three buttons located for the thumb. This is my biggest gripe with this mouse. The middle button is to temporarily lower your DPI when you're using Snipers in video games. Cool, but I would rather have it be used for something else, and I haven't found out if I can change this. The other two buttons? Oh, those are back and forward. If I have to temporarily stop my movements to reach for the forward button, that defeats the purpose. All in all, it's pretty, has good weight, and is wireless, but the awkward button placement is not for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Sorry to hear about the issues, please reach out if you need assistance and we should be able to help, at support.corsair.com CorsairGaming

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Reliability is A Deal Breaker

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    ThePickyGamer
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    I really want to like the mouse. Honestly if it weren’t for the reliability issues then this mouse could stand among my favoriates. Let me start with the goods: wireless charged. I got the mouse pad and it charges wirelessly. It has precise tracking when it is working. The clicks are satisfactory. Now the deal breaker: This mouse has not been reliable in my shooters and MOBA games. I play CSGO, PUBG, Ring of Elysium, League Dota 2, as well as some single players like Witcher 3, Tomb Raiders, Assasins Creed and GTA5. I can live with the mouse for productivity or offline gaming sessions but when I get compatitive in online games I find myself often have my pointer reset to the left edge of the screen for some reason. After I noticed this in games I started to see this in my normal windows working space as well. It is really a pain to use it because of this. I will try to find a fix and it it won’t work it has to go. Too bad to have a first product from Corsair that I don’t like. (I own a Corsair mid tower case, mechanical keyboard, mouse pad, RAM Stick, SSD, Gaming Headset— but this mouse is such a disappointment.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hey,

      Very sorry to hear about the inconsistencies. Please contact our support team to see if we can help out in any way. They can be reached at support.corsair.com CorsairGaming

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Well built mouse but the dimensions are terrible

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    Technerd
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    I actually really wanted to like this mouse because i also bought the qi charging mousepad from Corsair to eliminate some wires on my desktop. The good: The mouse is well built and comfortable (for the buttons you can reach), the software had lots of options and the qi worked as designed. It will also wirelessly charge cellphones that are qi compatible which was nice. The bad: The qi only worked in a tiny circle that the mouse had to sit on just right or it wouldnt charge. The software is not as intuitive as say logitech or razor but it had options for color and button layout. I could get over this but the design is just not feasible for normal use. The thumb buttons are so out of place you really can only use 1 effectively, maybe 2 (and i have large hands). You basically are limited to the back button and the "sniper button" which is programmable but defaults to a super low dpi for high accuracy fps shots. I ended up returning the mouse and pad then picking up the logitech version wireless charging mousepad (charges everywhere on the surface) and a g603 mouse. The g903 was comfy but i prefer contoured mice for right handed use instead of an ambidextrous mouse plus it is a little pricey.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      As my other response says to the other review, please reach out and we can help: support.corsair.com CorsairGaming

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Needs improvements for a Gaming Mouse

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    maciasj04

    I was a fan of the idea of a wireless gaming mouse and a Corsiar mouse at that. However this mouse was giving me some issues I'd like to avoid while mid-game. For connectivity the mouse seems to skip my view a considerable amount, meaning I'm walking strait and the view just pans up, down, left, or right at random. After a while it stops and is working fine. However during competitive gameplay this can be frustrating. At some points, though, I lose connectivity altogether and the button in game seems to lock and I'm unable to adjust my view. The Corsiar Utility Engine is running at the time, so maybe this aspect is a software related issue, however I think having a wired mouse would avoid this type of situation from occuring. The side buttons, to me, seem overextended. My thumb is barely able to touch the "sniper" button (lower dpi button for precision), which is unfortunate because I mapped my keys in game to the side buttons. I had to remap to utilize those keys again, which was a minor inconvenience. This, however, is just my personal experience. Others might not have this issue if their thumb reach is longer. Overall the mouse is fairly comfortable and had really vibrant color effects. Just these issued I've stated show that this mouse seems to be intended for casual gameplay rather than competitive.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Gaming Mouse

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    RedScorpion
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    The Dark Core RGB SE is my first Corsair mouse. Prior to this, I have always used Logitech and / or Microsoft mice, but I have to say I am impressed with what Corsair has created here. Wireless charging and RGB profiles are icing on the cake. This mouse is obviously intended for gamers. You can connect the mouse directly via USB, wirelessly with the included dongle, or via Bluetooth 4.0 or greater. As far as I can tell, the USB and Wireless options perform near identically. I can't tell a difference. Combine that low latency with great DPI and a sniper toggle and I truly believe gamers with this mouse have an advantage in games like Overwatch and Fortnite. Downloading and installing Corsair CUE software is a must as that software lets you customize the DPI settings and the RGB profile of the mouse. All-in-all, I am greatly enjoying my Dark Core RGB SE mouse and I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Gaming Mouse that fits like a glove

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    Fordman9870
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    The new Corsair Dark Core Se Gaming mouse is an awesome feature to add to your desktop, laptop or gaming system. The fit and feel are just right for the long gaming session. The mouse charges via an included usb or is also QI charging capable. (Great when paired with the Corsair MM1000) I tested the Mouse while creating documents, spreadsheets and surfing the net, all was very easy and enjoyable with no noticeable lag what so ever. The mouse can be paired via Bluetooth or wireless. I played Call of Duty for over an hour, Alien vs Predator, then through in some old school arcade games and had NO fatigue at all. This is a very nicely built Mouse Perfectly mated for any computer use you can think of. As an added feature the backlighting of the Mouse is very cool. This can be changed the same way you can program features for each of the 9 Buttons to your liking via the app you download. The app itself is quite large at 227MB but is very user friendly. Buttons can easily be programmed as well as custom or preprogrammed lighting. If you are in the market for a multi-use mouse, look no further. This gaming mouse will cover all your needs. I love this Mouse and would recommend this to family and friends alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed

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    Reed

    Context: went through 2 Razer deathadders in 3 years. Primarily play LoL and Overwatch. The good: - Wireless - Ergonomics - good for large hands - Response time equal to wired. The ok: - Build quality. If you shake the mouse you will hear parts rattle, particularly the scroll wheel which is much lower quality and more notchy than the Deathadder it replaced. - macro buttons are in strange locations. I physically need to lift and re-position my hand to get to some of them - the software to map the macros is much more complicated than Razers version The bad: - Battery life - needs to be charged almost daily - Jumping. The mouse will jump to the very edge of the screen. I use the wireless adapter and my computer is directly below the mouse. I have also purchased a new mouse pad thinking that it was getting reflections off of my worn old one. It is a random issue, but all of a sudden it will spin your character around. Wireless charging is an option but then your mouse pad has a wire which to me defeats the purpose of a wireless desktop. I really wanted to like this mouse because I'm very pleased with my other Corsair products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great responsive mouse

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    SimpleLiving
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    My experience with this mouse has been excellent. I have used it for hours and no issues. The mouse comes with a 6ft long braided USB cable for easy changing and you can use the mouse while connected. I also have the Corsair charging mouse pad and accepts any compatible Qi wireless charging pads. It is very nice that it has many buttons such as the two buttons on the top left of the mouse. These buttons change the speed of the mouse. Another button that is useful for gamers is the sniper mode button this button slows down the speed of the mouse to snipe better in-game. The buttons are programmable and customizable. The mouse has a very nice fit for many hands and has the capability to switch the right side grip. My son and I use it a lot and we are very satisfied with all the features provided by this mouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nicely made but awkward to use

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    EAR1965
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    Looks super cool!!! Motion is smooth, low friction, many options for setting resolution, and having the buttons set to do any sequence of keystrokes is very convenient so GREAT JOB!!! .I wanted to be able to program one of the mouse buttons to act as the CTRL, but the software did not allow that. The software only allows macros to run after a mouse press, not after a mouse release. The mouse is very heavy!! While I did not have to lift it often, when I did I sure noticed the weight! The mouse glides great (slippery mouse and pad) but it is hard to hold the courser in one place long enough to double click. Set up software seems to work great but why does the software for a mouse take half a gig on my hard drive??? The sniper button is convenient but the other two thumb buttons are not comfortable and I cannot push them reliably (I do have large hands), which also makes it hard to hold the mouse. This is designed to be a palm held mouse, but if I hold it that way, my fingers are too long to reach the wheel...maybe different sizes offered, say one made for larger hands???

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse, feels great, buggy CUE software

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    jspataro99
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    I bought this mouse to pair with the Corsair K95 RGB keyboard. The mouse works well and seems to stay connected via the 2.4Ghz connection. It fits well in your hand thanks to the contoured shape, and can be switched to a left hand mouse with an included attachable left thumb rest. It is also nice to have a wired/charging vs. two different wireless options, and no removable batteries that need to be replaced. I removed one star because, when paired with a Corsair keyboard with onboard lighting profiles, the mouse will only sync with a saved profile if the CUE software is running, which adds one more program running in the background if you want your mouse to sync with your keyboard lights. Otherwise, the mouse defaults to the first profile loaded into it when CUE is not running. Also, you have to reset the DPI setting every time you change the lighting profile or power it on for the first time. Otherwise, it works well with Corsair keyboards when CUE is running. If you're looking for a nice high DPI gaming mouse, this is certainly one of the better options.

    I would recommend this to a friend