Pros: The light weight and the layout of the teflon feet on the mouse makes for a really slick and effortless experience moving the mouse. They NAILED it with this mouse.
It has an incredibly high dpi/cpi for its class, adjustable (1000Hz by default) polling rate, and is incredibly cost effective.
The modern corsair logo looks pretty sweet by default, and it produces a really good solid white color. You can customize the lighting effects for dpi change indication and have other lighting effects for regular use.
The CUE software also has the ability to change all buttons (except left-click) to perform different actions (macros), including keyboard events, mouse movement, and delay in those actions.
Cons: The thumb buttons are not too easily distinguishable when you're distracted in gaming. I also prefer being able to click them without needing to slide my thumb forward or backward, and to be able to click the button closer toward me (the "back-action" button) with my thumb knuckle. With this mouse I have to press upward+inward with what feels like a lot of distance to activate them, since the buttons sit at the top of my thumb.
DPI increments are of 250 instead of 100 when configuring custom DPI settings. On other mice I've had my DPI set to 800 but on here I have to settle with 750 or 1000. Not too big of a deal but it should be noted since it seems odd that the steps are 250 dpi rather than 100.
Overall Review: I've been using other mice to suit my claw grip with a narrower front end, so it took a little time to get used to this mouse. Once used to it, it seems to be pretty comfortable and very grippy.
You need the CUE utility to configure lighting and to alter the dpi configuration; there are 5 dpi presets that you can use, but if you want to change what the presets have you need to use the utility. From there you can turn on/off up to 5 presets as well as change the dpi/cpi for those presets.
On the latest version of CUE (version 2.10.71), the software update check is currently broken. The Firmware update will work just fine but the software may have issues updating at the moment. I don't know if it's because it's the latest version or not, but it's a known issue since version 2 came out and Corsair has been slow to deal with it. Other than that, the software works great.
Pros: I like when even the top tier brands I expect greatness from go a little more budget friendly! Corsair did just that, not just with the Harpoon RGB mouse, but with several products. I have been seeing a trend in affordability on their food chain, and so I have decided to pick and try this mouse.
Maybe you aren’t a Razer fan, and you don’t need that DeathAdder for your CSGO awesomeness, instead, you want to try something different. Something that looks more cozy to you, and costs the same or less (depending on price trends). BUT you also don’t want to break the bank doing that! Well, we may have an answer for you here with Corsair Harpoon RGB. A great option, that isn’t that ugly, unfriendly Katar mouse.
The mouse has an overall quality feel, with a team that obviously (to me at least) designed it for FPS gaming, to compete alongside the namely competitors and their own respective affordable FPS style mice.
The Harpoon RGB finds itself under my humble, scrutinous blade of observation, and stares back with no fear. Corsair is confident in their products, and there is a good reason why. They are made for us, the consumer. Most of the time I never really have something bad to say (other than one PSU I reviewed by them that we will chalk up to fluke mistake on the factory it came from), rather I usually have thoughts along the lines of ‘interesting choice… I would have maybe done this differently.’ To cite the Scimitar Pro, I would have used an embedded gear for loosening the keypad vs providing a tiny specialized tool for the consumer to not lose.
Anyway let me stay on track! Corsair didn’t provide to the public what sensor they used for the Harpoon. They usually openly announce in some way what they used, or if it was an exclusive collaboration. It’s a safe bet it’s a newer PMW Pixart sensor, and it is likely a unique model exclusive to Corsair. There are a range of sensors that fit the bill of 6000 DPI so it is difficult to say just by feel. I can say I don’t believe it to be an ADNS model, as they are typically older designs and offer an unappealing red light not found here.
The optical 6000 DPI sensor is very comfortable, very smooth, and works great.
We do not have a braided cable, but we do have a thicker than usual comfortable and well insulated cable. Both left and right sides offer a comfortable rubbery grip and it fits the hand very well for me. The forward and back buttons on the left side of the mouse (thumb side) are mildly misplaced to me. While they are edged out (like a triangle) the button furthest back is uncomfortable to use. The button being slightly larger, or both buttons being positioned a bit more forward would be far more ideal to me.
The top of the mouse looks as if its coated in a rubbery matte style ABS coating but feels like sanded hard plastic. If that descriptor sounds unappealing I do not mean it to, its actually very nice feeling, but it looks like it may feel much differently in pictures than when you are actually using it. I just don’t want you to be surprised!
The scroll wheel keeps with a common Corsair design and is easy to use as anticipated with angled ridges and nice scroll and click. Just behind the scroll wheel is the one directional DPI switch. The specifications default 250DPI up to 6000DPI, but in true Corsair fashion you can jump in to the CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) and customize and set up all of your profiles. Once you have customized a cozy profile, you can save it to the onboard memory of the mouse.
Omron switches make the experience here. With 20 million click you can expect to own this mouse a long time if you so choose. I find they are very adequate. I was writing a difference comparison between switches and comparable feel of switches in different mice. My Logitech G303 (my on the go love of my life mouse) and my Zeus P1 (home editing mouse) have very different feels. Sometimes the 303 is so sensitive I’ll actuate accidently just resting my fingers on it. On the other side, the Zeus will fail to actuate as easily as I ‘think’ it should. When I picked up the Corsair Scimitar it was like rays came down and was the absolute perfect balance between the switches. The Harpoon is the same way. It is my perfect comfort zone for depression to actuation.
There is 1 zone RGB lighting on the Harpoon, and you guessed it, the rear logo for Corsair. While it seems like less RGB lighting than you probably desire in your dance party life, it actually looks nice and using CUE, and LINK features in CUE, you can pretty much have it successfully style and look how you want with lighting effects. It was actually really neat, and sort of hard to explain… ‘How many cool lighting features can I have with just one point of light?’ Apparently, a lot. If the Harpoon offered an RGB scroll wheel as well, it would be the cherry on top for the price range (assuming it would maintain the price range).
Four smaller than desired Teflon feet on the bottom are adequate.
Cons: CUE offers full control over the mouse and what it can do. From polling rate, pointer speeds, lighting, assigning all six programmable buttons, profile creation and storage, so on and so on. It is a great GUI, but I still want to see some more user friendly changes. At the time of this review it is still a mid-screen gear icon to get to polling rates (as an example). Why is something like this not available on the left like everything else. Just put ‘Global Settings’ as a tab on the left with the rest.
Overall Review: The elephant in the room a lot of people bring up is it is a light weight mouse. Well…yes it’s an FPS mouse catering to not you unique heavy mouse using FPS players. 85 Grams is a common weight range for a light weight FPS mouse (Citing Rival 100 @ 92 grams, Roccat Lua @ 70 grams and even the considerably heavy for FPS Razer DeathAdder Chroma @ 105 grams and Logitech Hyperion @ 108 grams. I think some people see the size and expect it to weigh well over 100g. For FPS gaming light weight, and lift off distance are important. For the price of the mouse there is a Goldilocks effect for me. It is just right. Kudos.
I love seeing that Corsair offers a more budget oriented option that is a great tool for your desk battlefield. I especially like that it isn’t just a branded hunk of junk delivered to your desk. There are remarks to be made about the quality/price ratio. They could probably get away with a higher price for all that it is, and all that it can do, but instead, they simply don’t try to. I like seeing this. Make products for everyone. Design for all tiers of gamers, for all tiers of budgets, and keep surprising me. At one point, I would have written Corsair off as ‘cares too much about branding and money’ company. I don’t feel that way anymore. I look forward to seeing the future implementations of new and refreshed products.
Pros: - DPI switching with a fair amount of profiles available without CUE
- Sleek design
Cons: - Requires CUE for non-static RGB functionality
- Requires CUE to use non-default DPI settings (both numbers and colors)
- While holding the LMB and trying to scroll a page in some cases, the scrolling will be slow. I haven't noticed this on any other mouse and it seems to happen under both Windows and Linux
Overall Review: - You don't miss much without CUE, but I wish Corsair would start allowing the saving of more settings to the hardware itself, not everyone wants to run the heavy CUE software in the background or resort to unofficial means on other operating systems (like cbk)
- The RGB light isn't visible while using the mouse; I feel the light itself is more of a gimmick than anything
- As with most Corsair devices under Linux, you need a USB quirk kernel option set in order to not have delayed booting. The option is usbhid.quirks='0x1B1C:0x1B3C:0x20000000'
Pros: + Comfortable feel.
+ Great glide on hard mouse pad.
+ Button customization.
+ RGB Options.
+ CUE 2 is better.
Although the construction and weight feels like an average mouse, the design is very comfortable for me. I have found that not all mice can have that claim. Some are immediately uncomfortable for me.
The Harpoon design has a comfortable palm rest for me. It is small enough to fit my grip style and still big enough to allow me to rest my palm at times. The “groove” on the left side for my thumb is comfortable and makes sure I’m lined up to press the two option buttons.
The mouse does glide very smoothly over a hard mouse pad. It is accurate at the DPI that I am comfortable with.
The new Corsair Utility Engine 2 is easy to figure out and get my devices working the way quickly that I want them to. The first version was good, but the CUE 2 is better. The CUE software allows you to customize the lighting effects, the buttons, available DPI settings.
Cons: - A little lightweight for my taste.
I have been using the Corsair Gaming M65 PRO Gaming Mouse which is sturdy and weighted. So switching to the Harpoon made the Harpoon feel cheap at first, but at no fault to the Harpoon. Once I got used to the change, I would say the weight is that of an average mouse. I may have gotten spoiled by M65 Pro though.
Overall Review: This is a great entry-level gaming mouse at a reasonable price. I would recommend this mouse to a gamer on a budget.
I had version 1.x of the Corsair Utility Engine installed and I could not get it to recognize the new mouse. I did the USB plug shuffle with no success. Once I uninstalled v1.x and installed version 2.x (CUE 2), the mouse was available.
I use a fingertip grip style (opposed to the palm or claw grip), so my fingers are farther back than the other two grip styles. My thumb reaches most of the sniper button just fine, so no issue there. I have no problem using the back slender thumb button either, but I cannot reach the forward slender thumb button with my thumb.
The button behind the wheel to dynamically change the mouse’s DPI is a feature that I cannot think of a reason for myself to have. I rely on muscle memory when using the mouse. So I disabled the DPI settings I did not want. You could make a "sniper" button by disabling all of the DPI options except your comfortable DPI setting and the slower DPI setting.
The only item that was not intuitive in the new CUE 2 was how to not have the DPI setting colors override my lighting effects. I had to enable the "Dpi zone" button on the lighting effects screen. I don't know what that means, but it did what I wanted it to do.
Pros: Works right out of the box, no problem . Even the side buttons would allow you to move forward or back in your browser pages.
Well built. The wheel is flat with a textured edge to prevent slipping. Nice touch. The Teflon pads on the bottom work very well to eliminate drag.
Worked on a variety of surfaces without even a stutter, even the palm of my hand.
It works as advertised,
Cons: The only objective con would be the apparent small glitch in the corsair utility engine (cue) application. No software came with the mouse, You are directed to download it. After installing and running it, it displays a message that an update was available. Since I had just downloaded the software from the Corsair site, it seemed a bit strange. A button on the CUE utility said ‘search for updates’. All it did was generate an error message. I checked to version number on CUE. I already had the latest version. This kind of error doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in the application. However, everything else seemed to work fine, so far.
Overall Review: This is an entry level mouse. It is smaller than any other gaming mouse that I have used. It apparently was designed for a smaller hand. It is not weighted and is very light. This is not a negative, some folks may prefer a light weight mouse. The Corsair logo on the back of the mouse changes color You’re not going to be seeing it much since your hand will be covering the logo.
I like this mouse. While not for the serious gamer, it is a nice upgrade from your standard fare for any use. I like it for photo editing, on a large screen monitor. The precision of the cursor placement and the ability to quickly change the dpi are very nice.
The cord could be a bit more flexible, but, I would recommend this mouse. It is definitely good bang for the buck!
Pros: The mouse performs very well and has nice detailed software to go with it. For gaming it's a great upgrade over stock mice or older mice. With it's 6000 DPI sensor I found myself never going that high but it's nice it has the option to go lower or higher depending on your needs. It has a nice textured grip on either side which makes holding it and staying precise easy.I enjoyed the weight of this mouse as it felt just about perfect for me.
Cons: I wish this mouse had more than 1 zone for RGB, the only rgb part is the corsair logo on the front which will get covered by your hand when you use the device. Also if you switch the DPI it changes the color of the logo for 3 seconds to a corresponding DPI Color making knowing where your DPI is set hard.The scroll wheel has clicks which in itself is nice but the clicks are so minuscule that it might as well be a free scrolling wheel. The size of the mouse is also a bit undesirable, I have bigger hands and found my pinkie finger and sometimes my ring finger dragging on the desk which after a while gets old.
Overall Review: I would not recommend this mouse to anyone who has bigger hands or wants flashy RGB functions. If you don't care about RGB, have smaller sized hands or like your fingers dragging and want an upgrade over something like a stock mouse this is a great product that i think even the most competitive gamers can enjoy.
Pros: No software required to run it
Easy to use button to change DPI (and the colors change with it as well)
Good feel on the buttons/scroll wheel
Cons: I wish the cord was a bit more flexible, as I've had it kink up *in front* of my monitor a couple of times, just mildly annoying. I should have straightened out the cable before I started using it.
Overall Review: Corsair continues to win me over with their input devices. This is now my 4th between my work pc and home pc's.
Pros: Works out of the box as a mouse and all buttons work.
Nice feel to it with rubberized sides and matte black finish.
Works great for everyday basic functions.
Long cord is good since my computer is about 3-4 feet from me.
Cons: Too light. Marketing calls this a feature and maybe it is if it's a portable mouse and the couple ounces you'd save in weight would help you get where you're going.
Cord is pretty cheap and thin. I don't expect it to last long.
Software is pretty basic, even on advanced settings. Lots of "slider" switches in the software but they only slide to full or off so the impression is good but you are quickly disappointed.
The only "gaming" feature seems to be the adjustable LED at the back. Everyone does this any more and it's gotten kind of lame.
It has a "sniper" mode in the software but I didn't see any way to activate this unless you're supposed to reassign one of the forward/back buttons to engage this.
Overall Review: This is just a ten dollar mouse with a couple cosmetic features to make it appear as a gaming mouse. I plan on using this on my work computer and try it out for a while since it has a cheap mouse on it and this will be a nice change. Marketing needs to redo their strategy and call it a basic mouse then I'd give it 5 stars.