Corsair Ironclaw RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse Review

Using the Mouse

The Ironclaw’s teflon feet allow for a smooth and accurate glide, and thanks to its weight the stiff cable posed no problem at all. Movements were precise at all times, and it feels as though the mouse is an extension to your arm as opposed to a peripheral you’re battling. This is, of course, expected of everything but your cheapest mice, yet the Ironclaw felt it had something extra which is hard to put into words. I’d like to attribute it mainly to the textured sides which give you an extra feeling of control, even if it is placebo.

Overall, configuration of the mouse took no time at all, but this could be due to my experience with iCUE. As previously mentioned, iCUE can be daunting to new users but once you know your way around it you’ll find configuring any Corsair perihperal to be a breeze.

The mouse’s lift-off distance is adjustable in software, which you will probably want to change as the default is approximately 3.5 mm and far too high. This is done using the iCUE software by running the Surface Calibration under the Performance tab. Once calibrated to a more comfortable level of around 1-1.5 mm I fired up Quake III Arena. It might be an extremely old game, but it is still a game that requires some of the fastest and most accurate movements to date.

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It took me a few minutes to get the sensitivity to the level I was happy with, but once done the mouse was absolute gaming nirvana. The bulkiness was something I appreciated right away, giving a full feeling in the hand. I noticed no irregularities whatsoever during the dozen or so hours of gaming. While I can’t say whether it was the shape or sensor that made the biggest difference, I definitely noticed an improvement in my aim. Angle snapping is disabled by default but can be enabled in iCUE should you so desire for design applications or the like where you need to draw straight lines. For gaming, which is the mouse’s primary use, you will certainly want to keep this disabled.

The buttons have an optimal level of actuation force, and there were neither accidental nor missed clicks even in some of the more frantic battles. The bulge of the mouse meant that the DPI adjustment buttons were positioned in a way that avoids your finger resting on them at all, yet within easy enough reach to click without much thought.

Perhaps most importantly, the amount of grip you have on the mouse doesn’t change at all once your palm starts sweating, which I can certainly attribute to the deeply textured grips on either side. Thanks to the friction I did not miss having a thumb rest, which is something I normally look for in a mouse.


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