We were big fans of the original Glaive when we first reviewed it. We liked its great performance, comfortable feel, and extremely handy DPI indicator.
Corsair has recently come out with a new and improved Glaive, the Glaive RGB Pro. Needless to say, we were excited to check out this upgraded version and see what’s new. It boasts a brand-new, state-of-the-art sensor, some new side grips with more textured rubber, and a lighter, slimmer body. Looks like one of our favorite mice has gotten even better.
You can pick up the Corsair Glaive RGB Pro gaming mouse for $69. 99 on Newegg, GameCrate’s parent site.
Design and Comfort
The Glaive RGB Pro weighs 115 grams, making it noticeably lighter than the original Glaive and a bit easier to move around. It measures at 4.88”(L) x 2.70”(W) x 1.79”(H), making it slightly shorter than its predecessor, but significantly slimmer. This makes the Glaive Pro a little trickier to hold for those of us with larger hands. I prefer to use my mice with a palm grip, and after a few hours of using the Glaive Pro, I started to wish it was a bit larger. The left and right mouse buttons are also a little small for my liking, only as long as the tip of my finger. If you like holding your mouse with a claw or tip grip, you’ll be OK, but palm grip users with big hands should keep these design choices in mind.
Aesthetically, the Pro looks a lot like the original Glaive, with angular, futuristic mouse buttons and a trim, sleek body. It strikes a happy medium between a more professional office look and the sometimes gaudy gamer aesthetic.
Speaking of aesthetics, there are three RGB lighting zones on the Glaive Pro - the strips along the side, the front strip, and the Corsair logo on the base of the mouse. They’re super colorful and vibrant, and can be endlessly customized with Corsair’s iCUE software. I’m not entirely clear why Corsair included the front RGB light zone, as I rarely saw it while using the mouse, but RGB has never been the most practical feature. The lighting is there for those that want it, and it looks good.
Performance and Features
The Glaive RGB Pro uses a custom PMW3391 sensor designed by Pixart and Corsair. Pixart and Corsair make a great team – this sensor rocks. It’s smooth, fast, and precise. I never felt like I was fighting with the mouse to get it to go where I want, and always felt completely in control of even the smallest micro-movements. In-game performance with the Glaive Pro is fantastic. Mouse movements are snappy and responsive, perfect for twitchy, fast-paced shooters. Everything felt smooth and effortless, allowing me to focus on the game and get completely immersed in the action. Of course, the Glaive Pro also features standard high-level gaming mouse features, such as 1000 Hz polling rate.
Corsair has gone with Omron switches in the Glaive Pro. These are rated for 50 million clicks, and are very satisfying to use. I also have to call attention to the aluminum scroll wheel, with its textured rubber coating, precise notched scrolling, and overall great clickfeel.
Sky High DPI
Where as the original Glaive could “only” handle 16,000 DPI, the new Pro is capable of up to 18,000 DPI. While that number is more for bragging rights than anything else, there are edge case scenarios where that astronomically high DPI helps. Pro gamers who need pinpoint accuracy for specific sniper shots or pixel-perfect movements are going to love cranking the DPI all the way up for a split second before setting it back down to a more reasonable level. Players with limited movement might be able to make use of these higher settings as well.
Adjusting the DPI on the Glaive RGB Pro is easy – just click the DPI buttons on the top of the mouse. Corsair also encourages you to switch your DPI with the dead-simple and incredibly intuitive 5-stage DPI indicator. This was one of the killer features on the original Glaive, and I love that it makes a return on the Glaive Pro. It completely eliminates the guesswork of trying to figure out your DPI settings. You have to wonder why more companies don’t include something similar. Their loss is Corsair’s gain, and the Glaive Pro is almost worth purchasing for this feature alone.
Like the original Glaive, the RGB Pro has detachable thumb rests. I love when companies give you the ability to customize their mouse to your liking, and while the thought of having to store all these little modular pieces fills me with anxiety, I appreciate the freedom of choice. The side grips have a better grip to them on the Pro than the original Glaive – there’s a bit more textured rubber to them, and they’re very comfortable and easy to hold. I liked the wider side grip with the thumb rest, but if you prefer one of the skinner ones with different texture styles, the option is there.
Corsair’s iCUE software can be overwhelming when you first boot it up, but it’s incredibly powerful. Everything, and I mean everything, can be customized – the on-board DPI settings, the polling rate, macros for the seven programmable buttons, the colors and effects of the RGB lighting – you name it, you can change it. You can even calibrate the Glaive Pro’s sensor to your surface of choice, so the mouse knows whether it’s on a pad or a naked desk and can adjust accordingly.
If you like to tweak settings, you’ll be right at home, and happy with the Glaive.
An updated favorite
If you like the original Glaive, you’ll love the Corsair Glaive Pro. The sensor is better, the mouse is lighter and easier to move, and the side grips are easier and more comfortable to grip. That being said, it’s not enough of a difference that you’ll want to upgrade, and the slimmer body might not work if you have bigger hands.
For those of you who like claw and tip grip and don’t mind a slimmer body, however, the Glaive Pro is an easy recommendation, and what you should look for in an upgrade.