Selecting a Corsair Mouse

By James Cao, on October 8, 2013

Corsair mice were designed to meet all the needs of our gaming enthusiasts. Whether you are a gamer who wants 15 buttons or prefer an optical sensor, we have a variety of mice to choose from to fit your preferences. It does not stop there either, however. Our mice are also well suited for enthusiasts who want to use a comfortable long lasting device that works well with desktop publishing applications. There truly is something for everyone.

Here is a breakdown of our mice:

 

Corsair M95

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Corsair M65

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Corsair M45

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Corsair M30

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Type of Sensor Laser Laser Optical Optical
Color(s) Black/White Black/White/Green Black Black
Macro Playback Yes Yes Yes No
Maximum DPI 8200 8200 5000 4000

Weight Adjustment

Yes Yes Yes No
Price $79.99 $69.99 $59.99 $49.99

Corsair Vengeance Mice are our premium line-up  use a laser sensor which allows for a wide range of DPI settings, accurate and precise movement. All Vengeance mice also use aluminum uni-body frames and braided cables to provide a strong rigid peripheral while our software provides all the functionality our users demand.

Corsair Vengeance M95:

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  • Number of Mouse Buttons: 15 programmable buttons
  • Rate: 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz
  • Available Colors: Gunmetal Black / Arctic White
  • Sensor: Laser (8200 dpi)
  • MSRP: $79.99

The Corsair Vengeance M95 is our premium mouse offering. As a larger mouse in comparison to the others, the M95 will be very comfortable for those who prefer to palm their hands. Utilizing an aluminum body, the mouse has 15 programmable buttons that allow for a wide range of customization. The sensor is an Avago 9800 laser sensor capable of a maximum of 8200 dpi and is complimented by PTFE glide pads that allow for smooth and precise movement, especially with it's adjustable response time. The M95 also has on-the-fly profile swapping with the press of a button to allow for multiple gaming profiles. Finally, the reliability of the mouse is increased with a solid metal scrolling wheel and using switches rated for 20 million clicks to provide a long lasting and durable mouse for all your tasks and gaming needs.

Is it right for you?

The M95 stands above the rest of the mice line-up by offering the most buttons to customize. This will appeal mostly to the MMO gamers and to those users who require multiple profile for their button arrangements. For MMO gamers, more often than not, your taskbar will be full of buttons for your wide assortment of spells and abilities which a 5 button mouse may not be able to accommodate very well. With most of the side buttons arranged in a configuration accessible for your thumb, the M95 will allow you to use all of the buttons easily and with comfort without having to guess what you are pressing. This is especially important for those crucial moments when you cannot afford to second guess what it is you're pressing. With its ergonomic design centered around palming the mouse, it will also make it extremely comfortable to use as well.

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For those who do not game, the M95 offers the same utility by allowing you to set different macros or button bindings to the device and then allowing you to switch them without ever having to bring up the software window. You can create a sequence of button presses and save it to a profile for Microsoft Excel and then quickly switch to a different profile with a whole other set of macros for Adobe Photoshop, for example. With its onboard memory, you can easily program the mouse from home and then use it on your office PC without the software for macro playback and custom key press bindings. The blue LED indicators on the side will let you know which profile you currently have as active.

Corsair Vengeance M65

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  • Number of Mouse Buttons: 8 programmable buttons
  • Rate: 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz
  • Available Colors: Gunmetal Black / Arctic White / Military Green
  • Sensor: Laser (8200 dpi)
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Winner of PC Gamer's Editor Choice Award (January 2013): award

The Corsair Vengeance M65 mouse is our other premium mouse in the Vengeance peripheral line-up and is a PC Gamer Editor’s Choice peripheral. Designed to be the tool for FPS gamers, it offers a simple but comfortable shell for grip. To provide precise and accurate tracking, we also equipped the same 8200 dpi laser sensor of the M95 and used the same switches rated for 20 million life clicks. The M65 also has an additional feature with its unique adjustable weight system that allows for customization to change the weight of the mouse in 3 different areas so the user can get the exact feel as desired. With three different colors available, the M65 will compliment many systems and provide an uniform look on your desktop.

Is it right for you?

The M65 is a smaller mouse than the M95 due to a smaller number of buttons. This mouse would be more ideal for those who may not need all of the buttons of the M95 and prefer something smaller. Users who tend to “claw” their mouse will also enjoy the M65 (versus users who palm which make the bigger shape of the M95 more preferable). The M65 also has almost all of the software features so even if the mouse is marketed towards the FPS gamer, those who like the shape and do not require the amount of buttons of the M95 can still program macros and key bindings to the device.

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The M65 also has the inclusion of a “Sniper Button,” which when depressed will allow the mouse to move at a different DPI that you can adjust for. This instant button is extremely handy when you need precise tracking while gaming (especially in scope) or with design work where you want to minimize mouse movement as low as possible at that instant. This avoids having to constantly change your DPI back and forth with a different button. The weight system also helps users who prefer a light mouse especially users who like to pick the mouse up when scrolling. We purposely avoided a cartridge weight for this feature so the weights affect the center of gravity in the middle rather than the rear base of the mouse. Another popular feature that our users apply to the sniper button is binding it as a voice chat on button for programs like Ventrilo and Mumble. This allows them to communicate without using the keyboard.

 

Our line of Raptor peripherals differ from Vengeance because all of the mice use optical rather than laser sensors. This does not mean it is an inferior alternative, however. Contrary to popular belief, laser is not better than optical. It simply serves a different purpose. Optical mice are preferred by gamers who desire low DPI and may not necessarily need the functionality of laser. Our Raptor mice also still retain the high quality non-slip surface from the laser mice and provide a high level of comfort when maintaining long hours of usage. This also helps with lower cost and easy entry into our product line-up.

Corsair Raptor M45


  • Number of Mouse Buttons: 7 programmable buttons
  • Rate: 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Sensor: Optical (5000 dpi)
  • MSRP: $59.99

The Corsair Raptor M50 is an optical mouse with the PMW 3310 sensor. This sensor allows the configuration of DPI settings from 50 - 5000 DPI (by increments of 50) to deliver the very best for optical performance. Similar to the M65, it also utilizes the same weight system in order to allow users to configure how heavy or light they want the mouse. It also retains the same PTFE glide pads for smooth movement and backed by the same software that our Vengeance mice uses for key mappings and macro playback. For those looking for a higher level of aesthetics, the M45 also has a subtle red glow our users have asked for in order to match our other peripherals (like the Black and Red Vengeance K70).

Is it right for you?

The Corsair Raptor M45 is an offering that builds off of the highly successful M65. Though similar in many ways (including utilizing the same software functionality of our Vengeance line), there are some changes that stand out:

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It is definitely a lighter mouse even with all the weights intact. We felt that the users most interested in this mouse prefer something light so they can pick it up easily for rapid movement. The sniper button was also omitted to keep the mouse as basic as possible while retaining the shape that so many of our users have found to be comfortable.

The optical sensor we have included is one of the best, if not the best, optical sensors available today. There is a growing segment of gamers, especially with FPS games, that are changing their preferences from laser back to optical. The main advantage in doing so is an optical sensor can feel more responsive at very low DPI settings in contrast to laser mice which feel very optimal at higher DPI speeds. FPS gamers may also avoid sensitive mice since it may affect their accuracy when it comes to pointing and clicking at very small windows of opportunities.

Corsair Raptor M30

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  • Number of Mouse Buttons: 6 buttons
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Rate: 1000hz
  • Sensor: Optical (4000 dpi)
  • MSRP: $49.99

The Corsair Raptor M30 is an optical mouse that utilizes the Avago ADNS-3090 sensor. The Corsair M30 is designed to be a plug and play mouse with no software to fuss over. DPI settings on the mouse can be changed with a single click of a button with the brightness of the LED being the physical indicator. Every button on the mouse is also detectable in games to allow for quick key mapping and makes the M30 an ideal mouse to carry with you without requiring anything else for setup.

Is it right for you?

The Raptor M30 uses a completely different shape than its alternative, the Raptor M40. Whereas the M45 is a slightly wider mouse, the M30’s shape is slightly longer and narrower. This gives the M30 the shape of a mouse most people may be accustomed to with small desktop mice and may find the comfort to be more subjective to their liking as it uses more of a palm type of grip than a claw.

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The Raptor M30 also is very easy to use since it does not use any software so it makes a great mouse to use anywhere even if you are not gaming. Unlike the matt surfaces of the other Corsair mice, the M30 also uses a rubberized non-slip grip on the left side so you can rest your thumb firmly and comfortable while using it. The texture of the mouse also has a non-slip feel that will allow you to maintain a good grip even during long hours of gaming. For the user who wants a no-frills, no complications, and no learning curve, the M30 is the perfect choice.

 

End Note

Whether you choose a Vengeance laser mouse, or a Raptor optical one, all of our mice are designed to fulfill form and function. Unlike most products, especially with computer hardware, there is not one mouse that is better than the other. Mice, being such a subjective peripheral, are rather made to fit the preferences of the user using it. This is why we have such a wide variety of them. Regardless of what you choose though, we stand by all of our products and provide a warranty period of two years. Now you can game comfortably, with precision, and have a peace of mind. Game on!


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