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  1. If you’re a gamer or just like to follow gaming news, there’s no doubtyou’ve heard of the new battle royale sensation, Apex Legends, and its rapidrise to success. Here at CORSAIR HQ, which resides somewhere between Artilleryand Bunker, there are a bunch of us who regularly take up arms and battle itout to be champions. With the game’s large variety of weapons, upgrades, andlegends to choose from, your mouse should match your playstyle. I asked some ofour own staff which mouse/mice they preferred and why. Read on to see what ourown legends have to say! First Name: Donia Position at CORSAIR: Customer Service Representative Preferred Legend: Lifeline Preferred Mouse: White M65 RGB Elite Why? I really like this mouse a lot because not only is it SOOOO pretty – But it’s the perfect size for me. I have small/medium sized hands, and a lot of other mice don’t fit my hands well. I like when my mouse is simple and just gets the job done. The sniper button is GENIUS; I also play League of Legends, so I can play with super high sensitivity at times. Using the sniper button to slow down to aim has literally saved my life in game. Overall, it’s a good, simple mouse that really gets the job done. Name: James Position: Technical Support Preferred Legend(s): Bloodhound and Octane Preferred Mouse/Mice: White M65 RGB Elite Why? I love the feel and looks of this mouse. It sits comfortably in my hand and I’m able to easily reach the side buttons. I typically rebind the sniper and side buttons, which allows me to sprint, heal, or drop kick someone with the greatest of ease. Name: Kevin Position: Technical Marketing Preferred Legend(s): Lifeline or Bangalore Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB or White M65 RGB Elite Why? I love the Glaive’s shape, large thumb buttons, easy to read DPI indicator, and interchangeable thumb rests. All of these give me a comfortable, firm grip, and makes it easier to frag out. The white M65 RGB Elite feels super snappy, it’s easy to clean, and with the updated thumb buttons, it feels better than ever. Oh, and aesthetically speaking? OOF. It’s a beauty. Name: Phil Position: Technical Marketing – Elgato Preferred Legend: Bangalore Preferred Mouse/Mice: Black M65 RGB Elite Why? The shape and size of the mouse are really nice, and it fits well in my hand, which is the most important aspect of a gaming mouse to me. Name: Scott Position: Video Producer Preferred Legend: Pathfinder Preferred Mouse/Mice: Harpoon Wireless Why? I’ve always liked smaller/ lighter mice, especially for FPS games. I mainly play wired at my desk, but I also have my PC running to my 4K TV in the living room. The Harpoon wireless lets me quickly unplug and move to my K63 Lapboard combo. Name: Steggy Position: Marketing Manager – Elgato Preferred Legend(s): Mirage Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB Why? The Glaive seems to be that sort of classic mouse shape, and the customizable side panel allows the mouse to be enjoyed by people who prefer different styles of mice. Some people like thumb rests, whereas I just want a simple side with grip, and the Glaive gives that to me. In addition to these responses, we also collected some data of other Apex Legends fans around the office. Below, in our ultra-scientific bar graph, you can get a visual representation of which mice our own legends prefer. From the collected responses, it appears that the M65 RGB Elite is the champion for Apex Legends fans at CORSAIR HQ! This was data collected from a small sample of us who have been bitten by the Apex Legends bug at the office. Just like the game gives you a wealth of weapons to choose from, CORSAIR offers plenty of options for mice, except you’re not at the mercy of RNG. On that note… has anyone found a Precision Choke? What’s your favorite CORSAIR mouse to use for Apex? Let us know below!
  2. When it comes to gaming mice, speed is of the utmost importance. High polling rates and lightning-fast switches work together to register your inputs as fast as possible. With the new M65 RGB ULTRA, we’re bringing optical switches to gaming mice. As you might recall, the K100 RGB introduced OPX optical-mechanical switches to our lineup of gaming keyboards, but now you may be asking, “what is an optical switch?” and “how would an optical switch benefit me?” Don’t worry! Hopefully by the end of this, you’ll not only understand what an optical switch is, but how they can also improve your game! A Review of Traditional SwitchesTypical mechanical switches and buttons rely on the physical contact of a metal plate to close a circuit that is then reported as a key or button press. Mechanical switches have been refined greatly over time and are great choices to this day for gaming, however they still rely on mechanical contacts that wear out over time and vibrate or “bounce” once released, causing unintentional secondary inputs which need to be accounted for in firmware in the form of a “debounce delay” adding to overall click latency. What’s an Optical Switch?An optical switch swaps out the physical contact for a beam of infrared light that registers a keypress or mouse button click once the beam is broken. Benefits of Optical SwitchesSince an optical switch works with a beam of light rather than the coming together of metal contacts, we’re able to eliminate switch bounce entirely. With switch bounce out of the equation, additional click latency in the form of a debounce delay isn’t needed so the mouse or keyboard is able to instantly register another input once the button has reset. Another benefit of optical switches is improved durability as the lack of metal contacts substantially simplifies the design of the switch, removing the metal contacts that will wear out over time. Closing ThoughtsWhether you’re using a mouse or keyboard, optical switches provide a competitive edge, ensuring that your inputs are registered as fast as possible and with the added durability, you can game with confidence knowing that your hardware will stand up to the test of time. To learn more about our optical switch offerings, check out the K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard or our M65 RGB Ultra lineup. To join the gaming hardware discussion, check out our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forum, Discord, and Reddit!
  3. Basically what the title says, i love feel and grip of the Nightsword and would really like a wireless version.
  4. The CORSAIR SABRE RGB PRO is part of the CHAMPION SERIES product line of high performance gaming peripherals.Our new SABRE RGB PRO CHAMPION SERIES Gaming Mouse was designed from the start for esports competitions where low-latency, high-speed performance is critical. To test its might, we worked with NVIDIA® to get the SABRE RGB PRO validated for NVIDIA Reflex, which resulted in the SABRE RGB PRO receiving a chart-topping mouse click latency rating of just 0.57ms, worthy of our new CHAMPION SERIES products! https://github.com/NVIDIA/Reflex-Latency-Analyzer-Mouse-Database/blob/main/NVIDIA%20RLA%20Mice%20Database%20-%20Github.csv This class-leading score is the result of the enormous effort put in by our engineering, research, and development teams working in concert with the demands of real-world gamers and competitors to produce a truly amazing product. What’s NVIDIA Reflex?NVIDIA Reflex is a combination of multiple NVIDIA technologies: their latest graphics cards and high-performance G-SYNC displays, which combine powers to provide a solution that can measure and reduce click-to-display latency in supported competitive titles. This means that you need not only a system that supports NVIDIA Reflex, but also a display that takes advantage of these competitive tools as well. Here’s a short video from NVIDIA explaining the tech behind NVIDIA Reflex: Closing ThoughtsAn awesome NVIDIA Reflex rating isn’t the only thing that sets our gaming peripherals apart. The SABRE RGB PRO is finely tuned for competitive gaming with an ultra lightweight ergonomic design, QUICKSTRIKE spring loaded clicks, and flexible paracord cable, plus when paired with CORSAIR iCUE software, you can take full advantage of all your CORSAIR gear. We’re not saying you’ll get good while trying to go pro using a mouse like the SABRE RGB PRO, but we can help ensure that hardware bottlenecks won’t be an issue. For more information about the SABRE RGB PRO or other CORSAIR CHAMPION SERIES products, check out . To join the conversation, join our community over at the CORSAIR User Forums, Discord, or Reddit!
  5. The 2016 reboot of DOOM was awesome and the next entry, DOOM Eternal looks to be even better! To celebrate the launch of another hardcore FPS, we’ve got an updated custom DOOM lighting profile courtesy of RGB wizard, Lewis Gerschwitz. You can download the profile here. But what next? iCUE can import and export custom profiles, they can serve as a backup of your home setup’s lighting and performance, but they can also be shared with the community! A few repositories exist for this very reason, but let’s go ahead and dive into how to import and setup a custom profile you’ve downloaded, using the newly updated DOOM profile as an example! To import a profile into iCUE, start by expanding the profile options tray and clicking on the import/export button (arrows going left/right). iCUE will now display profile import/export options in the main window. Click the browse button (the button marked “…”) to open a new window and browse to the profile you wish to import. In this case, we’ll select the DOOM profile. Click open then select what parts of the profile you’d like to import, if this were a backup of a profile you used for your home setup, you’d want to import everything, but since we’re only interested in the lighting effects, uncheck all the boxes except for the “Lighting Effects” box. Click import and iCUE will proceed with the import process. Okay cool, we’ve successfully imported the profile… but did you know that you could have iCUE automatically switch to a custom profile when you start up a game? Click the browse button marked “…” next to the box for “Link profile to program”. A new window will open and you can browse to the executable for your game. We’ll use DOOM 2016 as an example, but this also applies to DOOM Eternal or any other game/program you’re linking the profile to (file names and location will be different of course). If you’re confused as to which executable is the right one to link the profile to (some games use multiple .exe files), launch the game and ALT+TAB out so you see your desktop. Start up task manager and find your game in the list of processes, expand and you should be able to see which executable is used to run the game. Now that you’ve linked the profile to the game, you’ll want to go in and tweak settings for your hardware, if you’ve got a Commander PRO or any of our other iCUE-enabled products, you should take this opportunity to set up fan curves, DPI, and remaps that’ll apply when iCUE switches over to this profile when you launch the game! Alright, the important bits are covered, but don’t forget you can also set a custom background and icon for this profile too. Download whatever images (or be creative and make your own) that you’d like to use and apply them in the profile settings window. And that’s it! You’ve successfully imported and personalized a custom profile! Now go on and get fragging!
  6. If you’re a fan of CORSAIR peripherals, use macOS, and have always wanted that next level of customization, we’re happy to announce CORSAIR iCUE software for macOS. iCUE gives you near unlimited customization options for your peripherals’ glorious RGB lighting. To download iCUE for macOS, click the link below: www.corsair.com/downloads Depending on your device, and when it was last updated, there may be a few steps needed before you can take advantage of all the features that iCUE for Mac has to offer. You can verify which firmware version is currently installed in the iCUE software under the settings tab. If your firmware version starts with 3.XX, you are ready to go, and don’t require any further steps to use your device on macOS. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you and put together a list of legacy devices that require a firmware update: KeyboardsMice K95 Platinum RGB K66 Dark Core RGB SE K95 RGB K65 Rapidfire RGB Dark Core RGB K70 Rapidfire RGB K65 RGB LUX Scimitar Pro RGB K70 Rapidfire K65 LUX Scimitar RGB K70 LUX RGB K65 RGB M65 Pro RGB K70 LUX K63 Wireless SE M65 RGB K70 RGB K63 Wireless Sabre RGB Optical K68 RGB STRAFE RGB Sabre RGB Laser K68 STRAFE Katar Your device can be identified using either the product name or part number indicated on the product label. Depending on the type of device you have, the product label will be in one of the following locations: Keyboards and Wireless Mice labels will be on the underside of the devicePart Numbers will start with a “CH-“Wired Mice will be on the tag near the USB.If you find yourself owning one of these legacy devices and isn’t detected in the iCUE software for macOS, you will need access to a PC running Windows with iCUE installed to perform the required firmware update. Simply connect your legacy device to the Windows PC and follow the steps in the How-To video below to perform the update within the iCUE software: Your CORSAIR Legacy Device should nowbe detected in the iCUE software for your Mac. If you are having trouble with these instructions, or continue toexperience issues with your CORSAIR device after manually updating it, contactus at https://help.corsair.com and would be happy to help.
  7. So you got your hands on the awesome new CORSAIR K83 Wireless. Sure, it looks and feels amazing, but you bought it because you want the best in media control for home entertainment. We’re going to help you set it up so you can kick back and relax knowing you’ve got all your media at your fingertips. Initial Setup: Out of the Box Out of the box, your K83 Wireless and the included USB dongle are already paired together, so you can use it as soon as you plug the dongle in to your PC and turn the keyboard on, but there are a few things you should know. First, you’ll want to make sure to fully charge the keyboard. Next, in order to the install the proper drivers and ensure you have the latest firmware, you need to plug both the dongle and keyboard into open USB ports on a PC. For the keyboard, connect using the included USB cable. Once the drivers are installed and firmware is up to date, you can disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard and PC. Now, you should see a “Touchpad” section in Windows Settings > Devices, which will offer some customization. However, for finer adjustment, our powerful iCUE software is the perfect tool to tailor the K83 Wireless exactly how you want it. Lastly, since the K83 Wireless is such a versatile device, it’s likely that you’ll want to use it to control media devices like an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. If you just want to connect to your favorite media device, move to the next section – Basic Setup. If you want to do some advanced configurations, see the Advanced Setup section further down. Basic Setup: Connecting K83 Wireless to Various Devices Bluetooth Pairing Mode: The K83 Wireless can store two different Bluetooth connections which makes it incredibly easy to use it with multiple devices. To use Bluetooth mode, you must first pair the K83 Wireless to your media device. To do this, hold Fn+F6 or Fn+F7 depending on which connection you want to pair. If you used F6, the LED near the Esc key will flash blue, and if you used F7, it will flash cyan. Switching Between Devices: To switch between bluetooth or 2.4GHz, simply press F5, F6, or F7 without the Fn key. The color of the LED near the Esc key will change to white, blue, or cyan, respectively, depending on the connection. Amazon Fire TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “Controllersand Bluetooth Devices” and select “Other Bluetooth Devices”Click “Add Bluetooth Devices”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesYour Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should nowbe connectedAndroid Mobile Devices Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeOpen Android Bluetooth settingsSome devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those linesSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devicesType the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enterYour Android Device and K83 Wireless should now be connected Android has a built-in cursor, so you can navigate with the joystick or touchpad immediately Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations. Apple TV Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeOpen Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotesand Devices”Select “Bluetooth”Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesIf Apple TV might requests that you enter a fourdigit code/PIN, do soYour Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnectedNvidia Shield TV Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes& Accessories” sectionSelect “Add Accessory”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesYour Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnectedSamsung Smart TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” andselect “Input Device Manager”Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesSelect “Pair and connect”Click “OK” once the connection has been madeYour Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are nowconnectedNote: Due to the number of different models of Samsung TVs, these instructions may differ for your specific model Advanced Setup: Configuring your K83 Wireless with iCUE Once iCUE and the device drivers are installed, open the software. With iCUE, you can configure many different aspects of the K83 Wireless, everything from remapping keys to adjusting touchpad sensitivity. You can also update the firmware to keep the device current and working as smoothly as possible. Device SettingsAt the top of the iCUE window, the Settings tab will open global settings for all iCUE enabled devices on your systemClicking the K83 Wireless icon will display information about your K83 Wireless, such as battery level and brightness, but also gives options such as a configurable auto shutoff, auto LED shutoff, enabling custom gestures, etc.If you need to re-pair your K83 Wireless to the USB donglePut it into 2.4GHz pairing mode by holding Fn + F5 until the LED near the Esc key begins to blink whiteOnce the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connectsOnce you’ve familiarized yourself with the Settings section, click anywhere outside the Device Settings window to go back to the main iCUE window, then find and click on the device tile for the K83 Wireless. On the left side of the window, there are six (6) sections: Actions, Gestures, Lighting Effects, Calibration, Navigation Control, and Performance. Each of these gives you the ability to configure different aspects of the K83 Wireless. Read on to learn about them! ActionsSet custom actions for any of the standard keyboard keys, such as macros, remaps, and moreClick the “+” button to add a new action to the listUse the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that actionSelect one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected actionGesturesTo enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” iconNext, click the checkbox for “Enable Gestures Customization”Now, navigate back to the main iCUE screen. On the left, you’ll see many options for gestures.By default, all the gestures shown are activated, but use the Windows default actions for these gesturesTo change the action a gesture will perform, select the desired gesture on the left. Then, using the dropdown menu, select one of the actions to performLighting EffectsWith Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulseCalibrationThe calibration option is specifically for the joystick and can help ensure you have a consistent experience when using it. To calibrate, make sure you’re not touching the joystick, then click “Begin Recalibration.” Navigation ControlNavigation control allows you to adjust settings for the navigation inputs, like touchpad pointer speed and joystick sensitivity.Performance Under the performance tab, you can select what behavior you want from the F-Lock button, whether that’s disabling the Windows key, touchpad, etc.Now that you’re all connected, what are you waiting for? Watch your favorite show, browse the web, play a game! Whatever it is you plan to do, the K83 Wireless will be the perfect companion for your home entertainment setup. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or comments, join us on our community forums, Discord Server, or Reddit. Thanks!
  8. We recently announced compatibility for a wide selection of our peripherals with the Xbox One as an Xbox licensed hardware partner. Bringing the same high-performance gaming experience that you enjoy on your PC to the Xbox One. Getting Started While you can simply plug and play your mouse and keyboard into your Xbox One, we recommend configuring your peripherals on a PC with our iCUE software. In games that recently added mouse and keyboard support, you may experience some input latency as the developers fine-tune peripheral support, so the below steps will help ensure the best gaming experience. 1. Install iCUE from corsair.com and launch Note: If you already have iCUE installed, update to the latest version if prompted 2. Go to the settings panel and click the device you wish to modify for Xbox One 3. Click “Update” firmware to ensure your device is up-to-date 4. Click the “Polling rate” drop down box and select “125 Hz / 8 msec” Note: This is recommended especially for mice to reduce visible lag in certain games While in iCUE you may wish to configure your mouse sensitivity through the DPI tab on the left. If your mouse or keyboard have onboard storage for hardware profiles, you can also save lighting and other settings directly to your peripherals so that they’re available to you when you’re connected to your Xbox One console. Going Wired Connecting a set of wired peripherals to the Xbox One is simple. If your keyboard has a USB pass-through, plug both USB cables into the back of your Xbox One console and plug your mouse into the pass-through port. If you have a stereo CORSAIR headset such as the VOID Stereo and HS50, or a headset with a removable USB adapter such as the VOID PRO Surround and HS60, you can plug the three-pole 3.5mm jack directly into your Xbox One controller’s headset port or the headset port on the back of the console to enable game audio and voice chat. Going Wireless Wireless peripherals such as the K63 Wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB Wired / Wireless mouse may also be used with the Xbox One. Ensure that both peripherals are in 2.4GHz wireless mode (not Bluetooth) and plug their respective wireless receivers into available USB ports on the Xbox One console. For best performance, use the provided USB cable adapter and the charging/data cable so that you can position the USB receivers in clear view of their respective peripherals. (For more information, check out our blog on getting the best wireless performance). NOTE: DARK CORE currently supports Minecraft and an update will be released soon to enable better compatibility with other Xbox One games. Going wireless allows for more flexibility, letting you clear your desk of unnecessary cable clutter, or allowing you to take advantage of our K63 Wireless gaming lapboard accessory. The K63 Wireless gaming lapboard securely houses your K63 Wireless keyboard and provides a cloth gaming surface for the DARK CORE RGB mouse, providing the ultimate setup to enjoy gaming with a keyboard and mouse from the comfort of your couch. Game On! And that’s it! We’re excited to help bring the ultimate keyboard and mouse experience to the Xbox One. For more information, please make sure to check out our detailed compatibility list. Happy gaming!
  9. Unplug & Play is the tagline for our new family of wireless gaming peripherals, starting with our recently announced K63 Wireless gaming keyboard, the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, and Dark Core RGB wireless gaming mouse. These awesome peripherals enable a truly wire-free living room gaming experience, so we’re going to upgrade our game room at CORSAIR HQ. Our couch setup in the game room is truly a sight to behold, allowing us to demo new hardware like our Unplug & Play lineup as well as hold the occasional Tekken or Street Fighter tournament. Our upgraded setup features an 80” 4K TV powered by our new CORSAIR ONE ELITE. The K63 Wireless SE gaming keyboard features Ice Blue LED lighting, making it a perfect match for our CORSAIR ONE ELITE system, we also made a custom profile in our CUE software to set our DARK CORE RGB gaming mouse to match that same shade of blue for a uniform look once it’s all set up with the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard. Since our CORSAIR ONE ELITE sits next to our 80” 4K TV, I took advantage of the extension cable and USB adapter included with our DARK CORE RGB mouse tucked it near the bottom center of the TV. This way we make sure that our DARK CORE RGB’s wireless receiver gets the best signal possible from the mouse which will be further back from the TV on the couch while gaming. For more info on wireless receiver placement, you can check out our blog on it here. Setting up the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard is super simple. Just slide the K63 Wireless keyboard in to the cutout tray on your lapboard. Line up the wrist rest tabs and carefully slide the keyboard in. And there you have it! We’re excited to finally be able to cut the cords in our living room setup and game from the comfort of our couch without compromise. For more information about our wireless peripherals, join our community at the CORSAIR User Forum.
  10. Wireless devices like our recently released K63 wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB/SE wireless mice can be subject to interference from other wireless devices in your environment, so here are some tips and tricks to keep you unplugged and playing. There are three different plug-in configurations we recommend for positioning the USB wireless receiver as close to your device as possible for optimal performance: 1.A front panel USB port on your desktop system (or closest USB port on your laptop) 2.The included USB charging/data cable via the USB cable adapter which will allow you to place the wireless receiver closer to your device 3.A nearby USB passthrough port such as the one available on the K95, K70, K65, STRAFE, MM1000, MM800, or ST100 And here’s a useful diagram to demonstrate the three different configurations! To improve performance even further, it's best to make sure that the wireless receiver is kept away from other USB wireless devices, wireless networking equipment, or USB storage devices (such as flash drives). For more information on our wireless peripherals, join our community at the Corsair User Forum!
  11. So you've got yourself the Dark Core RGB or Dark Core RGB SE, CORSAIR's first wireless gaming mouse! While you could use this mouse right out of the box, we recommend downloading the latest version of CUE and upgrading the mouse's firmware for the best experience. Here's a quick tutorial on how to grab the latest version of CUE and update the firmware of your Dark Core! 1. Open your favorite web browser and go to www.corsair.com/downloads webpage. 2. Select "Gaming Mice" from Product Category drop down menu. 3. Find "DARK CORE RGB/SE" on the list of products and click download button on the right to download the latest version of Corsair Utility Software (CUE). The version that supports DARK CORE RGB and DARK CORE RGB SE is 2.22.83 or later. 4. Install CUE by following on-screen instructions. A Windows restart may be required upon the completion of the install. 5. Start CUE 6. Plug-in the wireless USB transceiver (dongle) into the available USB port. NOTE: When using desktop PC, for best wireless performance it is highly recommended to plug the dongle into the available USB port on the front panel of the computer case. 7. The icon representing DARK CORE RGB will appear on the top of the CUE window. Click on the icon, if a firmware update is available, the "Update" button will appear at the bottom of the CUE window. 8. Connect mouse to your PC with USB charging/data cable included. 9. Ensure the power toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse is in ON position, and the wireless connectivity toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse is in 2.4GHz position. 10. Click " Update" button in the lower left hand side of the CUE window and the following dialog will appear "New firmware version is available. There is a new firmware version available for DARK CORE RGB. Do you want to update Firmware now?" 11. Click the "Update" button at the top of the FIRMARE UPDATE box to continue, a “Settings” screen will appear, and the firmware update process will start automatically. 12. After a few minutes, a firmware download will be completed, followed by the appearance of a "Warning" button at the bottom of the CUE window. 13. Click the "Warning" button and follow the instructions to complete the firmware upgrade: a. Unplug the wireless USB dongle from the PC. b. Disconnect the USB cable from the PC and the mouse. c. Move the power toggle switch to OFF position on your mouse. d. Plug the wireless USB dongle back into the PC. e. Move the power toggle switch on the mouse back to the ON position. And that's it! You're ready to experience all that the Dark Core RGB and Dark Core RGB SE have to offer!
  12. Firmware can be thought of as the operating system of a device and in the world of components and peripherals, firmware is everywhere! Sometimes firmware updates are introduced to improve the performance or squash bugs that may pop up, so today we're going to take a look at how to check to see if your peripherals are updated completely in the CORSAIR UTILITY ENGINE. If a firmware update is available for one of your peripherals in CUE, you'll notice a yellow notice in the bottom left corner of the window. In this case, we're wanting to manually check/update our firmware so we're going to go to the global settings menu by clicking the gear icon at the top. Once in the global settings menu, you'll see a download icon next to each peripheral you have plugged in, this is the firmware update menu. Go ahead and click it to proceed with the update process. Once you've clicked on the download icon, you'll see the firmware version your device currently has installed, click update to continue. Once you click update, you'll be given an option to force update to the current latest version available on our servers. Alternatively, if you're trying to roll back to an older version of the firmware in order to troubleshoot an issue, you can select firmware image to update from a file that's saved locally on your computer. Once you've made your selection, click on update to proceed. Once you've started the update process, you'll see a progress bar, once this is complete, the device will disconnect from CUE and reconnect automatically. Do not disconnect the device during this process! And it's as easy as that! Hopefully this helps to clarify the update process in CUE.
  13. Rotations, rotations, rotations! MMOs are all about rotations, regardless of the class you play. Personally, I play a mage in WOW and having a good rotation is night and day in damage (DPS). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a rotation is a set of skills that needs to be activated one after another in a special sequence to output the most damage. Our new SCIMITAR PRO RGB allows for quick execution of my character's rotation thanks to its 12 programmable keys and new hardware playback feature! Right out of the box, SCIMITAR PRO RGB allows you to jump into the game with the pre-mapped keys. There are color indications on the thumbpad that helps you identify which profile you are on. Profile 1 will be lit red, which is mapped 1-9,0, minus and equal. The 2nd profile will be lit yellow, which mapped to 1-6 and QWERDF. The 3rd Profile will be lit blue and will have copy, cut, paste and some window short cut keys. If you don’t like or use any of the 3 default profiles, you can use CUE, customize your own and save it to the hardware. For me, all of my skills are mapped 1 through 12, so that means I did not have to install CUE to have the side buttons work. That is the beauty of hardware playback. I can take the mouse from my laptop to my desktop and it works exactly the same way without any extra software configuration. Keep in mind that hardware playback mode will only trigger if you exit out of CUE. If you have CUE running and select a hardware playback profile, it will default to the first software profile created through CUE. As a mage, there are more than a couple keys you have to manage. Which means finding the “home” key on the number pad is really important. Imagine going through a full rotation with the SCIMITAR PRO RGB and being able to know where the starting point is each time with the home key. Who knew that such a small difference could be a game changer? Now with 4K gaming becoming more commonplace, more and more people are gaming in higher resolution. That higher resolution means that there are more pixels on the screen. The SCIMITAR PRO RGB has a powerful 16K DPI sensor that makes easy work of any high resolution monitor. In fact, the sensor is capable of upping the DPI by increments of 1, allowing any gamer to fine tune the mouse to their game play and style. Is it overkill? That’s purely up to preference, but being able to have such a high degree of control when it comes to a peripheral as essential as a gaming mouse is always a plus. It’s all about options. Thanks to the placement of the keys on the SCIMITAR PRO RGB, I can quickly activate my next skill with minimal movement of my thumb. All gamers should know that being able to cast the right skill or ability in the shortest amount of time is a win. Quite frankly the SCIMITAR PRO RGB has proven that I was a noob without it.
  14. CUE2: Software Overview The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) is the software that drives the complex lighting and other features behind our gaming peripherals. While previous iterations of CUE have served this purpose well, CUE2 refines the user experience to make it easier than ever to jump right in and quickly customize your peripherals. With that in mind, here's an in-depth look at the new and improved CUE2. New User Interface CUE2 features a revamped user interface with hi-resolution images and UI adjustments that allow for the window to be resized to make the most of whatever display you're using. When you first start CUE2, you'll be greeted by the default profile in the top left corner, your devices with global settings, help, and advanced toggles in the center, a shortcut to the latest CUE patch notes at the bottom, and a shortcut back to the homescreen in the form of the Corsair Gaming logo in the top right corner. If you don't have a CUE-enabled peripheral connected, you'll see a series of demo peripherals so you can explore the different configuration and customization options available (this can be disabled in global settings). Profiles in CUE2 Profiles in CUE2 can be customized with a unique profile icon and background. Now you can quickly identify what profile you’re working in as well as show off your favorite characters or games to match with your lighting effects. Profiles contain performance, actions, and lighting information, allowing for a great degree of flexibility between games (especially if you link multiple profiles to a particular game to switch between characters or classes, all with their own unique lighting profiles and actions). Creating Profiles To create a new profile, click on the hamburger icon on the left hand side of CUE and then the plus icon. You can then name the profile and set a custom profile icon and background image (with an option to blur the background image and adjust the transparency of tabs as needed). If you need to tweak these settings again in the future, just click the pencil icon in the hamburger menu while that profile is active. Importing and Exporting Profiles Profiles can be imported and exported by clicking on the icon with left and right facing arrows. You can then choose between import and export via the drop down menu. Please note that CUE2 can only import CUE2 profiles, legacy profiles created in CUE 1.X will not import correctly. Exporting a profile will save the name, lighting effects, and actions in the profile. However, actions may need to be remapped. RGB Share Want to try out a few advanced lighting profiles or want to share one of your own? Corsair RGB Share is a resource we've put together for the community to easily share their custom profiles with the world. Lighting in CUE2 Lighting effects in CUE2 are split between basic and advanced. Basic mode includes a selection of preset lighting effects that you can modify color, speed, and direction (depending on the effect) while advanced mode allows you to create complex effects from scratch with a greater degree of control. Basic Lighting We include a variety of preset lighting effects for basic mode such as the popular spiral rainbow and type lighting. These effects are applied to the entire keyboard, but can be layered on top of each other to make a rather impressive light show. Visualizer modes and the Lighting Link feature to sync up all connected CUE-enabled peripherals are included in the basic mode. Here’s an example of setting up basic lighting: Create a new profile by clicking the hamburger icon to the right of the profile icons, then click “+” to add a new profile to the list. The "Create Profile" options will appear below the onscreen keyboard preview. You can name the profile, link it to a specific program, and add a custom icon and background for the profile here. Make sure to save. Click on “Lighting Effects” to the left of the preview area, then click “+” to create a new effect. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the current effect preset (default is the spiral rainbow). Make sure to name the effect in case you plan on adding additional effects later. You can change the effect used via the drop down menu and tweak things such as color, speed, and direction depending on the particular effect you’re working with. Again, don’t forget to hit save once you’re done tweaking the effect to your liking. You can add additional layers of lighting effects by repeating the process we just went through. Layers are prioritized from top to bottom, meaning that layers at the top of the “Lighting Effects” bar will be on top of layers that are lower in the chain. Advanced Lighting By toggling the “advanced” switch at the top of CUE2, you enable advanced lighting features that allow you to make your own lighting effects and apply them how you want across your peripherals for a higher degree of customization. Here’s an example of setting up advanced lighting: Toggle the “advanced” switch at the top of CUE to enable advanced mode. Create a new profile by clicking the hamburger icon to the right of the profile icons, then click “+” to add a new profile to the list. Name the profile, link it to a specific program, or add a custom icon and background. Ensure that you save these settings. Click on “Lighting Effects” to the left of the preview area, then click “+” to create a new effect. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the current effect, use the drop down menu to change the effect type as you wish and customize colors, speed, velocity, triggers, etc. as you wish. Name the effect and highlight the keys this effect will apply to (click and drag a box around the keys, or control+click to select individual keys). Make sure to save. Continue adding layers of effects by hitting the “+” icon, or you can duplicate an existing layer or import effects from the library. Effect priority is the same as in basic mode, so layers at the top of the stack will visually be on top of all other effects on your device.Actions in CUE2 Actions in CUE2 are listed on the left hand side with easy to reach controls for creating actions, duplicating actions, saving to library, importing from the library. When you create an action, you can choose between a macro, text, key remapping, media controls, timers, disabling keys, and profile switching. With actions you can do things such as remap a key so that it imitates holding a key, set a key or group of keys to be disabled when the lock is on, or automatically group profiles linked to the same program for easy switching between profiles for different characters or roles. Audio If you've got a VOID RGB headset, you'll be able to quickly toggle EQ settings, switch between stereo and Dolby 7.1, adjust sidetone/mic volume, and manage the InfoMic with ease thanks to the new, streamlined layout. Performance Settings Performance settings in CUE2 allow you to adjust angle snapping and pointer precision for mice and lock button behavior for keyboards. Global Settings CUE2’s global settings can be found by clicking on the gear icon next to the advanced mode toggle. While in global settings, you can update device firmware, adjust the polling rate for mice, check for CUE updates, startup behavior, and enable CUE SDK functionality. You can also turn off demo mode by checking the box to show only connected devices while CUE is running. Need Help? If you find yourself stuck at anytime, try clicking on the help icon just below the settings icon at the top of CUE2, this will trigger a tooltip to guide you through the different options that are available to you. Otherwise, the Corsair User Forums is a valuable resource for tips and tricks from us and the community. Imagination Visualized With CUE2, our goal is to unleash creativity expressed through powerful software and advanced RGB lighting. CUE2 will be supported with regular updates to introduce new features and we're constantly looking for feedback from the community (if you have feedback or feature requests, let us know in the Corsair User Forums). Thank you for all your input and we look forward to seeing how CUE evolves in the future.
  15. (This post is for the open beta of CUE2, check out our latest blog post for up-to-date information). The CUE2 open beta is here and brings with it a gigantic overhaul of the Corsair Utility Engine. We’ve listened to your feedback and set out to make CUE2 easier to use so anybody can quickly tweak performance settings, create custom actions, and configure amazing lighting effects. So What’s New? CUE2 has a revamped home screen that puts your devices and profiles front and center. Click on any of the new ultra hi-resolution images for your respective device to quickly configure lighting, actions, and performance. The profile bar on the top left lets you quickly glance to see what profile is currently enabled as well as manage your profile library. Speaking of profiles, you can now assign a custom icon and background image for each individual profile, adding a touch of personality to your CUE experience as well as providing a big visual aid for you to easily identify which of your profiles is active. If we stopped at a new home screen and custom icons/backgrounds, this wouldn’t be much of an update… thankfully, we dug even deeper and overhauled the UI for lighting effects, actions, and audio EQ while we were at it. Lighting effects are now layered with priority placed on the top most effect. You can execute simultaneous standard effects by assigning them to multiple layers and put them in the priority you want with a simple click and drag. Effect timing, triggers, and colors can be readily customized at the bottom of the screen. Actions work similarly to lighting, with all active actions listed on the sidebar and relevant settings on the bottom of the screen. Actions are now easily assigned to a key by selecting the appropriate key on the preview. Some bonus tweaks have been made to actions, such as the ability to imitate holding a key with the remap action, a new option to disable a key if the lock button is on, and new mouse angles to make it easier for you to see where your actions are being mapped onscreen. On the audio side, EQ presets are displayed on the sidebar and can be easily adjusted with the sliders at the bottom of the screen. Sidetone and microphone volumes are also readily available in addition to the virtual surround sound toggle. Take it for a Test Drive! Don’t have a Corsair device, but want to try out CUE2 for yourself? Awesome! CUE2 has a demo mode so that you can take it for a test drive with a selection of devices available for you to virtually customize. If you’ve already got one of our CUE enabled peripherals, you can disable demo mode in the settings menu by checking the option to “show only connected devices.” Try out the future of CUE by joining the open beta and letting us know what you think in the Corsair Forums. Note: Lighting profiles and actions from previous versions of CUE are currently incompatible with CUE2 and will require modification in "advanced" mode to work within CUE2. It is recommended that users remain on the latest version of CUE 1.X if they wish to keep their current lighting profiles and actions.
  16. People always ask me, “Which mouse is the best?” (I am pretty certain that you are reading this blog to find an answer to that question as well) Let’s put it this way, having one mouse for every game is like trying use the same tool for every job. Sure it may work, but it isn’t designed that way. If you want to be better than your average player, get the right tool! Let’s start with our newest mouse: SCIMITAR SCIMITAR is a palm grip mouse for medium to larger hands. It has an adjustable key slider for the 12 fully programmable macro buttons for MMO players and the highest resolution (12,000 DPI) in our lineup. In MMO, it is all about being able to access your key binds easily in the shortest amount of time. With the patent pending exclusive key slider, you can pretty much guarantee that it will accustom to the comfort of your thumb. Imagine being able to activate your in-game skills with only a slight movement of your thumb. (#winning) In short, this mouse is perfect for MMO players, people who like palm grip mice, and tons of adjustable lighting features. Now available in Black and Yellow. KATAR – Most gaming mice on the market are created for right handed users. Believe it or not, we got many requests for an ambidextrous mouse, so we sat down with our design team to come up with KATAR! Gamers who have smaller hands or someone who likes to pinch grip their mouse will appreciate this lightweight, elegant design. The mouse was designed with help from professional gamers and it comes with their preconfigured performance settings in CUE. KATAR is a great option if you want a lightweight, smaller mouse designed by, and for, serious gamers. M65 Pro RGB – FPS Gaming? No problem! The M65 Pro RGB is a claw-grip mouse designed specifically for FPS players. The low-mass aluminum body with adjustable weights makes for a sturdy weapon of choice on the battlefield. As for features the M65 Pro RGB has a built-in sniper button that lets you temporarily drop resolution on-the-fly for extra accuracy when zoomed in to snipe, and if you like to tune the weight of your mouse, the M65 Pro RGB has a removable weight system. With 3 removable weights, it lets you get the exact right balance, so you can fine tune it to fit your style. Overall, the M65 Pro RGB is a great claw-grip FPS mouse that has a built-in sniper button and a tunable weight system to ensure that you get exact balance you want. SABRE RGB – Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, the SABRE RGB is a great, lightweight, palm grip gaming mouse. With a total weight of 100g (15g lighter than M65 Pro RGB with all of its weight removed!) the Sabre is perfect for quick flick shots and entry fraggers. The Sabre RGB is super lightweight and comfortable, so if you like playing at lower DPIs and want to take advantage of a large mouse mat, you’ll be able to react quicker and you’ll have less fatigue over long playing sessions. The Sabre RGB is a great all-around, lightweight gamin mouse for almost all purposes. It’s quick and lightweight, but not short on features. Conclusion: To simply put, there is no single best mouse for everyone or for every game. They are all designed differently to suite different playstyle and games, although they do have one thing in common. All of the mice listed above is compatible with CUE, meaning it can be tuned to have DPI and buttons adjusted using our software. Scimitar KATAR M65 Pro RGB SABRE RGB DPI 12,000 8,000 12,000 10,000 Programmable buttons 17 4 8 8 weight 147g 85g 115g- 135.5g 100g Refresh rate 1mz (selectable) 1mz (selectable) 1mz (selectable) 1mz (selectable) CUE capable yes yes yes yes Designed for… MMO, MOBA players Gamers who prefer smaller, lightweight mice FPS gamers, snipers Gamers who want a lightweight, comfortable mouse for lots of different games
  17. MM300 – Superior control for lethal in-game accuracy Made with durability and precision tracking in mind, we have come up with this beauty. The Corsair Gaming MM300 series is a high endurance, pro-grade cloth mouse mat made for high-DPI gaming mice. What you will also notice is the reinforced stitched edges that guard against surface peeling and fraying (YAY!) The Surface is textile-weaved, which gives superior control and precision tracking for absolute in-game accuracy. The underside is just as important as the tracking side, so it is equipped with a zero slip rubber base that helps it stay securely in place during intense moments. The MM300 is optimized for both laser and optical gaming mice. It comes in three (3) sizes: Small: 256mm x 210mm x 3mm surface area Medium: 360mm x 300mm x 3mm surface area Extended: 930mm x 300mm x 3mm surface area MM400 – Low-friction mouse mat optimized for gaming sensors Tuned to deliver outstanding glide characteristics without sacrificing control, this is made for snap targeting and pixel-precise shots in game. The surface is made of high-quality and long-lifespan polymer for effortless gliding. The tuned micro texture surface is optimized for gaming sensors. It also comes with a 1.5mm no-slip base (made of natural rubber), so your mouse surface won’t move during that last winning kill shot. MM600 – Stability in Motion The MM600 is what we call “the best of both worlds”. Binding the high-quality polymer that offers low resistance and the heavy textured for maximum handling is an aircraft-grade aluminum that can handle whatever your game throws at you. These twin high-quality polymer surfaces are engineered to support two different play experiences. Simply put, MM600 is two mouse mats in one between unparalleled control and seamless glide with just a flip.
  18. Counter-Strike has been around for about 15 years now, but it is really just getting starting when it comes to mainstream gaming acceptance and popularity. As it continues to make a name for itself in the rapidly emerging world of E-Sports, many new players are joining the ranks of CT’s and T’s in the epic struggle of blowing stuff up and rescuing hostages. One thing that I see over and over again when I am spectating inexperienced players is that their aim is all over the place. 9 times out of 10, their high mouse sensitivity is to blame for this. It is true that your mouse sensitivity is largely based on personal preference, and that there are some pro players that play with high sensitivity, but if you are just getting started you should start with a manageable sensitivity and then fine tune it as you become more accustomed to the world of Counter-Strike. In this blog entry I am going to show you how to initially configure both your Windows and in-game mouse settings to give you a starting point where you can begin to find your ideal sensitivity. Keep in mind that this is what has worked for me, and there are lots of other guides out there that may have different approaches. Let’s start with your Windows mouse settings. Go to the Windows control panel and click on the mouse icon to bring up your “Mouse Properties,” then go to the “Pointer Options” tab. First thing to do here is make sure that your pointer speed is set to the 6th position out of the 11 possible positions (6/11). You can see this in the picture below. This makes it so that the mouse sensor and the Windows settings are running in a 1:1 ratio with zero mouse acceleration, or modification going on behind the scenes. Mouse acceleration is undesirable when playing FPS games because it makes your mouse sensitivity adjust on the fly based on how quickly you swipe the mouse across your mouse pad. This leads to inconsistent aiming and makes it difficult to develop the muscle memory that is required for high level play. Next, make sure that the “Enhance pointer precision” box is unchecked. This is another Windows mouse acceleration setting that is not desirable in FPS games. Alright, now that the windows settings are configured, jump into CS: GO and head to the Keyboard / Mouse options. Configure the following settings: Mouse Sensitivity: 1 Raw Input: On Mouse Acceleration: Off Some of these in-game settings may seem redundant since we already turned off mouse acceleration in Windows, but I would suggest setting them anyway to be sure that mouse acceleration is off and stays off. With the settings we have changed so far, your mouse sensor is now delivering raw data to the game without any modification from Windows or in-game settings. Basically, the DPI value on your mouse is 100% in control of your mouse sensitivity, without any modifiers being applied. From here we can start to adjust your mouse sensitivity via the DPI settings in your mouse software. I have been playing CS: GO with the Corsair Gaming Sabre mouse since it was released a few months ago, so I am going to use it for this example. Other gaming mice manufacturers should have similar DPI adjustment settings available in their own software. So let’s open up the software for your mouse and find the DPI settings. In Corsair’s CUE software you will find the “Performance & DPI” tab under the “Profiles” section, seen below: Before we continue, let’s quickly talk about what DPI is. It stands for “Dots Per square Inch” and will determine the resolution of the sensor in the mouse. Higher DPI means that the sensor is more sensitive and more accurate, but that doesn’t mean that higher is always better. Think about a steering wheel on a car, you want it to be sensitive enough to be responsive to your movements in a controlled manner, but not so sensitive that every little minor twitch movement is detected and sends you veering off the road. I currently play with 1050 DPI, and you can see that it is in the No. 3 position, right in the middle of all available DPI stages. With the Sabre mouse, there is a color coded indicator on the mouse which shows you which DPI setting is active, so you can be sure you are on the right one while in game. The DPI stages are very useful since you can easily switch your DPI using the hardware buttons on the mouse, based on what you are doing. For example, you may want a higher DPI when you are on the desktop and other DPI settings for games other than CS: GO. (By default, on the Corsair Gaming Sabre mouse pictured below the red light on the side of the mouse will change based on which DPI is selected via the two hardware buttons above it.) I would suggest starting with a DPI that allows you to do a full 360 degree turn with one swipe across your entire mouse surface. If you are looking for a starting point, you can use this handy calculator. http://www.notalent.org/sensitivity/sensitivity.htm Below you can see the calculations for my own settings: In CS: GO, once you figure out your own starting point I would suggest gradually decreasing your DPI over time. Lower sensitivity gives you more controllable accuracy, but it also means that you will need to be more aware of where your mouse is on your mouse surface and reposition it more often based on what is going on in game. If you get to a point where you are unable to counter unexpected enemies that have crept up behind you, you will either need to get better at resetting your mouse position, or raise your DPI back up a few notches. I started out at about 1500 DPI and have slowly decreased it in 50 DPI steps over the last few months. I’m close to finding my ideal sensitivity, but I think I can still go a little bit lower to maximize my aiming precision, while still being able to accurately maneuver and react to threats from all directions. Hopefully this blog entry helps you get a handle on your mouse sensitivity, which I believe is the first step towards improving your aim!
  19. It’s been a little while since we’ve hit you with a review roundup. We’re in the calm before the storm: in just a couple short weeks, CES 2015 will be upon us, and the industry will spin up to full tilt again. But for now, we still have a doozy of a review roundup for you. The Corsair Gaming umbrella continues to gain traction with the series of high quality peripherals being released under it, while reviews still trickle in for our HXi power supplies. Corsair Gaming H1500 and H2100 We’ll start with reviews of our USB-based gaming headset, the Corsair Gaming H1500. Guru3D, eTeknix, and Benchmark Reviews all gave it a listen, and every last one came away impressed. Guru3D’s Hilbert Hagedoorn said “The Corsair Gaming H1500 shines in a nice deep and dynamic sounding bass, clear voices, and the treble that we increased a notch totally fits my personal sound flavor. These factors combined satisfy my personal audio flavor real fast.” He gave it a Recommended award. While we’re at Guru3D, Hilbert also tried out our higher end wireless Corsair Gaming H2100 headset and gave it a Top Pick award, saying “For straight up gaming, the H2100 is tough to beat, the overall clarity and nice bass make it a killer headset.” The reviewer at eTeknix shared a similar sentiment before giving it the Editor’s Choice award: “The Corsair Gaming H1500 is one of the best mid-budget gaming headsets available. It’s lightweight and comfortable to use for long gaming sessions, it has powerful and clear audio and it also has one of the best microphones I’ve tested. A solid all-round performance from Corsair.” Finally, our friends at Benchmark Reviews called it “a lot of headset for the price” and “just what the doctor ordered for the budget gamer.” The H1500 walked away with their Golden Tachometer. Corsair Gaming Mice and Keyboards While I can’t technically say our keyboards are the best in the business, they have a habit of getting some pretty high accolades, and they’re being joined by our new RGB mice. We’ll start with Slashgear, which took a pretty comprehensive look at our RGB keyboards along with our M65 RGB mouse and came away smiling, saying: “We came for the colorful madness of the RGB hook, we stayed for the highest-end precision delivered in-game. Both the keyboard collection and the mouse usher in Corsair Gaming with a bang.” Next, Erik Fredriksen at TechnoBuffalo had this to say about our K70 RGB: “The customization options presented by the software put the K70 and its bigger and smaller siblings in a class of their own. If you want to do anything beyond simply typing, not much else can compare. The possibilities Corsair’s software presents are virtually endless in the hands of a creative user.” Over at Vortez, Tony Le Bourne got his game on with the M65 RGB and found it worthy of a Gold award: “After spending some time with the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB, the performance has proved to be strong and satisfying, making a trusted weapon for all FPS enthusiasts.” Finally, the optical version of our brand new Sabre RGB gaming mouse (a hit in its own right in the office) was reviewed at both Tweak.dk and Hardware Heaven and in both cases left with an award, with Tweak.dk giving it their “Great Product” award and Hardware Heaven giving it their Recommended award. With the rash of quality Corsair Gaming hardware out of the way, we turn our attention to reviews of our HX1000i power supplies. Corsair HX1000i Power Supply The 1,000-watt, 80 Plus Platinum, Corsair Link-enabled beast that is the HX1000i was reviewed by both eTeknix and Hardwareluxx, and in both reviews, walked away an award-winner. eTeknix’s Ryan Martin specifically concluded, “With silent operation, impressive performance and a selection of digital controls and monitoring the HX1000i offers a great cheaper alternative to Corsair’s premium AXi series.” Corsair Cases We also had three of our cases – including the recently launched Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition – go out for review. The new 330R Titanium adds an attractive new gunmetal-colored brushed aluminum finish to the door of the 330R along with built-in fan control, and Technic3D was happy enough with it to give it their Silver award. The Tech Report revisited the Air 240 and discovered something you and I already knew: “With all of its stock fan mounts populated, the Carbide Series Air 240 delivers superb cooling performance.” That superb cooling performance, coupled with the killer feature set, earned our Air 240 a “Recommended” award. Rounding out our case reviews, TechPowerUp goes hands on with our Obsidian Series 250D. They called it a “small chassis with a huge punch” and gave it a 9.5 score and an Editor’s Choice award. Finally, the best of the rest: ConseilConfig.com reviewed our popular Hydro Series H75 liquid cooler (a perfect match for the HG10 bracket if ever there were one) and gave it a score of 4.1 out of five stars. …and last but not least, the crew over at Madshrimps put the screws to our Vengeance LPX DDR4 and made it sing. They said “Tweaking potential is more than present and this kit can compete with other high end kits, which might be higher priced.” For that potential, it earned a Performance award.
  20. As part of our ever expanding Corsair Gaming RGB line-up, we have added a new peripheral to our collection – the Sabre RGB mouse, available with either an Optical or Laser sensor. What is Sabre? Corsair Gaming’s Sabre, a newly designed gaming ultra-light weight gaming mouse at just 100g. It will be available with your choice of a 8200-DPI laser sensor or a 6400-DPI optical sensor at 1000hz refresh rate for accurate and precise tracking. The mouse also features eight (8) fully programmable buttons including on the fly DPI adjustment (5 settings) four (4) zones of 16.8 million RGB color lighting, and an ergonomic design that supports multiple grips for comfort. While many of our fans still love Corsair’s M65 design, we have been inundated with requests for a product with another optical sensor. However, we also didn’t want to alienate the crowd who prefer laser so this is the product to offer both flavors to accommodate consumer preference. In addition, to continue our theme of RGB, we included more zones of RGB lighting to our users can customize the mouse to compliment any other peripheral or component. How does it help me with gaming? The biggest benefit that Sabre will also bring is the ultra light-weight chassis. This will help gamers who tend to lift their mouse up while playing and/or offer a solution for users who prefer a light mobile peripheral. The new chassis is also accommodating to multiple styles of grip to provide comfortable gameplay over a prolonged period of time. In comparison to the M65, which weighs in at 165g, Sabre comes in weighing just 100g without the cable. On top of the lighter weight, there is also on the fly DPI adjustment with the ability to save 5 custom DPI levels through our CUE software so you can switch between them with a press of a button. You can save these DPI settings directly to the mouse and take it with you anywhere without the need for the software too. The CUE benefits do not end there either. Through our software, macros can be customized as double-macros allowing one macro to be played upon button press, and a second macro that plays upon button release. This can be assigned to any of the eight available buttons on the mouse for a wide range of combinations at your fingertip. Even if you don’t game, CUE will allow you to copy/paste text, setup custom keystrokes, create shortcuts, etc. to any button to make Sabre useable for any type of environment. Is it available now? In the US, the optical RGB version of Sabre will be an exclusive at Best Buy stores and bestbuy.com. For the laser version, you’ll be able to purchase it from any of our distributors by mid-November 2014. Technical Specs: [indent]Color: Soft touch black Resolution: 50-8200 dpi (Laser) 50-6400 (Optical) Sensor: Laser or Optical Backlight: 4 Zone RGB Buttons: 8 Report Rate: Selectable 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz On-Board memory: Yes Mouse Feet: Extra Large PTFE CUE (Software): Enabled Cable: 1.8m Braided Fiber Dimensions: 124(L) x 80(W) x 38(H) mm / 4.88" (L) x 3.14" (W) x 1.5" (H) Weight: 100g / 0.22 lbs Warranty: 2 years [/indent]
  21. This week, Corsair launched the long awaited HXi Series of power supplies. The HXi features 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, full modularity, a fluid dynamic bearing intake fan with a Zero RPM mode that keeps the fan from spinning until loads exceed 40% of the PSU's capability, and Corsair Link compatibility. The HXi is available in 750W, 850W and 1000W versions, with a 1200W due out later this year. Both 750W and 1000W units made it out for review. The HX750i was reviewed at both Guru3D and Sweclockers. In Guru3D's conclusion, they said, "If you like to be a power efficient, seek quality with that geeky modular design combined sheer silence, then the HX750i might just be what your tech-doctor has ordered. It is an impressive power supply from A to Z and we can't really find anything that concerns us (believe we tried to find something!)." They awarded us with a "Top Pick" award. Over in Sweden, Sweclockers found the HX750i to have stable voltage regulation, top class ripple suppresion, extremely high efficiency, found it to be very silent and awarded us with the rare "ToppKlass" award. If a higher wattage is what you're looking for, look no further than the HX1000i. This unit was reviewed by Overclock3D and Kitguru this week. Overclock3D produced a video showing the HX100i being run through its paces using a SunMoon SM-5500 load tester. The HX1000i was awarded Overclock3D's Gold Award. KitGuru also had a look at the HX1000i. They found it to be a competitively priced 80 Plus Platinum unit that is well built, looks great, with first class modular cables and excellent voltage regulation. They found the HX1000i to be very quiet and appreciate the fact that Corsair offers a 7 year warranty on the unit. In the end, KitGuru awarded Corsair with a "Worth Buying" award. Over in the Netherlands, Hardware.Info reviewed both the HX750i and HX1000i together. Both units received their "Gold Award". Of course, the HXi Series wasn't the only PSUs reviewed recently. France's Conseil Config had a look at Corsair's CS450M. They appreciated the voltage stability, the low noise and efficiency and awarded the CS450M with 4.5 out of 5 stars. Other Corsair components have been reviewed recently as well. Over in France, Les Numeriques reviewed the M45 Raptor mouse. They liked the feel of soft touch surface and found the optical sensor to be very responsive. They awarded Corsair's M45 with four out of five stars. Finally, the Voyager Air 2 gets gone over by Joanne Tech Lover on her YouTube channel. You can catch that video here: Today was also the day the embargo was lifted on our new Air 240 case. We anticipate a number of reviews over the next few days, so please keep your eyes peeled for a special edition of the Review Roundup next week that will feature nothing by Air 240 reviews.
  22. The reviews this week have been dominated by the AX1500i Digitial ATX Power supply reviews. We do also have a review for the Graphite Series 760T Arctic White Full-Tower Windowed Case and the Raptor M45 Optical Gaming Mouse. JonnyGURU.com put the AX1500i through their rigorous testing and came away with the first ever perfect "10" score on a PSU review. Oklahoma Wolf was impressed to say the least. Seven years, hundreds of reviews... I was starting to think nobody would ever send me a unit good enough. People, THIS is what it takes to get a perfect total score from me. Might be the last time you see it, too. Goes without saying I need to slap in that good old recommended logo right here. Tweak Town concluded their excellent review with an Editor's Choice - Must Have award for the 1500i. The AX1500i is a direct evolution of AX1200i in almost every way. The performance that we see for a 1500W unit is as close to perfect as we've ever seen, and it is that way across the board It's harder, better, faster, stronger. It is the AX1500i, and it is going the power supply of choice for those who demand nothing less than perfection. PC Perspective weighed in with a 1500i review of their own. Their results were stellar also resulting in their Editor's Choice award. To say we were impressed is an understatement – the Corsair AX1500i Digital has proven itself to be an outstanding power supply! The KitGuru AX1500i review resulted in an excellent 9.5/10 score and a Must Have award. They tossed around superlatives such as "excellent" and "class leading". We never get tired of hearing those! Hardware Heaven concluded the the AX1500i was worthy of their Diamond Award. OC3D did a great job with their AX1500i testing and produced an excellent written review. They also have a video review of the AX1500i. We came away with the OC3D Gold Award. At £329.99 its not for the faint hearted, but if you are planning on investing in the hardware that would need this to power them you would be insane to cut corners in the PSU department. So if you want the very best for your pair of 295X2's bank of GTX780 Ti's or your monster mining system then the Corsair AX1500i should be on your wish list and because of this it gets the OC3D Gold award. [H]ardOCP took an in-depth look at the 760T. After thorough inspection and testing, they awarded their Editor's Choice - Enthusiast Gold Award for the new comer to the Graphite series. The cooling performance of the Corsair Graphite Series 760T is right up there with the best cases. Not only was the overall system temperature impressive, individual component temperatures were great, and more importantly, extremely consistent through the system. We didn't encounter dead spots or uneven component temps at all during testing. The Graphite Series 760T Arctic White Full-Tower Windowed Case has something for just about everyone. The phenomenal good looks combined with its impressive performance and unique styling makes recommending this chassis a no-brainer. Last but certainly not least, the busy fellows at Tweak Town also found time to review the Raptor M45 gaming mouse. They had some very flattering words and another Editor's Choice - Must Have Award for us. Corsair delivers the full package with the Raptor M45 and MM400 gaming mouse and mat! It has been some time since there has been a combo that is so accurate, comfortable, and a true pleasure to be using. While using the M45 on any surface is really enjoyable, once we added the MM400 under it, it was almost like we gained twenty percent more performance from the mouse; it is just a really solid combo and a tough act to beat.
  23. Happy Friday! You know you worked hard this week and are ready for some gaming this weekend. How about gaming with a Corsair Raptor M45 mouse? We've got a number of reviews of this mouse if you have any questions about it, but first... let's head over to Hexus.net and see what they think of our Voyager Go 64GB OTG flash drive. Hexus performed a number of benchmarks on the device and concluded that the Voyager Go is "primed for the user who needs to frequently move data between computers and mobile devices, the Corsair Flash Voyager Go is a simple solution to a long-standing problem" and awarded the Go with their Recommended award. And now for those M45 reviews! Overclocking-PC in France reviewed our Raptor M45 mouse and did an overview of our MM200 mouse mat this week. They appreciated the mouse's 5000dpi optical sensor's precision, 1ms response time and considered the construction typical of Corsair's high standards. The mouse pad also got praise by Overclocking-PC for its extremely smooth fabric surface, resulting in quiet and accurate mouse performance. If we cross the English Channel, we can find another Raptor M45 review over at PLA3ER.NET. Editor Aaron Hyde says, "The M45 would be my go to recommendation for anyone considering a mouse at this price point." and "The M45 is as function over form as you’d expect from a mouse". PLAY3R.NET awards the Raptor M45 with both their Performance and Value awards. And now we have a video! . In the video, he cites:Great ergonomics Superior optical sensor (VS laser) with 50DPI setting increments Soft touch and sandpaper grip on the sides Metal Scroll wheel Corsair's greatly improved software and customization Finally, we have a two-for for you! Tom Logan over at Overclock3d not only reviewed the M45, but also the RGB backlit Raptor K40 keyboard this week. Tom shot a video for each of these products, so we strongly encourage that you hop over there and check them out if you're interested in a Corsair Raptor keyboard and mouse. Of the mouse, Tom said: "All in all though its a great looking performing mouse that fits great in your hand and it doesn't cost a fortune we cant think of a reason not to give it our OC3D Gold Award." And of the keyboard: "Its been a pleasure over the last week or so to both game & type on the K40, part of me actually prefers these membrane switches to the normal mechanical reds too. At £55 it's priced quite close to the basic mechanical keyboards, although you do get the benefits of unlimited colour choice and those gaming inspired macros and for these reasons we award it with the OC3D Gamers choice award."
  24. French language review site "59'Hardware" reviewed the Corsair CX500M and CS550M this week. The CX500M is Corsair's semi-modular, 80 Plus Bronze certified 500W power supply, while the CS550M is Corsair's newest "Builder Series", semi-modular, 80 Plus Gold efficiency 550W power supply. 59'Hardware appreciated the CX500M's voltage stability, modular cables and compact size, awarding it with their "Recommandé" award. The CS550M was respected for it's voltage stability, modular cables, efficiency and price and awards it with their "Budget" award. Over at Cowcotland, the Hydro H75 CPU cooler gets installed on an AMD FX9370, where they find it to do an "excellent" (a word that's the same in either English or French!) job. In the end, they could find nothing to complain about given the H75's performance, low noise and reasonable price and reward it with a Gold award. Hexus.net also gave the H75 cooler a test drive. They too were impressed and said "anyone in the market for a sub-£65 cooler that performs well and keeps relatively quiet should have the Hydro H75 on their shortlist. No bells, no whistles, just solid closed-loop cooling in a simple, convenient package." They awarded the Corsair Hydro Series H75 CPU cooler a "Recommended" award. Another Corsair all-in-one CPU cooler was reviewed over at TweakTown this week. They had a look at our dual 120mm radiator H105. They achieved such excellent results on their test rig, they had initially assumed the results were a fluke! Tweaktown's overall rating of the Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance liquid cooler was 95 out of 100. They said the CPU cooler was "simply outstanding!"; giving it an "Editor's Choice" award. Over in the HID department, "Benchmark Reviews" has a look at the Corsair Raptor M45 gaming mouse. The review notes that "with the PixArt 5,000-DPI sensor, the performance of the M45 was stellar, equal to mice I’ve used that cost almost three times as much." They were also impressed with the build quality, stating that "although the Raptor series mice lack the metal chassis of the Vengeance series, the mouse nonetheless exudes a solid, quality feel." Furthermore, they write "Corsair provides a lot of functionality in this mouse. The ability to have button macros and performance configuration handled by the driver software or directly by the mouse hardware adds a welcome degree of versatility." and award the Raptor M45 gaming mouse with their "Golden Tach Award" Hardware Heaven had a look at the Corsair Raptor K40, our RGB backlit rubber-dome keyboard, this week. They found that the keyboard was an "overall a well-balanced board with nice typing experience, good build quality and all the essential gamer features." Hardware Heaven was busy with Corsair kit this week as they also reviewed the Obsidian 750D full-tower chassis. Hardware Heaven concluded that the 750D was "all in all ..a real solid case, that was a breeze to build with and offers a sleek look some of the higher end cases would struggle to match" and gave it a "Recommended" award. Finally, we head over to Hardware Secrets where the Corsair Graphite Series 230T chassis gets a going over. Spoiler alert! They conclude that "if you are looking for a case that allies high quality and simple construction, low price, good ventilation, ease to set up, support for up to four 2.5" drives and up to 280 mm radiators, the Corsair Graphite Series 230T is an excellent choice" and award it with their Silver award.
  25. The Corsair Raptor M45 is the newest addition to our line-up of gaming mice. Designed to meet the demands of the gamer for a high precision and low dpi optical mouse, the Raptor M45 utilizes the Pixart PMW3310 5,000 DPI optical sensor. In addition to accurate movement with extra-large PTFE glide pads and a high-mass aluminum scroll wheel, the Raptor M45 also utilizes a shell with a soft-touch finish that features an adjustable weight system that allows users to customize the balance of the mouse to their playing style. The M45 also has seven programmable buttons to be used in conjunction with our Corsair Gaming software. Users will be able to assign keystrokes to each button, create complex macros, set on the fly DPI values, and more. Sensor The heart of the mouse is the Pixart PMW 3310 optical sensor. It is a gaming optimized sensor for FPS players who want the very best in sensor traction and detection. This unique optical sensor uses infrared (IR) and has detection up to 130 inches per second along with 30g of motion detection. With a minimum of 50 DPI to a maximum of 5000 DPI (in increments of 50), this allows for a wider range of settings for the user’s preference. While some of our competitors also come to rely on the PMW 3310 sensor, our own firmware increases the proficiency of the sensor to work with plastic mouse pads in addition to cloth pads. This customization separates the Raptor M45 from the competition for this reason. Although the sensor is optimized for both surfaces, however, gaming cloth pads like the Corsair MM200 series are most suited for this sensor for best accuracy and precise results. With settings from 50 - 5000 DPI (by increments of 50), you can customize the settings to anything you like. Whether you're someone who likes to game at a low DPI to bring out the accuracy of an optical sensor, or prefer something on the higher end for quick wrist movements, our Corsair Gaming software will allow you to set it to meet your preferences. You can also configure different DPI settings for on the fly switching as well in case you need to adjust in-game. The Body The Corsair Raptor M45 features a lightweight body that is comprised of two different types of surfaces. At the top of the mouse, both of the mouse buttons down to the palm rest uses a durable, soft touch, matte black surface that is both comfortable and smooth for the fingers. The sides of the mouse, however, use a special non-slip grip that makes it easy to hold and lift the mouse. This surface has more friction that is contrary to the smooth finish and makes the mouse accommodating to use during long hours of gaming. As the mouse was designed to be first and foremost a FPS (First Person Shooter) tool, we wanted it to be as light and nimble as possible. Most FPS gamers do not drag their mouse – instead they tend to lift it up when they get to close to the edge of the mouse pad. Therefore, it was important the mouse does not feel heavy and afforded a comfortable grip to avoid fatigue. The cable at 1.8 meters also will allow plenty of room of movement across wide and long surfaces and is braided to prevent early wear and tear alongside any table edge. Weight Adjustment Every user has their preference to how heavy or light they want their mouse to be. To aid with this subjective criteria, we have mounted screws and weights that can be removed to make the Raptor M45 even lighter. Each screw weighs 1.5g while the weight itself is 4g each. This means that if the user removes everything, you can decrease the weight of the mouse by more than 10% of the total weight (16.5g) to make it extremely light and nimble. The feet of the mouse use multiple large PTFE pads that make tracking easy and smooth as it glides over the mouse pad. These glide pads are nice and thick to be durable and are user replaceable as well. The Raptor M45's biggest addition is with the sensor as all the other features are already well known with our other mice. Using one of the best optical sensors available, the M45 is the mouse for your FPS gaming needs and provide the accurate tracking you desire for success.
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