Corsair has added a new Champion Series mouse to their lineup: the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless. We were happy to discover a wireless version of the Sabre RGB Pro mouse after testing the good wired version.
Because it’s wireless, this Sabre Pro addition is a little heavier than its wired counterpart. It also lacks the ridiculous 8,000Hz polling rate, which may turn off anyone searching for an Nvidia Reflex latency analyser compatible mouse. However, if you’re looking for a terrific wireless mouse that’s feature-rich, comfortable, and nimble, this could be it.
CORSAIR Sabre RGB PRO Wireless Champion Series: Specs
- Wireless Connectivity: Hyper-fast, sub-1ms 2.4GHz SLIPSTREAM CORSAIR WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, Bluetooth® 4.2 + LE
- Sensor: CORSAIR MARKSMAN 26,000 DPI optical sensor with 1 DPI resolution steps, 650 IPS tracking, up to 50G acceleration
- Programmable Buttons: 7
- Onboard Profiles: 3
- Backlight: 2-Zone RGB
- USB Report Rate: 1,000/2,000Hz
- Battery Charging: Charges via USB to computer
- Battery Type: Built-in lithium-polymer, rechargeable
- Battery Life:
- 4GHz SLIPSTREAM: Up to 60hrs w/out backlighting
- Bluetooth: Up to 90hrs w/out backlighting
- Color: Black
- Mouse Feet: 100% PTFE
- Wired Connectivity: USB 2.0 Type-A (Type-C to Type-A cable) Cable 1.8m / 6ft, braided
- Dimensions:0mm(L) x 70.0mm(W) x 43.0mm(H) / 5.08in(L) x 2.76in(W) x 1.69in(H) Weight (w/o cable and accessories) 79g / 0.17lbs
The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro wireless’s initial impression is its comfortable shape and size. This mouse was built and tested in partnership with elite eSports players to produce a mouse that checked all the boxes in terms of shape, performance, and comfort, and it shows. If you have larger hands or simply want a mouse that pushes up well into your palm and fits pleasantly, the wireless Sabre is for you.
It’s not the lightest mouse we’ve used, at 79g. The SteelSeries Prime, for example, is 10g lighter, as is the wireless Aerox 3. But weight isn’t everything, and there’s a lot more to enjoy about the Sabre Pro wireless’s intelligent ergonomic design. We particularly like the huge side buttons, which are easy to find and similarly simple to press. They’re also distinguishable by a slight gap, so you can tell which one you’re pushing without looking.
The Sabre RGB Pro wifi has a DPI button on top, but it’s neatly recessed so you don’t unintentionally switch DPI levels when you don’t mean to. That button also features an indicator that provides a color-coded visual clue to let you know what DPI level you’re on, which is handy.
The overall finish is another minor quality that we adore. It lacks textured side grips and rubberized zones, but it does feature an ever-so-slightly rough matte finish. This is notably visible on the left and right buttons, and it provides a comfortable, non-slip grip.
Of course, there’s a lot to be said for wireless freedom as well, but more on that later.
Pro-level specs in a wireless mouse
The Sabre RGB Pro Wireless boasts some nice statistics, including a nifty 650 IPS (inches per second) and 50G acceleration – so move the mouse rapidly and it’ll correlate on screen – and a really ridiculous 26,000 peak DPI – meaning it’s very sensitive.
When connected via the braided USB-C-to-USB-A cable, you can adjust settings in the iCue software, such as switching to 2,000Hz polling rate (the number of times per second the mouse ‘talks’ to your PC) for faster responsiveness and creating and saving up to five profiles to onboard memory.
The hardware under the hood is where the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless really shines. This mouse has Corsair’s Marksman optical sensor, which was developed in collaboration with PixArt to ensure great accuracy.
It also has Quickstrike buttons, which are pre-tensioned and constructed with a zero-gap between the button and the Omron switch beneath. This produces a sharp and responsive button click as well as an almost quick actuation, which is essential for a pleasant gaming session. This mouse also has one of the most pleasant click responses we’ve experienced.
Wireless vs wired
There’s definitely a lot to be said about wireless freedom, especially if you’re connected to a low-latency network. This mouse has that, as well as a sub-1ms connection time thanks to Corsair’s Slipstream wireless dongle. Yes, you have the option of Bluetooth communication, however, if you’re gaming, the 2.4Ghz connection will provide the best results.
The mouse’s bottom features a button for switching between modes, as well as a small enclosure for storing the tiny dongle when not in use. So there’s no reason to be concerned about losing it.
However, plugging in the USB wire does more than just power the mouse. When connected, you can select the higher polling rate of 2,000Hz and alter settings to save in the mouse’s onboard memory. Corsair claims that this mouse has a battery life of 60 hours in wireless mode if the RGB lights are switched off. That’s not a small sum. We’re delighted to say that we didn’t even need to plug it in to charge it throughout our gaming sessions.
In terms of RGB lighting, the Sabre Pro Wireless is advertised as having two RGB lighting zones. Those portions turn out to be nothing more than the Corsair logo and a teeny weeny DPI indicator. So you’re not getting any illumination from this mouse. The wired Sabre Pro had more lighting zones, so the wireless version isn’t quite as fancy, but we think this is done on purpose to maximise battery life and minimise weight.
The Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, like other Corsair products, maybe customised via Corsair iCue. Everything from lighting effects to key assignments and everything in between is covered.
This mouse has six customizable buttons (the seventh button is underneath and only controls profile switching). Those buttons can be configured to do a variety of tasks ranging from different button clicks to macros, keystrokes, media controls, and more. If you’re like that sort of thing, you can even add actions for Voice Mod. So you may alter your voice with the push of a button to entertain your audience.
There are also DPI settings where you can swap between five different levels – and a sniper mode where you can choose a specific button to press and hold to descend into a brief ultra-low DPI for accurate aiming.
iCue also allows you to calibrate the mouse to any surface with a few spirals of your mouse, ensuring that it is acting properly on your mousepad or desk pad. All of these options may, of course, be modified and saved as a profile, which you can then switch between on the fly using the button on the bottom.
- Comfortable fit for larger hands
- Large side buttons
- Bluetooth and wireless connection options
- Rough non-slip texture
- Satisfying click action
- Less RGB than the wired version
The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless gaming mouse is well-designed and ergonomic. It’s simple to use, comfortable in the hand and has long battery life.
It also has several fantastic features, such as pleasant fast-action switches, easy access side buttons, and responsive specifications. It’s not as well-specced as the wired version, which is lighter and has a higher polling rate (8,000Hz), but it’s still a decent wireless option.