Alongside the release of its new RGB keyboard line, Corsair is releasing a new mouse under its new Corsair Gaming label – the M65 RGB. This is, in many ways, a remake of the Vengeance M65 from last year, with a few improvements.
Like the Vengeance before it, the M65 RGB is a solidly built mouse with tons of nice touches for someone who spends a lot of time mousing, whether it’s in a game or even a spreadsheet.
It’s easy to just grab the cheapest mouse around, but if you use a computer for long periods of time, the quality of the materials and the build become increasingly important.
The M65 RGB has an anodized aluminum body and soft-touch rubberized plastic upper section. These give the mouse a sturdy feel and a nice grip without making the mouse feel heavy. The scroll wheel, like the body, is a combination of the two, with a metal core and a rubberized grip to it.
The cord is nylon-wrapped and extends from the upper left corner of the mouse. This is both a matter of necessity – the design has the scroll wheel open, rather than enclosed – and a nice touch that goes along with its right-handed design. I’m used to a wireless mouse – the Logitech MX Revolution – but the placement and nylon wrap on the cord keep it from being as obtrusive as some cords.
The underside of the mouse sports five anti-friction pads on the bottom that keep it moving smoothly on any standard mousing surface. It isn’t as good for a bare table, but it feels great on my Razer Sphex pad.
The soft-touch rubberized mouse buttons have an easy and fairly quiet click to them, and the material does a lot to make the clicking action feel good. The buttons intended to allow DPI switching – DPI, or dots per inch, determines how far the mouse moves on-screen compared to how far it moves on the pad – are similarly nice, but can be a bit hard to reach until you get used to them.
The scroll wheel is of the click variety rather than the continuous type. The click is firm and accurate, but slightly more resistant than I would’ve liked. There are three other buttons on the side of the mouse – back, forward, and sniper buttons. The placement of the sniper button has been shifted from the Vengeance mouse, moved back slightly. The placement of all three worked well for me, and I rarely found myself accidentally clicking them (at least, any more than any other mouse I’ve used). My biggest complaint is that the sniper button is smooth, glossy plastic. Nothing else on the mouse is the same material, and it does get a bit slick with prolonged use.
Like many other gaming mice, the M65 RGB is highly customizable. On the bottom of the mouse are three weights that can be removed to adjust the weight and balance. They make a noticable difference and are easy to remove.
Then we get to the soft customization, which is what helps set this mouse apart from its competition.
Like the K70 RGB keyboard, the M65 RGB uses the Corsair Utility Engine. With this software, you can customize any of the buttons to do just about anything. If you want your five primary buttons to just type out QWERTY, you can do that as long as something else gets assigned a left click function. That would be kind of weird, but you can do it. You can assign combinations and macros as well, including functions like media keys and copy-paste functions. The DPI sensitivity is customizable as well, letting you select five different settings anywhere along the 400 to 8200 DPI range.
Finally, the mouse’s lights, too, are customizable. The sensor is laser-powered, so there’s no lighting under the mouse, but there are three along the top that can be set to any color along the 16.8 million color range of the RGB spectrum. Like the RGB keyboards, you can also set custom lighting effects so that, for example, every time you press the sniper button, a rave happens on your mouse.
The M65 is a solid, worthy mouse on its own merits – a solid build and lots of customization – but is best paired with one of its keyboard counterparts, the K65, K70, or K95, as they both run through Corsair’s customization software.
The M65 is a solid gamer’s mouse. Great build quality brings it in line with the competition thanks to attention to detail and high-end construction. If you take the time to customize the mouse using Corsair’s detailed CUE software, though, that’ll push the M65 a cut above the others. If you spend a lot of time at the computer, especially in inside games, you can’t go wrong with this mouse.
Disclaimer: Corsair Gaming provided us with the M65 RGB Mouse for test and review. We used the Corsair mouse exclusively for about two and a half weeks before writing this review.