Corsair Dark Core SE review: A strong wireless-mouse design, but the software needs work

    The day is lastly right here, and the challengers to Logitech’s revolutionary Powerplay wireless-mouse system have arrived. First up is Corsair’s MM1000 charging mat, which makes use of the Qi charging customary to sort-of emulate the identical no-wires system as Logitech. 

    And like Powerplay, the MM1000 requires a brand-new mouse to reap the benefits of its distinctive charging capabilities. Enter the Corsair Darkish Core SE—Corsair’s first ever wi-fi mouse—with the hookups for Qi charging. You too can use the Darkish Core separate from the MM1000 ($80 on Amazon) although, utilizing a third-party Qi charging pad.

    So how does it stack up? Let’s test it out.

    ’Impressed by’

    The Darkish Core’s design speaks to me. I can’t say for certain whether or not Corsair lifted some inspiration from Logitech’s G502—my favourite mouse for years now—however the similarities are obvious and have been sufficient to get me excited. There’s the elongated and tapered form, the steep drop-off on the rear proper edge, the chunky thumb relaxation on the left.

    IDG / Hayden Dingman

    And if that weren’t sufficient, the Darkish Core even has two small buttons arrayed close to the highest of the usual left-click—one other G502 function. If Corsair got down to make a G502 clone, it a minimum of nailed the fundamentals. If that wasn’t the intent…properly, we must always most likely give Vanilla Ice the advantage of the doubt too. Simply to be protected.

    In any case, the Darkish Core gained’t fairly supplant my love of the G502, however I do prefer it. It’s snug, and the mix of soft-touch and regular plastic zones is each eye-catching and satisfying. I even just like the bizarre bump texture on the rear half of the mouse. As primarily a claw-grip consumer, the bumps appear to provide me a bit extra buy when shifting rapidly.

    It’s much-needed buy too, as a result of the Darkish Core is heavy. The Darkish Core weighs in at 128 grams. That’s not too far off from the G502, which weighs round 120 grams, however then once more I do get pleasure from a heavy mouse. And whereas the Darkish Core’s weight isn’t stunning for a wi-fi machine, it does endure compared to Logitech’s wi-fi G703 and G903, which weigh 107 and 110 grams, respectively (a lot nearer to the 100 gram candy spot). I don’t know what witchcraft Logitech used to get its wi-fi mice so light-weight lately, however Corsair evidently hasn’t stumbled upon the identical strategies but.

    Corsair MM1000 + Dark Core SE IDG / Hayden Dingman

    Weight apart, the Darkish Core is a powerful design—one of many strongest Corsair’s had shortly, I feel. I particularly love what Corsair’s carried out with the lighting. It’s not as overtly flashy as final 12 months’s Glaive, however the usual emblem and mouse-wheel zones are adorned with two small accent lights on the facet, an array of DPI indicators close to the entrance, and a round ribbon on the thumb.

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