Corsair Nightsword RGB Mouse Review

The Corsair Nightsword RGB is a highly customizable gaming mouse that boasts amazing sensors and adaptability across all gaming genres. Though its design and features are not revolutionary, this rodent is still worth the attention.

The Weight Expert

Are you someone who needs their mouse to be a certain weight to game properly? This is me, and if this sounds like you too, then welcome comrade!

The Corsair Nightsword RGB is a highly customizable gaming mouse that boasts amazing sensors and adaptability across all gaming genres. Though its design and features are not revolutionary, this rodent is still worth the attention.

Corsair Nightsword RGB - Comfort Performance Tunable Mouse

 

  • A custom PixArt PMW3391 native 18, 000 DPI optical sensor, adjustable in 1 DPI resolution steps, gives you total sensitivity customization and ultra accurate tracking
  • Built with a comfortable contoured shape that naturally fits your hand, with high-performance rubber grips inspired by Pro sports equipment
  • Ten fully programmable buttons let you customize your gaming, with the in game advantage of powerful macros and key Remaps
  • Includes two sets of weights with six mounting locations.

Ergonomics and Design 

At first sight, the Corsair Nightsword RGB reminded me of Logitech’s G502 Proteus Spectrum. The latter is remarkable and has been a crowd favorite for some time. Regardless of whether the Nightsword is a tribute to The Proteus Spectrum or not, we can’t deny that it indeed has its own charm.

The Corsair Nightsword RGB boasts an angular design, with a huge thumb rest plus a compartment for customizable weights. Both palm and thumb grips are rubberized, and you will find it less slippery, though this design makes it a bit prone to oil and dirt. Many gamers will like the feel of this mouse as it is quite pleasant to the touch.

The mouse is well designed and robust. Though not ambidextrous by built, left-handers can still join in the fun if they adjust their grip a bit.

Balance and Weight 

The tunable weights are probably the coolest feature of the Corsair Nightsword. Like the Rival 650 and a few rodents on the market, the weight of this one can be tweaked to your preference. If you are crazy about mouse weight and extremely sensitive to the feel of your mouse, you will love this feature.

At its lightest, the Nightsword weighs 119 g, and though not exactly an FPS mouse material like the Logitech G Pro at 80g, it is fair enough for gamers who love a bit of heft. If you are like me, and like your mouse with a little meat on it, you can go as far as 141 grams with all the additional six weights combined.

You can even take the balance and weight game further by keeping close tabs on the weight using Corsair’s iCUE software. Pretty neat because thus you can monitor the total weight and the mouse’s current center of gravity. A super cool feature to satisfy weight geeks.

Features and Performance 

Under the hood, the Corsair Nightsword is powered by the Pixart PMW3391 optical sensor. It is an 18,000-DPI sensor that is amazingly precise and super responsive.

Buttons 

Though not exactly a fully-packed MMO mouse with tons of buttons like the Corsair Scimitar Pro or the ROCCAT Tyon, the 10 programmable buttons are enough for any macro play. With this number of buttons, it will function pretty well as a MOBA mouse as well. The main buttons use Omron switches and are rated for 50 million clicks.

On the left side, there are the standard forward and back buttons and a sniper button. The latter we are all familiar with as it has already made an appearance in the crowd favorite Corsair M65 Elite. All of the buttons are programmable using Corsair’s iCUE software. They are also clickable, tactile, and crisp and will not crumble under heavy usage.

Sensors and Gaming 

During testing, the Nightsword worked like a charm. It was responsive thanks to its state of the art PMW3391 sensor. DPI is impressive at 18,000, though I doubt that you really need it to be that high. When playing Control 2,000 DPI is enough for me to carry a smooth game. I also tested the mouse in a fast-paced FPS game like Borderlands 3. I was able to shoot straight and accurately, not to mention how convenient the sniper button was.

In addition, I noticed no lag or automatic acceleration, while the polling Rate is up to 1000 Hz. Overall the Nightsword is accurate, responsive, and can take on any gaming genre. Though the weight may not sit well with FPS players in general.

The fans of no-wire peripherals might raise eyebrows as this is not a wireless gaming mouse. It sports a 1.8m braided fiber cable that is quite solid and tangle-resistant.

Software 

The iCUE software is compatible with almost every peripheral under Corsair’s banner. It is well designed and fairly easy to use. With the software, you can program the DPI levels to your like and create macros and other customized actions.

You can do some surface calibration to help improve tracking and aiming. Or you can enable angle snapping though I’m personally not a fan of this feature. You can also save three user profiles on the onboard memory.

Lighting 

The NightSword has four RGB lighting zones that seem minimalist but still look great. These are the scroll wheel, the logo, the rear, and the front side of the mouse. Using the iCue software, you can fine-tune the RGB lighting effects to your taste. One cool feature is the changing of the mouse color based on the current temperature of your CPU or GPU. Pretty neat.

Final Verdict 

The Corsair Nightsword is one of the most versatile and good-looking gaming mice on the market. The design and button placement are familiar and easy to adapt to. Plus, the grips are well made, making it super comfortable to use.

The mouse’s main selling point, though, remains the tunable weight, especially if you are very particular with this spec. As you know, there are many factors in choosing a gaming mouse, and the weight area carries a lot of weight, no pun intended.

Overall if you are looking for a reasonably priced all-rounder gaming mouse that is built to last and has a high capacity for customization, the Nightsword’s got you covered.

Corsair Nightsword RGB - Comfort Performance Tunable Mouse

 

  • A custom PixArt PMW3391 native 18, 000 DPI optical sensor, adjustable in 1 DPI resolution steps, gives you total sensitivity customization and ultra accurate tracking
  • Built with a comfortable contoured shape that naturally fits your hand, with high-performance rubber grips inspired by Pro sports equipment
  • Ten fully programmable buttons let you customize your gaming, with the in game advantage of powerful macros and key Remaps
  • Includes two sets of weights with six mounting locations.
Joanne is a gamer who spends her time playing League of Legends and single player RPGs. She loves games with a lot of marine drama and tear-jerking story plots and is not afraid to use aesthetically pleasing weapons and armor with low stats. This writer spends hours browsing for the perfect gear and will not hesitate to annoy any salesperson with tons of questions. Joanne lives in a high-teched commissioned nipa hut with her seven cats.

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