|CPI/DPI||Up to 16,000|
|Polling rate||125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, or 1000Hz|
|Lift-off distance||Configurable, as low as 1mm|
|Total number of buttons||6|
|Lifetime click rating||50 million|
|Wireless connectivity||None—wired only|
|Cable length/type||1.8m braided fiber|
|Price||$49.99 (plastic) or $59.99 (aluminum)|
Pros & Cons
- Highly customizable
- Durable, responsive buttons
- Overall great performance, especially for FPS and MOBA titles
- Only two extra buttons
- Not ideal for small hands
Some gaming mice become top sellers because they successfully appeal to a large market, but others instead ingratiate themselves with a smaller audience and don’t worry about trying to please everyone. The Corsair Glaive falls into that latter camp—not everyone will like this mouse, but most of those who do will really love it. Our Corsair Glaive review will help you decide whether it’s right for you.
Corsair Glaive Specifications
Performance-wise, the Corsair Glaive is about what you’d expect for a mouse in the $50–$100 range. CPI starts at 100 and can go as high as 16,000, adjustable in increments of 1 CPI. The polling rate can be set as low as 125Hz or as high as 1000Hz (125 or 1000 counts per second, respectively), and the lift-off distance can be set pretty close to zero.
Given how cheap it is to produce sleek and responsive gaming mice now, manufacturers don’t really compete on core specs anymore. Instead, the ratio of price to features has become the first thing most shoppers look at—they want to get a good deal on what they care about, without paying a lot for features they won’t use.
However, it’s worth noting that only a few settings can be changed without installing the optional-but-not-really-optional configuration software, which can be a mild pain to use.
Corsair Glaive Gaming Performance
Most reviewers laud the Glaive as being excellent for shooters and MOBAs, and we’re inclined to agree. Gaming mice don’t get much more precise than this one, and the 1mm liftoff distance (which you’ll need the software to configure) virtually eliminates unintentional movements.
MOBA players will appreciate that level of precision too, as well as the firm, responsive clicks. Fatigue is rarely a problem, even after long stretches of repetitive clicking, thanks to the springy Omron switches.
If you spend most of your gaming hours in MMOs, you may want to steer clear. The Glaive only has two extra buttons, which is downright weird—four has been the unofficial bare minimum for years now. That’s our only substantive performance-related complaint, though—the Glaive gets an A- in this category.
Corsair Glaive Design
The Glaive’s biggest selling point is its set of three interchangeable side panels—or at least Corsair seems to think so. While it’s nice to have choices when it comes to comfort, many Amazon reviewers have raised a valid question: once you’ve made that choice, are you likely to ever change it?
Most people will pick the side panel that feels best to them and then never touch the other two; you could have just bought a non-customizable mouse that fits your hand nicely in the first place.
Still, the Glaive is a generally well-designed mouse. There’s a bright RGB CPI meter that you can glance it if you need to check which of five profiles you’re using, and it’s hidden under your index finger (assuming you’re a palm gripper) so as not to distract you when you don’t need it. There are a ton of other semi-customizable RGB lights, too—so many that the mouse actually gets slightly warm when they’re all on.
Both the plastic and aluminum versions of the Glaive are solidly built and should last many years if used gently. The mouse itself is pretty big, and it’s explicitly designed for palm grippers, so if you have small hands or prefer a different grip, this may not be the mouse for you. (I have big hands and will palm-grip until the day I die; I found the Glaive to fit my hand perfectly.)
The Omron switches in the primary buttons are clean, tactile, and responsive, but the thumb buttons on the left side of the mouse are a bit more divisive.
Unless you’re using the largest of the three side panels (which has a protruding thumb rest), it’s almost impossible to rest your hand in such a way that the extra buttons are both easily accessible and out of the way when not needed. (And there are only two of them, so this probably isn’t a great MMO mouse.) Overall, we give the Corsair Glaive a B for design.
Corsair Glaive Pricing & Alternatives
The Glaive is priced like a sub-premium mouse, but it’s really just a pretty good one. Its price ($49.99 for the plastic version or $59.99 for the aluminum version) is the biggest sticking point among reviewers. For what you get, $40 and $50 would be more accurate prices, we think.
Provided you don’t mind not having the option to go wireless, there are few mice out there in this price range that clearly outperform the Glaive in shooters or MOBAs. The Razer Mamba or the Logitech G305 might be better choices if you want to cut the cord and/or have a few more extra buttons.
If you’re an MMO fanatic (or otherwise just really like lots of extra buttons), consider the excellent and weirdly sexy Redragon Impact. (By the way, we’ve reviewed all three of those, in our best wireless gaming mouse and best gaming mouse articles.) And if you’re looking for something that is a better option for smaller hands, check out our Razer Basilisk review.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Corsair Glaive good for FPS games?
We think it’s one of the better FPS mice out there, especially for its price range. Reporting accuracy is never a problem, and you can set the CPI to any weird number—3,267, if you want.
However, there’s one respect in which the Glaive isn’t ideal for first-person shooters: it’s a somewhat difficult and unwieldy mouse to use for tip or claw grippers, because of its size, shape, and oddly-placed side buttons. As long as you’re a palm gripper with large or extra-large mitts, it’s a great FPS mouse, but otherwise, it’s merely a good one.
Are the RGB lights customizable?
Mostly. You have a few different color choices for the side lights and full control over the brightness, but the CPI indicator lights can’t be customized. This mouse gets unusually warm with all the RGBs turned on full blast—not so warm that we’re worried about an electrical problem, but it’s definitely noticeable. At worst, expect a ten to fifteen percent increase in hand sweat.
Does the Corsair Glaive have removable weights?
No, sadly. It weighs in just north of 120 grams, on the heavier side of average. You could duct tape a roll of nickels to it if you like a thicc mouse, we guess.
Does the Glaive have macro support?
It does, through the iCUE software, but with only two usable macro buttons (unless you’re willing to overwrite left, right, or middle click), we have to wonder how much use you’ll get out of this feature. If you’re a heavy macro user, there are better mice out there for you.
What is the best gaming mouse for 2020?
While the Corsair Glaive is a pretty good gaming mouse, it didn’t quite make our top picks for this year, but check out other great gaming mice under $50.
Like we said up there in the title, the Corsair Glaive is a great mouse, it’s just not for everyone. That’s okay—it’s not trying to be. You’ll likely either love it or hate it, but either way, it’s pretty well-designed and only has two real flaws: the lack of extra buttons and the fact that it’s not really built for tip or claw grippers.
In terms of core specs, the Glaive is about as good as it gets. It’s responsive, reliable, and highly customizable, it just really needs more than two extra buttons.
Large-handed palm grippers will love the Glaive, but everyone else might be left wanting. The interchangeable side panels are a nice but mostly unnecessary idea.
We think this mouse is priced a bit high for what it is, but it’s certainly not a ripoff. If you take good care of it, it should last many years, making it more affordable in the long run.
There are better mice out there, but if you’re in the market for a large mouse designed explicitly for palm grippers, the Glaive deserves some consideration.