Corsair has been on a mission for the last couple of years and has rebranded its accessories strategy. Not only does the manufacturer deliver efficient desktop components, but it also stands on the forefront regarding gaming mice, keyboards and headsets. For example, we tried and reviewed their latest headset recently and were quite impressed with the design and concept behind it. This praise leads us to the mouse, the star of this review, that Corsair is hoping will be a new flagship peripheral for the company, just like the DeathAdder was for Razer.
The mouse is called IronClaw and no, it's not really new. The peripheral came out earlier this year as a threaded mouse and has already received great reviews across the board. The mouse was praised for its efficient ergonomic design and robust build quality and now we're seeing it without the cables as a wireless device.
The mouse is called the IronClaw Wireless - very straight forward - but it's not just a wireless version of the same model. The wireless IronClaw has taken what was great about the standard model and has expanded upon it. Moreover, the connection delay is so low and the existing but optional micro USB cable that can be connected to the mouse means you might as well call it "IronClaw Pro".
The device itself is made with a number of different materials. The back is made with a soft plastic with a sweat resistant rubber surface (so your hand doesn't slip off) and along the side, you'll find a thumb support adorned in rubber that's undoubtedly also designed to hold onto your hand. On the left side, there are a total of five mouse buttons that the user can program as desired and two more buttons at the top, by the wheel, that alter the DPI settings.
The design seems to have taken notes when checking the Roccat Leadr out since the Leadr has the same high buttons placed relatively randomly on the side of the mouse. The idea has been shown to give the player a choice, which is understandable, but we would have liked to see them removed altogether to prevent erroneous pressure in the heat of battle, something we experienced several times during the test period. On the other hand, we can do nothing but praise the placement of the three LED lights on the left side of the mouse that can display which profile you're using and how much battery is left.
The versatile functionality doesn't stop there either. You can connect via 2.4GHz with the included dongle or via Bluetooth. This particular versatility quickly became useful when we switched between using it as a gaming mouse on PC and using it as a simple ultrabook mouse, considering the latter isn't equipped with USB-A.
No matter what, Corsair's Slipstream Wireless technology ensures that the delay is below 1ms and during the test period we also found it to be extremely efficient and fast, even in the more twitchy shooter games. Additionally, the Pixart PMW3391 sensor of 18,000 DPI makes the mouse incredibly precise (but we are still of the opinion that using a sensor with such a high DPI can be considered overkill). You can change the settings of both the buttons and your DPI using the iCUE software which is a very smart solution. Additionally, the connectors in the buttons are Omron and work great.
IronClaw Wireless is incredibly well-constructed overall and no matter what task we presented it with it delivered. In fact, the IronClaw Wireless is a solid competitor to the market leaders like Razer Lancehead and Roccat Leadr. However, the mouse buttons and the ergonomic design are best suited for bigger hands. Then again, as with the HS70E headset, good job, Corsair.
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