You know what they say about men with big hands? They need a big mouse when gaming and being “productive”. Like right now, this is peak productivity. But the big hands needing a commensurate mouse size is actually important for comfort and control. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Those who have big hands have several choices out there in the market. Today, we’ll be looking at the Corsair Glaive, which is one of biggest of them all.
Corsair Glaive – First impressions
No doubt about it, the Corsair Glaive is a big mouse in every dimension. It’s the SUV of computer mice. Its measurements are 125mm in length, 92mm in width and 45mm in height, with a weight of 122 grams. It’s nothing to sneeze at. Of course, it doesn’t actually sound that big, until you actually put your hand on it and realise you can’t put your hand around it. However, if you can get past this, you’ll notice that it feels chunky and weighty.
There are two versions, with minimal differences in appearance. The black version is, well, black. There’s an aluminium version, with a piece of metallic finish plastic at the top of the mouse.There’s absolutely no functional difference in either version.
The mouse is mostly black, with a prominent Corsair logo and two strips along the sides lit with RGB LEDs. There is also a third LED zone in where the cord joins the mouse itself. In addition, blue indicators show you which level of sensitivity has been selected, with five sequentially selectable from the top button just below the scroll wheel. The custom sensor used by the Corsair Glaive allows sensitivity levels of up to 16,000DPI. Which is ridiculous, because a bee sneezing in the next room would put you off your aim. You also get two side buttons for your thumb, as most mice do these days.
One of the most interesting features of the mouse is the hot-swappable thumb rest. You get a choice of three; the mouse defaults to the matte finish thumb rest that conforms to the shape of the mouse. Then there’s a textured version of that, and finally a big, wide one that reminds me of the Logitech G502’s thumb rest. Corsair provides a little plasticy bag to store the little accessories. They’re magnetically attached to the mouse, allowing for quick and convenient changes.
Corsair Glaive – Quality control
The Glaive certainly feels like a premium mouse. The surface texture is mostly matte black; grippy, but also smooth enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re playing on sandpaper. Other mice land either on the smooth, untextured end of the spectrum, or have too much texture.
The LEDs certainly add the type of flair that you’d want from a mouse like this. They’re bright and each of the three areas can be individually controlled by Corsair’s proprietary software. While it’s not festooned with buttons (it’s not an MMO mouse), those that are featured feel really good. To assist with movements on any surface, the bottom of the Glaive comes with four pads for low friction contact.
If anybody picked up this mouse, they’d know it was solidly built and chunky to boot.
Corsair Glaive – Corsair Utility Engine (CUE)
CUE allows users to control the three lighting zones on the Corsair Glaive, amongst other things. The current status of the lights will be shown on screen. You can record macros too, which are especially useful if you have any common tasks.
DPI settings can also be adjusted here for each level of sensitivity. A default number can be set on either setting, and changes to the selections will be reflected on the interface.
The CUE software also allows users to export a profile to the mouse for when you take your mouse and plug it into another computer. Even better, CUE syncs your lighting effects across compatible Corsair devices like keyboards and headphones.
Corsair Glaive – How it fares in use
Without wanting to keep banging on about it, the mouse is big. But it’s mostly because of how tall it is. In particular, there’s quite a distinctive hump in the middle of it which actually makes it feel bigger than it is. But if you’re into contoured mice, this is definitely something that helps the ‘feeling’ that you’re wrapping you hand around something substantial.
It does take some getting used to. But once you’ve adjusted to the height of the mouse, it feels like any other. Indeed, it’s quite an accurate and ergonomic mouse, and it glides over any surface.
One thing that others have noticed, and is definitely something you will too, is that the Corsair logo will get warm when you’re using the mouse. It’s not something about which you should be alarmed, it’s just the LED generating a bit of warmth. This would be a nice ‘feature’ during the colder months, I’m sure. Otherwise, the mouse performs admirably (for the vast, vast majority of the time).
Corsair Glaive – Glitches
However, it’s not without it’s faults. I suspect this might have to do with software more than hardware, and the glitches could be easily fixed.
The first glitch is that Windows doesn’t recognise the mouse is being plugged in on startup sometimes. It’s just a matter of taking the USB out and then plugging it back in again.
The second is that on rare occasions, the sensor can make inaccurate readings, making the cursor do some wild things. Taking the mouse off the surface (mouse pad or whatever) and then putting it back down again fixes this little issue.
Corsair Glaive – Summary
The Glaive is a big mouse. If you aren’t somebody that can handle this thing, I certainly couldn’t recommend it. Another large but popular mouse is the Logitech G502 (thought to be one of the best in the business). The Glaive is even bigger. Most of the perception of bulkiness is actually in the height of the mouse, rather than the width.
The Corsair Glaive can be had for about AU$100 from retailers. Just, whatever you do, don’t go buying one of these from EB Games. Otherwise you’ll be overcharged like crazy.
- Well built, and high quality large mouse
- Levels of customisation from Corsair software is great
- Choice of thumb rests
- Might be too big for some
- Full functionality means buying into Corsair hardware
- Some glitches in the mouse means it’s not perfect