Corsair Harpoon RGB wireless gaming mouse review

DPI
10,000
BATTERY LIFE
30 hours with RGB on, 45 hours with RGB off
WEIGHT
99 G
SUPPLIER
Wootware
RRP
R900

Over the last two months I’ve been using the two new Corsair mice as part of my daily routine. I published the first review last month and today it’s the Harpoon RGB wireless mouse’s turn. As a starting point I must note that I’m super impressed with both gaming mice – the Elite which I used as my main gaming rat has made me a more accurate shooter, but it’s the Harpoon that has me swooning.

Even though the Harpoon is a gaming mouse first and foremost, this is also by far the best mouse I’ve used for design and graphic work. As someone who switches from Photoshop to PUBG over lunch, I really like the idea of having a versatile mouse with me all the time; at least one that also caters to both my work and play demands.

Ergonomically, it’s comfortable to use for hours on end and unlike my old mobile mouse, having the ability to switch DPI for graphic work is fantastic. This is important because there aren’t many good wireless gaming mice available, and I really don’t like to use a wired mouse with a notebook.

Interestingly, the Harpoon gives you the best of both worlds. The included charging USB cable turns it into a wired mouse should you need it when the battery is drained – although it should be noted that this is a proprietary cable and you won’t be able to use just any old USB to micro-USB cable if you forget this one somewhere. It’s a minor issue but if you often lose and misplace cables, this will cause you some frustration as the batteries are not replaceable.

Connecting the mouse to your PC wirelessly can be done in two ways. A small USB dongle that fits neatly inside the mouse body is the best way to use the Harpoon wirelessly. Supported by Corsair’s Slipstream 2.4GHz wireless tech, this dongle delivers “sub 1ms” latency according to the spec sheet, and in real world performance, I didn’t detect any lag in-game or elsewhere. You can also connect this mouse to your PC wirelessly via Bluetooth, by pairing it as a Bluetooth connected device. Your response times won’t be sub 1ms but it’ll get the job done.

As its name implies, there is indeed a set of RGB lights that decorate the logo and DPI switcher. The RGB logo at the back can be customised in a variety of ways using Corsair’s iCue software and you can assign a DPI level with a colour of your choosing to the DPI switch. The software also enables you to map each of the six programmable buttons along with a few other technical settings if you like to tinker.

The scroll wheel features a solid rubber grip while the sides of the mouse are made from the same material that you’ll find on the Corsair K70 MK2 palm rest. It adds a nice veneer to an already solid mouse.

For around R900 there really is not much to find fault with here. In terms of battery life, it delivers around 30 hours of use with the RGB enabled and around 15 hours more if you turn the lights off. That’s not bad for a mouse with a 10,000 DPI sensitivity rating.

As something I use daily, I consider a good mouse (and keyboard) investment a top priority. The Harpoon has now made its way to the top of my shopping list and I’ll be spending some money on one very soon.

BOTTOM LINE
"Wireless gaming peripherals" are not generally words you think of fondly, and most such devices just don’t perform as well as their wired counterparts. Corsair's Harpoon RGB wireless mouse is the first wireless gaming mouse I’ve enjoyed using for both work and gaming. It has a solid battery life and there’s RGB. What more do you want?
PROS
Very comfortable to use for hours on end
Works on most surfaces
RGB, baby!
Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz wireless support
CONS
Proprietary USB cable
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