Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
Peter Donnell / 6 months ago
A Closer Look and Performance
The Harpoon is a wireless mouse, and that’s what it is designed to do best. However, it comes with a bit of a major backup system. The mouse has a detachable USB cable. This means if you’re on a system that doesn’t have Bluetooth, your batteries or low, or just a matter of preference, you can go wired. The cable is nice quality too, as one would expect from Corsair.
The Harpoon looks great too. Then again, the original Harpoon gaming mouse from two years ago that we reviewed was a great looking mouse too. The wire used to attach on the front left side. However, now it’s just in front of the scroll wheel. The housing of the USB cable pulls away leaving the front of the mouse open when in wireless mode; which means it’ll look more like the original.
The mouse is quite compact, meaning it’s best suited to fingertip and clawgrip play styles. To aide with this, the sides are scooped out to provide an easier grip to use a lift-off technique. There’s a durable rubber grip texture there too, further enhancing the level of control it offers.
On the right side, you’ll find more of that durable rubber grip coating too. The mouse is a right-handed mouse only though, and you’ll only find side buttons down the left side.
The front of the mouse is nicely designed too. The LMB and RMB feature a widened design, with a scooped out top panel that promotes a comfortable finger resting position. Between those, a large scroll wheel features a soft rubber coating, giving it added control. The final switch sits behind that, which is for DPI levels by default. However, all six buttons on this mouse are fully programmable to suit your work and gaming needs.
There’s very little in the way of slipmats on the Harpoon. However, since it has such a small footprint and a lightweight design, this is really all it needs. The mouse will glide with ease, even on thicker soft mat gaming surfaces.
Wired or Wireless?
Towards the back, you’ll find a simple toggle switch for turning off the mouse. Flick it forward, you can use the mouse in 2.4 GHz wireless mode, and flick it down, it’ll work in Bluetooth mode. If you want to use the USB cable, just plug that in, and it will override the switch on the bottom anyway.
Remove the cable, and you will revert to either the Bluetooth of 2.4g modes as per the switch on the bottom.
For those who need a dongle to connect, should your system not have native support, there’s a USB module hiding under the bottom cover.
The mouse sports the usual RGB touches one would expect from Corsair. With an RGB lit Corsair logo on the back, and a second smaller light on the top which can also be used to show your DPI/Profile selection. Either way, both are customisable, with iCUE support to sync colours with other Corsair hardware.
The mouse is nice and compact, but not so small that it feels impractical. It’s lightweight and glides like it’s on ice. For those who love a bit of fast-paced gaming such as FPS and MOBA, it’s really well suited to the job. The 10K sensor is spot on too, with the silky smooth tracking you would expect from a premium optical sensor.
The mouse does work both wired and wireless. Corsair says the input lag is less than 1ms wireless, and honestly, I have no reason to doubt that. I couldn’t spot any difference in the wired or wireless performance, and that’s just astonishing really. Regardless, wireless gaming is a far cry from what it used to be.
Whichever you choose, the Harpoon isn’t going to let you down. However, the freedom of wireless means no cables dragging around and slowing you down.