Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse Review
Normally when we're reviewing something we let you know what our thoughts are, and get to the nasty business of the price at the end. This is because it is important to know if the product is what you want first, and then worry about how much you'll have to pay to get it afterwards. However, the Harpoon RGB is £26, and that's a low enough price - particularly given the feature set - that even if you didn't immediately take to it, it should sway you into adding it to your shortlist.
The heart of any mouse has to be the sensor and in the form of the Pixart PMW3320 Corsair have chosen a good one. The combination of fine DPI control added to the accuracy benefits of an Optical sensor and you end up with a mouse with feels like an extension of your arm. Sure if you're one of those people who adore the ability to combine ultra-high DPI with low in-game sensitivity for pixel precision then the 6000 DPI limit obviously wont be enough, but for 90% of people we think that it's right in the sweet spot. Additionally because it is a mid-to-upper range sensor you're not paying through the nose for leading edge technology. It's sharp, responsive and has good lift off distance if you're short of desk space.
Despite the lightness the build quality is very good. The extra buttons aren't too squishy, something which can plague some mice at the affordable end of the spectrum, particularly when contrasted with the Omron switches on the RMB/LMB. Omrons are the most popular switch of choice for a reason, and that reason is apparent with every single mouse we review. Crisp, instant response. Exactly what you desire from your main buttons. That lightness also helps keep it under control and allows for some very subtle movements without fatigue setting in during marathon sessions. The Harpoon doesn't feel squeaky or scratchy despite the relatively low pricing. Obviously it's not the expensive feeling soft touch plastics of higher end models, but it's also not the equivalent of a Dairy Milk box.
The RGB feature is great for when its sat on your desk, but the moment you take it in hand the colour is obviously covered. That "show" factor is usually the difference between high priced mice and affordable ones, and so it proves with the Harpoon. Although it might be RGB, and to some degree it is good at reproducing major shades, but it was almost impossible to get a good purple that was neither too blue nor too pink, and anything other than fully saturated shades tended towards white. How much of a deal breaker this might be is entirely up to you, but we think that the mouse itself is good enough, and indeed affordable enough, that it's small potatoes.
The Harpoon is a good looking mouse with nice features backed up by a great sensor and excellent software, and at this price it's a steal.