Corsair M55 RGB Pro Review


Corsair M55 RGB Pro Review


We said in our introduction that there is something about the ambidextrous mice in manufacturers line-ups that always get the job done. With the knowledge that it's the only model they provide that is good for left-handed users - without adaptation - perhaps their designers put everything in to ensuring it's as good as it can be, rather than taking some risks with the design that might not pay off. Maybe the restrictions of a symmetrical form end up with a more refined product. Whatever the reasons, the Corsair M55 RGB Pro continues this trend by being a formidable mouse that brings a lot to the party for the money.

As a mid-priced rodent - MSRP £45 - the PixArt PAW3327 sensor might not hit the insane DPI heights of a model like the Corsair Glaive but with a range going from 200 DPI all the way up to 12400 DPI we think that most people will find a setting that suits them. The ability to tune this in 100 DPI steps is also useful, and the fact there are five possible DPI settings as well as a sniper option it proves extremely flexible in use. You can have a high-twitch mode for the games that require it, and then dial down for more refined actions. With up to 30G acceleration even those "argh" moments at the end of the game when the win is between you or your opponent wont leave you bemoaning the abilities of the sensor to keep up.

Although the ambidextrous nature is probably the most important thing about the M55 RGB Pro, the element which stands out most in our mind when we think of our time with it the light weight, a mere 86 grams, is what we think of. We'd call it a featherweight but it feels even lighter than that. You could probably blow it across your gaming surface. This not only reduces any inertia letting your fast twitch reactions perform to their fullest, but requiring so little energy it also lets you game for lengthy sessions without any fatigue creeping into your wrist.

Adapting the left handed and right handed modes is a piece of cake too. You can either use the excellent iCUE software to select which hand you use, or a button combination (both side buttons held for three seconds) to switch on the fly. If you're the type of person who places a lot of pressure on the mouse with your outer fingers then this mode disables the side buttons on the other side. However, if you like having plenty of options and don't accidentally press buttons then you can set the M55 up to use all of the side buttons, freeing up a pair for any action you can think of. The iCUE software itself is easy enough to use and yet so powerful that you can do almost anything with it, perfect for more complicated actions that you need to repeat.

The quality of the buttons is also worthy of mention. The main left and right buttons are Omron numbers as you would expect, and often these are of such a high standard that the side buttons feel squidgy in comparison. Not so here as all of the buttons on the Corsair M55 have a crisp response and, despite that low low weight, they don't sound like the mouse is hollow as they can do in other light mice.

With powerful software, plenty of customisation, a great sensor, light weight and robust built quality alongside the flexibility to suit all grip and dominant hand styles, the Corsair M55 RGB Pro is an outstanding mouse and deserving of a closer look and wins our OC3D Performance Award.

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