Corsair MM700 and Katar Pro XT Mouse Review
Published: 25th February 2021 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
There is a simplicity and purity to both the Corsair MM700 and Katar Pro XT that make them very easy to review and summarise.
We'll start with the bedroll-esque MM700.
Unquestionably the primary thing that strikes you about it is how huge it is. We've had a few large format gaming surfaces come through the office here, but the MM700 is the largest of them all at a huge 930mm x 400mm. It's rare you need to check your desk space but even our large office desk has enough monitors and clutter on it that we could barely squeeze it on. It's designed for the type of desk that shows up in "battlestation" threads, rather than for those of you who have plenty of elements in your work space. Credit must go to Corsair for gently rolling it around a large diameter cardboard tube in the box so that it comes out significantly flatter than many tightly rolled cloth pads we've reviewed. We didn't even need to roll it up the other way to help ease the curling.
However, once you get past the pure enormity of it, there is much to enjoy. The surface itself is incredibly uniform and smooth, speaking to the quality of the manufacturing process. Additionally the underside is very grippy which works well in conjunction with the size to keep it firmly in place. The lighting around the outside is pretty good, with only the corners being lighter than the main colouring, a problem which affects all RGB cloth mats we've seen. The Corsair MM700 is the least affected of all we've reviewed so far and so they deserve credit for that. We'd prefer more lighting zones, especially on a surface of these dimensions but it's a small gripe.
The Katar Pro XT is the wired version of a design we've previously reviewed in its wireless format. Where the Pro XT scores over its wireless cousin is the quality of the sensor and the price point. The wireless had the PixArt PMW3325 with a 10000 DPI limit tunable in 100 DPI steps. The wired model not only saves 20g by not needing a battery but also has a PixArt PMW3391 Optical sensor with an 18000 DPI limit which you can adjust in microfine 1 DPI increments. It's no surprise that the PixArt sensors have come to dominate the mouse market with their incredible precision and total lack of any angle snapping or interpolation to detract from the purity of the experience. If you play badly using the Katar Pro XT you've nobody to blame but yourself. No it doesn't have a light up logo nor huge selection of customisable buttons, but what it lacks in flash and flair it makes up for by having one of the nicest cables we've felt and a truly spectacular sensor at a tremendously affordable price. It's light, responsive and the perfect choice if you prefer the main body of your rodent to be slightly smaller than average.
Both the Corsair MM700 and Katar Pro XT are very much designed to maximise their audience appeal. The MM700 is perfect for those of you who want to cover your whole desk in a mouse mat, although be careful if you eat and drink at your desk. The Katar Pro XT is all about a flagship sensor wrapped in just enough mouse. If you want a simile it's like a top fuel dragster. All engine, just enough car to count.
The MM700 and Katar Pro XT both win our OC3D Gamers Choice Award, and for giving us an 18000 DPI sensor for under £30 the Katar Pro XT also is awarded our OC3D Value For Money award.