Corsair NIGHTSWORD RGB Overview
Taking a first look at the NIGHTSWORD RGB it is a pretty large mouse. The first two things that caught my attention were the rubberized palm rest, and the fact that the mouse has a dedicated thumb rest. We actually saw both of those things on Corsair’s own Dark Core RGB SE Wireless. Actually if you compare both mice they have a very similar design.
Starting with that palm rest, it covers almost the entire bottom half of the mouse. It is a rubberized and textured which should feel quite good when you are using the mouse. There is also a large Corsair logo on this section of the mouse, it will light up when you plug the mouse in.
Moving up towards the front of the mouse there are two main mouse buttons plus two smaller buttons on the left mouse button. Right in the center there is a a rubberized mouse wheel as well as two more buttons that you can use to easily switch profiles / DPI. The buttons on this mouse are powered by OMRON switches.
The two main buttons are designed with sort of a curve in them so your fingers sort of slide right into place. This also makes it so you don’t accidentally press the two smaller buttons on the left-top of the mouse.
Moving on to the left side of the mouse we have that dedicated thumb rest. I absolutely love mice that have these. I typically have a more lazy grip style so being able to just sit my thumb on the rest is great. The thumb rest has the same type of rubberized texture as the palm rest. On this side of the mouse are three buttons. Two smaller buttons (thing back and forward or quick weapon switch) and below them a larger button. This could easily be used as a sniper button (to slow the DPI down). Also there are three small indication LEDs which will let you know which DPI you are on.
There are no buttons on the opposite side of the mouse, butt there is a large textured and rubberized grip.
Before we flip the mouse over I wanted to talk about the cabling. This is a wired mouse with a 6FT braided cable, but I like how Corsair has redesigned the actual connection to the mouse. The cable is protected going into the mouse and this allows for the cable to not fail.
Flipping the mouse over right in the center we have the PixArt PMW3391 optical sensor. This is an 18,000 DPI sensor, which can be adjusted from 100 to 18,000 in one DPI steps. The sensor can track and report the position of the cursor at speeds up to 400 inches per second, with a mouse acceleration of up to 50G. There are also five PTFE mouse feet, four on the actual bottom of the mouse and one on the thumb rest.
There is a compartment on the bottom of the mouse that allows you to use the tunable weight system. The mouse comes with three 2.8g and three 4.5g weights. So you can adjust the base weight of 119g all the way up to 141g.