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CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse Review

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Review

As the world’s top DIY accessories manufacturer, Corsair’s product line has almost spread across the entire DIY field.

Corsair has also released a series of gaming mice, such as Harpoon RGB, SCIMITAR PRO, M65 PRO, GLAIVE, etc. But compared to its headsets and keyboards, the mouse is in a lukewarm state among game players.

Today what I reviewed is Corsair’s entry-level gaming mouse called “Harpoon RGB”. I will analyze this gaming mouse from the following these aspects below:

Packaging

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Packaging

Harpoon RGB’s packaging box uses Corsair’s usual black + yellow color scheme.

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Selling Points

The upper right corner lists the main 3 selling points:

  • 6K DPI engine
  • 85 g lightweight design
  • RGB lighting effect

On the back is the big picture of Harpoon RGB and the description of the programmable buttons.

Specs

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Specifications
Dimensions L x W x H111.5×68.3×40.4mm/ 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches
Weight85 g/ 3.2 oz
ConnectivityWired
InterfaceUSB 2.0
Hand OrientationRight Hand
Grip TypeClaw
SensorPMW3320
Sensor TypeOptical
DPI6,000 DPI
Report RateSelectable 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz
Backlighting1 Zone RGB
On Board MemoryYes
Micro SwitchOmron
Durability20M L/R Click
Cable1.8m Tangle Free Rubber

Unboxing

After opening the package, you can see that the side buttons and DPI button are covered with a protective film to prevent them from being worn during transportation.

Package Contents

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Unboxing

Details

Appearance

Harpoon RGB adopts right-hand orientation ergonomic design, the left click button is a little higher than the right. There is also a slight waist design on its sides, it is convenient for players to hold.

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Appearance

Size

Its size is 111.5×68.3×40.4mm, a medium-sized mouse.

Weight

The Harpoon RGB mouse is incredibly lightweight at just 85g, a light-weight mouse is very important for long-term gaming.

Surface Material

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Surface

The surface of Harpoon RGB uses a matte design, its anti-slip effect is excellent. For those who are used to skin-like materials, it may take some time to adapt.

Click Buttons

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Click Buttons

The left and right-click buttons have an obvious groove design to guide users to click in the best area. Harpoon’s click buttons are slightly lighter, with no empty keystroke, and rapid rebound.

Scroll Wheel

The rubber texture of the Harpoon RGB mouse scroll wheel has high friction, and the scroll wheel has a good sense of damping and scale.

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Scroll Wheel and DPI Switch

DPI Switch

The DPI button uses mirror material like the side buttons, and the click feel is crisp.

Side Skirt

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Side Skirt

The side skirt uses a large piece of non-slip texture rubber design for finger resting areas, which feels very comfortable and has a good anti-slip performance.

Side Buttons

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Side Buttons

The back/forward side buttons are designed on the left side, and the surface is made of mirror material. The back/forward buttons feel clicky and tactile.

Their position is on the upper side, and users are not prone to accidentally touch it when holding it normally.

Lighting

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Lighting

Harpoon RGB gaming mouse has 5 lighting effects within iCUE: rainbow, color shift, color pulse, static, and Link Lighting. Since Harpoon RGB has only one RGB lighting zone, so there is no gorgeous lighting effect.

But Harpoon gaming mouse, which supports 16.8 million colors of RGB, is still competitive in the entry-level gaming mice.

Bottom

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Bottom

4 PTFE pads are located on the bottom. It is smooth when sliding the mouse.

Cable

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Cable

1.8m rubber wire, moderate thickness, and average softness. The USB interface of the wire is not gold-plated.

Disassemble

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Disassemble
remove the cover shell

Use a hairdryer to blow the foot stickers, remove them, and remove the 4 screws to separate the shell.

PCB

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB PCB

PCB workmanship is very good, wiring is clear. There is an RGB LED at the tail.

Micro Switch

The main click buttons use Omron 7N (20M) micro switch which has a life of 20 million clicks. The DPI button uses the Kailh blue dot micro switch, and the side buttons use the Kailh white dot micro switch.

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Micro Switch

Encoder

Kailh 12mm is a dust free wheel encoder with 300,000 cycles life.

Sensor

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Sensor

The PixArt PMW3320 sensor, developed in 2015, with 3500 DPI, a maximum 80 IPS, and a maximum acceleration of 20G.

Corsair uses an algorithm to interpolate the Harpoon RGB mouse to 6,000DPI.

Microcontroller

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Microcontroller

The NXP LPC11U37F is an ARM Cortex-M0 based, low-cost 32-bit MCU family, designed for 8/16-bit microcontroller, 128 KB of internal flash 10 KB SRAM and 4 KB EEPROM, Operates at CPU frequencies of up to 50 MHz.

Software

The Harpoon RGB mouse’s driver is relatively simple and clear, you can download it here. Users can adjust the DPI, polling rate, lighting effects, and macro-program the buttons. Harpoon’s onboard memory can store settings, making it easier to use.

Experience

Grip Experience

CORSAIR Harpoon Claw VS Palm Grip
CORSAIR Harpoon Claw Grip VS Palm Grip

Because Harpoon is a medium-sized mouse, it can be wrapped by hand in palm grip style. In my opinion, the palm grip style is more comfortable than the claw grip.

Gaming Experience

CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Gaming Experience

For the gaming experience, I chose the “League of Legends“. In this game, the Corsair Harpoon RGB gaming mouse performance is accurate, flexible, and stable.

Its surface and side skirts generate a lot of friction, which is stable in operation. The programmable buttons can handle a lot of fast operations instead of mouse + keyboard clicks. After several games, there is no fatigue in my wrist and fingers, Harpoon mouse is suitable for long-term gaming.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Low price
  • Lightweight
  • 16.8 million color RGB
  • Grips well
  • Onboard memory

Cons

  • 6,000DPI comes from interpolation
  • Simple RGB zone
  • Non-braided cable

In Summary

Although Harpoon RGB is an entry-level game, the details, grip and gaming experience are very good. It also supports CUE RGB settings. Like the Logitech G102, Harpoon RGB is also an excellent entry-level gaming mouse.

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