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Sabre Pro Champion Series – Corsair’s next gen gaming mouse in review

The wait is over and the successor to the popular Corsair Sabre was launched in early April 2021 – the Sabre Pro from the Champion Series. The mouse will be available in two variants, one with and one without RGB function (more on this later). In terms of price, both models are priced at 55 and 60 euros, respectively. Despite the low price, however, the Sabre Pro promises a lot of features, an informative spec sheet and a sleek, successful look.

We dissected the Sabre RGB Pro for you and report on our experiences and overall impression of the mouse in the following review.

Specifications

Connection 2.1m USB-A cable
Sensor PixArt PMW3392
DPI 100 – 18,000
DPI display Yes (LED)
Color Black
Sampling rate Up to 8,000 Hz
Response Time
keys 6 (incl. DPI)
RGB lighting Model dependent
Shape Right-handed mouse
Weight 69 g (without RGB) 74 g (with RGB)
Price € 31.99 (without RGB), € 49.00 (with RGB)

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Scope of delivery

The Sabre RGB Pro comes compactly packaged in a black and yellow cardboard box. The front features a picture of the mouse while the back lists a majority of the features.

Included in the box are the mouse and a matching instruction manual. The cable is attached to the mouse and thus no other individual parts are included.

Design Workmanship: sleek, but with power under the hood

The Sabre RGB Pro is a compact gaming mouse without a lot of bells and whistles. The simple design, however, can already become a plus point for many, as the mouse is not littered with buttons and also does not have an angular shape. It fits very well in the hand, the buttons are in good places, and using the mouse is a breeze.

The mouse is made of lightweight plastic, with a matte black finish. Weighing only 69 or 74 grams depending on the variant, it is also a true lightweight and glides smoothly over any mouse pad. For lefties, however, we have some not-so-pleasant news, because the mouse will only be released as a right-handed model as of now.

In addition to the main buttons and the clickable wheel, the mouse also has two Quickstrike buttons on the side, which are best suited for macros in MOBAs or shooters, for example. DPI settings are also controlled via a button, which can be found on the bottom of the mouse on the Sabre Pro, and behind the mouse wheel on the Sabre RGB Pro.

Sensor DPI: Little gimmick with the colors

The DPI of the Sabre Pro can be adjusted between 100 and 18,000. In doing so, the mouse comes with as many as 5 different pre-saved DPI profiles. The current setting can be seen on the Sabre Pro by means of an RGB LED, which can be found on the underside next to the DPI button. On the Sabre RGB Pro, on the other hand, there are three LEDs on the left side of the mouse, which can also be individually illuminated, but do not indicate the status by color, but by the combination of the three LEDs – depending on the setting, different combinations of the LEDs will then light up.

The display colors for the DPI indicators can also be adjusted as desired in iCUE under “DPI”. In addition, the various stages can also be given custom DPI values. Another useful feature in terms of DPI is the so-called “On the fly DPI Tuning”. Here, a key combination can be used to increase or decrease the DPI in steps of 50 at a time.

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A PixArt sensor is once again responsible for the DPI numbers. A PMW3392 is installed in the Sabre mice.

To enable the best possible performance, the Sabre Pro allows you to calibrate the mouse perfectly to the existing mouse pad. This is also done via the iCUE software under the menu item “Surface Calibration”. In the calibration, you only have to follow the instructions on the screen and drag and drop an icon into a spiral shape at a constant speed. Thereupon, an optimal calibration, also on the hardware settings, is saved.

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In the device settings, firmware updates can be downloaded, custom profiles for query rate and DPI settings can be saved, and settings for more precise movement of the mouse (angle-snapping/cursor precision/cursor speed) can be made. This is done in a simple menu interface via drop-down function.

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Polling: Snappy, snappy, Axon!

For the Axon Hyper-processing technology Corsair is not only known since yesterday. Already some keyboards and mice were provided with it. It also makes it possible for the Sabre RGB Pro and the Sabre Pro to weigh in at a whole 8,000 Hz when it comes to the polling rate. A house number that earns Corsair ultra-low latency and lets them lead the market. Only Razer currently also offers a mouse with 8,000 Hz. The reaction of a click thus takes less than 0.115 milliseconds. The human brain probably can’t even react to the opponent that fast in a shooter. How good that the mouse then makes up for the time.

However, the 8,000 Hz polling rate cannot be used by every game (compatibility) and PC (performance), so it is of course adjustable and can be turned down to the usual 1,000 Hz, for example.

Switches: Corsair relies on old acquaintances

Built into the Sabre RGB Pro are Quickstrike buttons, where OMRON switches hide underneath. These trump with an ultra-thin suspension and a very short forward travel, which is virtually at zero, because the switch triggers immediately as soon as you make a click. This is especially suitable for very click-intensive games like shooters, where the keybinds for switching weapons can be placed on the side buttons.

In total, the switches endure more than 50 million clicks. That’s not world moving, but decent average.

Other extras of the Sabre Pro

Weighing 69 and 74 grams respectively, the Sabre Pro is an absolute lightweight and glides smoothly over any mouse pad.

The team at Corsair also acted with thought when it came to the cable. The braided paracord cable is lightweight, flexible and effectively reduces annoying jerking.

The Sabre Pro mice are part of the Champion Series, which are designed with professional e-sports players in mind for performance and precision. Also part of this series is the K70 RGB TKL, which saw the light of day along with the Sabre mice.

The feet of the Sabre RGB Pro are made of 100% PTFE, effectively reducing friction and providing the smoothest movement.

The Sabre RGB Pro’s additional features

The RGB version of the Sabre Pro is equipped with lighting elements with a rich color palette of over 16.3 million colors to score visual points. These can also be synchronized with other hardware with RGB capability via iCUE software.

Peripherals of the 21st century have become eye-catchers in many ways, and those who like upbeat colors in their gaming room are well served by the RGB version for 5 euros more than the standard model.

Software: Well-known software in a new guise

The iCUE software from Corsair has received a new coat of paint. According to the new generation, Corsair peripherals can now be configured even more easily and attractively.

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Within the software, a variety of the mouse’s key functions can be customized, DPI profiles can be created, and perfected calibration can also be performed. In addition, iCUE allows the RGB version of the Sabre Pro to be color matched to other components with RGB capabilities. Of course, macros can also be created here and the profiles for the RGB settings in terms of effects and colors.

The Sabre Pro supports two different operating modes. The hardware mode, which is always active if iCUE is not present on the end device or the end device does not support iCUE, and the software mode, if iCUE is present. In hardware mode, the functionality of the mouse is always in the manufacturer’s settings, while in software mode an existing iCUE profile can be selected for the mouse.

We have always found Corsair’s iCUE software to be excellently featured and easy to use. Now the interface has become even more intuitive and comprehensive. 1 for Corsair at this point!

Conclusion

With the Sabre Pro, Corsair has brought a gaming mouse to the market that covers everything in terms of performance, functionality and features that we expect and even more in some cases. Well thought-out elements on the hardware paired with state-of-the-art software make for a convincing overall picture.

Especially small details like the PTFE feet and the Quickstrike buttons make the Sabre Pro a top model for gamers.

There are hardly any shortcomings in the Sabre Pro. In our opinion, only fans of fancy mouse designs might not get their money’s worth here.

Speaking of costs: Both models of the Sabre Pro Champion Series are also available for a pleasant price of 55 and 60 Euros, respectively. Neither overpriced nor cheap.

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro is the quintissential pro gamers mouse with little frills but tons of performance

Our Verdict

Corsair just delivered one of the best lightweight wired competition ready gaming mice at an astonishing 60.

For

  • Fantastic ergonomics and comfort
  • 8K polling and 18,000DPI sensor combo
  • Feels like a wireless mouse

Against

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The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series optical gaming mouse is yet another gaming peripheral with a terribly excessive name. One that means absolutely nothing to me as a consumer. That said, what Corsair has done here is the furthest thing from the usual gamer excess. It strips away everything unnecessary to deliver a light 74g, high-performance esports mouse, at an impressive 60.

When I pulled it out of the box, I was struck by how simple it looks. Corsair didn’t waste any resource on fancy edgy designs, rainbow RGB, or punching holes in the shell. And while it might look simplistic, it’s more closely akin to a Katana sword than Iron Man’s suit.

The shape is almost symmetrical, fitting snugly in the palm for a confident grip that won’t slip or slide. The tapered sides allow your thumb and pinky to rest comfortably. Some might find it a little big but I found it perfect for my usual palm grip.

The main mouse buttons and thumb buttons are slightly textured, different from the rest of the mouse, which improves grip. There are two chunky thumb buttons that are as satisfyingly clicky, as are the main mouse buttons. These use Corsair QuickStrike switches, a design which leaves zero gap between the buttons and their OMRON switches. So this apparently makes them faster, more responsive, and consistent. But I honestly didn’t feel any difference compared with my old Razer Basilisk Ultimate.

Programmable buttons: 6 Sensor: 18,000 DPI PMW3392 Sensor type: Optical Mouse backlighting: 2 Zone RGB On board memory: Yes Mouse button Type: Omron Connectivity: Wired Report rate: 8,000Hz Grip type: Palm, Claw Weight tuning: No Price: 60

At the front of the thumb well is an LED indicator that shows which DPI preset the mouse is on at any given time. It’s got three light bars which alternate when you switch the DPI using the button located behind the scroll wheel. You can adjust the presets using the Corsair iCue software which also saves them directly to the mouse.

Thanks to the 18,000 DPI optical sensor, you can have steps from as low as 100 all the way to 18,000 DPI. I’m not sure you’d ever use that high a DPI as I’ve found anything between 600 and 1800 more than adequate for gaming and work.

But what makes the Sabre Pro really special is the 8,000Hz polling rate. That essentially beams your commands to the computer eight times faster than the standard 1,000Hz on most gaming mice. Again, I couldn’t feel the difference in responsiveness and I had no scientific way to measure it, but someone better than me will find more use for this high speed. One for the pros, maybe.

A word of warning though—Corsair says the AXON Hyper-processing technology required to sustain this high speed polling will require a beefy CPU to keep up. You’ll get a warning in iCUE every time you activate the 8K polling, but since I was testing this on an Alienware R11 with an i9-10900K processor, I never noticed any performance issues. That said, if you have a lower performance processor, like a quad-core i3 Intel, you might see some degradation in performance.

And that’s not all the iCUE software allows you to change. There are plenty of controls to fine tune the Sabre Pro to your particular liking. You can also adjust the two zone RGB lighting found on the Scroll wheel and the Corsair logo at the back of the mouse. The RGB is impressively bright, though I didn’t find the customizations flexible or interesting enough beyond just having static or rotating colours. I’d have loved some more gradient, or flowing color effects.

Each of the Sabre Pro’s six buttons can also be reassigned in iCUE. The Macro editor is pretty simple to capture and assign to any key of your choice.

What I found strange is the lack of presets for popular games such as you’d find in Razer Synapse. This would be handy when creating different mouse profiles which, by the way, you can assign to specific games. This way, anytime you change an app or game, iCUE will automatically change the mouse profile settings. Nice.

Additionally, Corsair gave the Sabre Pro a drag-reducing Paracord USB cable that won’t slowdown those hyperfast polling signals, or your fast hand movements, by dragging along the surface.

Speaking of which, there are also replaceable 100% PTFE glide pads which I found to be very smooth across my mousepad. I very much prefer wireless mice but the fact that I barely ever remembered that the Sabre Pro was tethered is a good sign that the paracord works as advertised.

I’m hugely impressed with what Corsair has done with the Sabre Pro. For 60, you are getting a hell of a performer and it’s cheaper than Razer Viper 8KHz.

The 8,000Hz polling paired with an 18,000DPI sensor is definitely overkill for most gamers but pro’s will appreciate the design choices that make this excellent for competitive play. For the rest of us mortals, this is a comfortable, responsive mouse that gives you great bang for your buck, and easily one of the best wired gaming mice I’ve ever used.

The Sabre RGB can run at an impressive 8,000 Hz but will tax your processor.

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

Corsair joins Razer in the 8,000 Hz mouse club with the Sabre RGB Pro. Solid, speedy specs and improved iCue software make it a good mouse, especially for the price. However, to make use of its key features without sacrificing gaming performance, you probably need to upgrade your CPU.

Pros

  • Selectable polling rate up to 8,000 Hz
  • Spring-loaded buttons/mechanical switch combo feels fast and durable
  • Corsair iCue software gets a needed overhaul
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • – 8,000 Hz polling makes for demanding CPU/USB requirements
  • – Not ambidextrous like competing Razer model

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In an ongoing effort to craft the best gaming mouse, peripheral makers used to battle over the DPI/CPI sensor specs. Then, the FOCUS shifted to achieving the lightest possible weight. Now, the cutting edge seems to be moving to polling rate, the number of times per second your gaming rodent sends data back to your PC. First, we saw Razer’s Viper 8K Hz, which jumped up from the usual 1,000 Hz polling rate. And now Corsair is joining the 8,000 Hz rat race with the Sabre RGB Pro.

Along with its ultra-fast communication abilities, it sports a solid 18,000 DPI custom Pixart sensor, quality Omron-brand mechanical switches and spring-loaded buttons to help assure the input from your fingers and wrist travels through the mouse and back to your PC for the quickest response time possible. It’s a well-crafted mouse for MOBA/FPS eSports gamers, especially those who prefer a palm grip. And at an MSRP of 59.99, it’s more affordable than Razer’s 80 8,000 Hz alternative.

But as with Razer’s mouse, the primary concern here if you’re looking to get the full benefit of the 8K polling ability is that you may need to upgrade your rig. You can dial back the polling rate to 4,000, 2,000, 1,000 Hz or even lower via the company’s recently revamped iCue 4 software. But at top speed, you’re effectively sending 8 times the amount of data to your gaming rig compared to a more traditional rodent.

Corsair says your system should sport a Intel Core i7 9th Gen or AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen CPU or higher to use the Sabre RGB Pro at full clip. And they aren’t kidding. In some anecdotal testing using my custom-built Ryzen 5 2600X system, I saw CPU use spike 10-16% or more when just moving my cursor around quickly at the desktop. That lessened to about 6-10% when doing the same thing on a more recent Ryzen 7 3700X machine. If you already have a recent high-end processor, that’s reasonable. But if not, are you ready to upgrade to one of the best CPUs to ride the wave of cutting-edge mouse technology?

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Specs

Sensor ModelSensitivityPolling RateProgrammable ButtonsLED ZonesConnectivityCableMeasurements (LxWxH)Weight
PixArt PMW3392 Row 0. Cell 2
100-18,000 DPI Row 1. Cell 2
125/250/500/1,000/2,000/4,000/8,000 Hz Row 2. Cell 2
4 Row 3. Cell 2
2x RGB Row 4. Cell 2
USB Type-A Row 5. Cell 2
82 inches (2.08m), paracord Row 6. Cell 2
5.1 x 2.76 x 1.7 inches (129 x 70 x 43mm) Row 7. Cell 2
2.61 ounces (74g) Row 8. Cell 2

,000 Hz Polling Rate: You Probably Aren’t Ready

A polling rate is how many times a second your mouse (or other peripheral) sends data back to your PC. A 1,000 Hz polling rate for gaming mice has generally been thought of as sufficient for most gamers for years (with many happy to drop down to 500 Hz). But with the best gaming monitors leapfrogging past the old standard of 60 Hz, all the way up to 360 Hz (and, perhaps, beyond that soon), it logical that you’d want your peripherals to input data at a faster pace to keep up with faster hardware and increasing frame rates.

The Sabre RGB Pro brings 8,000 Hz polling to the table.- or, more aptly, the gaming desk.- although as noted earlier, Razer got here first with the Viper 8K. However, at 80, the Razer mouse costs 20 more than Corsair’s Sabre RGB Pro. And Corsair did start down the road of high-polling peripherals last year with the Corsair K100 RGB keyboard, with its 4,000 Hz polling rate.

So the obvious question is: Does 8,000 Hz polling make a difference in gaming? That’s a tough question to answer personally, given that I’m in my mid-40s and don’t have the same reflexes I did in my teens and early 20s. But it’s probably safe to say that, for a certain subset of competitive gamers (Corsair markets the Sabre to competitive FPS and MOBA players), having a mouse that sends data at 8,000 Hz, rather than 1,000 Hz, will result in better performance. But much like with gear designed for/by elite athletes (and marketed toward the general consumer), the gains are likely to be small for most and much more important to those pushing the edge of physical performance than the average consumer/gamer who just wants to have some fun after work.

The larger issue, arguably, comes down to recommended specs. Because while eSports is undoubtedly a huge global phenomenon, the games generally aren’t all that demanding. So eSports hardware often isn’t as high-end as the enthusiast rigs you’ll find running cutting-edge AAA titles at 4K resolution with all the eye Candy set to high.

Most gamers probably don’t generally check to see if their CPU can handle their new mouse. However, in order to reap the benefits of the 8,000 Hz mouse, Corsair recommends you have at least an Intel Core i7 9th Gen or AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen CPU. But a newer CPU, as well as a discrete or, better yet, high-end graphics card and screen with a high refresh rate will help make in-game benefits more apparent. Corsair also says you should use a native USB port (that is, not one connected to a hub or a third-party chipset on the board) because sending your mouse movement and button data back to your PC at 8 times the normal rate is much more taxing on your hardware.

To investigate this, I first connected the Sabre RGB Pro to my living room rig, which is a bit dated and houses a Ryzen 5 2600X CPU. This is lower than Corsair’s recommendation, but it’s still a CPU that’s plenty capable of running modern games at fairly high settings.

Glancing at the Performance tab of Task Manager with the mouse plugged in and switched to 8,000 Hz mode, CPU utilization jumped from around 6% to about 16-22% and sometimes higher when just moving the mouse quickly at the desktop. When combined with hitting keys quickly on the company’s 4,000 Hz K100 keyboard, as you would during an intense gaming battle, CPU utilization seemed to jump up even more. Keep in mind that I wasn’t running a game, just my typical workflow, (which to be fair, is too many browser tabs, plus leaving Photoshop open with a few images I was editing). The mouse won’t use more CPU when gaming, but the game you’re running certainly will, giving you fewer spare cycles for your high-polling peripherals to work with.

Again, the Ryzen 5 is below Corsair’s recommended specs for this mouse. But there’s no mention of this recommendation on the box, just in the reviewer’s guide. That said, the 8,000 Hz feature isn’t called out on the box either. And the company seems to know most buyers aren’t going to be ready for this level of performance, as the mouse shipped to me in 1,000 Hz mode. I had to download the new version of the company’s iCue software (more on that later) to switch the mouse to its fastest polling rate.

So while the 8,000 Hz feature may be helpful for some elite gamers with high-end rigs, it’s not a feature to jump at yet unless you already have a high-end CPU or tend to keep your gaming peripherals for several years and are looking for a bit of future-proofing.

And if you’re an eSports professional, unless you have a powerful rig with a recent high-end CPU, be prepared to turn the polling down. There are at least several selectable polling speeds, so you should be able to dial in the rate that feels right and works best for your hardware.

Unboxing and Review of Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Champion Series Gaming Mouse

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The SABRE RGB PRO is the second product launched by Corsair today (April 8th), which is also part of the new Champion Series. It is specifically designed for competitive PC gamers, incorporating some welcoming improvements, such as paracord-like cable and 8000 Hz polling rate. You can also check out our review for the K70 RGB TKL keyboard.

Unboxing

The SABRE RGB PRO is packed inside a cardboard, colored in black and yellow. Lists of highlighted features in different languages are printed at the back. The mouse is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10, Apple macOS and Xbox One. The model name of our sample is CH-9303111-AP.

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A side view photo of the SABRE RGB PRO and Corsair’s slogan for gaming mice “CONTROL FREAK” can be found on the sides of the box.

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There are a few booklets of user manual, warranty guide and safety information in the packaging. No extra accessory is provided.

Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Champion Series Gaming Mouse

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The SABRE RGB PRO is a large-sized ergonomic gaming mouse with an asymmetrical body, intended for right-handed users. The only set of side buttons is located on the left side. The mouse is 129 mm long, 79 mm wide and 43 mm tall. Its weight is respectable at 74 grams (~73 grams on our own scale), but not to the level of ultra-lightweight. There is no circular/honeycomb ports/holes on the exterior.

On the bottom (corners surrounding the sensor) are five black-dyed 100% pure PTFE mouse feet with rounded edges, for smoother and low-friction glide.

The SABRE RGB PRO’s plastic body is coated in a matte black finish, with contrasting glossy trims at the middle and sides. The mouse has a longer and less aggressive hump, which offers better support for the palm. The right side flares out a bit to accommodate your pinky finger. It should best suit palm grip users.

Six buttons are fitted onto the mouse, which five of them are re-mappable through software. The primary buttons are using genuine Omron switches, that are rated for 50 million clicks. They are also what Corsair called QUICKSTRIKE buttons, which the click plates have a preloaded spring to reduce the gap between them and the actual switches. They theoretically minimize pre-travel of the buttons and provide faster clicks.

The surface of the primary buttons has a rougher coating (similar to a PBT keycap) than other panels on the SABRE RGB PRO, presumably to increase grip and control. The front secondary button is slightly smaller than the rear one, but both are easy to reach.

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Corsair simply calls the improved USB cable on the SABRE RGB PRO “Paracord”, without a fancy name for marketing. It is lighter and more flexible than normal braided cable, which reduces drag for better mouse movements. Compared to the paracord-like cables from HyperX Pulsefire Haste (HyperFlex) and Endgame Gear XM1 RGB (Flex Cord), it is noticeably thicker and less malleable, which we believed is related to the extra shielding required for the 8000 Hz polling rate. The Paracord cable is 2.1 meters in length. There is no ferrite core at the end to filter signal.

Review

The SABRE RGB PRO is equipped with a custom PixArt PMW3392 optical sensor, which has a native DPI range from 100 to 18000, 450 IPS of tracking speed and 50 G of acceleration. It is possibly a derived version of the popular PMW3389 with a higher maximum DPI level. The polling rate of the mouse can be set from 125 Hz (8 ms) to 8000 Hz (0.125 ms).

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The SABRE RGB PRO’s CPI/DPI divergences are tested with MouseTester v1.5.3. The sensor did fairly good. The largest deviation is at 1600 DPI (6.4375%), while the smallest one at 400/800 DPI (-0.75%/0.75%).

Polling rates of 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, 4000 Hz and 8000 Hz were checked with the benchmarking tool. DPI is adjusted to 1200 DPI. The mouse/sensor was perfectly stable at 1000 Hz, hovering within 980 Hz to 1020 Hz. At both 2000 Hz and 4000 Hz, it had slightly larger spreads (~100 Hz to ~200 Hz) than nominal. The polling rate jumped between 4000 Hz and 8000 Hz with outliers reaching upwards of 10000 Hz, when set to the 8000 Hz mode.

User Experience

The ergonomic shape of the SABRE RGB PRO is comfortable to hold and control. At 74 grams, it is light enough for most scenarios for gaming. Tracking is accurate with no hardware acceleration or artificial smoothing. The mouse is robustly-constructed without rattling noise inside, even during violent shaking.

All buttons, including the side and scroll wheel one, feel very tactile, having a distinct and satisfying click feedback. Actuation force for the primary buttons is not particularly light, but the travel distance is low and responsive. The Paracord cable is stiffer than paracord-like cables from other brands, but it is rated for the higher 8K polling rate. It is still way superior than the older plastic braided USB cable.

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You can further configure the SABRE RGB PRO through the iCUE 4 software. We were testing the mouse with version 4.9.350. The download size is around 740 MB, and took up 1.12 GB of disk space after installation. There are customizable scenes and sensor readouts on the home page, next to all the connected devices.

All the buttons on the mouse, except the left primary button, are re-mappable in the “Key Assignments” section. You can assign the click into a keystroke, to control media playback, launch an application and record macro actions.

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There are seven effect presets in the “Lighting Effects”, such as watercolor and rainbow. You can modify the brightness, speed and color of the RGB lighting. “Hardware Lighting” is limited to playing the predefined effects with no customization.

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You can edit up to five DPI stages/levels plus one sniper value per preset, from 100 DPI to 18000 DPI in 1 DPI increments. You can also separately change the DPI of the X-axis and Y-axis. Settings in “Hardware DPI Mode” will be saved into the onboard memory, and used if the iCUE software is not running in the background.

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Corsair has included a tool to calibrate the mouse to your mouse pad’s surface for optimal tracking performance. You are required to move the mouse in a spiral pattern, while maintaining a constant speed within the green zone of the speedometer.

Powered by the AXON Hyper-Processing Technology, the SABRE RGB PRO is able to have polling rate up to 8000 Hz (0.125 ms). Compared to the standard 1000 Hz, it can send up to 8 times more data to the computer for improved input response time. It will also consume more system resources to handle the increased data flow. In our testing, the overclocked Intel Core i7-9700K (4.80 GHz) was at 2% to 3% usage in 1000 Hz mode; 3% to 4% in 2000 Hz; 6% to 8% in 4000 Hz; 8% to 11% in 8000 Hz. You can expect the 8K polling rate to take about 10% of additional CPU usage. It is recommended to use a higher-end processor to lessen the impact on gaming performance/frame rates.

RGB Lighting

There are two lighting zones on the SABRE RGB PRO, at the scroll wheel and Corsair Logo. The RGB lighting is bright with excellent vibrancy. Animation is smooth. iCUE 4 software offers a decent amount of effect presets.

Conclusion

The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Champion Series is made to be an all-around esports/gaming mouse. The custom PMW3392 sensor, combined with the 8000 Hz polling rate, performed admirably. It is hard to notice the actual differences/advantages from it, unless using professional equipment and high refresh rate monitors. But it does technically improve on input latency and smoothness of cursor movements. The Omron switches should last a long time with the 50 million-click rating.

The iCUE 4 software is packed with customizable options for the mouse. The surface calibration tool is useful to optimize the tracking performance to your specific mouse pad. Some UI elements are colliding with each other, which can hopefully be fixed after the pre-release version.

The SABRE RGB PRO mouse costs 59.99 USD (MSRP) with a 2-year warranty, which is surprisingly affordable. Compared to the Razer Viper 8KHz, it is priced at 79.99 USD (MSRP) with the same 8000 Hz polling rate and similar weight (74 grams vs 71 grams), but is equipped with the more durable 2nd-Gen Razer optical switch (50 million vs 70 million).

You can purchase the mouse from your local/online resellers or the links below from Amazon or Newegg.

Thanks Corsair for providing us the mouse for review. (Review Sample)

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