Saber Wireless & M65 Ultra (Wireless): Three new gaming mice advertise with 2,000 to 8,000 Hz

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Three new gaming mice from Corsair advertise with a particularly fast connection to the gaming PC. The successor to the Corsair M65 RGB Elite (test) from 2019 offers as M65 RGB Ultra 8,000 Hertz, the wireless model M65 RGB Ultra Wireless and the wireless successor to the Saber RGB Pro (test) still offers 2,000 Hertz.

Well-known shapes learn to spark

The general conception and the design of the three innovations are known, but there are still changes. At 79 grams, the Saber RGB Pro Wireless weighs around 5 grams more than the wired version, but should offer up to 90 hours of battery life despite the slight increase in weight. The mass of the M65 RGB Ultra remains unchanged compared to the Elite at 97 grams and can optionally be increased to up to 115 grams with weights. At least when it comes to cables, Corsair is moving with the times: While the M65 RGB Pro and Elite were still called wire rope, the M65 RGB Ultra now has the significantly more flexible cable of the Saber RGB Pro.

  • Corsair M65 RGB Ultra with cable

    Corsair M65 RGB Ultra with cable (Image: Corsair)

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    This is also included – with a USB-C connection – the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless, which weighs between 110 and 128 grams depending on the weight load and should offer a battery life of around 120 hours. For a shooter mouse, the M65 is – as before – very heavy. Corsair promises pure PTFE for the sliding feet, but has already done so with the Saber RGB Pro, which, however, had conventional, black lacquered PTFE feet. A final confirmation is still pending.

    New sensor specifications and quick strike buttons

    There are significantly more innovations in the hardware inside. On the one hand, Corsair is increasing the maximum resolution of the sensor of all three mice to 26,000 instead of 18,000 cpi. The purely marketing-related change was supposed to put the mouse ahead of all the competition – Logitech offers a maximum of 25,400 cpi, for example – but Razer recently had the same idea with the Basilisk V3.

    However, it is unclear which sensor Corsair is using. The manufacturer calls the model, which is still manufactured by PixArt, “Marksman” and refers to a custom chip, whereby the maximum measurable speed of 11.4 m / s of the PMW-3392 built into the Saber RGB Pro is now 16, 5 m / s increases. Razer’s Focus + aka PixArt PMW-3399 offers the same value.

    In the case of the M65 models, a combination of acceleration sensor and 6-axis gyroscope called Sensor Fusion Control is also used, which should guarantee the lowest possible lift-off distance. In addition, the mouse should also react to tilting gestures in this way, which, according to Corsair, players can reload or change weapons in shooters, for example.

  • Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless

    Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless (Image: Corsair)

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    Corsair uses the Quickstrike buttons already known from the Saber RGB Pro as the primary buttons of the Saber RGB Pro Wireless. It refers to “spring-loaded switches“, Whereby in the end only ordinary Omron switches are used. The manufacturer is taking a different approach with the new M65 models: These receive optomechanical buttons – also from Omron – as the basis of the Quickstrike mechanism. As usual, speed gains are mentioned as an advantage, but experience has shown that in practice it is more relevant to prevent unwanted double clicks, which often cause problems after some time with conventional mechanical microswitches in mice.

    Sparking at 2,000 or 128 Hertz

    However, there is a novelty in the connection. The wired M65 RGB Ultra takes over the 8,000 Hertz connection called Axon of the Saber RGB Pro, but the two wireless input devices also work with a USB query rate beyond 1,000 Hertz. Both Saber RGB Pro Wireless and M65 RGB Ultra Wireless offer 2,000 Hertz, with Corsair promising to actually offer a native frequency this time. Corsair’s Dark Core RGB Pro (test), also advertised with a wireless polling rate of 2,000 Hertz, only offered two separate 1,000 Hertz signals a year ago and, as a result, inconsistent sensors. However, the two new input devices should – at least to some extent – transfer the sensor technology advantages that were previously only observed in wired 8,000 Hertz mice to wireless models.

  • Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless

    Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless (Image: Corsair)

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    Alternatively, Saber RGB Pro Wireless and M65 RGB Ultra Wireless are also connected via Bluetooth LE. As usual, the query rate drops to a low frequency of around 128 Hertz, which is unsuitable for gaming, but the battery life increases in return. All three new mice also have an internal memory and can be configured with Corsair’s iCUE software in terms of sensors, key assignment and RGB lighting.

    Available now

    All three new Corsair mice are available now, but the embargo on testing the two new M65s will not come into effect until later.

    The Saber RGB Pro Wireless costs 99.99 euros according to the recommended retail price; The surcharge for the wireless version is therefore 40 euros. The MSRP of the M65 RGB Ultra is around 79.99 euros above the MSRP of the M65 RGB Elite, which initially cost around 70 euros. The M65 RGB Ultra Wireless costs me 129.99 euros.

    ComputerBase received information about this item from Corsair under NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication time.

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