Does this Katar provide razor sharp accuracy or is it a blunt instrument? Read our Corsair Katar Elite Wireless Review.
This Elite variant is the latest and most premium offering in Corsair’s Katar mouse lineup. The design doesn’t stray far from the range’s format, so is this new entrant the best Katar mouse of all?
In the box, there’s a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable and a wireless USB dongle hidden in a small compartment beneath the mouse. These pesky receivers can easily get lost, so we always prefer it when the mouse can house the dongle. The Katar Elite follows a similar design to the most recent Katar siblings, the Katar Pro XT and the Katar Pro. The design favours the claw and fingertip gripping techniques and is symmetrical. It’s coated in a soft matte finish, which feels comfortable in the hand but can start to look greasy after a little use.
“It’s lightweight, has a silky smooth gliding action, and a rechargeable battery with a long life. It also offers three types of connectivity, either through Bluetooth, USB Type-C to Type-A cable, or via the Slipstream USB dongle”
We prefer this smoother choice of material in comparison to the Katar Pro Wireless with its more textured surface. Speaking of which, on either side of the mouse, there’s a textured plastic grip where your thumb and little finger sit. This might be more effective if it was rubberised, but it does a good job of helping you keep control when quickly flicking the mouse.
Another feature that helps maintain full control is the PTFE feet and sensor surround. Paired with the super lightweight design, this helps it to glide effortlessly. There’s virtually no drag when swiping this device around your mouse mat, which makes using the Katar Elite a breeze.
The two primary buttons feature Omron switches and Corsair Quickstrike button technology. This means there are zero gaps between the key and the switch, resulting in low travel and almost instantaneous actuation. This combination makes it an ideal gaming mouse, giving you a seamless response time. The scroll wheel is decent but too light for our liking. The feedback when hitting the increments is soft, meaning that you can unintentionally scroll further than you’d like. Thankfully, it’s rubberised and has plenty of grip. There are also two side buttons where your thumb sits, set to go forwards and backward in a browser as standard.
On paper, the Katar Elite’s specs improve on those of its predecessor with a higher DPI sensitivity of 26,000. Admittedly, that’s impressively fast but the option to change it is there. It also contains a Marksman 26K sensor that, during our testing, performs responsively and accurately. These factors ensure this mouse is aimed towards speed-dependent gamers, such as those who play competitive FPS titles. As it doesn’t feature an abundance of macro switches, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this lightweight mouse for MMORPG players, for example.
Anyway, it’s fair to say that this mouse ticks a lot of boxes for competitive gamers. It has a pin-point accurate sensor, rapid DPI, and polling rate options available within the iCUE software. It’s lightweight, has a silky smooth gliding action, and a rechargeable battery with a long life. It also offers three types of connectivity, either through Bluetooth, USB Type-C to Type-A cable, or via the Slipstream USB dongle – we’d recommend the latter for the most seamless experience.
If all that sounds pretty good, that’s because it is, but a few things let it down. The mouse could benefit from rubberised grips and a stronger scroll wheel, and it also feels cheap due to its lightweight nature. If you can look past these issues, the Corsair Katar Elite Wireless is a dependable gaming and general purpose mouse.
Feather-like weight and 110+ hours battery life, plus pinpoint accuracy.