Corsair Katar Review: A Splendid Dagger To The Heart
Moulding The Blade: Aesthetics And Build Quality
The Corsair Katar has got an extremely clean and simple aesthetic, with the Corsair branding consisting of a Corsair logo pulsating in red at the rear, while the Corsair name is only put on the left click button–far left enough so your finger doesn’t cover it.
The mouse is adorned with a pleasing soft touch rubberised black main body and grip enhancing tessellated grey sides.
On the underside you’ll find the “Halloween Face” of PTFE feet and the optical sensor placed right in the middle of the mouse–the best spot for the best tracking.
Despite what its lean size, 85g of weight and plastic construction might imply, the build quality of the mouse is good with no creaks or warping plastic. Sadly the presence of only 3 buttons does somewhat limit its use cases in both MOBA’s and FPS genres, and it’s something I will address in the performance segment of the review.
The scroll wheel is rubberised and has deep indents for amazing grip, while the DPI switch button is placed in the centre of the mouse for easy access. I do question the glossy finish in a field of matte, but it’s nice and big, and probably could have been split into two buttons.
The lighting is sombre and evenly lit–although it would have been nice to at least have more than only one colour in the “2015 Year Of The RGB” when all manner of peripheral are coming out with RGB lighting.
The cable for the mouse is effective and one of the better rubber cables I’ve used, while Corsair’s use of a coloured USB connector is a superb way to mark it off from other brands, especially when navigating your USB connectors on the IO panel–unless of course you just have newer Corsair peripherals, in which case you’re still left pulling out the wrong yellow cable! Maybe some multi-coloured cable connectors would be the logical extension of their uniquely styled cable connector? Of particular note with the cable is the connection between the mouse and the cable–it’s nicely reinforced and does help reduce cable tug when using the mouse.
Overall, the Katar embodies that Corsair spirit of elegance and sturdy construction without affecting functionality and comfort, although there are some design choices that we think need some revision based on its stated market and gaming genre choices, something I’ll address in the performance segment of this review. Thankfully some of the stand out features are found in flint-like piece of software, which definitely help sharpen up the edges of the Katar.
Go To Page 3: Sharpening The Blade: CUE Software