Corsair Katar Review: A Splendid Dagger To The Heart
Sharpening The Blade: CUE Software
In order to make use of Corsair’s software and pro-gaming profiles, you’re going to have download Corsair Utility Engine. The software suite is the all in one software for Corsair devices, much like Razer Synapse or Logitech Gaming Software. The software seems pretty standard on the surface, but beneath the dark grey background some complex editing tools lie: it’s a very good piece of kit as software suites go.
As with most mouse software, you get a Profile tab which you can assign to become active when a certain programme starts. Each Profile has their respective tabs, such as an Assignments tab for quickly assigning default or user made functions to particular buttons, the Lighting section to decide between the mode or speed of the LED light and the Performance and DPI tab.
The Performance and DPI tab lets you change DPI settings across a across a maximum of 5 presets, tune LOD, alter pointer speed or enable mouse acceleration(enhance pointer precision). The special feature here is the pro-player mode drop down options, which allow you to apply pre-loaded settings e-sports players use–something some may find useful.
A useful feature within the Profile’s options are the ability to create some “profileception” in which you can create different “Modes” within a profile. A mode can have different settings associated to it, like DPI settings, button assignments or lighting. This is extremely useful in cases like a MOBA or FPS game where you can have a standard Dota 2 or Battlefield 4 profile, but then have different modes for a particular character or class you play within the game. For example, in my Battlefield 4 profile I created a sniper mode, assault/engineer mode and Vehicle mode. Definitely a great feature, and one we came to use a lot, although assigning one button to mode switching meant we only had essentially one programmable button for use for other function in games.
You can back up your profiles to your PC or save but a single profile and it’s various modes onto the onboard memory, so no software is needed if you use the mouse on a different computer.
The Actions tab is where all user generated actions like macros, shortcuts or media controls can be created. The tab also acts like a quick reference list and information summary of all the user generated functions. I really love the layout as it makes organising and editing a potentially long list of user generated functions so user friendly and intuitive.
With macro recording you can choose whether you want it to record all actions(including mouse movements), so it makes for something interesting and spooky seeing your mouse cursor move without any input.
Within the settings tab you get access to more information, like polling rates(weird place to put it) as well as update information and On-Screen-Display settings as well as native media player support. Instead of having an LED or other indicator on the mouse give you information about your profile or mode selected, you can have an OSD give you that information when you change profiles, modes or DPI settings
As peripheral software goes, the more we used CUE the more we wanted to use it. It offers some pretty fine grain editing of functions and macros, without being too complicated at the same time. Very impressive piece of software that helps make the Katar a much sharper mouse when it comes to gaming.
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