Corsair Katar Review: A Splendid Dagger To The Heart
Conclusion: A Dagger To The Heart
It’s apparent by the pricing that the Katar is a budget orientated gaming mouse, although Corsair have employed the tactic of “Pro-Gamer” sponsorship to shine a more pleasing premium quality glint to drive it as a e-sport capable mouse. Personally I’m not a person who buys products based on endorsements by people who are sponsored by the company who make the product–call me a cynic, but it just seems a conflict of interest hot spot, regardless of there being any truth to the claims by the e-sport pro.
Cheaper gaming mice usually have features cut away or reproduced in a simpler way–less tactile buttons, gimmicky LED lighting or cheap plastic construction. Corsair has cut away some features, like extra buttons, but has definitely made a well constructed, functional and comfortable mouse. It’s simplicity is its strength and weakness–Corsair’s made a mouse that does not really carve out a wholly unique selling feature within the price bracket that would make people stand up and notice. The software is all kinds of brilliant, and although the Pro-Player profiles are a cool value add, it’s still not “meaty” enough for the price you are paying. The lack of technical information around this mouse from Corsair’s marketing is disappointing–It’s like giving someone a dagger and an assassination mission, but then leaving out all the pertinent details to help them prepare for the kill. This lack of detail does frustrate consumers to some degree, as I could glean from interaction on our YouTube video that people wanted to know, but I guess this is where reviews step in to fill the gaps.
This is the main reason for the ambiguous title of this review: It’s meant to capture our feeling that the performance of the Katar is very capable and is a superb little mouse, but it also leaves us slightly heartbroken in that somethings could have been better–a better sensor(or at least one not marketed as 8000DPI) just one or two more buttons and a slightly better price. For $39.99/R650, I would recommend this mouse if you need or like the ambidextrous design, are taken by the elegant aesthetics and don’t mind the lack of buttons. Some would say the price is high for a mouse with this sensor, but although it’s an old sensor, it’s tried and tested and the performance is well documented–no acceleration, good tracking at native DPI, workable LOD and a high malfunction speed. However, with newer mice on the horizon that may use newer or better sensors, I do wonder if the Katar might be entering the market with a bit of a disadvantage.