Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review


By Bradly Spicer
Published on: December 18th, 2020

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review
After 2 years, it’s still going strong!

Should you buy the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE?

A few weeks ago I got a new Asus Rog Strix XG32VC Gaming monitor and thought, wait a minute, I’ve had a Corsair Dark Core RGB SE mouse for around 2 years and it’s not broken. Shocker, I know.

As someone who works 6 am – 7 pm most days, I use my mouse a LOT. My Razer mouse didn’t last long, my Logitech mouse lasted hardly any time at all, but my Corsair Dark Core RGB SE? It’s still going strong with no issues hardware-wise at all.

Our Conclusion

This is a great little gaming mouse if you get the charging mouse pad with it. However, newer generations of mice have come out with even better charging facilities like the the Logitech Powerplay and any compatible Powerplay mouse.

Our rating

Pros

  • Recharges with any wireless Qi Charger
  • Great Price point
  • Exchangable ergonomic wings
  • Great size

Cons

  • Cannot be used whilst charging
  • iCUE is terrible
  • The Logitech Powerplay is probably a better option

When I purchased this, the idea of Wireless gaming mice was all too distant for me, I didn’t want something riddled with latency issues, constant disconnections and having to plug it in every night to charge it.

Luckily, the Dark Core RGB SE has the ability to be Qi charged (If you purchase the additional Corsair MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pad).

It’s surprisingly good, it’s a little difficult to get the first few times as you would expect the charging point to be central to the mouse when infact it is on the bottom side.

Corsair MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Pad

If you look at the competitors, none of them offer such a great product at such a little price. The Razer Lancehead or Razer Basilisk and Logitech G903 may all seem competitive, but they really don’t come close.

Whilst this was Corsair’s first wireless gaming mouse on the market, it does speak volumes to know that it was also the model which used a Qi Charging pad.

The Corsair Dark Core RGB SE has a fantastic ergonomic shape, perfect for anyone who uses it all day, especially with the wing attachments. The one issue I have is the “d pad” on the side, I rarely find myself using a majority of these buttons simply because it’s too difficult to reach them.

If you’re looking for a mouse purely for MMO gameplay, I’d avoid this one.

Specifications

Wired Connectivity:USB 2.0 Type-A
Wireless Connectivity:1ms 2.4GHz or Bluetooth 4.2 + LE
Battery Charging:With Qi certified wireless chargers or MicroUSB
Sensor Type:Optical
Resolution:100DPI – 16,000 DPI
USB Report Rate:1000Hz
Weight:128g / 0.28lbs
Buttons:9

In terms of the RGB Lighting, there’s only a few areas it comes from, whilst it does look good, it’s essentially just a 4-Zone RGB limit using the iCUE software (Which isn’t great).

You can control everything via 3 profiles that can be changed via an assigned profile button. Perfect for swapping between sniping and normal gun play in Call of Duty.

How easy is it to charge the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE?

To put it bluntly, you’re going to get extremely frustrated with charging this wirelessly at first. The mouse itself doesn’t keep its charging part all over, so you need to align the bottom of the mouse perfectly with the Qi charging pad.

You’ll know this isn’t charging if the light on the charger starts flashing extremely fast, at which point you need to pick up and wait until the light stops flashing.

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review

Why won’t my Corsair Dark Core RGB SE charge? – Make sure you’ve got it put down correctly, it’s really difficult to work with but the picture I’ve posted below should help. You essentially want the bottom of the mouse to align with the bottom of the Qi charger

Testing the iCUE Software

I’m going to preface this by saying I’ve only had issues with iCUE, to the point where I’ve installed brand new Operating systems to test it. The software itself has always been buggy for myself, often stalling macros and getting stuck.

Whilst this doesn’t seem the generally be the case, it is something that has impacted me.

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review

When you first load up the iCUE software it will try to find all devices with compatability with RGB support and their products. To confirm, this doesn’t work with my ASUS motherboard despite it having full RGB control.

iCue breaks it mice configurations down into the following: Actions, Lighting Effects, Hardware Actions, Hardware Lighting, DPI, Performance, Surface Calibration and Onboard Profiles.

Surface Calibration

I’m going to tackle the most impressive aspect of this software first, it’s the Surface Calibration, the method behind using it is fantastic.

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review

You will essentially just be spinning the mouse in a circle whilst trying to keep the mouse in the middle of the speedometer whilst the software reconfigures the settings and you adjust to it.

After this is finished, your mouse will just feel smooth. It simply works on your new service without issue, I’ve not had any issues with this and still love this feature.

Actions

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review
Set up Macros or assign keys to your mouse!

This is essentially assigning virtualbuttons to your mouse buttons (Or Macros), it’s okay, I mostly use it for DPI sensitivity or to change settings when sniping in a game.

Any other time I stick to my streamdeck, this really isn’t one of those mice which you would spend a lot of time mapping buttons to. I would highly recommend an MMO mouse for that purpose.

Although having the functionality is a nice option should you need it.

If you want to set up a macro it’s super easy, simply click the +, record the macro with the big red button and once you’re done click through and change the time values and each step it took.

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review
Don’t cheat too much in games!

It’s great for boring tasks, but the lack of mousemovement AI essentially keeps this fairly basic. We’re talking auto clickers which haven’t evolved from the 2000’s (Looking at you Gary’s Hood)

DPI

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review

As it sounds, you can assign multiple DPI options to your mouse options and flick between them whenever you need.

For the most part, I stick at my 800 DPI default and Hold the central (Glowing) button to swap to my sniper DPI.

Depending on the game you’re playing, things will change, but as an average daily user I can’t really see much need for changing my DPI that often.

Performance

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE review

I haven’t actually needed to use this at all other than the default settings for “Enhance pointer precision” which does have a noticeable difference.

I don’t use Angle Snapping and in terms of options, there’s currently not much to pick from.


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