Much like gaming keyboards, gaming mice have always been more of a personal preference rather than a common opinion. We previously reviewed the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT. Today, we have the Corsair Katar Pro Wireless which is priced at ₱2,220.00 in the Philippines which is roughly $45. The best ones are normally the ones that make you feel most comfortable and work well with your intuition. This allows the user to be engrossed with the game rather than having to train muscle memory to use extra buttons or other features.
The Katar Pro Wireless works with both Corsair’s 2.4 GHz Slipstream wireless dongle technology or Bluetooth which can be toggled by a switch underneath the mouse itself making it easier to move from your gaming rig to another device with ease.
|Polling Rate||1,000 Hz|
|Connectivity||USB Type-A dongle, Bluetooth|
|Measurements (LxWxH)||4.56 x 2.53 x 1.49 inches (115.8 x 64.2 x 37.8mm)|
|Weight||3.39 ounces (96g)|
Gamers either go for something fancy or a no-nonsense plug-and-play device. If you are the latter, then the Katar Pro Wireless is definitely for you. Despite not having anything particularly exceptional about the Katar’s design, you wouldn’t have any qualms about it either. It is a low-profile mouse that eases into your palm and comfortably imprints into the hand after several hours of use.
The clickable scroll wheel is made of rubber and has just a tad bit of resistance to it. The side buttons are covered in gloss and are well-separated making them easy to press. The matte covered plastic shell feels premium despite its price keeping the mouse light and smudge-free from fingerprints.
The Katar Pro Wireless comes with the two main mouse clickers and two side buttons. Aside from the standard buttons, it has a hexagonal button just below the scroll wheel for changing the DPI on-the-go.
The DPI LED lights are as follows:
- Red 800
- White 1500
- Green 3,000
To bump it up higher than 3,000 DPI, it is easily controlled via the Corsair iCUE Software.
Corsair iCUE Software
Corsair’s iCUE Software allows to conveniently record macros, adjust sensor performance and preset sensitivity profiles using the top mouse button on the Corsair Katar Pro Wireless. Mainly focusing on adjustments for pure enjoyment rather than features that would spike the price of the product. The Corsair iCUE is compatible with both Windows and macOS, and you can customizability is easy.
There is a light on top of the Corsair Katar Pro Wireless that serves as the indicator for when the battery is at different stages. The stages are as follows:
- Green – Above 51%
- Yellow – Between 31 – 50%
- Red – Below 30%
- Blue or White – Bluetooth or Slipstream pairing
- Purple – Performance Mode
- Yellow – Power-saving Mode
Switching between Performance and Power-saving mode can be done via the iCUE software. Note that power saving mode drops the polling rate to 125 Hz from the standard 1,000 Hz and goes to sleep after 10 seconds of inactivity.
Though it is rated at up to 135 hours of battery life with a AA battery (one included in the package).
Quick tip – The AA battery adds weight to the mouse. Get a rechargeable AAA battery and use aluminium foil ball to fit it.
The Corsair Katar Pro Wireless is positioned versus the Logitech’s G304 and styled close to Logitech’s G103. It does what it is meant to do and performs more than expected for a mid-range mouse. For users that require the stable wireless along with the ability to switch between devices might want to consider getting this.
Going back to what was mentioned in the beginning – Mice are a matter of preference and this mouse might not be for everyone. This mouse is recommended for those that prefer small mice and would snug comfortably with small to medium hands with a palm grip. While any hand size would be comfortable using it with a claw grip.