CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT Review
We have all spent more on gaming peripherals than we would like to admit, myself included. But believe it or not, there are products on the market that not only match the performance of premium peripherals but also cost a fraction of the price. Need proof? Well, you’re in luck as today I take a look at the new CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT wired mouse and find out just how much mouse you can get for under $60 in Australia.
The CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT isn’t going to wow you with excessive RGB, unusable DPI, or a 13-page document full of specs that mean nothing to the average gamer. Instead, Corsair has focused on the fundamentals of what makes a good mouse; performance and price. Is this enough for you to bite the bullet and get your own KATAR PRO XT? Let’s find out!
My first impressions of the KATAR PRO XT is exactly what you expect from a budget mouse — meh. This isn’t a criticism of the mouse and to be honest, this is probably the reaction CORSAIR want. The basic shape of the mouse is nothing new or extreme, but rather a trusted and tested symmetrical design that features a rather large arch and a tapered body that suits claw and fingertip grips.
CORSAIR fanboys will already be familiar with this shape thanks to the release of the CORSAIR KATAR PRO from last year. Aside from the obvious fixed wired connection of the KATAR PRO XT, the two mice are identical – At least from a design point of view. Both mice feature 6 programmable buttons, single-zone RGB, onboard memory and support for CORSAIR iCUE software.
The scroll wheel of the KATAR PRO XT is the same as its wireless sibling, which is a good thing as this scroll wheel is anything but budget. The scroll wheel is seated very securely within its supporting bracket with absolutely no sideways movement at all. The tactile feedback is very good and spaced out enough so you don’t overshoot the steps. The two side buttons are, however, a slight letdown — The positioning of them is great for claw and fingertip users, but palm users (such as myself) may have issues finding them during moments of panic during Valorant or Minesweeper.
Speaking of its wired connection, CORSAIR has ensured that no shortcuts have been taken here either with a very nice 1.8m paracord-like, braided cable that feels and looks fantastic! Even the CORSAIR Branded USB plug screams quality, not budget. It is the attention to detail that CORSAIR is known for and it is great to see this trend continue, even with a budget product such as the KATAR PRO XT.
Despite not requiring a battery, the KATAR PRO XT is actually slightly heavier than its wireless counterpart by 6 grams. Even with the extra weight, the KATAR PRO XT is still one of the lightest mouses on the market at just 73 grams, which is even more impressive considering the mouse doesn’t use the beehive design to shed weight. This lightweight design is complemented by two large PTFE feet underneath the mouse’s body that nicely complements the lightweight design. When you combine these two factors with CORSAIR ‘custom’ PMW3391 optical sensor, suddenly the KATAR PRO XT begins to perform well above its budget price tag.
Speak of its budget price tag, you are probably wondering by now why this is a budget mouse, right? Well, the plastic material that houses the mouse has a cheap feel to it. Sure, it is extremely lightweight and if CORSAIR is putting its name all over the product then I have no doubts about the integrity of the product, but it does lack that premium feel that is usually associated with CORSAIR products.
It is fair to say that lightweight mouses are the current craze amongst gamers. Personally, I have always favoured heavier mice as I find that the added weight increases my dexterity, which is great for Solitaire. But after testing out other lightweight mice such as the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the Roccat Burst Pro, I can definitely see the appeal of these products and why these products have become so popular. The lightweight design of these mouses is perfect for FPS gamers where quick reactions can mean the difference between life and death (well, in the game at least), not to the reduced fatigue factor as you’re not moving that heavy mouse around all night. Despite the KATAR PRO XT weighing slightly more than the Aerox 3 and Burst Pro (73g vs 66g and 68g respectfully), its superior sensor and price make up for this and puts the KATAR PRO XT right in contention as one of the best lightweight mouses on the market.
As per the current-gen of CORSAIR mice, the KATAR PRO XT features the same custom PMW3391 optical sensor that we have seen in M65 RGB ElITE and IRONCLAW RGB. This sensor has all the usual specs of a gaming sensor — 18,000 DPI, 400 IPS, and 50G nominal acceleration, not to mention an adjustable polling rate of up to 1000Hz. This matches any ‘gaming’ mouse on the market and with one major appeal; its $59 AUD price tag.
For all you excessive clickers out there, you will be pleased to know that the KATAR PRO XT features the ever-reliable Omron 50M mechanical switches that guarantee at least 50 million clicks. This ensures that the KATAR PRO XT will endure through all your battles no matter how bad
you are your teammates are.
The CORSAIR iCUE software suite is Corsair’s one-stop software to connect everything from mice, keyboards and headsets through to support for PSUs, fans, even RAM, so it comes as no surprise that CORSAIR has provided a decent level of support for the KATAR PRO XT.
iCUE is very easy to navigate where the KATAR PRO XT is instantly discovered. From here, adjusting your basic mouse settings such as DPI, DPI presets, even calibrating the mouse to your surface can all be done within the software. There are some noticeable features missing that you get with premium mice such as angle snapping or LOD adjustment, but most gamers will just want to adjust the sensitivity, RGB effect and maybe create a profile or two — for this, iCUE has you covered.
Everything about the CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT leads you to believe that much more expensive than its price tag. CORSAIR proves that budget gamer no longer means budget performance. CORSAIR has packed the KATAR PRO XT full of hardware that is usually reserved for much more expensive products, let alone a mouse that costs less than a carton of imported beer. The only downside is its cheap, plastic finish that is a constant reminder that this is supposed to be a budget mouse. Other than that, the CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT is simply amazing value and sits at the top of its class as one of the best lightweight mice on the market.
CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT Review
- DESIGN - 85%85%
- PERFORMANCE - 93%93%
- QUALITY - 86%86%
- VALUE - 96%96%
For 60 bucks, you simply can’t go wrong with the CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT. Don’t believe me? Then try it for yourself!
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