Should be called IronPalm.
The Corsair IronClaw RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse (See it on Amazon) is a brand new mouse from Corsair built for comfort and speed. It is a huge, bulbous mouse designed for palm grips that I found exceedingly comfortable right from the start. And with four huge glide pads on the bottom, it slides, swipes, and moves with buttery smoothness. Like the Corsair M65 Elite, the IronClaw is priced at $59.99 and features an 18,000dpi sensor and RGB lighting. Beyond the price and lighting, however, these are two very different mice.
The IronClaw lacks the custom tuning system of the M65 Elite that lets you adjust the weight and center of gravity of the mouse. With seven buttons, it also lacks the dedicated sniper button of the FPS-focused M65 Elite. And it features an all-plastic design instead of the sturdy, aluminum frame you get with the M65 Elite.
Corsair IronClaw RGB – Design and Features
The IronClaw is a big mouse. It measures 5.1 inches long by 3.2 inches wide by 1.8 inches high. It weighs 105 grams, which is about average for a gaming mouse but feels lighter because of the large size of the mouse. Its nearly two-inch height and steep slope make it a natural fit for palm grips. A better name for the mouse would be IronPalm, but that doesn’t have the fierce, aggressive connotation of a claw I suppose. At any rate, I found it to fit my average-sized hand perfectly. It’s a right-handed mouse with textured, rubber side grips. The sides flare out from the bottom to create comfortable, concave perches for your thumb and pinky. The textured rubber is grippy without being abrasive.
The left and right mouse buttons have a concave shape, too, to keep your trigger fingers positioned correctly. The scroll-wheel is wide and rubbery with a grippy texture, but the scrolling is more notched than smooth. Behind the scroll wheel are two buttons, one for cycling through profiles and the other for cycling through the DPI settings. There are two buttons on the side that are set by default to forward and back functions, but all seven buttons are programmable. My only complaint about the button layout is the forward and back buttons protrude a bit too far; I wish they sat more flush with the left side of the mouse to make them a bit quicker and easier to engage.
Corsair bills the IronClaw RGB as having two RGB lighting zones, but it’s selling itself short. In addition to the two usual lighting zones – the scroll wheel and the Corsair logo – there’s a third zone that sits on the left side just in front of your thumb. There are three lines, and they amount to more than just a piece of flair. They tell you what DPI setting you are using as well as the profile you have chosen.
They flash a different color when you change profiles, but they also light up as one, two, or all three lines as you cycle through your DPI settings. Having a number and not just a color saved me from needing to remember which color I assigned to which DPI setting. And you can set the color for these lines just as you can with the other two RGB lighting zones. The one zone that is hard to see is the lighting on the scroll wheel, which is receded and hidden from view unless you are looking right down on it.
Corsair IronClaw RGB – Software
Like the rest of Corsair’s hardware, the IronClaw works with the company’s iCUE software. The software has a polished design, and I found it easy to customize the lighting zones, but I ran into a bit of confusion when attempting to reprogram one of the side buttons as a sniper button for the simple fact that there was no Save button that would have let me know that I had saved my change to reprogram the button.
You can set up dozens of profiles for your various games, and three of them can be saved to the mouse’s onboard storage. You can also create macros and other actions, perform surface calibration (to help improve tracking and aiming) and enable angle snapping (to help you track in a straight line), and customize the lighting effects.
You can set up three DPI levels and a separate sniper setting if you reprogram one of the buttons. The range of DPI sensitivity is huge, from 100dpi to 18,000dpi. You can choose a color for the light indicator stripes and a separate indicator for when the sniper setting is engaged. The sniper setting is designed to be set at a super-low DPI for precise, slow movements when lining up a kill shot through a sniper scope.
Corsair IronClaw RGB – Gaming
To test the mouse, I played two FPS games – CS:GO and Overwatch – and the MOBA classic League of Legends. I found it comfortable, fast, and accurate across all three games. I missed the dedicated sniper button from the Corsair M65 RGB Elite on CS:GO at first, but I quickly got used to using the forward button on the side of the IronClaw in its place, even though it protrudes out a bit too far. Other mice like the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum and its 11 programmable buttons have even more buttons, but I got by just fine with the IronClaw’s seven. I find any more than seven or eight and it gets too complicated.
The DPI range was overkill on my 1440p monitor, but also got me thinking I’m in need of a display upgrade. Gamers playing on multiple monitors may be able to make use of the full power of the 18,000dpi sensor, but I topped out at less than half of that figure. Still, it’s great to be able to have such a wide degree of DPI options for your present and future setups. The Corsair M65 RGB Elite allows up to five DPI settings, but I actually preferred to have just the three with the IronClaw. It was easier to cycle through them without landing on the wrong one with only three, and it was super simple to keep track of which one I was using with the three strips of light on the side. Also it should be noted that you’re not forced to use three or five on either mouse, as you can disable or enable them easily in the software.
The rubber, textured side grips remained comfortable during long gaming sessions, and I loved the feeling of the smooth, matte plastic top piece and the concave shape of the left- and right-mouse buttons that cradled my fingers. Right-handed, palm-grippers will love this mouse’s shape. Claw-grippers with larger-than-average hands should like it, too.
The Corsair IronClaw RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse has an MSRP of $59.99, and since it was recently released it’s the same price on Amazon.