I never really realized how important a computer mouse is until you get into competitive online gaming. Growing up in the era of trackballs, which required a tremendous amount of care and love to make sure you could even access general computer tasks, laser mice have made this task obsolete. However, after spending plenty of time with plenty of other mice, the M75 Air may be my new favorite, even if it has some hiccups to keep it from being the best on the market.
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Who Needs A DPI Switch?… Me, Apparently
Visually, the Corsair M75 Air is rather boring, to put it frankly. After spending plenty of time with their other products, including the K70 Core Keyboard, I was very surprised to see that this particular mouse had none of the flash, but most of the function. I’ve grown accustomed to every computer accessory containing a variety of RGB and pointless buttons, but the M75 Air has reduced things to its most basic of forms.
Sure, there may still be one small light on the top of the mouse, but that is going to be for battery life and not much else. Beyond that, you’ll find a slightly glossy mouse that has great grip out of the box, a fantastic slide across any surface, and a battery that just doesn’t want to quit. The M75 Air is taller than most mice, and while it took me a bit of time to get used to, I’ve grown to prefer how this feels in my hands compared to my previous mice.
On the left side of the mouse, the standard forward and back buttons are in an accessible and easy-to-reach spot, allowing me to use them during gaming or regular working hours with no extra stretch. The scroll wheel feels great to use, featuring a tactile rubber grip along the outside edge to ensure that movement is smooth, responsive, and felt properly under the finger. Optical switches line the inside of the mouse, giving it a very satisfying clunkiness, compared to the light click you may find in your standard mouse.
It’s also incredibly light, coming in at 60 grams of weight overall. It took me by surprise when I removed the mouse from the box, as it felt lighter than the vast majority of mice I’ve used in the past, both wired and wireless. However, to reach this staggeringly low weight, one of my favorite features from other gaming mice has been removed: a physical DPI switch. To change the DPI of this mouse, you need to use the Corsair iCue application on your PC to change it, but with an adjustable DPI of up to 26,000, it’s slightly forgivable.
Wired or Wireless Communication Is Key
With everything aiming to be wireless, the Corsair M75 does a great job of ensuring that you can get an adequate amount of gaming or work in before needing to charge it up once again. With an estimated 100 hours of use, I’ve found that I only need to charge this around once per week, and that’s even before the battery starts to show signs of dropping down. While the LED on the top can show what the current battery life is, I use the iCue icon in my taskbar to tell me what my current battery life is, and have found it takes a significant amount of time for it to start dropping.
However, if I need to plug it in while I’m using it, I’ve found that the cord doesn’t impact the performance of this particular mouse, and puts its weight more in line with some of the other gaming mice I’ve used in the past, Corsair included. Since it is so lightweight, it does feel slightly front-heavy with the addition of a cord, but unless I’m slinging the mouse around my desk like it’s going out of style, I found that it didn’t get in the way.
There are multiple ways to connect the M75 to your computer or console, with an included dongle working on a variety of gaming systems, Bluetooth connection to save a USB slot, or wired to ensure that the battery does not die out on you any time in the future. Even if the battery eventually bites the bullet, you can still use this particular mouse corded, so you don’t need to worry about your expensive purchase going to waste.
Speaking of performance, the Corsair M75 comes in at $149.99. Touted primarily as a mouse aimed at competitive gamers, is it feature-packed enough, or is it just a little too basic for most gamers? Other mice in this price point offer plenty of other features, with MMO number pads and even higher DPI options, alongside RGB. There are even ambidextrous mice available that offer similar specs in the same price range.
As a mouse, it goes above and beyond what could typically be expected. It features plenty of customization through iCue to let users make the mouse exactly as they would like, even allowing Hardware Key bindings to happen. Surface calibration also keeps things feeling excellent, so you can always have the best experience, no matter the surface you’re using it on. If you’re looking for something with no frills to fit in with a stealth build, this could be the one to go for.
The Corsair M75 is an excellent mouse, and while not feature or visually rich like some of the competition, it offers a great user experience. The tallness and general build quality of the M75 Air have made other mice feel inadequate to me and functions fantastically as something I can suitably use for both work and play. If you’re looking for a no-frills option, this should be one to consider.
While I would have loved to see a physical DPI button, either on the top or bottom of this mouse, iCue offers plenty of customization options so I could tailor my experience to my exact specifications. While I’m not using the full power of the DPI, since I normally run at about 5,000 DPI in my regular day-to-day workflow, having a profile that I could switch on the fly for gaming would be great.
If you like the mouse, you can head over to Amazon to buy it for yourself!
- Extremely lightweight
- Great build quality
- Tracking feels fantastic
- No DPI Button on mouse
- Rather standard design