Corsair Katar Pro XT Gaming Mouse
Gaming Mouse (Wired)
There’s something to be said about a no frills design, that being something that is best described as “functional” or “does that exact thing that it promises to do”. As much as the ultra-light mouse scene has evolved in recent years, the Corsair Katar Pro XT
falls into the ‘ultra-light’ category but still feels traditional thanks to its look. Outside of some RGB on the scroll-wheel and some texturing on the sides it's black, symmetrical, and has the look of a, yeah, mouse.
Without any fancy features (see: speed holes) in the physical design to keep the weight down, embellishments, or even high-end elements that might be used as a selling point, saying the Katar Pro XT is a no frills gaming mouse is said without any negativity. Or allusion to Corsair’s offering being something to avoid. In fact, the intent is the opposite. The Katar Pro XT, especially when you factor in the price point, delivers a solid, unassuming, lightweight gaming mouse that performs well. A budget ultra-light that, yeah, pulls its own weight.
Weighing in at 73-grams the Corsair Katar Pro XT is definitely what you’d call an ‘ultra-light’, something designed for gaming. When you add in the PTFE underside and unobtrusive paracord-style USB-cable, the picture becomes clearer. There’s a focus in Corsair’s design that’s commendable -- again, it does that thing that it promises to do. Provide a great option for those looking for a mouse designed specifically with FPS/MOBA or other competitive style gaming in mind.
The Katar Pro XT, especially when you factor in the price point, delivers a solid, unassuming, lightweight gaming mouse that performs well.
That said the Katar Pro XT is not the lightest ultra-light on the market, nor is it the sleekest in terms of look or even grip. The symmetrical design here is functional and supports multiple grip styles without pushing ergonomics in any particular direction. Interestingly the size is larger than expected, making it in-line with most mice on the market that don’t carry the ‘ultra-light’ tag.
- Sensor: Pixart PMW3391
- DPI: 18,000
- Switches: Omron GAMING (20 Million+ Clicks)
- Polling Rate: 1,000 Hz
- Buttons: 6
- Weight: 73g
Under the hood the smart design continues with an impressive optical sensor that can be adjusted in 1 DPI increments. Coupled with Omron switches rates at 50-million clicks, and the overall click-feel that is snappy and satisfying, and you begin to wonder how it manages to pack all of this in at under $70. With Corsair’s iCue software you can also customise buttons and RGB lighting (though the lighting on the Katar Pro XT is limited).
The real star though is the sensor which feels a step ahead of the contemporaries in this price-range. And with testing across a range of titles, from Apex Legends to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to even the recent Diablo II Resurrected Alpha, it didn’t take long for the Corsair Katar Pro XT to feel weightless. That is, an effortless extension doing that exact thing that it promises to do. And in the process become one of the best-value ultra-light gaming mice out there today.