CES 2018: Razer and Corsair launch new wirelessly-powered mice
Bringing the competitive wireless mouse game to Logitech.
Razer and Corsair both used CES 2018 to announce their competitors to Logitech's PowerPlay wireless charging mouse pad and its G903, G703 and G603 wirelessly-charging mice, which previously had no major brand competition.
Razer's Mamba Hyperflux is a light and precise mouse (with a maximum DPI of 16000), Razer Chroma lighting, 9 programmable buttons and the ability to be used wirelessly in conjunction with the Razer Firefly Hyperflux.
While this mouse is supposed to compete with "wireless charging" mice, this mouse isn't actually being charged with the Firefly as there's not actually a battery in the mouse. Due to this, you're unable to grab either the mouse or mouse pad separately. Razer's Hyperflux bundle will set you back US$249 and is expected to be available worldwide within the first quarter of 2018.
Corsair's addition to the market shows off a completely different design than what it has previously gone with. Similar to the Mamba Hyperflux, Dark Core RGB SE is an interchangeable wired and wireless mouse with a 16000 DPI sensor, 9 programmable buttons and the ability to be wirelessly powered. Unlike the new Razer design, Corsair's mice actually have batteries which can be charged. The battery isn't a poor one either, with a projected battery life of 24 hours.
The mouse is rated for 50 million clicks on the left/right buttons. There is a non-wirelessly charging version of the Dark Core RBG as well, available for US$10 less than the SE. You can buy the Dark Core RGB SE separately from the mousepad too, another benefit over Razer's offer.
Corsair's MM1000Qi is a Qi-powered wirelessly charging mouse pad to go alongside the Dark Core RGB SE. On the top right hand corner of the mouse pad is the wireless charger where you can place your mouse, or any other Qi enabled wirelessly charging device (like a smartphone).
The Dark Core RGB SE will cost US$89.99 at launch along with US$79.99 the mousepad will set you back, bringing the total cost to US$169.98, a whole US$72.02 more than the Razer bundle. Logitech's cheapest wireless charging options (G603 and PowerPlay) will cost you US$169.98, the same cost as Corsair's offering. Logitech's most expensive offering (G903 and PowerPlay) costs US$249.98, about the same as Razer's option. We'll keep an eye out for when Australian pricing is announced.
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