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Corsair upgraded its 17-button Scimitar mouse, and you can get it for $80

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A few weeks ago, Corsair announced the Scimitar RGB Elite, an upgraded version of its 17-button Scimitar RGB Pro. The two rodents look identical, but the Elite is lighter and more nimble. It's also now available to buy for $79.99.

This mouse has more buttons than I have fingers, and more than three times as many buttons than digits adorning my right hand (the mouse is ergonomically designed for right-handed users). The bulk of them are thumb buttons, 12 on the left side of the Scimitar RGB Elite, in addition to the two primary clickers on top, a scroll wheel, and two buttons that sit just below it.

When it comes MOBA and MMO games, the best gaming mouse for the job will have a bunch of buttons at your disposable. Razer's Naga Trinity is built in a similar vein. However, the Scimitar RGB Elite offers a higher sensitivity than both the Naga Trinity and Scimitar RGB Pro. Whereas both of those top out at 16,000 DPI, the Scimitar RGB Elite boasts a new PixArt PMW3391 sensor that can go as high as 18,000 DPI, and 400 inches per second.

Many would consider that little more than a bragging right, and settle in at a much lower DPI setting. Regardless, on paper it is technically superior.

As with the Pro model, the new Elite version works in conjunction with Corsair's iCUE utility. This allows users to customize various settings, including four RGB lighting zones, and run through a surface calibration routine.

Corsair lists the weight on the Scimitar RGB Elite at 122 grams (not counting the cable). That's down from 147 grams for the Scimitar RGB Pro.

For those who are interested, the Scimitar RGB Elite is available now at Amazon and direct from Corsair. Meanwhile, the Scimitar RGB Pro is down to $64.89 on Amazon.

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In addition to the upgraded mouse, Corsair also rolled out a new extended mouse pad, the MM500 3XL. It measures 1220x610mm, so it's both long and wide. Corsair also claims the "precision-stitched" design on the border of the mouse pad will prevent the edges from fraying.

The MM500 3XL Anti-Fray is available now as well, and priced at $49.99.

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).