Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless in the test: The cable on the mouse can quickly become annoying, especially when gaming. A solution would be a wireless mouse, but the transfer rate and connection to the PC or laptop can be a problem. Corsair is addressing the problem with the Qatar Pro Wireless. In addition to the connection via Bluetooth, a USB dongle is also supplied, which uses SlipStream technology. This should offer a latency of less than 1ms. An AA battery is used as a power supply in the mouse. The price is also in the lower segment at around EUR 50 (…)
Im Lieferumfang ist bereits eine AA-Batterie enthalten. Laut Corsair kann die Maus damit bis zu 130 Stunden aktiv genutzt werden. Das Batteriefach wurde gut konzipiert. Wer es von den Logitech-Mäusen noch kennt, der musste eine Klappe an der Unterseite, ähnlich wie bei der einer TV-Fernbedienung, mühselig öffnen. Da sammelte sich dann nicht nur viel Staub der die Gleiteigenschaften verminderte, sondern die Klappe war auch umständlich zu öffnen und ging leicht kaputt.
The battery compartment of the Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless is under the palm rest. In the direction of the mouse wheel, there is a small knob that indicates the pressure point to slide the flap off the mouse. It is also gratifying that the USB dongle can be stowed in the mouse. So it cannot be lost. The weight is 96g, which is very light for a battery-operated mouse. One AA battery weighs around 24g.
|The Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless at a glance|
|designation||Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless
|Mouse type||symmetrical gaming mouse for right-handers|
|DPI setting||200 to 10,000 DPI (steps of 100)|
|price|| ~ 50 €
|interface||Bluetooth 4.2 (LE) / USB 2.0 dongle|
|lighting||1x status LED|
|Primary keys||No name|
|Number of keys||6 (6 programmable)|
|sampling rate||125/250/500/1000 Hz|
|electric wire||wireless / cordless|
|Dimensions||115.8 x 64.2 x 37.8 mm|
|Weight||96 g (without batteries)|
The Corsair Qatar Wireless has two separate primary buttons, which is due to the large battery compartment. The ASUS ROG Strix Carry shows that there is another way, with the primary buttons and cover made of one piece. The mouse wheel between the two buttons has a triangular pattern to match the side surfaces. Somewhat behind, separated by an area with clear varnish, is the DPI button, which can of course also be used for other purposes through the use of Corsair’s iCUE software.
A status LED is located between this button and the battery cover, which, among other things, shows the selected DPI rate and the status of the battery. The left-click primary button also has lettering that adorns the new Corsair products (e.g. the K100 or K60 RGB Pro ). In a line, there are two side buttons a little further towards the back of the mouse, which can be operated with the thumb. There are no noteworthy switches built into the primary and side buttons.
The bulge in the back of the mouse stretches to the left and right, so that the bulge does not appear spherical, but rather looks a bit flattened. But precisely because of this, it nestles very well on the palm and provides a very good hold. However, this cannot be said of the side surfaces, as these are not rubberized. A look at the underside shows two generous sliding pads made of PTFE, a very durable material. However, there are no notches for exchanging the pads. The small, oval curl around the sensor is also somewhat unusual. This is also provided with a sliding pad. One can only hope that it won’t clog up too quickly with dust and fibers. The switch can be used to switch between OFF, Bluetooth, and SlipStream.
For a size comparison, we used the ASUS ROG Strix Carry, which is above all a mobile companion. In the first photo, you can once again see how the “hump” of the Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless looks far forward or to the side. The mouse from ASUS is slightly shorter in length.
As was already criticized with the Strix Carry at the time, this is not suitable for the Palm-Grip, as it is simply too short. The Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless is a good 15mm longer and is therefore exactly suitable for my right hand.
At Corsair, everyone agrees: All products should use the same software. From the point of view of an application developer like me, that actually makes sense. Because you only have to deal with porting to another platform once – Corsair has done that. Corsair issue is also available for macOS and offers the same range of functions as the Windows version. It also offers enormous advantages for the end-user, which should be self-explanatory. The Corsair Qatar Pro Wireless is a very simple mouse, but that does not mean that the range of functions is small – no, on the contrary, there are some cool features hidden here.
On the one hand, the color of the LED element can be changed and assigned to the corresponding DPI levels. Unfortunately, the mouse can only save a single profile, which in turn has 4 DPI levels. All six buttons (including the mouse wheel) can be equipped with any function that is not known from iCUE. The really cool features are hidden under “Settings” or “Settings”. In addition to the status, which shows how the mouse is connected and the state of the battery, the sampling rate can be set in 250Hz steps and the brightness of the LED can be regulated. But now to the actual main feature: on the right-hand side, energy-saving settings can be set. Among other things, there is a performance and a power-saving mode. The latter, among other things, reduces the sampling rate to 250Hz and the mouse begins to “sleep” after just 10 seconds. Means nothing else than that the Bluetooth or SlipStream connection is disconnected to save the battery. It is of course possible to switch between the modes using a key macro and the button bar under Windows / macOS and in iCUE. The following pictures are intended to demonstrate the lighting of the mouse again. Of course, all 16.9 million colors are available. It is of course possible to switch between the modes using a key macro or the button bar under Windows / macOS and in iCUE. The following pictures are intended to demonstrate the lighting of the mouse again. All 16.9 million colors are of course available. It is of course possible to switch between the modes using a key macro or the button bar under Windows / macOS and in iCUE. The following pictures are intended to demonstrate the lighting of the mouse again. Of course, all 16.9 million colors are available.
Especially with wireless mice that are intended for gaming, you should inform yourself beforehand or test yourself whether the transmission rate and range are sufficient. Not every computer has a Bluetooth interface, so a USB dongle has to be used. Corsairdelivers this directly with the Qatar Pro Wireless so that both options can be used. I tried the mouse on a MacBook Pro, among others; The iCUE screenshots were also taken on the Mac. Personally, I liked the connection via Bluetooth better, as Apple’s MacBooks don’t have a USB Type-A socket at all, but rely entirely on USB Type-C. Sure, you can work with an adapter, and of course, I’ve tried that too. However, the following measurements were carried out on a Windows computer. The distance from mouse to USB dongle is about one meter as the crow flies, it had to be sent through a table.
The diagram above shows that no cursor acceleration or similar is active. For the test, the mouse was moved from one fixed point to another and back. The diagram below shows how often the sensor has been scanned. 1000 samples per second (1000Hz) are set. One point represents a scanning process. The middle field is definitely at the set 1000 Hetz, only a few points are above or below. A small drop at approx. 650 ms can be seen, but has to do with the short break I took when I reached the second fixed point halfway through.
In addition to the use in the office, where the variety of macros always pleases me, I also played a few rounds of FPS shooters such as CS: GO. Here, too, the mouse could keep up very well compared to a cabled mouse. However, the low grip on the sides takes a bit of getting used to, as no rubber pads are used here. I can easily reach the thumb buttons on the side, so they are optimally placed. The pressure point of the primary keys is suitable for both the claw and palm grip, with the former being my favorite. During the test period of over 14 days, I did not have to change the supplied battery – another very positive aspect.
Corsair now has a whole range of wireless mice and keyboards, which the Qatar Pro Wireless is now adding a gaming mouse to. The rodent is already available for a respectable 50 EUR. The sensor is based on the common PixArt sensor, more precisely the PMW3325 was installed. This is not necessarily the star among the optical sensors but is sufficient for the 1000Hz polling rate and 10,000 DPI. In addition to a Bluetooth 4.2 interface, the mouse was also given the option of establishing a connection via a USB dongle. Here is Corsair‘s SlipStream technology used, which has delivered a herovrragendes result in our test.
To the concern of those who expected a built-in battery – no, it is put on a single AA battery. As a result, the mouse is not only very light at 96g, but you also have to strain your head for the battery compartment. With a slight jerk in the direction of the palm, the entire support can be removed, the battery inserted and the USB dongle (type A) removed if necessary. The mouse can be programmed as usual with Corsair‘s iCUE and also successfully under macOS. However, it is a bit of a shame that only one profile can be saved on the mouse. At least it can save four different DPI levels, which can be switched through using the button behind the mouse wheel. Each of the six buttons can be equipped with any function – so you definitely haven’t saved anything here.
The energy-saving mode can be activated for use in the office or on the go where there is no gaming. This limits the sampling rate to 250Hz and the mouse or much more the wireless connection is switched off after a short period of inactivity to save energy. In the 14-day test, the included battery did not have to be replaced. Sometimes the performance and sometimes the energy-saving mode was used. Both Windows and macOS are in Corsair‘s iCUE software all functions identically available – all that’s missing is the right gear for your own Mac. Back to the test candidate: With around 50 EUR you can buy a good mouse that is more suitable for Palm than for Claw-Grip and that also proves its capabilities on the laptop and the go. The only negative thing I noticed is the lack of grip on the side surfaces and the small sliding pad around the sensor. Whether a battery has to be permanently installed or not – everyone should decide for themselves, as the area of application and duration also play an important role. Since the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages and the price is very good for what is on offer, I would very much like to award the silver award.