Corsair IronClaw (Tech)

Corsair have unveiled a brand new mouse at CES 2019 and we’ve had some hands-on time with it already. The Corsair Ironclaw fills the gap in Corsair’s lineup between the Corsair Harpoon and the more premium Corsair Glaive and Corsair Scimitar. As such we have a mouse that’s aimed at the FPS gamer market that won’t break the bank yet delivers a far better experience than their cheaper Harpoon.The Ironclaw is a pretty large mouse suitable for palm grip users. Overall the look and feel of the mouse is rather premium with soft touch plastic all over the mouse surface. Hard plastic on either side of the soft touch sections and a reflective plastic surface along the border neatly encompasses it. The mouse wheel is tough rubber and textured differently to the side grip. It also feels extremely durable and requires quite a bit of force to scroll with.

The design of the mouse is rather similar to the Corsair Glaive in terms of the front view. The vertical grille aesthetic looks sleek and visually pleasing however the back part where your palm rests is lacking the RGB strips as seen with the Corsair Glaive. Putting the two mice together, some very distinct design choices separate the two.

The Ironclaw also lacks an interchangeable side grip. What you see is what you get and you’re stuck with it. This shouldn’t be too much of a concern for the FPS gamer market the mouse is aimed at but users that would like more customization in terms of grip size will be better off picking up the Corsair Glaive instead.

The Ironclaw features glossy plastic DPI and Profile buttons and 2 thumb buttons that are just plain untextured hard plastic. The RGB lighting on the mouse is limited to just the Corsair logo and the middle mouse button where it’s almost barely noticeable. Minimalistic at best but that’s ok because the rest of the mouse is visually pleasing enough. There are also 3 LED lights on the left side which indicate your selected DPI or Profile. Interestingly, Corsair have changed the end USB part of the braided cable to a newer more “modern” design. Gone is the rubberized grip attached to the USB and instead a new hard plastic housing is present.

The Ironclaw is a rather large mouse and is aimed at FPS gamers that use a palm grip. This begs the question as to why Corsair decided to call it the Ironclaw and not the Irongrip but I digress. The mouse itself weighs in at 105 grams and is really quite sturdy. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that you could quite literally drop it a few times onto a hard surface and it would still be perfectly fine. Throwing it into a bag for a LAN ? No problem. It feels extremely tough and that’s a big plus.

The mouse uses Omron switches which are rated for 50 million clicks and the mouse wheel feels incredibly durable. Corsair have also opted for a brand new sensor in the Ironclaw and its performance is stellar. The Pixart PMW3391 has a native 18000 DPI precision optical sensor with 1 DPI resolution steps that can be configured using Corsair’s iCue. iCue itself might take some getting used to at first but once users get the hang of it, it’s great for setting up custom profiles and adjusting your DPI. Surface calibration can also be performed so that you can get the best possible performance based on what surface you are using your mouse on.

As for the actual in-game performance, the Ironclaw held up pretty well over the period we used it. Playing both PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as well as Elite Dangerous while using the mouse, we encountered barely any problems at all. In fact, the only thing that could be seen as a problem comes down to personal preference. This is the fact that the middle mouse wheel takes more pressure to press down than the left and right click buttons. Some users may find this aggravating if they use the middle mouse wheel often as a macro (or for some other reason) in a game.

As a palm grip gamer, using the mouse daily was an enjoyable experience. Claw grip users may or may not be swayed into a palm grip when using this mouse but rest assured, the performance you get from it is great and it all comes down to user preference.

If you have big hands and want a sturdy mouse that won’t break the bank, the Corsair Ironclaw is for you. At only $59, the mouse is a bargain compared to what else is on the market that delivers similar performance, however, once again Corsair is competing with itself. The Corsair Glaive while slightly more expensive, has an overall sleeker more visually appealing look with added customization options (Interchangeable side grip). The Ironclaw thus finds itself in a niche market spot between the cheaper Harpoon and the more premium Glaive but delivers stellar performance regardless of this. If you’re an FPS gamer with large hands and want a great sturdy mouse that won’t bankrupt you, the Ironclaw should not be overlooked.