Packaging & Closer Look: M65 RGB Elite
Like the other mice, the M65 RGB Elite has that classic black and yellow packaging that Corsair is known for. On the front of the box, we have a top view of the M65 Elite showing off its RGB elements. In the lower right-hand corner, we can see that it is compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software.
On the back of the box, we have 2 more views of the M65 RGB Elite, with the bottom view showing how its tunable weight system works. Also displayed on the left-hand side are the notable features and system requirements of the mouse.
Turning the box to its side, you have another profile of the M65 Elite displaying the unique red sniper button and part of its lightweight aluminum frame.
Similar to the other mice in this review it also has the same tagline as the Ironclaw; “Control Freak” on the side of the box. Also looking to the bottom right we can see that the M65 RGD Elite is labeled as a “Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse”.
Removing everything from its original box, the M65 Elite is encased in a molded plastic shell.
Taking the M65 out of its shell also reveals its warranty guide and user manual.
Like the other two mice the M65 Elite has an RGB lit Corsair logo on the back of the mouse. From this profile, we can really see that both the left and right sides of the mouse are much more contoured than the Ironclaw and Harpoon.
The left side of the M65 RGB Elite sports a somewhat smooth surface that is molded to conform to your thumb. At the top are two of the M65’s configurable buttons and below them is the unique red sniper button. When this button is held down, the mouse’s DPI will be changed to the “Sniper” profile which will give you that necessary control to find that headshot. Once the sniper button is released, the previous DPI setting will be restored. Toward the front of the mouse, you can see part of the aluminum frame with a few vertical stylized cutouts.
The right side of the mouse is curved with the same surface as the right side. Looking to either side just a little bit of the M65 Elite’s aluminum frame is visible.
Looking to the front of the M65 Elite, its smooth top surface is carried through to both right/left mouse buttons. The center scroll wheel is comprised of textured rubber with LEDs on either side. Right behind the scroll, are the on-mouse DPI controls and colored indicator. The buttons are used to cycle up or down through your DPI settings with the indicator displaying the color of the selected DPI preset.
Flipping over the M65 Elite, the aluminum frame covers the entire bottom of the mouse with 5 pads placed on the top, bottom, and sides. In the center you have the optical sensor with it being surrounded by the M65 Elite’s tunable weight system.
You can configure the M65 RGB Elite to be as light as 97g (with no weights installed). Or if you prefer a heavier mouse, you may install all of the weights and it can reach up to 115g. The screws can easily be removed with a screwdriver or coin; we found that a nickel was the perfect fit. Once you have a screw removed, you then have access to the weight. We did find that initially, it was quite difficult getting the weight out and required that we use a Q-Tip to pull it out.
Once all the weights are taken out, they become easy to install and remove.
Like the Ironclaw, the M65 RGB Elite also has a braid black cover with a Velcro strap for the slack wire.
The USB connector is custom molded with some grip toward the front and the Corsair logo near the top.