Gaming Mouse Software
You’ll need to download the Corsair utility software for the Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse. If you read my review of Corsair’s Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard, you’ll notice the software user interface looks quite similar. That’s because it’s actually the same software, which can control both the mouse and the keyboard if you have multiple Corsair products. All of your recognized Corsair devices are listed at the top left of the window; clicking on a device will select its controls. In this shot you can see that “M45″ is highlighted; just to its left you can see part of the Raptor K40 keyboard selector.
The mouse control utility has three main sections: Assign Buttons, Manage Performance, and Manage Profiles. The first section, Assign Buttons, is where you define macros. The macro definition process for the Raptor M45 mouse is similar to that for the K40 keyboard, with one important difference. In both cases you begin the process by clicking the “MR” button, but on the keyboard your next step is to press the physical key you want to define, whereas with the mouse you must click on the number of the button you want to define on the diagram of the mouse, rather than clicking the actual mouse button. It took me a while to figure this out because, you know, no documentation…
Here I have defined Button 6 (the “forward” thumb button) to be a “triple tap”: pressing it will emit three left-click actions in sequence. This works great for using the low-power silenced pistol in Crysis 3, which you can fire while cloaked but often doesn’t kill with a single shot. This was a two-step process: first, I defined Button 6 as “left click”, and then I selected “Playback Options” and configured it to execute three times for each press of the button. As you can see from the screen above you can also configure it to execute as long as the button is held down, as well as defined the interval between “clicks”, which defaults to 50ms (20 times per second).
In addition to various “click” functions, you can specify that a button click execute one of a number of utility functions as shown above.
The second section of the utility is Manage Performance, and here you can select the DPI of each of the three on-the-fly settings as well as “Sniper Mode”. Sniper mode is typically a low-DPI setting to enable precise positioning of a weapon. While the Raptor M45 lacks a dedicated sniper button as seen on some other mice, you can redefine any of the 7 buttons to invoke this mode. With the ability to adjust both DPI and the polling rate, it’s easy to adjust the mouse’s tracking behavior to suit any preference.
As with the Raptor K40 keyboard, groups of settings– which in this case include button definitions as well as performance settings– can be saved as profiles. Also as with the K40 keyboard, you can elect to have these profiles execute in the software, or you can click Hardware Playback at the bottom left of the window, then click the Save to M45 button to copy the profile settings directly to the mouse.
There are advantages to each method. If you choose to keep the profile settings in software, you can associate each profile with an application, and that profile data will be loaded automatically when you run that application. If you choose Hardware Playback, profile settings will not take effect until you manually copy them to the mouse (by selecting the profile and clicking the “Save to M45″ button), but you can then detach the mouse, carry it to another computer, and all of your settings will come with you.
In the last section I’ll present my final thoughts and conclusion.