Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
What does the Corsair Raptor M45 mouse have over an ordinary mouse? Even no-name $10 mice from an office supply store are high-resolution opticals these days, and honestly you can place most games with these mice just fine.
That said, the true gamer will want, and indeed need, more than that generic mouse can provide. “Twitch gaming” really uses ultra-high resolutions, and high-quality sensors (and firmware) that seamlessly handle a variety of surfaces without skipping are a necessity. Slick styling, braided USB cables, and backlit logos arguably serve no function, but the pleasure in using a high-quality product designed for gamers is something worth paying for.
Of course, functionality is important, too. Your generic mouse won’t have adjustable DPI or programmable buttons, nor will it allow you to define performance profiles and button definitions that will be automatically loaded with each game (or other application). Using the Raptor M45 over the course of this review, I came to appreciate the comfortable shape, “grippy” sides, and instant responsiveness.
I have only two complaints about this mouse: first, the lack of documentation provided (even online) about the operation of the utility software; and second, the USB cord is stiff enough so that when you release the mouse, the tension in the cord can push it a few millimeters, moving the cursor on the screen. Admittedly this last item is more an issue in non-gaming scenarios.
You can pay more for a mouse with more buttons, a metal chassis, and more blinky lights, but the Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse is a very solid product. Few gamers will need anything more.
Corsair Raptor M45 Conclusion
While the Raptor M45 slots in below Corsair’s “premium” Vengenace line of mice, it’s good enough to make you wonder why you’d want to pay more for the ostensibly “better” mice in the Corsair lineup.
With the PixArt 5,000-DPI sensor, the performance of the M45 was stellar, equal to mice I’ve used that cost almost three times as much.
The appearance of the Raptor gaming mouse is somewhat generic for the category: flat black, swoopy shape, and glowing red indicators. It’s a handsome, if understated, piece of kit.
Although the Raptor series mice lack the metal chassis of the Vengeance series, the mouse nonetheless exudes a solid, quality feel.
Corsair provides a lot of functionality in this mouse. The ability to have button macros and performance configuration handled by the driver software or directly by the mouse hardware adds a welcome degree of versatility.
The Corsair Raptor M45 mouse hits a sweet spot between generic optical mice and expensive, high-end gaming mice. I think for most gamers this is one of the best bang-for-the-buck mouse purchases you could make.
+ Solid, quality construction
+ Adjustable weight system
+ Hardware or software execution of macros and performance settings
– No place to store removed weights
– Stiff USB cord
– Lack of documentation
Final Score: 9.35 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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