Closer Look: Corsair Raptor M40 Gaming Mouse
When first looking at the Corsair Raptor M40 you will notice the striking resemblance to the Corsair M60 and M65. Keeping this look allows the mouse to be very recognizable as a Corsair mouse, even at a lower price point. The look overall is very minimalistic and nice. The Corsair logo illuminates a beautiful red color, and the light also permeates around the scroll wheel. This adds a bit of flare to an otherwise very simplistic mouse. The other feature that is distinct in the Corsair mice that has carried over to the Raptor M40 is the large cutaway on the rear of the mouse. This gives the mouse a very nice design aesthetic.
The top of the mouse is coated with a soft rubber that feels absolutely superb in the hand. It is smooth to the touch yet has a bit of grip so that you can position your hand in a comfortable state and not worry about it sliding. The other thing of note on the top of the mouse is the sturdy metal scroll wheel. It has a very tactile feel when scrolling and the rubberized middle helps ensure you never go a notch too far when selecting in game items or weapons.
On the left side of the mouse there are two programmable thumb buttons surrounded by the very rough textured rubber that engulfs the entire side of the M40. The harshness of the feel was a bit surprising to me at first as it is way coarser than any other side grips I have experienced. However over time it became an afterthought, and actually I have noticed just how well this rugged material prevents sweat slippage and sliding. It does its job extremely well. The biggest problem I faced with this mouse was the small cutout on the back left side. While I am normally a palm-gripper, while palming the corsair the cutout made my hand extremely uncomfortable in this area. When I switched to a modified claw grip it was not a problem. I have rather large hands, so if you have smaller hands this could very well be a non-issue, but it is something to take into consideration.
The right side of the mouse is covered in the very rough textured rubber as well, and features an even larger cutout. This makes the mouse right handed only, as if a left handed person were to use it this large cut out would make the mouse near unusable. However for a right handed person, this in no way causes any issues.
The bottom of the mouse features one of the main selling points of the mouse. The weight system is highly customizable. For example, if you prefer a mouse with the majority of the weight in the front you can simply remove the screw and inner weight from the rear of the mouse to make it more to your liking. This can be done with any of the three weights to cater to your personal preference. The many glide pads on the bottom make using the mouse a smooth and effortless job. The 4,000dpi optical sensor isn’t as robust as some laser sensors but does offer an accurate and consistent feel.