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Corsair Raptor M40 Gaming Mouse Review

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Corsair Raptor M40 Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The Corsair M40 Raptor I tested in a multitude of different games, as well as my normal day to day use.  While this mouse is clearly labeled as a “Gaming Mouse,” not many people will be switching out for another when they want to surf the web or use Photoshop.  You can see the software and system the mouse was tested on below.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte H67MA-USB3-B3
  • System Memory: 12 Gb KingstonDDR3 1333 Mhz
  • Processor: Intel i7 3770k
  • Audio: Realtek High Definition
  • Video: Powercolor HD 7870 Myst
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
  • Enclosure: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
  • PSU: Apevia ATX-AS680W-BL 680W
  • Monitor: Sony 98078 24″ 3D LED monitor
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Results

Gaming: The Corsair M40 Raptor saw an absolute ton of time in FPS games thanks to the recent release of Battlefield 4.  I used this mouse extensively throughout the last couple of weeks and it has not let me down a single time.  The responsiveness of the mouse is absolutely wonderful, and with the sniper button assigned it makes shooting long range targets a breeze.  The scroll wheel is superb as well, with a very strong click when scrolling.  This prevents mistakes such as switching to the wrong weapon which spells certain death.  The actual DPI switch is located directly behind the scroll wheel which is not ideal, but functions fine for where it is.

The same can be said for Smite.  The accuracy when playing ranged characters was spot on, allowing me to be quite deadly with skill shots on the move.  I did not map out any macros specifically for the game, however I believe with a bit of tweaking this mouse would actually perform admirably in a MOBA such as Smite or League of Legends.

Diablo III really can test a mouse if put to proper use.  With many character builds being perfect for macro use, this let me really put the M40’s macro functions to the test.  After using it for a good while, I am very impressed.  You can edited the macros extensively by selecting the type of keystroke, the duration of the delay, and insert additional keys without rerecording.  With the ability to record multiple key functions to the 7 programmable keys, I was able to eliminate hordes of enemies with ease.

Desktop Applications:  The Corsair Raptor M40 gaming mouse works fine in everyday use.  In Photoshop the mouse is precise enough to make extremely smooth lines and edges.  The mouse buttons offer a very springy action, but are not overly easy to press causing accidental clicks.

Surfing the internet and other normal use is where I had a bit of an issue with the Corsair Raptor M40.  The fact that I enjoy palm gripping and relaxing my hand during long work sessions makes the mouse uncomfortable due to the cutout that is on the left side of the mouse.  The way my hand rests on the mouse makes it uncomfortable in the soft part around the base of my thumb.  I found it a bit irritating to say the least.  I do have large hands, so I had my fiancé use it in order to see if it was any better.  She had no issue with this, so those with smaller hands should be fine.

Corsair Raptor M40 Gaming Mouse

Comfort:  As stated above the only time I had any discomfort is when going to a full palm grip while surfing the internet and doing other normal usage activities.  During long gaming sessions the mouse was extremely comfortable in a modified claw grip, while still not the best for a full palm grip.  The mouse is quite small, so this is understandable.  It seems to be designed with the claw grip in mind.  It took a bit of time for my large hand to get accustomed to the small size, but once it settled in it was a very enjoyable experience.


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