Corsair Raptor M40 Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
The Corsair Raptor M40 has the looks of a champion. The design is beautiful and minimalistic. The red LED’s add a hint of flare that makes the mouse look even fiercer on your desk. They have obviously cut corners to make the mouse fall into the price range it is in, but none have compromised the build quality nor the performance in any meaningful way. The biggest difference between this mouse and the pricier M60 or M65 is the lack of the metal body on the Raptor M40. The mouse is all plastic, but the quality is still top notch. The real difference is the price, with the Corsair Raptor M40 coming in at $44.99 (Amazon).
Corsair Raptor M40 Gaming Mouse Conclusion
With so many new and exciting gaming mice entering the market at reasonable prices, the fact that a major brand such as Corsair can match them is quite remarkable. I cannot emphasize enough how well built the Raptor M40 is. The mouse feels like it could take a lot of extensive gaming sessions and all the wear and tear that comes along with that. The lack of a laser sensor in favor of the optical version will not be noticeable to any but the pickiest of gamers.
The Raptor M40 has excellent performance, and the ability to record complex macros puts it over the top of many of its competitors. I was truly surprised by the advanced features packed into the macro feature. It will rival even the heavy hitters in the gaming mouse market. The 4,000 dpi optical sensor is a good performer, while lacking the extreme dpi settings of a laser gaming mouse.
First appearances are everything, and the beautiful chassis of the Corsair Raptor M40 will put a smile on your face. From the contrasting rubber on the sides and top to the gorgeous red LEDs around the scroll wheel and behind the logo on the palm rest, this mouse definitely is a looker.
The construction and build quality of the mouse is top notch. While it lacks the aluminum body of the more expensive Corsair mice, the Raptor M40 feels sturdy and solid in the hand. The solid metal scroll wheel is a testament to the quality you expect from Corsair. The many glide pads on the bottom are thick enough to ensure a ton of use yet thin enough to not be a hindrance. The easily changeable weight system is also very well designed.
If you have larger hands, the functionality department is where the Corsair Raptor M40 suffers a bit. I did not have the most enjoyable experience while using it for everyday tasks using a palm style grip. If you prefer to relax your hand and really palm your mouse during relaxed PC sessions, this could cause a problem. If you have smaller hands or prefer to use a claw grip all the time then this is more than likely a non-issue, so you have no worries.
The value of the Corsair Raptor M40 is excellent. Coming in at a sub $50 price, you will be hard pressed to find a mouse with as many high end features and such intuitive software (especially the macro abilities) as the Raptor M40. While Corsair cut corners by using a 4,000 dpi optical sensor instead of the more powerful laser, and an all plastic chassis, the mouse is still extremely solid.
And now for the final word on the Corsair Raptor M40. I absolutely believe it is one of the best options available on the market for about $44.99 (Amazon / NewEgg). Corsair has managed to keep their undeniably reliable construction and pack it into a very affordable package. With the nice weight system, the excellent software, and the overall excellent performance there is no doubt this will receive high recommendations from me. An absolute must buy for anyone in the market for a gaming mouse.
+Great gaming performance
+Superb weight system
+Excellent macro abilities
-Not the best for larger hands/palm grip
-Optical instead of laser sensor
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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