Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse Review
Today we will be taking a look at the Raptor M45 gaming mouse from Corsair. The M45 is a mid-range gaming mouse from their Raptor range which looks to satisfy the needs of enthusiast gamers, especially FPS players.
Packaging and Bundle
The Raptor M45 is provided in a compact package with a large picture of the mouse on the front along with the red/black branding we expect. Turning to the back of the package we find another picture of the M45, this time Corsair have highlighted some of the key features of the mouse. And then the package has a flip open design, allowing us to see the mouse inside which is held in a clear plastic bubble. On the inside of the front cover we find additional information regarding the features of the M45.
A Closer Look
Taking the Raptor M45 out of the package we find a sleek low profile design that sweeps towards the rear of the mouse. The palm rest of the mouse has the Corsair logo, which is LED illuminated and the thumb rest sweeps down to the left providing a comfortable resting position during use. This is a mouse designed for right handed claw or palm grip.
At the front of the Raptor M45 we find the USB lead coming out of the left hand side of the mouse. Two large main buttons are moulded around a rubberised large scroll wheel and just behind that are two smaller buttons which are separated by a three line LED. The purpose of the LED is to indicate the current DPI setting as the Raptor M45 features a three stage DPI function, which we are able to set via the software configuration panel.
The right hand side of the Raptor M45 does not feature any buttons, on the left hand side we have two thumb buttons taking the total number of buttons available on the M45 to seven. These buttons can also be configured using the software provided by Corsair.
Turning the Raptor M45 over we find a PixArt 5000 DPI optical sensor. There are also five glide pads, three of which are extra-large which reduces friction during use. The Raptor M45 also has an adjustable weight system which we can access from the bottom of the mouse. Three weights are stored behind screw plates providing easy access for those who wish to change the weight/balance of the M45.
The USB cable is braided for extra durability and provides us with a 1000Hz response time. There is also a Velcro cable tidy which ensures that if we are taking the mouse out and about we can keep everything neat.
The Raptor M45 configuration software can be downloaded directly from the Corsair website, no CD is provided with the mouse. Once installed the software allows us to control the key functions of the mouse. The first section in the software allows us to control the action of the seven buttons on the mouse. It also provides us with basic macro recording that can be stored on-board the mouse.
The second tab in the software panel allows us to manage the performance of the Raptor M45. We are able to set the DPI from 50 to 5000 and configure three pre-set levels that are stored on-board the mouse. As noted earlier these can then be switched to on the fly using the buttons next to the scroll wheel. We are also able to set the polling rate and lift height on this screen.
The Raptor M45 also supports multiple profiles, which can be managed via the last tab. New profiles can be created, deleted or imported. These profiles can also be stored on the mouse via the on-board storage.
User Experience and Conclusion
Starting with the design of the Raptor M45, it uses a similar style to that of the higher end Vengeance mice in the Corsair range, the M65 and M95. The sweeping curves and soft touch finish create a very comfortable mouse that can be used for many hours of enjoyable game play. Additionally, the build quality is excellent which is no surprise for a Corsair product.
For a mid-range mouse the M45 has a good number of buttons to configure along with a very responsive 5000 DPI sensor. The ability to switch the setting on the fly is very welcome and one which works well during game play. The onboard profiles and macro storage also add to the overall product and while the software available to download from Corsair for the Raptor M45 is no frills, it covers all the options we would expect to see in a gaming mouse.
The price point of the Raptor M45 is around £40/$60, which is very reasonable for a gaming mouse of this quality and the 2-year warranty is acceptable for a mouse of this class too.
The Raptor M45 is an excellent mid-range gaming mouse, with a comfortable design and great functionality.
|Where to buy…|
|Overclockers.co.uk – £37.99|
|NewEgg.com – $59.99|