few months ago we reviewed the Raptor
K2 keyboard , the cheap and
less than cheerful followup to the excellent (and
rather expensive) original K1. Unlike many companies,
our less than positive review didn't deter Raptor
Gaming from supplying us with their newest gaming
mouse the "M3". The M3 is the highest
specification mouse in their newest series.
• High resolution laser gaming mouse
• Resolution adjustable by hardware in steps
(400 dpi, 800 dpi, 1600 dpi, 2000 dpi)
• Resolution adjustable by software in steps
(400dpi up to 2400dpi)
• 9 different weight settings (120gr. -
• Special Design for right-handed use
• Special Soft-Touch Surface
• Flexible 2.5m USB cable
• 6 buttons incl. mouse wheel
• 2 sets of additional mouse sliders
M3 is targeted firmly at the gaming market and
as you can see from the picture above comes supplied
in a nifty looking silver tin.
the tin we are greeted with a plethora of additional
goodies, aimed to enhance the experience which
include: Raptor Mousebag, Raptor Weightbag, Quick
installation guide, 2 sets of additional mouse
gliders, application software CD.
you can see the aforementioned bags, which may
very well prove useful to a gamer who attends
lan parties on a regular basis and wants to ensure
his mouse is transported safely. A little overkill
for me personally but a nice touch nonetheless.
You will notice there is also a smaller bag which
is used for the transportation of the various
weights supplied, but ill delve into that shortly.
manual is clearly written and exceptionally easy
to follow and details all the mouse functionality.
mouse itself is a stylish affair, and for some
reason reminded me initially of a Manta Ray. Not
sure this is quite what Raptor Gaming have envisioned
however! Impressions of the mouse are that it
appears well built, although perhaps not quite
in the same league as a high end Logitech mouse.
This is primarily due to the chassis and the lightness
of the unit. It weighs 120grams as standard with
the option of adding various weights (into the
chassis) to fine tune the gaming experience to
individual requirements. I'll cover this shortly,
but first lets take a quick look at the CD installation
so we have the correct drivers installed on our
The CD is a "universal" disc with drivers
and PDF documentation for all Raptor Gaming products
- the inclusion of PDF's detailing the technical
information of the entire product range is a welcome
addition. Apart from annoying audio bongs and
clicks during installation, the procedure is painless
and didn't even require a reboot.
it is finished the familar sight of the Raptor
"Eye" is evident in the taskbar and
the screens above show the various options the
mouse offers to the targeted gamers.
supply some high glide self adhesive "feet"
which attach to the bottom of the mouse, if you
like a quick moving mouse. Not everyone does,
so the optional attachment is a nice addition
and commendable. A total of 8 are supplied which
will come in handy later if you end up losing
a few during a sweaty fragfest.
of the key elements of the M3 which I briefly
mentioned earlier is the fact you can tailor the
mouse weight to suit your hand and arm. Logitech
were the first to bring this idea to the market
with their successful G5 mouse, this used a weighted
tray slot device which slid into the underside
of the unit.
however use a different system to Logitech. Firstly
the M3 is adjustable in 9 steps. (120 gr., 122,5
gr.,125 gr., 127,5 gr., 130 gr., 132,5 gr., 135
gr., 137,5 gr. and 140 gr.)
the massive array of weights supplied certainly
looks impressive, I cannot help but feel that
Logitech's tray system implementation is somewhat
increase the weight of the mouse from the standard
120g, you simply pull on the front of the unit
to detach and open.
with the various weights you should be able to
find one which will make the mouse suit your arm
strength. I found the maximum 20g weight worked
best for me, so once you insert the weight, you
use one of the screws supplied to fix it firmly
is when I ran into some issues. Firstly, you really
DO need to screw the weight firmly into place
as it tends to rattle about when you attach the
front of the chassis, which is annoying. To compound
the problem further no screwdriver is supplied
so you will need to have a tiny jewellers style
phillips handy. Unfortunately, the screws supplied
didn't seem to lock the weight firmly in place
so some movement was still apparent, which again
was irritating. Not wanting to resort to superglue
and being the ingenious guy I am, I used a few
of the spare self adhesive feet (mentioned above)
under the metal weight to stop it rattling around
when it was screwed into the unit. I am hoping
Raptor decide at a later date to include some
foam padding in the weight area to stop this from
shape of the mouse is certainly not going to appeal
to left handed people, nor is it going to be a
big seller for those with average or small hands
as it is very wide. I however found it was a perfect
fit for my large hands. It is really difficult
to judge the size of a mouse in a review so I
have included some shots with a Microsoft Intellimouse,
Kensington Wireless, Logitech G5 and a Logitech
you can clearly see, the mouse is no longer than
the Logitech's however it is around 20% wider,
with a fin style lip on the right. I
found this extremely comfortable as I could rest
my little finger here, however I could see those
with small hands not being able to handle this
mouse in a comfortable manner.
we are on the subject of ergonomics, special mention
must be made to the long 2.5 meters of USB cable
which should prove a massive benefit for those
who dislike wireless mice and have their PC far
away from their desk.
pictures above detail the DPI switching mechanism,
similar in execution to the Logitech G5. To activate
you press the large button at the bottom which
turns from red to green. Once green, the mouse
wheel raises and lowers the LED light. With each
LED light increase it depicts another DPI "zone"
within the software application above. Mouse sensitivity
is adjustable from 400 dpi to 2000 dpi within
the various zones. In real world conditions this
works very well and offers a much higher level
of adjustment than any mouse i have tried. You
can also adjust the double click speed from 100ms
to 1 second, this should safely cover all bases.
is it actually any good?
the tin boxes, bags, weights and novelty extras
in the world are totally meaningless if the mouse
optics suck, and thankfully I am glad to report
that the M3 is a stellar
mouse. The level of adjustable options are simply
incredible and I can see die hard gamers adjusting
each DPI zone via the software for almost every
possible gaming situation. Personally I found
800dpi to be a perfect "real world"
experience for using windows and for heavy Photoshop
use. This is surprisingly an area I found this
mouse really excelled in, that being design. You
can really get down to some serious fine tuning
if you find a specific resolution is too juddery
and with every resolution from 400dpi to 2000dpi
available at your fingertips (2400dpi via software)
I can see this really appealing to not only gamers
but designers/CAD users. 2000dpi is extremely
sensitive and even for First Person Shooters I
found this to be a little extreme, so I ended
up settling on 1200-1600dpi for most gaming. Everyone
will have different needs for their gaming styles,
but with this sophisicated configuration you will
be able to find a setting to suit.
this mouse has just been released, pricing right
now is sketchy at best, but Raptor PR have told
me they aim to release it in the £35-40
zone. If this is the case and you have largish
hands, even with the minor weight fitting issue
I mentioned above, I suggest this is put on your
Raptor M3 comes with a 3 year warranty
do these awards mean?