Gigabyte are best known for their excellent GPUs and motherboards. Class leading products with a wide range of models available to suit a varied set of consumers. In more recent times they have put a lot of focus on peripherals too and today we take a look at their latest mouse in our Gigabyte Raptor Review.
Gigabyte Raptor Review – Packaging and Bundle
The Raptor arrives in a stylish box with a clear image of the product on the front. This surface flips open to reveal the mouse, suspended in plastic and displayed beside some more detailed information on the features. Bundled with the Raptor we get a quick start guide and a set of weights (1.8g and 5.3g mix) which allow us to vary the feel of the mouse.
Gigabyte Raptor Review – The Mouse
For the Raptor Gigabyte use a matt black colour scheme mixed with red accents. The left and right buttons (Omron) use a soft touch coating with the palm area featuring a harder rubber section. Along the edge of this runs an LED section that lights up in various colours depending on the profile we have active and sitting in the centre we have an LED scroll wheel and DPI up/down buttons. Extending from the front left of the mouse is a 1.8m braided cable ending in a USB connector (1000Hz polling) and in terms of dimensions, the Raptor is 118-71-38mm.
Turning to the left side of the mouse we find another harder rubber area for our thumb and beside it two buttons, initially set to browser back/forward. A third, red, button is towards the front of the mouse (DPI quick change/sniper mode) and above this a set of LEDs indicate which of the DPI settings is currently active. Round on the right we have a similar shape with a single red button which can be actioned by our finger.
On the base of the mouse we have a glossy red finish and attached to it are four low friction feet. A section towards the back opens up to reveal the location for our weight system which allows us to vary the total weight from 85g to 107g. The sensor used by Gigabyte is a 4000dpi optical model with 6400fps rating (60inches/s tracking, 20G acceleration).
Gigabyte Raptor Review – The Software
Gigabyte call their peripheral software Ghost Engine and when we first open it we are presented with a screen which allows us to enter the peripheral settings, their forum/website or check for updates. Upon clicking on the mouse we are taken to the profiles screen which allows us to configure the various buttons to the action we want. All buttons can be re-mapped, as can the wheel. We can also create macros, set functions such as mute to each button or launch applications too.
Clicking settings then takes us into more detailed configuration of the sensitivity for both sensor and wheel with report rate also available. We can also completely reset the mouse to factory settings in here too. The latest version of the software is available from Gigabytes site.
Gigabyte Raptor Review – User Experience and Conclusion
The creation of the Raptor is a little more interesting than the average mouse. This model was actually created as part of a design competiton that Gigabyte ran and we have to say that this has resulted in a reasonably unique feel. The mouse it feels most like is the Razer Naga (despite the lack of buttons) but at the same time the finish, such as harder rubber on the palm and thumb areas gives it a unique feel. It is interesting that despite having a shape which is ideal for left/right hand use that this is a right hand only mouse but overall we do like the design, even if the red sections are a little too in your face for our liking.
In terms of software. That is nice and simple. All of the options we need are a few clicks away and while Macro recording is a little hidden for our liking there are no real complaints on this front.
A claw grip is best for this particular product and a lot of that is due to the fact it is quite a compact model. And given that claw design it was a wise move to go with the weights system to allow a feel that will appeal to a wide range of users. Performance wise the mouse doesn’t disappoint. For us, 4000dpi is a touch slow for a 4K display but that only affects a small group of users. For everyone else the experience will be one which has nice accurate tracking, decent speed and nice, responsive buttons. Essentially we had no significant issues in our time testing the mouse.
Summary: Claw gamers should check out the Raptor, it offers a user/gamer orientated design rather than one developed solely in a lab. Solid software and good performance too.