At the end of it all I am left a bit torn. On the whole, the Reaper is a very nice mouse. It fits the hand well, the cool plate at the back does keep your hand cool longer, the styling is something anyone will love, and at the gaming level, the Reaper is hard to beat. The combination of higher-end components and the more than capable software will allow anyone to find their usable DPI levels. Over the four profiles, you can keep the basic seven functions on profile on, and with the Clutch button swapping profiles, you can have twenty-eight controls under your right hand; all within a couple of clicks to access them. While I tend to play more FPS titles, with the Macro abilities along with the multi-profile setup, one can do a lot of damage with the Reaper in MMOs and any game where "spamming commands" are the name of the game.
Where we did see some funny business was at the desktop level in productivity. While there is no noticeable jitter at the highest level of DPI, when using 3000 to 5000 DPI on the desktop in something like Photoshop, is where we had some issues. When moving slowly, the tracking will either not move much at all (as in you are moving too slowly for the Avago to even sense it), or it will overshoot the intended location. It was almost like the sensor has something set where it just cannot track finite movements. While in-game we tend to swing about and don't recall sniping being much of an issue; however, when trying to remove a tiny dot from an image where other lines are close and it required a bit of finesse and precision, I spent near triple the time editing photos with the Reaper than on any other mouse I have used.
For my needs, a mouse has to perform great at both levels. I know a lot of gamers out here will be very happy with the comfortable feel, the rich software package, and the Reapers ability to handle almost anything you throw at it and it will be a worthy purchase for them. For those that demand the best of the best, at all levels, I'm sorry to say it, but there are better options on the market for us. If only I wasn't spending so much time overshooting the finer details with the way this sensor is configured, I would fully recommend the Reaper.
The styling, addition of the aluminum wheel and cooling metal plate, and the full LED lighting scheme are something that should attract you to this device. I'm just hoping some form of a firmware update will fix this sort of issue, because then the CM Storm Reaper will truly be unstoppable; it's just that nice.
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