Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
As we took the Raptor K40 for a spin the last week or so, we were also sent a companion to ride on the desk along side of the keyboard. Just like when the Vengeance series of peripherals were released, the Raptor series includes a whole new lineup of gear as well. Funny thing is, it seems like it has been at least a couple of years since we last saw a mouse from Corsair, and the M60 stands out as we recall there were some issues at first that were later worked out with a new firmware release, but things like this don't seem to slip your mind.
We know that Corsair is very capable of delivering some rather high-end products across the vast product line they offer, and we realize this is very possibly a one time event in a longstanding good history between us, but it does make us want to pay a bit more attention to the finer details. Usually we like to go in very open minded, but this does seem to make us want to be almost hypercritical of what they are offering now.
On the flip side of that coin, with what we just saw in the Raptor K40 keyboard, what at first seemed like a basic rubber dome keyboard with some added lighting features turned out to be a very pleasurable product to use, and even made us at times forget that we had moved from one of the many mechanical keyboards used daily in the lab. Not to say this is an ordinary product by any means, but any of my readers know how I feel about ninety-nine percent of non-mechanical keyboards out there. What we are hoping for is the same sort of eye opening experience where we find ourselves not being able to remove it and move back to the daily driver.
That being said, the reason we have you here today is to go ahead and give our take on the Raptor M45 from Corsair. This mouse shares a lot of its design with the previous Vengeance releases, yet this time things feel more refined and simplified. We seem to recall a lot going on with buttons and odd placements with the M60 and M90 in the past, but all of that is no longer an issue in the M45. This is more of an eye catching, get the job done sort of mouse. Not to downplay the features we will soon cover, but this is part of the working crew, not the management, if you get the drift. That being said, why don't we just jump into the specifications and features so we can find out what the Corsair M45 is all about and what it is going to cost to get one of your very own.
Just like when we tried to gather information on the K40, as we looked for information on the M45, we found what Corsair offers to be almost laughable. One of the product pages houses a chart showing that the box contains the Raptor M45, and the page also shows the Windows requirement, the need for a USB port, an Internet connection for the drivers, and at least 35MB of free drive space for the software to be installed... all very basic information. They have a tab at the top of this same page that says technical specifications, and there they show the lower section of the chart. The two-year warranty, the maximum DPI setting, seven button layout, and the 1000Hz report rate is all that they feel is worthy of covering to have informed customers.
Where is the mention of the sensor, the switches, the lighting, or software capabilities? I think Corsair could do a little better and tell the customers what they need and want to know most. I mean they haven't even mentioned if this is made of plastic, metal, or cardboard. Yes, we joke about the cardboard, but having Omron switches and including a Pixart optical sensor, offering LED lighting, and offering profiles, Macros, and even being able to take on keyboard keys as functions is something to brag about, not to shy away and make no claims to the hardware used. Even going as far as to say the mouse is mostly plastic and made for small- to medium-sized right-handed users would be appreciated. The center section is smooth and rubberized, and the sides are highly textured, affording users a much better grip on the situation than many others. Again, list this sort of thing; your customers do care and want to know what is used.
One thing we were able to take away from their product page is that they have the MSRP set for the Raptor M45 at $59.99, and you can buy it directly from Corsair if you wanted to. Looking around at other e-tailers, we find that pricing does not swing that much from location to location. All of them are very close to that MSRP. There is stock seemingly everywhere as well, and that makes getting one that much easier. Just keep an eye out for deals with free shipping to save a few dollars. At this point, we can say that the price seems very reasonable for what is being offered, so let's take a spin around the outside, gut it to see what is on the inside, and see what our time with this new Raptor series M45 gaming mouse is all about.
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United States: The Corsair Raptor M45 retails for $59.99 at Amazon.