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Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse

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Posted January 9, 2015 by Jake in Peripherals

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $48
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek and grippy design; Uniquely claw-style; Excellent value; Button assignments; Profiles and memory to go with you; Weight adjustments
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Exclusively claw-style; Very small; Stiff cable; Lack of macros and colour customizations.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Excellent value for gamers who want a solid claw-style mouse.
by Jake
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Summary

The Raptor is an interesting addition to Gigabyte’s gaming peripheral lineup. It’s well built and well-featured, but it targets a rather specific niche in the marketplace. Seeing exclusively claw-style mice aren’t that common, so perhaps Gigabyte is onto something here, having little competition in that sense.

With a sensitive 4000 DPI LED optical engine, this should be plenty sensitive for most gamers. Some may bemoan the inclusion of the ADNS 3090 sensor, which isn’t exactly new, but we figure those few who would scoff are not necesarily the target market of this mouse anyways. It also helps keep costs down for consumers on a modest budget.

In terms of ergonomics, the Raptor is not well suited to large hands, since it’s a very small mouse. The textured surfaces are very nicely done and overall very comfortable. The buttons are easy to click while highly responsive, achieving a great balance between relaxed comfort and aggressive performance. The Sniper button is also a nice addition. And the Ghost software is easy to use, though almost too simplistic, but the interface is clean and intuitive.

There are a few downsides here. The braided cord is a bit stiff, and the inability to customize Profile colour schemes is disappointing. There is also a lack of Macros here, so for any MMO/RTS gamers, the Raptor likely isn’t in your radar. Lastly and most obviously, the Raptor is exclusively a claw-style mouse, so this limits its broader appeal.

On the upside, the Raptor is priced at an extremely attractive $48 on Amazon. That’s an excellent value despite any minor faults, and particularly good for anyone who wants a claw-style mouse.

The Raptor is a solid mouse that avoid unnecessary gimmicks and complicated features. If you’re specifically looking for a claw-style gaming mouse that’s nearly ambidextrous, the Gigabyte Raptor is a very good option.

Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse

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