CM Storm Reaper Gaming Mouse Review

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The packaging for the Reaper is eye-catching with the mouse dominating and a chrome logo aping the aluminium USP. At a glance one would assume that the Reaper has gone the opposite way from the white lighting of the Mech and Pulse-R, but as you'll see it's retained the white+aluminium design. 

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The mouse itself is a nice blend of soft rubber all over, with plastic buttons and the aluminium plate with the CM Storm logo. Underneath we just find two long feet and the Avago sensor. Simplicity.

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Yes, this is a right-handed mouse. It has a gentle curve with a deeply recessed thumb portion. The left-hand side has the back and forward buttons that are found on nearly every mouse on earth, but in front of those is the 'clutch' button which can be used to lower the DPI for sniping. We saw a similar feature on the Corsair M60, and it's as welcome here. The right-hand side continues the soft rubber coating, which is lovely to see after the half grippy, half gloss affair that was the Havoc.

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The scroll wheel is extremely solid, having a lovely weight to it in use, and plenty of grooves to keep it under control even in the most sweaty and heated battles.

A gentle tease, but Cooler Master need to sack their proof reader. Swtich indeed. It's the little things, guys.

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As well as the main three reviews that we have for you today, CM Storm provided one of their Speed-RX surfaces, and it's a gem. Extremely thick and cushioning for your wrist, whilst having a very speedy surface suitable for both laser and optical sensors. Most thankfully of all though it's a very compact size, handy if you haven't got a desk the size of the Ark Royal.

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Most Recent Comments

04-10-2013, 06:54:40

Nice mouse, stylingwise at least.

Sadly though, ADNS-9800 is not as good as most customers think and most reviewers constantly make it out to be.

No optical sensor (and lasers are optical sensors, too, although common speech mostly suggests otherwise) responses completely linearly. ADNS-9800 deviates more from the optimum than ADNS-3090 with LED illumination, to a point, where it becomes perceptible to at least some users. It is being noticed as positive acceleration, which cannot be disabled either, since it is inherent to the hardware itself.

While this is a rather small issue, which will be overlooked by most and might be acceptable to others (although I do not consider it acceptable that there never was any attempt to remove it), it is not the sensor's only flaw.

In order to achieve stabile tracking up to the ridiculous dpi range of 8200, another algorithm is applied, to "smoothen" or "stabilize" (in absence of a better term) the cursor movement. This prevents the movement to become "jittery", which could be made visible via MS Paint and would cause erratic movement.
As it is being calculated via MCU, which happens after the physical movement data have been picked up by the sensor, this algorithm delays the process of transcription into cursor movement.

This delay also is noticeable for many users, which is why most companies provide a newer firmware version by now that is supposed to lower the levels the algorithm works on (you can look into that on Corsair's support forum for example, where in concerns users of M65 and M95)
Despite of that, it is still present - and it is still possible that some users might notice it, the cursor basically will stay a slight little bit behind the actual movement (beyond the normal value - of course, there is always system-based inputlag).

Therefore I advise everyone to thoroughly research mouse technology before buying a product using ANDS-9800. It was developed for enourmous dpi only (which basically just means a higher possible cursor speed, but still is very effective marketingwise) without putting linearity of tracking or any other aspect into account. Yes, most users won't be affected by it (or at least not notice being affected), still, if you need the extent of configurability a laser sensor offers or use the mouse at a really high sensitivity, on which LED-based optical sensors wouldn't be tracking effective anymore, I would suggest to buy a mouse with ADNS-9500. In any other case, a LED-based sensor might be the better option.

Otherwise a nicely written review, I like the style being applied by the author. Still, mouse technology is not being tested to an acceptable extent on all the internet. Hopefully this will change some day.Quote

04-10-2013, 15:51:38

I like the look of the CM mice, still wish they'd put a DPI indicator on them though. That said it's pretty obvious most of the time as to which setting it's on.Quote

08-10-2013, 00:54:08

Hmm, really stylish.
I have to say I like the metallic scroll-wheel, the old Microsoft Sidewinder mice had them and I just cant get used to the rubbery one on my Logitech.Quote

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