CM Storm Reaper Gaming Mouse Review


CM Storm Reaper Gaming Mouse Review


One of the downsides to reviewing a series of products such as the CM Storm Aluminium range is that, because each one leads to the next, sometimes you can have an initial opinion that proves not to be the case. Or perhaps you have expectations that aren't obviously met. For example, one of the things we really like about the Mech and the Pulse-R is that the combination of white lighting and aluminium looks excellent as standard, but because it's removable the potential for customisation is high. We all like to tune things to our own preferences, and being able to just take the aluminium off and spray it or powder coat it without worrying about masking or a complicated disassemble is a boon. So we were rather miffed that the Reaper didn't have this feature. It isn't mentioned in the blurb, or the manual, or on the box or.. anywhere. Thankfully once we'd finished testing the Reaper and so were more inclined to take it apart without the problem of a spring disappearing or forcing it apart, we discovered that a rubber grommet on the underside which led to a screw which enabled the removal of the metal plate.

If we didn't know that it was part of a series that had removable fascia then we'd never have looked for it, such is the poor job CM Storm have done in revealing this part of the Reaper or explaining how it's done. The manual was probably written by the same person who can't spell switch properly on the specification sheet.

With that out of the way the rest of the Reaper testing was a joy. For a start you have the Avago 9800 sensor. To say this is the current king of sensors is to almost understate things, such is its ubiquity. It's incredibly responsive, capable of dealing with anything from an armgasm swipe in anger to a gentle creeping of your crosshairs towards the target. The gentle creeping of crosshairs, or indeed a paintbrush, is made easier by the clutch button. We first saw this on the Corsair M60 and we're glad to see it reappear on a CM Storm product. Having the ability to lower the DPI of the mouse at a click is a real pleasure, and much simpler than swapping up and down profiles.

All of the buttons on the Reaper use the outstanding Omron switches too, so you get a reassuring click of quality and durability with every press. The scroll wheel is a hefty number, feeling like it's hewn from a solid piece of aluminium. It probably is. The lighting is nice and bright, whilst remaining unobtrusive and neutral enough to free your creativity should you want to paint the palm rest. The big low friction feet keep you in the game at all times, especially when combined with the Speed-RX mousepad, and the software is simple to use with a small footprint.

At around £54 the Reaper is right in the sweet spot for such a high specification mouse. The only downsides we can find are very minor indeed, namely the lack of clarity regarding the removal of the aluminium palm rest and the lack of any profile/DPI indicators. It's comfortable, well built, has the best switches and sensor on the market and comes at a great price. It's the best of the excellent 'Aluminium' triumvirate, which is high praise indeed. Unquestionably a Gold Award.


Thanks to CM Storm for supplying the Reaper and Speed-RX for today's review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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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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