When Corsair purchases Raptor Gaming a couple of years ago it seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand their line of peripherals into every sector of the marketplace. Whilst we had some reservations that the cheaper end of the Corsair range would resemble the bulbous Raptor designs more than the Vengeance Corsair ones, we're delighted to be able to report that the K40 and M45 both are replete with the touches that we would expect from the Vengeance range, just in a more affordable package.
Corsair Raptor M45 Mouse
First up is the Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse. Regular readers will be pleased to see that the M45 perfectly apes the M60 Vengeance mouse we are so keen on. We were going to say eagle-eyed viewers but to be fair anyone but the most milky-eyed wouldn't notice. Indeed it's almost identical to the M60, only missing the clutch button that sat below the back/forward side buttons.
The big thing that sets the M45 apart from nearly every other gaming mouse is the decision to forego the Avago sensor in favour of a Pixart PMW3310 5000DPI number. This could be a boon if you've got a dislike for the Avago offerings, especially as they have become ubiquitous. With adjustable weights, huge low-friction sliders and software to customise the 7 buttons, the M45 slips into the sweet spot for mice at £45. Not the cheapest around, but affordable enough. For non-gamers the lack of sniper/clutch button actually makes the mouse more pleasant to use. Now if only it came in white...... All in all though its a great looking performing mouse that fits great in your hand and it doesn't cost a fortune we cant think of a reason not to give it our OC3D Gold Award.
Corsair Raptor K40 Keyboard
The other product we have to look at is the K40 Keyboard. A departure from the regular mechanical switches, this has the membrane type keys. Opinions vary on how this affects the typing experience as they're usually a halfway house between the short-stroke laptop-style scissor keys and the glorious Cherry mechanical switches. With full colour choices you're not limited to just red or blue which is useful if you have a particular custom colour you'd prefer. The design is similar to the high-end Corsair Vengeance keyboards with six "G" keys supporting macros, and separate media keys on the top right (hidden here beneath the colour wheel). Its been a pleasure over the last week or so to both game & type on the K40, part of me actually prefers these membrane switches to the normal mechanical reds too. At £55 it's priced quite close to the basic mechanical keyboards, although you do get the benefits of unlimited colour choice and those gaming inspired macros and for these reasons we award it with the OC3D Gamers choice award.
So watch the video and let us know what you think in our forums. We're pleased with how smoothly the two Raptor products integrate into the regular Corsair range of peripherals, whilst still being at a competitive price point.
Thanks to Corsair for supplying the M45 and K40 for review.