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However, one area where Raptor has succumbed to the latest trends is with its adjustable weight system. This adds a degree of ballast to the mouse so it offers more resistance, which some people apparently prefer. I’ve yet to come across someone that does actually like their mouse heavier than necessary but apparently it’s something consumers want so Raptor has thrown it in.
To change the weights, you must pop off the two glide pads from the bottom of the mouse, wherein you’ll find two foam rubber inserts filled with small steel cylinders. You simply add or remove as many of the steel weights as you like then put the foam rubber back and replace the glide pads. It’s a pretty ingenious system all told, though I still maintain it’s essentially pointless. You may disagree.
What this system has enabled Raptor to do is create an interchangeable glide pad system. Simply flip the flaps over to choose between one large pad and two much smaller pads. Again the theory is to give the user a choice as to the resistive feel of their mouse.
Another neat feature is the cable routing on the bottom. This enables you to choose from which part of the mouse the cable protrudes to prevent it getting in the way of the other detritus on your desk. We’re not sure you really need six different options but at least you can be assured of getting it just right. Also, we love the cable itself. It’s braided, like many gaming mice, but this is the first one we’ve used that actually lives up to its non-tangle claims and at two metres long there’s plenty of it as well.
Completing the ergonomics features of the M3 Platinum is a peculiar wrist rest attachment. This clips to the bottom of mouse and protrudes round the right side and back. It’s meant for ‘palm’ mouse users – those that wrap their whole hand around the mouse and use their arm for movement – and it prevents your wrist dragging against you mousemat. It certainly seems to work well, in so much as it does what it sets out to do, but nobody in the office felt it actually improved their ‘mousing’ in any way.
Indeed this would be our overall impression of this mouse. It throws everything, including the kitchen sink, into the mixing bowl and whizzes it up to a smooth impressing looking bubbly broth. Unfortunately few of those features are particularly brilliant or even needed, so our mouse soup may look the part but like so many dishes it has become overly complicated and the pure mousing flavour has been masked in the process. Essentially, it’s a good mouse with all the features you could want but we simply feel other mice do the basics better.
If you’re not sure what sort of mouse you want and feel you haven’t quite settled on your preferred style yet then the Raptor Gaming M3 Platinum gives you the option to play with just about every setting you can think of. However, you pay the price for all that adjustability and if you know what sort of mouse you like, there are better, cheaper alternatives.
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