|SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 11 September 2008|
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Closer Look: Raven
My first impressions of the SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B was that it was super-sexy. It somehow captured a loot that fit somewhere between a formula road-racing motorcycle and import street car. The Carbon Fiber palm finish certainly adds a nice change from the norm- meaning it's not another all-black mouse. But the real show-stealer was the bulbous thumb wheel.
It's really very hard to miss the large illuminating thumb wheel attached to the left side of the Raven. The bulbous orb-like wheel commands the Aero interface inside Windows Vista, but also lends itself to other functions. The embedded thumb button allows the savvy gamer to switch between five generic pre-defined configurations, or any of the custom profiles created.
These custom profiles are illuminated in a small LCD window between the scroll-wheel and carbon fiber palm rest (pitch-black area in the image above).
SilverStone placed two additional buttons ahead of the Raven's 3D flip wheel. While there is room above the wheel for these buttons, SilverStone made them index-finger accessible on the RVM01B. I suspect some muscular retraining will be required to successfully manipulate this mouse.
On the opposite side (right side), there are two more buttons along the edge. These buttons are designed for the ring finger to activate, which was a new experience for me. The Raven has a right-hand only layout, which might leave a hefty portion of the gaming population to play with their basic mouse pointers.
The underside of the SST-RVM01B gaming mouse is fairly well engineered. There are two Teflon anti-friction pads at the tip of the mouse (near the USB cord 'tail'), which are just small enough reduce drag yet big enough to withstand long-term use. At the back end (palm end) of the SilverStone Raven 3D gaming mouse, the two longer Teflon pads are positioned perfectly at the locations where most of the downward pressure is created.
The dual-mode switch is recessed at the base of the underside, which might require some effort to move from one side to the other.
After some short comparisons I noticed that the Raven would glide effortlessly across the RatPadz XT Gaming Surface even better than the Logitech G9 does. Perhaps SilverStone did their homework when they designed the Raven? We will soon find out.