|SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 11 September 2008|
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SST-RVM01B Detailed Features
In our last section, Benchmark Reviews skimmed over the outer shell that builds on the appearance of SilverStone's new Raven 3D gaming mouse. In this section, I will showcase a few of the more detailed features which define the SST-RVM01B. To begin our inventoried look at this complex mouse, we begin with the myriad of buttons.
Because SilverStone has integrated more than twice as many button functions as we have fingers, learning the in's and out's of the Raven can be tricky. I'm not accustomed to using my ring finger (or pinky finger for some) to control mouse buttons, so the learning curve was very steep for me.
There are a few things that seem to fit nicely into place, and more than a few other that do not. The scroll wheel is a perfect example. On the Logitech G9, this wheel could spin with a simple flick. However on the Raven the scroll wheel would have definitive clicks while spinning downward (scrolling down), and a very pronounced clicking while spinning upward. Additionally, the two buttons directly before the scroll wheel are extremely difficult to train yourself for, and could have been done with a side tilting scroll wheel.
SilverStone integrates a super-powerful Philips PLN2030 twin-eye laser in the Raven SST-RVM01B gaming mouse. Capable of 3200 dpi precision, the Raven can scale from super sensitive down to ultra-fine 400 dpi. It took me some time at first to get used to using even less movement to control the mouse position, but after a few minutes it was as if I had been using this mouse resolution forever. Gamers will enjoy the ability to reduce the sensitivity for controlled sniping, while the run-and-gun crowd can keep it at the full 3200 dpi.
Weight systems have never made any sense to me. The manufacturer contrives this elaborate weight carriage system and somehow expects the unwitting gamer to know how to make use of them. I have never once added weight to my mouse, primarily because I want it light and movable. SilverStone has solved this mystery for us, and simply designed the Raven with a 50/50 balanced weight distribution over the center point (directly at the laser).
Overall, the Raven SST-RVM01B has got me a little intimidated. There's a lot of buttons I'm not used to, and serious gamers might not want to take time out to relearn the basics. In the next section, I will test the SilverStone Raven myself and see how much better (or worse) it performs in comparison to the Logitech G9.