|SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 11 September 2008|
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Final Thoughts: Raven
SilverStone knows how to build computer cases; I'll give them that. Peripheral devices are a completely different story though. While I absolutely enjoyed the feel and responsiveness of the Raven gaming mouse, the buttons were just way too complicated for an old dog like me. I suspect that manual dexterity doesn't come to people who have abused their hands with martial arts for so many years, but I would like to think that my hands are no different than the average persons. Nevertheless, the Raven is a composition of over-done buttons matched onto a phenomenal performing mouse.
SilverStone has given the Raven SST-RVM01B a tremendous amount of functionality, and God speed to the gamer that can learn to use it. While some of the gaming peripherals we feature in our Input Devices section convinces me that people have actually learned to adapt to these custom demands, I can't help but wonder if SilverStone has a "Lite" version of the Raven in the works? For those of us aging gamers, maybe that would be more to our speed. The Raven offers so much, perhaps too much, that I really have high-hopes for a more refined version.
I like what SilverStone has done with the retail packaging for the Raven. I am already a fan of crows, and ravens are birds of the same family, so it adds a little something for me that there are accents on the package. Additionally, there's plenty of product information covering the box that serves to inform the consumer. Once the Raven is removed from the package, super-sleek looks shine from the combination of carbon-fiber palm finish and unique button placement. The bulb-shaped flip-wheel lights to shine light blue once connected, and a small 128 x 32 pixel OLED screen displays a raven with flapping wings before showing the dpi sensitivity setting.
SilverStone has done a very good job of constructing the Raven gaming mouse. The Teflon pads are perfectly positioned along the bottom of the mouse, and there's nothing that feels 'cheap' about the Raven. The Freescale MCU MC68H908JW32 controller and Philips PLN2030 twin-eye laser sensor are two top-tier premium technologies behind the Raven SST-RVM01B. The high-resolution laser and smooth-moving action are great incentives, but the button locations could have been more ergonomic and offer a smoother transition for standard mouse users.
At the time of this writing, the SilverStone Raven is available from NewEgg for $79.99. This pricing places the SST-RVM01B near the high-end of corded laser gaming mouse peripherals. The Raven is a brand new item available to retailers, so I suspect the price will eventually settle at a more value-conscious level.
In conclusion, I find myself torn between the firm technology found inside the SilverStone Raven and the awkward button combinations for this 3D gaming mouse. The SST-RVM01B feels great in my hand, but my hand just isn't up to the task of relearning a lifetime of button placement habits. If you're a truly hardcore gamer, the Raven isn't going to scare you away. If you mix your environments and utilize a mouse at work that is different than the Raven, then you're going to have a difficult time adapting. I personally enjoyed the custom X and Y sensitivities for correcting the poor habits I've developed in gaming, but many of the controls were just too difficult to utilize. Learning curve and button placement are my only gripes with the Raven, otherwise the SST-RVM01B is a perfect specimen.
+ 3200 dpi Philips PLN2030 twin-eye laser
- Poor button placement
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.
Approved: Benchmark Reviews Recommended Product.
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