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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone Raven SST-RVM01B Gaming Mouse
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Raven
SST-RVM01B Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

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SST-RVM01B Conclusion

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.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Approved Product

+ 3200 dpi Philips PLN2030 twin-eye laser
+ Custom X and Y axis sensitivities
+ Super-slick Teflon pads
+ Unique 3D flip thumb wheel
+ Exciting product appearance

Cons:

- Poor button placement
- Not conventionally ergonomic
- High-priced premium product
- OLED Display is completely covered during use

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 8.25
  • Value: 6.75

Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Approved: Benchmark Reviews Recommended Product.

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# Weak buttonsJM 2011-02-19 22:38
I've had this mouse for a little over a year and admittedly it does get a lot of use and abuse, but some of the buttons are pretty much already shot. The left mouse button and the wheel are very unresponsive now and take a lot of pressure. The mouse wheel(scroll up/down) more often that not will think you scrolled down when you are actually trying to scroll up. This is the first "high quality" mouse i've ever used, and i'm extremely disappointed by how quickly it started to fall apart. Especially considering i've used a cheap for 3-4 years before and never had any issues with it, while it received the same amount of punishment i've dished out to this one. This could be an isolated incident, but i'd recommend just going with a different brand to be safe.
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