To continue with our reviews we are going to look at another CM Storm product, namely the Reaper, part of their Aluminium Gaming Series of peripherals. CM Storm is the gaming off shoot of Cooler Master and has built up a reputation for reasonably priced but very high quality gaming peripherals; with their products developed using research gained from partnerships with gaming clans such as TCM gaming.
CM Storm’s mission is “Arming the Gaming Revolution” and they have certainly been active over the past few years, releasing lots of different gaming peripherals such as the CM Storm Trigger gaming keyboard and the CM Storm Inferno mouse, the latter of which the Reaper seems to take some styling cues from.
The Reaper has an impressive specification; powered by an Avago 9800 Gaming sensor it has an adjustable DPI ranging from 200 DPI – to a massive 8200 DPI. It also has a programmable Clutch button just forward and below the side buttons whuch by default drops the DPI to 200 to allow for more precise aiming (but is programmable). The other buttons are also fully customisable using the downloadable software. The Reaper itself can store 3 different gaming profiles. In the same software you control over the brightness of the LEDs on the mouse with an included ability to make them pulse, or just simply turn them off. The mouse comes with a 1.8M braided cable which has a gold plated USB connector.
Plastic / Aluminum / Rubber
Omron 5 million clicks
Inch Per Second
1.8m/ 5.75 feet Braided cable
The Box and The Product
The box the Reaper comes in is very nice and understated, following on similarly to the Pitch earphones with silver engraved text on the matte finish box. The front of the box has a large picture of the Reaper, with some nice abstract purple flourishes set behind it; the rear has a list of the features and a key showing them on the mouse. On the side of Reapers box; it has “Gaming Mouse – Reaper” in a multitude of languages, again much like the Pitch from an earlier review. The opposite side has locations of Cooler Master HQ's around the world just in case you wanted to know.
After sliding the box out of the sleeve, you finally get to see the mouse itself and apart from a plastic wallet containing the warranty info and the mouse itself there is nothing else included.
Physically the Reaper feels solid, which is probably due to the solid aluminium parts used at the rear as well as the scroll wheel, and though it eschews changeable weights like some of its competitors, the Reaper has a nice mass which is balanced across the mouse as well as a nice profile.
The software that is provided by CM Storm for the Reaper is very nicely laid out; the main screen allows you to change the button mapping and you can program each key to do a multitude of functions.
Under the advanced software settings is where the software allows you to make changes to the four preset DPI levels, available in steps from 200 DPI all the way to 8200, you can also change the X,Y DPI levels independently as well so changing the polling rate for each DPI profile.
In this same window you can change the features for the mouse under Wndows, including the default OS sensitivity and OS double click speed - it also has a nice window to test the double click speed and make sure it is to your liking. The advanced window allows you to also control the LED mode, with the brightness able to be changed in 20% steps from 0% as well as the actual mode of the LED; you can have it turned off, have it pulsing or turn on a Rapid Fire mode (which flashes the LEDs as you click the mouse).
The other screens, allow you to set up macros for the mouse as well as saving different profiles, which can then be saved and loaded as needed. In the Library section, any macros that you save will be listed, again allowing you to load them if needed.
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