Gigabyte has formally announced the Raptor Gaming Mouse, based on the winning design from the company's Make It Real Mouse Design Competition last year.
Jointly designed by Hsieh Chen-Ta, Wu Tung and Liang Ai-Wei and supposedly inspired by the shape of a raptor's claw, the Gigabyte Raptor is based around a 4,000 dot per inch optical sensor with four-stage on-the-fly DPI switching which can also be triggered by holding down the 'Sniper Hotkey' to temporarily lower the resolution. Its buttons use Omron switches with a guaranteed 10 million click lifespan, while its varying buttons are programmable using the company's GHOST software.
The exterior of the mouse uses an anti-slip rubber grip with a matte finish, claimed to maximise comfort and reduce wrist-strain during extended use - extended to 'claw-grippers,' who benefit from an added rubber support area on the top of the mouse.. Comfort is further extended by an 83g net weight, which can be increased using bundled 1.8g and 5.3g tuning weights inserted into six slots at the bottom of the mouse.
Designed primarily for gaming, it's no surprise to find the Gigabyte Rapter using 'aggressive' design and back-lighting on both the body and scroll wheel. A 1.3m USB cable connects the mouse to the PC, and offers a claimed polling rate of 1,000Hz. Overall, the mouse measures 118mm by 71mm and 38mm tall.
One thing Gigabyte has yet to share, however, is the pricing and UK availability of its latest creation. More details are available at the official product page