Gigabyte introduced the Raptor, a gaming mouse that was the champion design of the company's Make It Real Mouse Design Competition back in 2013. The peripheral's design was inspired by the raptor claw and built specifically for first-person shooters (FPS).
"Co-designed by three emerging designers, this award winning piece was highly appraised by all judges and won the opportunity to turn the prototype into a mass-produced product," the press release said. The names of the co-designers are Hsieh Chen-Ta, Wu Tung, and Liang Ai-Wei.
The specifications show that this mouse has a sensitivity of 800 to 4,000 DPI (4-stage), a report rate of 1000 Hz, a frame rate of 6400 frames per second, a maximum tracking speed of 60 inches per second, and a maximum acceleration of 20G. There's also a DPI switch for changing the sensitivity on the fly, and the company's GHOST software that allows users to customize the buttons to their liking.
The new Gigabyte mouse also includes a weight-adjustment system measuring 0.63 ounces to 0.75 ounces; the tuning weights and case come packed with the mouse. Other features include a braided cable that measures just under 71 inches; a switch life of 10 million clicks (Omron switches); and compatibility with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. The device weighs a mere 0.187 pounds without the inserted weights.
According to Gigabyte, the Raptor mouse includes an "optimally positioned" sniper hotkey, which will lower the cursor speed as the player is making rapid movements while aiming at the enemy. The mouse also features a low profile to reduce hand fatigue, an anti-slick ergonomic rubber grip on both sides of the peripheral, and a rubber area on top of the device for better stability and more precise movements.
Could this be the FPS mouse of your dreams? We've seen other mice with higher DPIs such as the EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon, which has two buttons on each side, a DPI switch, and a high-quality laser sensor; the Gigabyte Raptor has a Pro-Optical sensor. That said, the Gigabyte solution may be cheaper than $80, which is what EVGA is charging for its mouse.
Gigabyte doesn't provide an actual ship date, but the mouse is presumably available now at both online and offline retailers.