Cooler Master CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse

8.6 Overall Score
Hand Grip: 9/10
Precision: 9/10
Customization: 8/10

Rubberized surface makes for good grip | Software allows many customizations | Precision accuracy in game is excellent | Ambidextrous

Could be considered too light | Hardware Customization is lacking

The Recon is equipped with an Avago ADNS-3090 sensor which allows a DPI range of 800-4000. The one drawback here is that there is no fine tuning of the DPI range, meaning you get settings of 800, 1600, 3200 and 4000 DPI and nothing in between. An advantage this sensor, combined with the CM Storm software, has over the R.A.T. 7 Contagion used for comparison, is that the DPI, LOD (lift off distance) and USB polling rate are all adjustable on-the-fly. We have yet to see adjustable LOD, let alone on-the-fly functionality, in any other mouse we have reviewed.

To give validity to this type of adjustment, let’s talk about LOD, briefly. If you are playing a game using low sensitivity, you may find yourself picking up the mouse and setting it back down while gaming. Sometimes, when you do this, you lose accuracy or control because the sensor on the mouse can not compensate for the rapid lifting and setting down of the mouse. With the Recon you can adjust how high LOD stays in effect, from 1-5mm, depending on how far you normally lift the mouse. As an example, the R.A.T. 7 Contagion has a LOD of 2mm and is not adjustable. So, if you lift it above 2mm you lose accuracy and cursor placement when you set the mouse down again.

Since the Recon has a minimum LOD of 1mm, our tester found this ideal for his gaming style. He plays Unreal Tournament 3 religiously. Not only did our testing find the LOD to be significant, but because of the control you have over the sensor using the CM Storm software, our tester found he preferred the Recon with the Avago sensor to his trusted R.A.T. 7 Contagion mouse. The ideal setup used, for reference, was the Recon with the Speed-RXL mouse pad. The Recon did not do as well when used on the Razer Destructor mouse pad which our tester uses with his R.A.T. 7 Contagion.

When comparing these mice, we have to consider pricing as well. The R.A.T. 7 Contagion is an expensive mouse that will cost you around $99 depending on where you look. The Recon retails for $39.99. Since we are recommending that you get the Recon and Speed-RXL together for the best possible performance, you will need to spend an additional $19.99 on the mouse pad. Together you are looking at around $60 which is still ~$40 less than the Contagion. The Skorpion can be had for $19.99 as well, bringing the total to $80 and ~$20 less than the R.A.T. 7.

The one area the Recon loses to the R.A.T. 7, though, is in customization of the hardware. Because of the ambidextrous design, you get zero hardware modifications. If you need that added hardware customization, then look elsewhere. But, if you want absolute control and the ability to dominate your opponents, then pick up the CM Storm Recon, Skorpion and Speed-RXL mouse pad. You will not be disappointed.

We would like to thank Cooler Master for providing us with samples for this review.

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One Comment on "Cooler Master CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse"

  1. January 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Took me a rather long time to seek out out tuis information, tyanks for spending
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