Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Gaming Mouse Review

Overall Score
Build Quality: 9/10
Layout: 9/10
Price: 10/10

Excellent sensor performance in gaming, has a great 'feel' in your hand and the weight can be adjusted.

LCD display gets covered while gaming and our units scroll button was tough to mash.

So, we start off our testing session with two other competitors already mentioned, the Razer Mamba and the Logitech G9 gaming mice. We chose these two because of their status in the gaming community and relevance to our review. We went with the G9 and not the G9X because it was cheaper and, to be honest, we are never going to use a DPI above 3200 anyway. That being the difference between the two: G9 –> up to 3200DPI, G9X –> up to 5000DPI. The G9(X) sells for roughly $99, but can be found cheaper if you get lucky.

The Razer Mamba goes up to 5600DPI as well as the Sentinel gaming mouse. For those of you that do not understand what this means, DPI is the amount of pixels the sensor on the mouse travels while moving it. For example, moving your mouse with 5600DPI selected moves it 5600 Pixel counts per inch. In our testing we used rather low dpi levels of around 500 for precision movement in the games we tested. The Mamba sells for $129. What is supposed to justify the cost is the Mamba’s ability to be used wired or wireless. But when we look at the Sentinel’s price tag of $69.99, we begin to question if the Mamba, and the G9, are worth their weight in gold. Any addicted gamer will tell you that playing with a wireless mouse is a no-no, no matter how expensive it is.

The rest of our test setup included a few games and this test bed:

  • eVGA Classified motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 Extreme 975 @ 4.2GHz
  • 3GB of Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2000CL7
  • 1x 4870X2 + 4890 +4870 for quadfire
  • 1TB HDD for OS and game installation
  • CM Storm Sentinel Advanced Gaming Mouse
  • Razer Mamba
  • Logitech G9
  • CM Storm CS-X Battle Pad DP
  • Razer Destructor mouse pad

The games we ran are limited in number, UT3(Unreal Tournament 3) and Crysis. We chose these two games, not for popularity of the games(or dislike), but because they will allow us to test out the mice in two different gaming scenarios which will give us a great idea at how these mice will fair in other games. Testing the mice in more than these two games is unnecessary because when it comes down to it, choosing a mouse is based on personal preference. We will give you our thoughts and experiences with the Sentinel, Mamba and G9, but the decision on which one you choose is your own. We were able to experience all we needed to while testing the mice in these two games.


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