Gaming Mouse Showdown: Sentinel vs Mamba

10 Overall Score

Taking a look at the buttons, we’ll start with the Mamba. All the buttons on this mouse respond very well to the users actions. Each one seems to work smoothly with no sticking or no hard to push buttons. The placement of the DPI(+) and DPI(-) switches on the left side of the mouse next to the left mouse button does add some benefit to the user if they need to switch DPI sensitivity in game, however, you do need to concentrate when doing this which can take away from your gameplay. You can enable on On-Screen adjustment indicator for the Mamba but it does not work in game. The battery indicator lights on the left side of the mouse can be used to tell you what DPI setting you are on, as well. This works in game, too. One aft red bar and two forward green indicate step one in your DPI stages profile. Two aft red bars, one forward green is step(or stage) two. Three red bars is stage three. Two red forward, one green aft is stage four and one red forward, two green aft indicates stage 5. The seven main buttons on the Mamba are programmable and macros are available for button assignment as well. The position of all buttons seem to fit all three grip styles rather well. So, if you are a palm, claw or fingertip gripper, the placement of the buttons on the Mamba should suit you no matter what.

The Sentinel’s buttons respond very well to the user as well. The only issue we had with our model is when pressing down on the mouse wheel. This action is somewhat stiff compared to the other buttons and can fail to be pushed properly if you use this button while in game. The DPI(+) and DPI(-) switches are, by default, located on the center of the Sentinel just below the OLED screen. This placement can be very awkward to use while in game and we recommend you assign the page forward/backward buttons to adjust DPI. There is no On-Screen DPI display because you can view this by looking at the tiny OLED screen located on top of the Sentinel. It displays profile switching, current DPI settings and your personal logo. The only issue with this is that if you are a palm grip user, you must remove your hand completely to view your DPI and/or profile settings. Claw and fingertip grip users do not have to remove their hand, but you still need to take your eyes off the computer monitor in order to view what settings you are using. The Sentinel also offers 7 different colors to choose from as well as three different lighting styles for the top and forward located LED lights. The Mamba only lights up the scroll wheel which can be turned on or off and is only available in blue.

We will talk briefly about the driver interface of each mouse. You can take a look at a more detailed report of each interface by checking out the individual reviews of the Mamba and Sentinel. The advantage in the driver software needs to go to Cooler Master and the Sentinel Advanced gaming mouse. Why? Because you have more options on the mouse to program, as well as color choice, macros and scripts. The layouts for each mouse driver software are easy to follow and both companies provide excellent support if needed.

As for our advanced movement in game, i.e. wall dodges 180 degree turns, etc., we found each mouse to be accurate and responsive to our hand gestures on the mousing surfaces we tested. There is no noticeable difference while gaming between either mouse. As we mentioned earlier, lift off response goes to the Sentinel by a fraction of an amount. Aiming while moving or standing still felt the same with the Mamba as it did with the Sentinel.

You can find our final thoughts and who the winner is on the next page.

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