Is Cooler Master’s CM Storm Spawn an affordable gaming mouse?

8.3 Overall Score
Build Quality: 8/10
Gaming: 8/10
Price: 9/10

Decent price, claw grip style design, good performance

Optical laser postioning, lack of fully adjustable DPI settings, lift off distance is sub-par

Keeping in line with all other products offered in the Storm line, the Spawn is packaged in an eye-catching box.  Black and red seem to dominate the PC gaming industry and the Spawn follows suit.  The box is filled with information on DPI settings, proprietary name branding of technologies used and overall design with a complete list of specifications.  Opening the flap reveals a see through casing with the Spawn hovering in the center of the box.  On the inside flap we get more information on materials used, button placement and functionality as well explainations of certain features found in this mouse.

Opening the box and removing the Spawn reveals a 2 meter long rubber sleeved USB 2.0 cable and instruction booklet.  At first glance we thought the Spawn was a lefties only mouse, but upon further inspection we found that the design caters to claw grip users with a finger rest and rubberized pinky placement spot on the right side of the mouse.  This mouse is small, about the same size as Logitech’s G9 gaming mouse, and very light.  It ‘feels’ almost cheap in your grip, but that is not an indication of performance.  Most gamers would prefer a light mouse, especially in FPS games where you are constantly moving the mouse.

The optical laser is positioned off-center and more towards the rear of the mouse.  Ideally, we would look to have the laser centered or more towards the front of the mouse to give more control to the user and require less movement to navigate.  From here, we will cover our test setup and go in more detail about the software and hardware included with the Spawn.

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