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

As often is the case with companies producing a product, there is a ton of marketing involved. Cooler Master has not skimped with regard to this. There are many terms thrown around like Onboard Sentinel-X 32KB, Anti-Drift Control Sensor and Japanese Ultra-step Wheel Encoder. The latter is more of a fancy way to describe the mouse wheel. The question is: Do these marketing terms pertain to tangible results? Or are they used to sell a product? Obviously they are used to sell the product, so that question is easily answered. What we want to know is if these features are beneficial to a gamer.

Starting with the Onboard Sentinel-X 32KB chip, we know that it is used to store profiles and setup information for the mouse. Things like macros and button mapping are stored on this chip in order to keep that information stored with the mouse. This is beneficial when you want to take your mouse with you but not your PC. An onboard chip like the Sentinel-X 32KB seems to be very useful, given its marketing terminology.

Looking at the material used in building the Spawn, the Omron micro switches offer durability up to 5 million clicks. Obviously, we cannot fully test this, but in playing with the mouse for the past two weeks the mouse buttons have held up rather well. The Spawn comes with ultra swift teflon feet to keep it gliding nice and smooth arcoss your mousing surface. The Japanese-made ultra-step wheel encoder did offer excellent tracking through our game testing.

Lastly, the anti-drift control precision sensor offers decent tracking while gaming. In comparison to more expensive mice such as the Cyborg R.A.T. 7, the Razer Mamba and CM’s own Sentinel Advanced gaming mouse, the Spawn’s performance is sub-par. It tracks well enough to be competitive in the games we tested, but it does not offer the ‘edge’ you would need if you are an elite gamer. Lift off distance for this mouse is much more noticeable than the higher end gaming mice and that alone can mean the difference in a tight combat situation. While the DPI range is more than acceptable, 800-1800-3500, the optical laser used is not as accurate as the other mice we are comparing it to. What is interesting, as we discussed in the software coverage, is that you are limited to three set DPI settings. You cannot change the DPI settings to anything other than 800, 1800 or 3500 DPI. We have found in our testing through gaming, that the ability to adjust the DPI settings to whatever we like, allows us more control depending on what type of game we are playing.

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