Cooler Master today launched a new gaming mouse, CM Storm Recon, in India. Unlike most mice, the Recon is designed to be ambidextrous and has a layer of rubber for improved grip and performance. What’s more, it equips an optical Avago A3090 sensor, unlike most gaming mice, which have a laser sensor.
We reviewed the Recon about two months ago, and found that it’s been cleverly designed to cater to a wide gamut of gamers with different playing styles. The body is ambidextrous and mirrors the thumb-activated buttons on both sides. The entire body is coated in a layer of rubber that improves grip, and improves aesthetics. It is small enough to be suitable for the claw grip, while its pronounced hump makes it feasible for the palm grip as well. The weight is just right—not too light for the palm style, without being too heavy to be used with the claw grip either.
The Recon incorporates high-quality Omron micro-mechanical switches, which we found to have a light minimum actuation force, without compromising on tactile feedback. Just to the south of the mouse wheel, a pair of DPI switching buttons come in handy for adjusting sensitivity on the fly.
The Recon has an ambidextrous design and a lot of premium features
Since the Recon's Avago A3090 has essentially the same sensor as the DeathAdder 3.5G's S3888 with a modified ROM and red LED instead of an IR one, it provides similar levels of tracking accuracy, which is a good thing.
The mouse comes with a comprehensive driver suite that, in addition to the usual deal of allowing full button reprogramming and macro functions, also lets you set resolution as well as USB polling rate in four separate presets. The driver suite offers granular control and allows you to fine tune various parameters. A gamer can change USB polling speeds, Lift-Off Distance (LOD) and sensor dpi on-the-fly. The built-in memory allows you to store these settings under four profiles and thus eliminate the need to reprogram the mouse at every PC.
The CM Storm Recon has most of the bells and whistles found in more expensive laser mice. It features LED lighting in three zones: the wheel, logo and the DPI switching buttons. Each zone can be assigned any colour you fancy, in addition to other individually adjustable parameters such as brightness and illumination modes.
We found that like all mice with optical sensors, the Recon performs well with both hard and soft surfaces. However, the malfunction speed was worryingly low on certain surfaces such as Cooler Master's own Speed-RX micro-woven cloth mat. Weirdly, the mouse failed to register movement on mouse pads bearing a red hue, too.
The CM Storm Recon is available for Rs 3,999 and comes with a two-year warranty.
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