CM STORM RECON Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Design 9.0
Features 9.0
Usability 10
Value 9.5
Distributor: Cooler Master
Review Date:
September 2012
Reviewer:
Peter Bourke

9.5


CM STORM RECON
800 - 4000 DPI Gaming Mouse

Just released by Cooler Master, the RECON GAMING MOUSE is a true gaming mouse that supports a high precision optical sensor which allows the user to switch between four DPI settings on the fly. Whether you want a mild DPI setting of 800 or something more accurate at 4000 DPI, this mouse not only has the performance in all facets of computer use but more importantly, it feels good to use thanks to the rubberised grip. All in all, this makes it perfect for gaming.

This means that when the action heats up, you can ensure full control of the mouse when the bullets are flying or the dragon awakens. Also, from a gamers perspective, the mouse looks very impressive, especially with glowing CM STORM logo and the ability to change the LED's on the mouse itself. Another excellent selling point is that the mouse boasts an ambidextrous form which means both right and left handers can use this product.
 

 

Specifications

 

  • Avago 3090 optical sensor with 800-4000 dpi

  • On-The-Fly Lift-Off-Distance adjustments

  • On-The-Fly DPI adjustments

  • On-The Fly USB polling rate adjustments

  • Up to 1.5m/s or 60”/s tracking speed and 20G of acceleration

  • Highest grade Japanese Omron micro switches

  • Extra wide 16-bit USB data path

  • 1000 Hz polling rate / 1ms response time

  • Super Grip coated ambidextrous mousebody

  • Ultra swift mouse feet

  • Flexible 1.8 meter or 78.6 inch long cable

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 64.4 x 116.4 x 42 mm/ 2.53 x 4.58 x 1.65 inches

  • Multicolor Mousewheel light to identify Profiles

The setup of the Recon Gaming Mouse was a breeze and it simply connected to our PC via the USB cable. Windows 7 automatically detected the mouse, however if you want to get the full use out of the mouse (e.g. for gaming), you do need to install the software which allows the user to create their own profiles and macros for the various games that they play. The only unfortunate aspect of the software is that you need to download it from Cooler Master at http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/peripherals/Recon/ which is about a 14MB download.

This software also controls the 3 individual multi-colour LED zones as you can change the colours and even the brightness of each of these zones. It definitely takes night gaming to new heights. Once installed, the mouse felt just right. I've used more mice over my many years of computing than I can count and the Recon Gaming Mouse just felt right.

Whether I was navigating Windows 7, surfing the net, using Photoshop or just general computer use, there was no fatigue whatsoever. For surfing the net, especially when used with Internet Explorer, the side buttons are perfect. There are two buttons on each sides of the mouse which allow you to go backward and forward on web pages.

On the top, there are two buttons, an "A" (left) and a "B" (right) plus a "C" which is the scroll wheel in the centre. Finally just below the scroll wheel you have the two DPI buttons for adjusting the sensitivity of the mouse. It's quite a well designed mouse and the super grip of the mouse body is ideal for gaming. The cable length is around 1.8 metres which is the perfect length for gamers.

In terms of gaming, we tested the Recon Gaming Mouse with Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, The Witcher Enhanced Edition, Warcraft 3 and Diablo III. The Recon performed exceptionally well on all games. The mouse contains integrated memory for 5 profiles and 36 macros. The macros are great for games like Battlefield 3 and Warcraft where you need quick access to weapons or spells. Another great feature is the lift-oft distance of the mouse which unlike traditional mice, you don't have to keep moving the mouse or adjusting it physically. 

At the end of the day, the CM Storm Recon is a very affordable mouse that has been built of gamers. With the highest grade Japanese Omron Micro Switches, you can expect the ultimate quality, thanks to the AVAGO 3090 sensor. So if you need a new mouse, what are you waiting for? Check out the Recon now!

System Requirements

  • PC with USB port

  • Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP

  • Internet connection (for driver installation)

  • At least 35MB of hard disk space






 
 



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