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Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance & CS-M FPS Tactics Pad - Final Thoughts

Using a mouse to navigate is nothing new, but doing it in style with great accuracy is. Cooler Master offers up the Storm Sentinel Advance.

| Accessories in Peripherals | Posted: Sep 29, 2009 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Final Thoughts

 

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With many hours of use, both in FPS gaming like UT3 and average use at the desktop, I have found both the Sentinel and the Tactics DC pad a pleasure to use. Out of the box, the majority of the "eye candy" and functionality work even without the drivers installed. I do, however, recommend that you do utilize the included drivers as they do give access to all the functions of the mouse; things such as scripting or macro keys or even making the mouse "breathe" or flash when you click the mouse with the LED's. Daily use is on a 22" LCD and what I found very surprising was the fact that at 5600 DPI it only takes ¾ of an inch to move the mouse from the left side to the right and even less to clear from top to bottom. It did take me two days to get fully used to the finite movements, but found after time the 5600 DPI setting very acceptable for daily use.

 

After my long term testing I only found two issues. First is a personal thing really, but I found the sound level of the actual right or left click to be a bit loud. This is based on my use of the Logitech mice and their very low level of noise in this area. The second issue is that after you use the mouse for a bit and say run for a beverage, when I returned I found the mouse would tend to "wander", even if left untouched at the 5600 DPI setting. I did look for hair on the sensor and even blew it off with a can of compressed air, but I was never able to fully eradicate the issue. It does, however, go away after a few minutes of constant use.

 

Options galore and a great price is what Cooler Master brings to the table. As the image at the top shows, not only does the OLED show what the current DPI setting is, but allows via software to even add a 32 X 32 pixel image as a gamer tag, or in this case the TweakTown logo. With most of the functions a click away and with such an easy and user friendly driver package, I can't see where Cooler Master went wrong with this introduction. A proposed asking price of just under $70 is just icing on the cake. While the Tactics DC is in fact a very nice gaming surface, it isn't really needed as the Storm Sentinel Advance works well on any surface you happen to be using. For the complete package, I do recommend the DC pad, as I did find the Sentinel more accurate with it than with other surfaces I tried. I will say this, when my MX-518 dies I am replacing it for my second computer with another Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance mouse.

 

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