I found the combination of the CM Storm Speed RX L and the Recon optical gaming mouse to be a perfect match for me with my lazy style of holding a mouse, and is still designed to fit comfortably with all the buttons within easy reach for demanding control in a game. The contrast of the textured gunmetal grey surfaces on the sides and surrounding the DPI buttons against the matte finish of the black rubberized coating is not only attractive, but both offer great traction against your hand as to not lose control of the Recon even with the hottest of battles being played. Once plugged in the Recon then comes to an illuminated state with the LEDs as guidance to what you need to see most in the dark room you are gaming in.
I like that the DPI buttons, scroll wheel, and the logo are all that light up and there is no bleeding of the light, just clean sharp blasts of color where it is meant to be. All of that topped with the fact that it really just feels great in your hand even within minutes of being out of the box, so your stats won't have to suffer as you get used to button position or feel, the Recon just fits.
With quite a bit of use, and it now staying on my desk as the mouse to beat, the Recon needs some assistance in what it is able to do, and that is from the benefit of the loads of options in the software portion of the Recon. This is where you can literally go nuts. There is a total of five profiles that can be saved on the mouse to be ready at any time, there is also a page to pre-load profiles, or store ones you currently aren't using or still need to tweak the Macros in said profile, but these stay on the hard drive. The amount of control with the Avago 3090 optical sensor gives you the option to select one of four DPI settings, and while picking that, you can set the LOD, polling rate to each of the DPI sliders. As if complete functionality control isn't enough, the Recon also comes with three programmable LEDs with the use of the pre-set selections or use of the RGB scale to set them so that you get full aesthetic control as well.
During my time with the Recon, I found it very natural in its feel as well as the motion on any gaming surface I have on hand. 800 DPI is very precise and great for a "sniper" setting for where you need that sort of thing. I find myself using the 1600 DPI at desktop and it makes me have to move very little, but still delivers enough accuracy not to make slight moves of the hand obnoxious. I was able to game well at the 3200 DPI level, but at the desktop I was finding myself overshooting icons. At 4000 DPI, even in games it is a bit tough to get used to, but I was able to get pretty comfortable with it in a couple of days of use. At the desktop level though I was not really able to double click the icons as even the slightest movement of the hand would make double clicking near impossible. Any way you look at it, if you want precise movement for the perfect headshot, or even for image manipulation, the Recon is a great choice. If you have the need to game at high DPI levels, the Recon doesn't fall here at all, and the 4000 DPI of the Recon has the feel of around 6500 DPI on some laser mice.
Even now after I have seen, manipulated, added macros, and changed the LED colors until I was just sick of trying things, I have absolutely no complaints to bring forth in the CM Storm Recon. There is still one up shot to this mouse that will seal the deal for almost any buyer, and that is the price. Too many times mice similar in offerings are demanding $80 to $100 to get what we see here, and I don't think I gave any of them as glowing of a review as this is turning out to be. So the fact that I can get the Recon at Newegg right now for only $39.99 makes the CM Storm Recon optical gaming mouse a really amazing deal.
It is rare that feel, function, aesthetics, and software all come together like this, but somehow Cooler Master pulled off what is likely going to be the mouse that will appear in our Holiday Gift Guide, even for the most discerning gamers out there, this package is simply going to be hard to beat.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [CM Storm Recon Optical Gaming Mouse]
- Page 5 [Inside the CM Storm Recon]
- Page 6 [Documentation]
- Page 7 [CM Storm Speed-RX L Gaming Mouse Pad]
- Page 8 [Software]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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