Cooler Master, more specifically the CM Storm line of gaming peripherals, have been on a steady march to supremacy and domination of the market with what seems like one or two new products being released every couple of months. It really seems like every month I am either looking at one of the various mechanical keyboard offerings that seem to do very well in sales for Cooler Master, otherwise I am looking at one of their various mice, mouse pads or some other form of accessories. Today is no different, but this month I have two products from them, one a keyboard that we will be looking at very soon, and this new laser gaming mouse I am discussing in this review.
Previous mice we have seen like the Sentinel Advanced II was almost like a trial run. While offering some really nice features and the use of a high-end laser sensor, there were lower grade switches used on the inside that were a carry-over from the previous Sentinel design (ZHIJ switches), and is something CM Storm has since moved away from. Then we had a look at the Recon. This wan an Avago Optical sensor based mouse, again with a great feel, and it worked very well, but it was here that I first saw the introduction of the Omron switches that most gamers hunt for in a mouse, as they are the preferred switch type to have inside the mouse.
With this latest submission, we get the best of both worlds. You are given a high-end laser sensor for tracking, but you are also given Omron switches in the mouse. So, not only should the wide range of DPI suit any user, it should have some longevity as well.
Today we are going to be looking at the next evolution from CM Storm with the Havoc. This mouse has it all as far as what most users' desire. You are getting the most versatile laser sensor, Omron switches, a rubberized coating, LEDs, onboard memory, Macros, and the list goes on. After a couple of weeks toying around, gaming, photo editing and general usage, it is now time that I deliver my verdict on the CM Storm Havoc and you the reader will know by the end of this if Cooler Master and the CM Storm line is as on point with their mice as they have been with their keyboards as of late.