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CM Storm Havoc Professional Gaming Laser Mouse Review - Inside the Havoc

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:59 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: CM Storm

Inside the Havoc




Under the top there is a PCB with pad type switches for the DPI adjustment buttons, and that signal is sent through the ribbon cable to the lower PCB. As for the profile, forward page, and the back page buttons, they are on another PCB to the right and use a 4-wire cable to communicate with the micro processor.




This is the lower section of the mouse with the main PCB now exposed. I had to remove both cables to allow me to get this far, as with then connected, it makes things rather tough to get to.




Under the left click button there is an Omron D2FC-F-7N. This specific version of the switch is rated at five million clicks before failure. This helps pricing too, but keep in mind, there are 10 and 20 million click offerings in other mice, and helps explain why this isn't an $80+ offering.




The right click button also uses the same Omron switch, but for the click of the scroll wheel, it is backed with a red ZHIJ switch. Nothing wrong with this choice as the scroll wheel gets used much less than the other two.




In this image you will see the 128KB memory IC on the left with the red and yellow paint dobs on it. Then there is the Sonin 32-bit microprocessor that is in control of making sense of all the signals and information to and from the PC.




Just behind the scroll wheel is where you will find the Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor. It is directly soldered to the underside of this PCB, but for added stability, CM Storm also glue the pegs it set on to the PCB to make sure it doesn't vibrate inside.




After some reassembly, and of course plugging the mouse into a PC, it fully illuminates and is ready to go. The center of the scroll wheel and the DPI lights are changeable, but the DPI lights closest to us are always red, no matter the color setting in the software.




The heel of the mouse is now illuminated. I bet if you go back and look at the first image like this you can more easily make out that logo, but once illuminated, there is no doubt of the maker of the mouse on your desk.




This is one last glamour shot, with the LEDs active, but I wanted to get a better angle to show off the matte finish of the majority of the mouse as it plays against the shiny section that runs down the right side.

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