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CM Storm Havoc Professional Gaming Laser Mouse Review

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

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The SGM-4002-KLLN1 as CM Storm designates the Havoc comes black with a mix of rubberized coatings and shiny black plastic to mix things up. The Havoc offers eight programmable buttons, but you cannot program the mouse wheels forward and back motions, and this is a right hander's mouse, not ambidextrous in design. The rest of the outside of the mouse offers things like the scroll wheel center hub, the DPI buttons, and the CM Storm logo is illuminated with the option of seven color choices. The four stage DPI indicator lights are found on the left click buttons left edge, but will always be lit with a red LED. The last important bit about the outside of the Havoc is the 1.8 meters of cloth sleeved cabling with a gold plated USB 2.0 connection on the end to connect the mouse to the PC.


inside the dimensions of 85mm wide, 120mm long and 45mm in height - CM Storm packs a lot inside of this 140 gram package. There is an Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor to track all of your movements, and offers a DPI scale of 100 to 8200 DPI in 100 DPI increments. This laser is also capable of tracking movements up to 150 inches per second and can handle 30g's of acceleration. You also get Omron D2FC-F-7N switches for the right and left click functions that offer five million clicks before they are expected to wear out or stop working all together.


There is 128KB of onboard memory for storing up to four profiles, as well as keeping some Macros onboard the mouse so that you don't need your PC to use them. You just need to apply the profiles/Macros needed and unplug and go with the Havoc. Of course this is for PC, and you will need a free USB port and any OS since Windows XP. You will need to download the software as there is no disc included, and the drivers only require 35MB of space, that is until you start keeping more profiles and Macros than the mouse can store within itself. This is because it will use the driver folder to store all of your unloaded setups.


While there are quite a few companies out there that would easily feel good about charging near $80 for a device offering such features as we just listed, but CM Storm are selling these at a great price, and will make their return on investment with the shear volumes of these that they will sell. As I looked around, I found the Havoc at Newegg for $54.99 and an additional $9.99 in shipping to get it to your home. I also found a listing on Amazon where the price is $50.99 and only requires $5.43 to get the Havoc dropped at your door. I am sure as time goes by, more e-tailers will pick up this mouse and offer it at similar pricing, but as I always say, be on your game when shopping, so that you can get the best overall deal.


For around $56 to $65, I think the Havoc is well worth the money, and by the time you finish reading, I think you will be hard pressed to disagree with that statement.

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