The MM520 is a huge advance on what the Spawn delivered those many years ago. Cooler Master kept the shape, but that is about it. The blacked-out aesthetics are nice, and offering three zones of RGB LED illumination takes this mouse into the current day. Updating and upgrading every bit inside of the mouse isn't a total disaster, but we do wish they would work on the DPI algorithm to deliver better control throughout the DPI scale. However, we still have the fact that with five profiles and TactiX aiding the functionality, across the five profiles, you can set up over fifty functions to the MM520 without ever having to go back to the software. With as much as the software can do, we do wish that we had individual control of the LED zones, and we do wish the Macro Editor portion was a bit more involved.
With so much to like visually, and by looking at the specifications, we do feel there are some issues we cannot overlook. For starters, the fact that the sensor has issues on colored pads is a bit of a downer. Any sensor should work on any surface at this point, and moving over a logo or funky pattern playing up with the tracking is just something we never expected to find. Offering a mouse with 12,000 DPI is all the rage right now, whether the sensor is laser or optical. That being said, Cooler Master has tweaked something too far in our opinion. Other mice with this level of DPI range do not get so dramatic in the middle of the scale, and we feel that it will take days, maybe even weeks before muscle memory is set for this oversensitive mouse.
There is one saving grace to the whole thing though, and that is the cost. If you feel like trying your hand on the MasterMouse MM520 or just don't want to trust what we are telling you, at $49.99, it won't cost much to try it out. While the shape is perfect for claw and palm grip users, the mouse looks nice on the desk, and the software is thorough, we sadly have to say to you that you may want to look elsewhere for your next mouse. If you have bionic reactions and are up for a challenge, by all means, give the MasterMouse MM520 Gaming Mouse a try. For us, we are going to say pass, and move onto something with better controllability and accuracy.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: The MM520 is affordable, and on paper it appears to be terrific. However, the overpowered nature of the sensor is a bit off, and the fact that logos and patterns throw off the sensors ability to track properly leaves us with little option but to look for something better!
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