Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Not too long ago, we had a look at the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520, and all in all, we found the mouse to sufficiently fit the needs of many gamers, but Cooler Master also offers a second variation. The reasoning behind this idea is to provide claw and fingertip grip users a mouse which lends itself to a better feel for to those users. However, there is a third grip style, palm grip, which we believe is more widely used, and in most cases, the shape is a huge factor in whether the mouse is a success or not.
The mouse which we are about to display today has much of what the MM520 offered, even down to the components used inside. The concept comes from redefining the highly successful CM Storm Mizar mouse, yet at the same time, deliver it with all of the features available today.
It has the lighting; it has software with all the bells and whistles, it is based on an optical sensor which gamers tend to gravitate to, and also comes with 12,000 DPI. The outward appearance is not like that of the MM520, this time we are given a mouse on a diet with an hourglass figure. While very similar to the Mizar, this new version has cosmetic changes too, to go along with the upgrades found under the hood.
Today we will be showing off the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 Gaming Mouse. This rugged partner for FPS and RTS games is said to be perfect for the palm gripper. Rubber side grips ensure this mouse is responsive in the most heated of battles and is intended to give users a 1:1 input from the mouse, with no need to tweak the OS sensitivity.
With no lag and zero acceleration, the MM530 looks like the right answer on paper. However, we do like to reserve our opinion until we go through all the paces, but as it sits, Cooler Master seems to be heading in the right direction with the MasterMouse MM530 already.
The MasterMouse MM530 is also known by its part number, SGM-4007-KLLW1, and as we stated, it is intended for palm grip users, but can also be comfortable for claw grip gamers as well. The MM530 is made of plastic, with rubber side panels, but the plastic used is not ABS, but PBT, which is some of the most robust plastic on the market.
The only color choice currently is black, and it is designated at M14 black for those particular about which shade of black it is. Also, in two zones on the outside, there are RGB LED options, where one can pick through 16.7 million colors. The cable which attaches it to the PC is rubberized, it is 1.8 meters in length, and includes a gold-plated connection. All told, the MM530 is 60.4mm wide, 40.2mm tall, 124.8mm long, and weighs in at 99 grams without the cable included.
Features found in the MM530 are as follows. It is based on the PixArt 3360 optical sensor, which offers four levels to set the DPI in a range of 100 to 12,000 DPI. Tracking capabilities are quite high with a 250 IPS ability, and at 50 G's no less. Lift Off Distance is set to 2mm as the default, but it is adjustable, and the polling rate is 1ms by default as well. Angle snapping can be addressed in either on or off options, there is no acceleration, and there are five profiles and TactiX to play with as well.
Controlling this beast is a 32bit ARM Cortex-M0 MCU, which also delivers 512 KB of onboard memory to put all of your favorite settings on the mouse and not the hard drive. There are seven buttons in total, and two of them are backed with twenty million click Omron switches. Something else worth noting is that the MM530 is guaranteed for two years against defects.
Pricing can and usually is a significant factor in whether the masses will buy a product, and we feel the Cooler Master has this under control. The MSRP was set to $49.99, and for what you get, we do not think that this is out of line in the slightest. However, as we write this review, we see sales on this mouse across the board.
Considering at this time, at Newegg and Amazon, we are finding the MasterMouse MM530 for the paltry sum of $29.99. At $50 we felt you were getting quite the bang-for-the-buck, but at $30, the MM530 may just be the best mouse money can buy. In what we have seen, and with what we are going to show you, we feel it won't take long for you to come to a similar conclusion.
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