Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
The history we remember, when it comes to companies trying to ventilate and lighten peripherals, started back in 2014 at Thermaltake. Not only did they cut honeycomb openings into mouse frames, but they also took the idea and ran with it across many of their products at that time, with the Level 10 M and Ventus series mice sticking out in our mind. While we do not recall any blowback from the designs, there are always those that are worried the device may fill with Cheeto dust and leftover bits of skin from your hands, we have never seen proof of such claims. Since then, years have gone by, and it appeared that idea had fallen off the map. However, many years later, we did see products such as the Finalmouse Air58 Ninja and the Glorious Model O surface, but sadly, we have not had our hands-on either of them.
With only a couple of options on the market, it only makes sense for others to jump on the wagon, and get their version of it out in public, and hopefully absorb some of the hype that the previously mentioned mice have created. The thing about it is, that if you are going to go head to head with products that are raved about across the internet, you have to come out swinging for the fences to even get noticed. Cooler Master is the first significant player in the peripherals game to try their luck, and we have to say, when compared side by side to the other two current options in mice, Cooler Master indeed came out swinging, and if you are looking for an open-top mouse with class-leading features, look no further.
As you read this, the MasterMouse MM710 is already on shelves on this side of the pond, where on the other, the mouse was released a couple of weeks ago. Nevertheless, we feel that the confusion surrounding the release that some sites ran into, and the wait compared to the competition was worth it! We are not here to shame the predecessors in this class, but rather show how and where the MM710 is superior to the others, in many ways mind you, and cover everything that has gone into such a design, resulting in a device that is well worth your attention, even if you own the Model O or the Ninja currently!
Cooler Master provided a specifications chart in the reviewer's guide, but sadly it was too small, so we copied it to this version for readability. At the top of this chart, we see that the name of the mouse is the MM710, where the MM stands for MasterMouse. What follows are four models of this mouse. You will have the option to look for two black versions, one matte and one in a glossy finish, and you can also search for the white variants, with the same surface treatment options.
Grip style is said to be fine for most users, as claw, palm, and fingertip grip styles covers most, if not all potential customers. The frame of the MM710 is made of ABS plastic, and a good portion of it removed from the top for styling and weight reduction. Under the mouse, there is a set of three, white, PTFE feet to ensure a smooth glide on nearly any surface. The one downer for the MM710 is that in a market full of RGB LED goodness, as not a single LED light is present here!
The sensor inside is the PixArt PMW 3398, which is a higher range sensor than either of the competitive designs. The MM710 offers seven steps of DPI levels built-in, from 400 to 16,000 DPI, and 1200 DPI is the default setting. As to the full range of the DPI scale, on the low-end, you can set 200 DPI. On your way to 16,000 at the top end, you can increase the DPI in 100 DPI increments. Tracking speed is up there with the 400 inches per second, which is faster than many can physically accomplish! The LOD is set to around 2mm, but it is adjustable, the polling rate is set to 1000Hz, angle snapping is disabled by default, and you can swing for the fences when making movements, as the G load is shown to be 50!
The processor is a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ with 512KB of onboard memory for profile and Macro storage. Omron makes the main switches, and we get twenty-million click versions, and all told, six buttons can be pressed, and the scroll of the wheel. The attached cable is 1.8 meters in length, on the inside a standard rubberized USB 2.0 cable, but on the outside, it is covered in Ultraweave, which is similar to Paracord. Of the three open-top options, the MM710 is the biggest at 116.6mm long, 62.6mm wide, 38.3mm of height, but weighs the least at around 53 grams, without the cable connected to the mouse! The last bit is about the warranty, where Cooler Master will cover the MM710 for two years.
Even though the embargo technically does not lift until the review releases, we were able to find the MM710 already listed at Amazon! With Cooler Master registered as the seller, we see that the MSRP of $49.99 we saw in the reviewer's guide rings true. While we assume these mice will also be at Newegg soon, at this time, we see nothing. The only downer of this situation is that you are going to have to like the matte black version of the MM710 because as of this moment, the other three options are not listed. However, even if you are an early adopter, you will be pleased with what you have, and at this price, why not get one now, and when the color and texture combination you desire come available on the market, you can buy that one as well!
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon