CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse - Software Setup and Tweaking

Article Index
CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse
Installation and Testing
Software Setup and Tweaking
Final Thoughts

Software:

The CM Storm Recon Optical mouse software is absent from the package.  If you want to tweak your mouse, you will have to go download the latest version of the software from their website.  The Recon software has six tabs to help configure it to your liking. The first tab is the Buttons configuration. On this tab you can setup all the buttons. You also have the options to assign a function. There are six options in this tab.  These options are: Default, Mouse Function, Macro, Advanced, Keyboard Key and the option to Disable all options.

The first option is the default button configuration. The next is the Mouse Function. I always disable the left handed thumb button to keep from hitting them by accident.

Buttons

Changing Button Configurations:

First, click on the button you wish to change.  Then click on the Mouse Function block.  Once this is done, use the pull down window to select what mouse function you want to change a button too.  Once you have that done, you have even more options.  You can change the Playback Options and specify the number of times you want the Function to be executed, as well as the option to press and hold to execute repeatedly: More functions include: release to stop or press and release to execute repeatedly - press and release again to stop.

The Macro option has the same type of setup. In the Advanced option you can change buttons to execute things like: volume up or down and pause or play.  The Keyboard option does exactly that; changes a button to execute a keyboard key and the Disable option disables that particular button.

Sensor
Sensor

Glow
Glow

The second tab in the software is the Sensor tab.  This is where you can change any senor settings such as the DPI level, LoD (lift of distance), USB speed, OS Sensitivity, OS Double Click speed, Button Response Time and a test area for Double Click Speed.  These setting are easily changed by either a slider or a pull down menu. It is very simple to change any setting. My only complaint is the fact that you can only change the DPI to four different levels: 800, 1600, 3200 and 4000.  I tried changing to any other speed but it failed.  Apparently custom DPI is not allowed by software unlike some other mice I have seen in the past that will let you change the DPI by a value of 1 or 100 DPI at a time. My normal DPI level for a mouse on my desktop system is around 1200 DPI.

The third tab is the Glow.  Here is where any color changes can be made.  The Recon has a lot of customizable options. After selecting a profile you can change all three zones in the mouse to any color in the spectrum. You simply select the section to change the color.  These sections include LED1 (mouse wheel), LED2 (DPI switch) and LED3 (CM Storm Logo).  After selecting a LED to change, select a color at the top that is close to what you want.  Then you can change the Red, Green and Blue values in increments of one.  This makes the color choices almost infinite. You also have the option to change the brightness by using a slider that goes from Off to 100%.  You also have the option to change how the light is displayed.  It can be either continuous, flashing on profile switch or even something as distracting as rapid fire.

Blue LEDs Red / Green LEDs
   
Green LEDs Red LEDs

 

The forth tab is the Macros.  In this section you can create a macro.  Personally I don't create a lot of macros but I will show you how easy it is to do.  To create a macro, start by giving it a name.  Once you’ve chose a name, click on the round button at bottom.  This will pull up a lot of options on the right side.  Once you have decided what button you want to start the Macro, you can set the amount of delay for the desired action from a pull down menu. You can set it from no delay to 500ms or record actual delay. You do have limits to work within. Each profile can contain up to nine macros (one for each button with up to 100 actions combined).  This means you can have one macro with 100 actions or three macros with 33 actions each.  There is a red action bar at the bottom to tell you how much time/space you have used.  Once you end the action, apply it to the profile and you’re done.

Macros
Macros

Profiles
Profiles

Support
Support

 

The fifth tab is the Profiles. The Recon can store up to five profiles on the mouse itself, but you can have many more.  They will be stored on you PC in the software.  This makes it easy to change to a new profile if you get tired of the game you were playing – or if you messed one up so bad that it’s easier to start over.  I played around for a long time creating profiles and actually made a total of over 100 different ones.  They are easy to change and remove or add to your mouse.

The last tab covers Support.  This is where you can update you software and find out what version you have.  This tab contains two buttons - Online Support and Info. The Online Support will take you to the Cooler Master support page for any available downloads.  The Info button will tell you exactly what version you have.  It provides the Hardware version, Sensor version, Firmware version and Software version that you have installed.

On the last page, we'll wrap up the review with a few final thoughts as we draw some conclusions.