CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse

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Product: CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse
Provided By: Cooler Master
Price: ~$49.99 Online at time of publication

Introduction:

Today we have the CM Storm Recon Optical mouse on our test bench. The “Storm” line of products belongs to Cooler Master - a well-known manufacturer of PC components such as cases, peripherals, and power supplies along with many other PC and laptop related products. If you want more information about Cooler Master or just want to check out what’s new, check out their website.

Front Of Box
Front of Box

Back Of Box
Back of Box

 

First Impressions:

The CM Storm Recon Optical mouse came in the traditional CM Storm colors: red and black. It is packaged in a flip-front cardboard box encased in a molded plastic clam-shell. The packaging did a great job of keeping the Recon mouse intact. The first thing I noticed when I first laid my fingers on the mouse was the rubberized coating. It felt like it would be secure in my hand and wouldn’t fly across the room when I had a fit of rage.  The CM Storm Recon Optical mouse is ambidextrous, so it is good for right handed or left handed use. The Recon has a total of 9 buttons that can be customized and programmed for all sorts of different gaming and non-gaming profiles.

Open Box
Open Box

 

Features & Specifications:

The following features and specifications have been pulled from the product page and posted here for your convenience.  Please make sure to always check the manufacturers site for all the latest information.

 

The Recon Gaming Mice is designed specifically for gamers that demand the utmost in durability, functionality and accuracy. The ambidextrous form factor and rubberized coating making it a versatile for all types of grip gestures. Recon equipped with a pair of Omron Micro switches and Avago 3090 high precision optical sensor, allowing users to switch choice of 800, 1600, 3200, 4000 dpi on-the-fly as well as integrating 5 profiles and 36 macros to personalize the mouse at your own preference.
 
Bundle
Bundle
 
Max Customization
Recon features 3 individual multi-color LED zones, the Mousewheel, DPI Buttons and CM Storm Logo. The brightness and color of each zone can be fine tuned, or simply disabled.
 
On-The-Fly Tuning
Quickly switch between different USB polling speeds, LOD levels and sensor DPI settings without leaving the virtual Battlefield or being distracting and catching a bullet.
 
Precise Tracking
Thanks to the best Optical Sensor on the Market (Avago 3090) The CM Storm Recon tracks movements with the highest optical sensitivity on the market. Users can fine tune the sensitivity and define up to 4 DPI Levels for each Profile.
 
Rubberized Grip
To improve the grip and prevent your fingers from sliding and slipping, the entire mouse body is coated in a thin layer of rubber. An added bonus is a super smooth comfy feel and look, guaranteeing approving nods by whoever lays eyes on it.

Specifications:

  • Avago 3090 optical sensor with 800-4000 dpi
  • On-The-Fly Lift-Off-Distance adjustments
  • On-The-Fly DPI adjustments
  • On-The Fly USB polling rate adjustments
  • Up to 1.5m/s or 60”/s tracking speed and 20G of acceleration
  • Highest grade Japanese Omron micro switches
  • Extra wide 16-bit USB data path
  • 1000 Hz polling rate / 1ms response time
  • Super Grip coated ambidextrous mousebody
  • Ultra swift mouse feet
  • Flexible 1.8 meter or 78.6 inch long cable
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 64.4 x 116.4 x 42 mm/ 2.53 x 4.58 x 1.65 inches
  • Multicolor Mousewheel light to identify Profiles

 

On the next page we'll take a close look at this mouse as we plug it in and power it up on my gaming PC.

 


Installation & Testing:

Testing the CM Storm Recon Optical mouse is straight forward. I plugged it into my favorite gaming PC and installed the software. Once it’s detected properly, I set up my preferences in the software (we will get into the software a little later). For the next week or so, I use this normally in order to get used to the mouse.  The Recon has Teflon feet that glide very well on any surface, even the bare top of a desk.  The Recon Optical mouse has Cooler Masters newest Avago Sensor that is adjustable from 800 to 4000 DPI.  It is the first mouse sensor with lift off distance adjustments.  This can be very useful if you are into MMORPGs where there is a lot of mouse movement required for map zooming and such.

Side Profile
Side Profile

Other Side Profile
Other Side Profile

 

The Avago Sensor tracked well and was very smooth on all surfaces. The Recon’s rubberized coating gives it a very secure feeling and makes finding the right button a breeze.  I like the uniform ambidextrous design as well. I especially like the thumb buttons as they are positioned just right for me and they work great for getting that up close and personal knife kill.  

The on-the-fly DPI switch makes switching from my normal DPI setting to a lower setting for long distance snipping a breeze.  All you have to do is click once on the DPI- switch and you’re done.  The only flaw I can see is that you can only set the DPI to one of four different settings. It would be great if it could be changed in smaller increments.

Mouse Front
Mouse Front

Mouse Rear
Mouse Rear

Mouse Bottom
Mouse Bottom

On the next page, we'll take a look at the software that is available for the Recon mouse as we start to give this little unit a workout.

 


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.

 


Conclusion:

The Recon Optical mouse with its new Avago Sensor was a pleasure to use.  I had no problems with it being jerky or skipping around regardless of what surface I was using it on.  It is constructed well from high quality components. The Teflon feet did not show any noticeable sign of wear after a month’s use. The Teflon feet did a great job of being smooth on any surface I tried it on.

As far as performance goes, the CM Storm Recon Optical mouse did what it was supposed to without any problems. The Avago sensor performed flawlessly and the LoD setting would be nice if you tend to lift the mouse a lot.

The Software was where the Recon shined and also fell short.  The Recon software has a lot of options and you can set up almost every aspect of the mouse.  The LoD is a nice feature that I haven't seen before.  It has almost infinite color options.  You can set-up over 100 different profiles but can have only five profiles loaded on mouse at one time. The ability to have macros is nice - if you use them. The place it fell a little short was the DPI adjustments. It has only four possible setting. I would like to see a little more.

As far as compatibility goes, The Recon Optical mouse worked great on every system I tested it on.

The CM Storm Recon Optical mouse can be found on web for about $40 in the USA.  That is right in line with other mice of its caliber. It has almost limitless color schemes that can be changed with the press of a button. The Teflon feet do a great job of keeping all movements nice and smooth. The Recon has CM Storm features the newest Avago Sensor and it works great.

Overall, the CM Storm Recon Optical mouse with its new Avago sensor performed well under all tests. It tracked well on every surface - even when being lifted off a surface.  The software can store up to five profiles on the mouse that can be changed on the fly along with the ability to create macros and much more.  If you are in the market for a new mouse, the Recon Optical mouse is a great value and definitely deserves consideration.

Pros:

 

  • Rubberized Coating
  • Avago Sensor
  • Great Value
  • Lots Of Lighting Options
  • Teflon Feet

 

Cons:

  • Only 4 DPI Settings

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Gold

 

I would like to thank Cooler Master for sending BCCHardware the Recon Optical mouse for review. If you have any questions, comment or just general feedback please feel free to leave the in the link below.