CM Storm Speed-RXL & Skorpion Bungee

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Product(s):
CM Storm Speed-RXL Pad
CM Storm Skorpion Mouse Bungee
Provided By: Cooler Master
Price: ~$17.99 Online

 
Introduction:
 
Today we have a couple of peripherals from Cooler Master on our bench.  These are from their “Storm” line and are designed for gamers.  We have the CM Storm Speed-RXL gaming surface as well as the CM Storm Skorpion mouse bungee.  Cooler Master is a well-known manufacturer of PC cases, peripherals and much more.  If you want to know more about Cooler Master or just check out everything they have to offer (and it’s a lot), please check out their website.
 
Skorpion Box Speed Box
 
First Impressions:
 
I will start with the CM Storm Speed-RXL mouse surface.  It came in a relatively small box that comes bearing the red and black CS Storm color scheme with white and grey lettering.  It’s an attractive package that will probably turn heads and do very well in retail stores.  Once you get the pad out of the box and rolled out its huge.  It measures 13 5/8” x 17 5/8” x 3/8” (350mm x 450mm x. 5mm).  The Speed-RXL is made from 100% rubber with Cooler Masters Duracloth surface.  It is a solid black mouse surface with the CM in white and the Storm by Cooler Master in grey.
 
 
Next up is the CM Storm Skorpion mouse bungee.  The Skorpion comes fully assembled in a cardboard box with molded plastic inserts and the CM Storm color scheme, red and black with white lettering.  At first glance I didn't know what it was for.  It looks like some kind of weird creature (hence the name “Skorpion”).  I quickly figured out it was a mouse cord organizer.  The name fits well.  The Skorpion is black with the CM Storm Logo in red.  It is constructed from a synthetic (hard resin) with a metal core for weight and rubber feet to keep it from sliding around on your desk.
 
Skorpion Profile Skorpion Bottom
 
On the next page, we'll cover specifications and more details.

 
Specifications:
 
We've copied a bunch of the specifications from the Cooler Master page below for both of these products.  If you want to get all the latest details, make sure you head on over to the product pages for all the details.  In the meantime, check out some of the information below.
 
Speed-RXL Info:
 
A much needed prescription for gaming, Speed Rx uses synthetic mesh that is comprised of nano fibers that are specifically designed for high-end gaming grade optical sensors, but works equally well with laser sensors. These nano fibers generate a surface that reduces drag and improves overall tracking. At 5mm thick, it provides a cushion that helps reduce fatigue.
  • Microscopic Synthetic Mesh for optimum precision
  • Smooth nano fibers for reduced drag and better comfort
  • Grip coating on bottom side to keep the mousepad in place
  • Extra thick (5mm) soft rubber center piece for better ergonomics and endurance
  • Triple Layer heat bonding process for improved durability and prevent peeling
Speed Specs
 
 
Skorpion Mouse Bungee Info:
 
Don’t restrict your options to a few tiny wireless mice, use any mouse you want. No added delay, interference issues, higher weight due to batteries, and constant recharging and swapping batteries like actual wireless mice. Get the Cooler Master CM Storm Skorpion and make your mouse feel like its wireless!
  • Can be disassembled for maximum portability
  • Adaptive grip grooves for thin and thick mouse cords
  • Flexible rubber mouse cord arm
  • Durable legs with super-grip feet
  • Heavy iron core for extreme stability
Skorpion Specs
 
 
On the next page we'll take a look at testing these products before we wrap up things with our conclusion.
 

 
Testing:
 
Testing the CM Storm Speed-RXL mouse surface and the Skorpion mouse bungee is straight forward.  I would just use them as intended and see how they did.  I decided to test them together as they offer an affordable combination that should help with your day-to-day tasks as well as some hardcore gaming sessions.  The Speed-RXL mouse pad performed very well.  Every mouse I used on it tracked great. The CM Storm Duracloth surface made every movement effortless and smooth – it was like having a hard-surfaced pad slick with furniture polish and mouse skates on your mouse.  Its huge size made gaming great!  I never ran off the edge of the surface and missed a kill-shot (well not because I ran out of surface anyhow).  
 
Bundled Up
 
The Speed-RXL did not even budge on my desk, thanks to the 100% rubber back. The Duracloth surface also did a great job of repelling any liquids that might come in contact with it and cleaned up easily with a damp cloth.
 
Back
 
The Skorpion mouse bungee is a very unique item.  It works great with braided and standard cables. The hardest part of using it is figuring out how much cable to have coming out of the flexible arm to the mouse.  After a few tries I had that figured out.  It definitely does what it is supposed to.  It keeps your mouse cord away from other items on your desk and allows you to have enough un-restricted cable to reach every corner of your pad.  When you use the Skorpion, it eliminates your mouse cord getting tangled with all the other stuff.   When gaming, I hate getting my mouse cord caught on something as this usually gets me killed.  The Skorpion can be taken apart if you need to do some weird modifications, but it is snapped together tightly.  
 
The feet on the Skorpion did not slide around on my desk.  The metal weight in it is a great help with this.  In fact, it was almost impossible to turn over or flip the Skorpion.  The arm that holds the mouse cord is rubber and flexes some if you reach the limit of your mouse cord.
 
 
Conclusion:
 
The CM Storm Speed-RXL mouse pad with the Duracloth surface was a pleasure to use.  Its large surface area is great for gaming and cleans up easily.  That being said, even with the few weeks that I had the pad, I could see signs that the edges were stating to fray.  As the pad is made from rubber and cloth it could get damaged if you don’t take good care of it.  It can be found on the internet for $20, and this is a fair price for such a large pad – but with some quality issues potentially lurking after a few months use, it could be a bit cheaper to offer better value.  Most mouse surfaces I compared the Speed-RXL to were around the $10-12 range that were constructed of similar materials and were roughly the same size.
 
 
Pros:
  • Large Surface Area
  • Duracloth Surface
  • 100% Rubber
 
Cons:
  • A Little Expensive
 
The CM Storm Skorpion mouse bungee is a very unique item.  It does what it is supposed to do and keeps your mouse cord from getting tangled with everything on your desk.  It does not slide around your desktop or tip over when pulled too far.  It can be found on the internet for $20 which is a deal!  I was actually surprised how much I liked it.  So, if you are in the market for a unique mouse bungee, the CM Storm Skorpion would be a great choice.
 
Pros:
  • Unique Design
  • Constructed From High Quality Materials
 
Cons:
  • None
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I would like to thank Cooler Master for sending BCCHardware these samples for review. If you have any questions, comments or just general feedback, please feel free to post them at the link below.