Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse

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Product(s): CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse
Provided By: Cooler Master

Price: ~$49.99 USD


Introduction: 

Today we've got a new mouse on the test bench from Cooler Master, the Spawn gaming mouse. This mouse is from Cooler Master's "CM Storm" lineup of products that is aimed more towards the gaming crowd. Cooler Master has 3 mice in their CM Storm lineup so far which includes the Spawn, Inferno and CM Storm Sentinel Advance mouse.

The Spawn gaming mouse is a bit smaller than other mice however its smaller size and lightweight design make it a great alternative to some of the other gaming mice on the market.

Let's move onto the next section and see what the Spawn is all about.

 

First Impressions:

Spawn Box
CM Spawn - Packaging (Front)
Spawn Open Box
CM Spawn - Packaging (Open)

 

In the next set of pictures (right) you'll see that the CM Spawn doesn't come with much inside the box, you get the mouse and a quick start guide (which is all you need to get up and going). There is software available for the Spawn mouse which can be downloaded from the CM Storm website and you are provided instructions on how to get that in the quick start guide. It's sometimes nice to not have to go find software online to get up and going but the Spawn software is a small 4 MB download so it shouldn't take you very long to get that up and going. You can definitely use this mouse without installing the software however if you want to do some fine adjustments or setup macros you will need to get the software from their website.

Features
CM Spawn - Features
Spawn Bundle
CM Spawn - Included Accessories

 

As you might be able to tell from the pictures the Spawn mouse is a bit smaller than other mice we've tested, in our testing section we'll provide some side-by-side comparison pictures with other mice to help you get a better picture of how it compares size-wise.

Spawn Profile
CM Spawn - Side View
Spawn Side Buttons
CM Spawn - Side View

 

Both sides of the Spawn mouse have a rubberized grip that allows you to keep a good grip on the mouse (and makes it tougher to blame the mouse when you keep dying in your favorite game).

Spawn Bottom
CM Spawn - Bottom View
Spawn Top Down
CM Spawn - Top View

 

There we go, that's the CM Storm: Spawn mouse from Cooler Master, in the next sections we'll take a closer look at the fine details and give this mouse a test drive and see how it performs.

 

 


CM Spawn Mouse Specifications:

 

Spawn Profile
All specifications taken from CoolerMaster.com

  

Features:

  • 3500 DPI Optical Sensor
  • 800, 1800, and 3500 DPI Presets
  • Max. Speed: 60 IPS (inches per second)
  • Max. Acceleration: 20G
  • Image Processing: 6400FPS (frames per second)
  • Image Processing: 5.8 Megapixels / Second
  • Mouse Settings Storage: Sentinel-X TM 32 KB
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz USB Transfer Rate
  • Right-hand Ergonomic Claw-style
  • 7 Fully Programmable Buttons
  • Durability: Precise & Long-lasting Mouse Buttons
  • & Scroll Wheel
  • Ultra Swift Teflon Feet
  • Cable Length: 2 Meters
  • Gold Plated USB Connector

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

 

 

CM Spawn Mouse Testing

Reviewing a mouse is one of the best/easiest things to test because basically you just have to use it and see how it performs. I installed the CM Spawn on my desktop system that I use primarily for desktop/website takes but also have a few games installed as well.

The first couple minutes were the weirdest due to the CM Spawn’s smaller size. Most mice that I have used in the past have been larger in size than the CM Spawn so at first it felt a bit weird.  In the past most of the mice that I use on a daily basis are a bit larger than the CM Spawn and normally have a bit more weight to them.  The smaller size and lighter weight of this mouse made the first few minutes of using the CM Spawn feel weird but after about 15 minutes of gameplay (and once I stopped actually thinking about the differences) the CM Spawn mouse quickly grew on me.

The biggest thing that grew on me with this mouse was just how smooth it was and how well it tracked even on a smooth surface. For testing I used a variety of cloth and hard mousepads as well as just on the top of my desk (which is normally what I use). The CM Spawn performed like a champ on all 3 surfaces so regardless of your mousepad preference you should have no issues with the CM Spawn.


I've mentioned throughout the review that the Spawn is a bit smaller than other gaming mice that I've tested and to provide a comparison I've taken some pictures of it beside the SteelSeries Ikari mouse (our full review of the Ikari can be found here).

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CM Spawn - Comparison
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CM Spawn - Comparison

 

The DPI adjustment is done using the middle buttons and can be done on the fly to easily change between 800, 1800, and 3500 DPI.  For normal everyday use I normally have a mouse set to around 1500 DPI as my preference but found that 1800 DPI was very easy to get used to and for the majority of the testing I did on this mouse I left it set on “Medium” (1800 DPI). Bumping the mouse up to 3500 DPI is a bit fast for my preference but in some games having the ability to switch quickly to a high DPI can come in very, very handy.

The CM Spawn Mouse features “Omron 5 Million Clicks Micro Switches” for the buttons on this mouse. I’m not so sure what makes these micro switches so special but I must admit that they work great and have a very nice feel to them. It’s tough to explain just how clicking a mouse button feels so I’ll just say it’s like clicking butter (that’s good).
The scroll wheel on this mouse is a “Japanese-Made Ultra-Step Wheel Encoder” which apparently is good. Once again explaining how a mouse wheel feels is tough but overall the mouse wheel (scroll wheel) works nicely and I have no complaints about it.

 

Software

The Spawn mouse comes with some custom software that will allow you to fine-tune you settings as well as setup macros if you desire. I'll provide a couple screenshots to show you some of the options you can change to your liking.

 

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CM Spawn - Main Screen

 

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CM Spawn - Custom Menu

 

The software is pretty straight-forward to use and you should be able to try out some different settings to find a combination that works best for you. This software is only available from the CM Storm website (direct link can be found here). One nice thing is that any settings you change in here will be saved to the mouse and if you transfer this mouse to another computer your settings will follow you (no re-setup required).

There aren't really any major drawbacks that I encountered while testing the Spawn mouse, however one thing that "Extremely Hardcore" users might not like is the fact that they can't adjust the DPI of this mouse to custom levels. You are able to toggle between 800, 1800, and 3500 DPI but can't set them to anything different. For 90% of people those settings are just fine but if you demand a specific DPI you would be out of luck.

 

 

Cooler Master CM Spawn Mouse Final Thoughts:

When I first hooked up the CM Spawn I was a little bit skeptical of it due to the small size of this mouse. The CM Spawn is a much smaller and lighter mouse that I traditionally use and for the first 15 minutes of use I was wondering if I would be able to get used to it. 15 minutes later after I had stopped thinking about the mouse and what I liked and didn’t like (and basically over-analyzing it) and when I stopped playing a game I realized that I had already pretty much gotten used to the CM Spawn already and it actually felt really nice during gameplay.

In my testing I tried a few different genres of games, FPS, Strategy, clicking madly web-based games, and just everyday tasks. While the CM Spawn is touted more as a “Gaming Mouse” I found that it did very well playing games and I grew to like it very quickly, but in everyday tasks (which unfortunately is what a good majority of my day consists of) the CM Spawn also performed like a champ.


The CM Storm lineup of products (which the Spawn is part of) is more aimed at gamers and features software that is customizable for gamers. One nice feature is the built in 32 KB of memory (Sentinel-X 32 KB) which allows the custom settings that you set to be stored on the mouse itself and if you accidentally unplug it or move it to another system all of your settings are saved and do not need to be setup again. Other options like adjustable DPI on the fly is a nice feature that most gamers use and love on a regular basis.

The value of the Spawn mouse is also very good when compared to other "Gaming" mice. At time of publishing the MSRP of the Spawn was $49.99 USD which is very competitive for a mouse with as many features as the Spawn has.

As far as drawbacks go I really don't have any major complaints with the CM Spawn mouse. The "claw-shape" design might not be for everyone but it is a nice alternative to some of the larger and bulkier gaming mice available and I think there will be quite a few people who will appreciate the size and shape of this mouse.

At the end of the day the CM Spawn is a great option when it comes to gaming mice. While the CM Spawn is more aimed at the gaming community it's also a great "all-around" mouse and if you are looking for a smaller "claw-style" mouse this might just be the mouse for you. The high quality construction of this mouse, the ability to easily customize this mouse, and great value that the Spawn gaming mouse offers has earned this mouse our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award.

 

Pros:

  • High Performance
  • Smooth Feel
  • Customizable (Macros)
  • Smaller Size than some other Gaming Mice
  • Lightweight yet still very Sturdy

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

BCCRating

 
Gold 

 

I'd like to thank Cooler Master for sending us their Spawn gaming mouse. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.