Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse Review

by AkG     |     November 3, 2009

Up Close and Personal cont.

While the button and wheel layout on the Sentinel is ergonomic, the real stars of the show are the OLED screen and LEDs built into the unit. The OLED screen resides just behind the DPI adjustment buttons on the top of the Sentinel Advance. While it may have been nice to have a full colour screen here, this single colour Organic Light Emitting Diode bases screen is big enough to show not only your X and Y DPI setting but also a 32 x 32 pixel logo. The default logo is easily changeable to anything you want it to be via the software which means this mouse can be customized to your liking. As you can tell, we love it.

Wrapping around the OLED screen is a large mesh area which allows the internal LEDs customizable colour to shine bright for all to see. Cooler Master calls these LEDs “OctoShade Technology” which sounds a lot better than “it makes your palms glow in a darkened room”. Rosy palm jokes aside, there is a very good reason for these LED’s as each preset profile can have its own colour which makes it very easy to tell what presets are in effect.

By holding down one of the DPI changing keys for a couple of seconds the LEDs will start pulsing. Then by using the wheel you can increase or decrease the DPI sensitivity. Just remember the default is to change both X and Y at the same time, but by pressing the forward and back buttons on the side you change do X and Y independently.. Unfortunately, it will only do this in fairly rough 25DPI increments.

As many hard core gamers prefer wired mice so it comes as no surprise that the Sentinel is corded. The Sentinel Advance’s cable is not only long measuring a nice 6 feet but the whole length of the cable is finished in a tight and low friction material braid. Making things even better is the fact that the wire is also very thin; not “fragile” thin but much thinner than many we have seen. This means it will suffer from much less cord snagging issues than its competitors.

It seems to us that Cooler Master didn’t skimp on the size, placement or number of low friction feet. When you get into the higher sensitivity range any stutter or imprecise movement will be magnified so this is a big deal. All in all, Cooler Master uses two large feet on either side, a smaller one in the front and a nicely sized one at the back. To us this is the kind of setup we like to see but with that being said we wish the two main (long) feet were wider as they are a little bit on the narrow side.

A little bit forward of center is where the dual lasers and sensor reside. The use of two laser in theory should help increase the precision of this unit and help keep it from having tracking errors on less than optimal surfaces. The sensor itself is rated for an extremely high 5600DPI and a max tracking speed of a massive six meters per second. Both of these numbers are certainly overkill and we highly doubt most of Cooler Master’s potential customers will ever max the capabilities of this mouse out.

As with many good gaming orientated mice, the Sentinel Advance has the ability to fine tune its weight and feel. This is accomplished in a fairly standard manner with the back of mouse housing having a removable door in which small 4.5 gram weights reside. In grand total you have five of these weights allowing for an additional 4.5, 9, 13.5, 18 or 22.5 grams. While we would have liked the ability to add a bit more weight, these options should fit the majority of people’s needs just fine.

After a close examination of this mouse we are almost certain that Cooler Master has a winner on their hands since its amazing customizability really does impress us. Everything from the layout of the buttons, to the OLED screen to the multi-colour LEDs really are well thought out and not garish. Sometimes, less is more; but in the case of the Storm Sentienl Advance….more is always better! Cooler Master has obviously done everything humanly possible to make sure that no matter what you want in a mouse this one can deliver and we certainly. Now lets see if they put as much though, effort and money into the software; after all, even the best piece of hardware can be laid low by crappy, buggy and bloated software.

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