CM Storm Recon Mouse and Skorpion Bungee Review
The big question on everyone's lips is, have CM Storm continued their trend of excellence with the Recon?
Albeit with a slight qualification, the answer has to be yes.
It's hugely comfortable to use. The combination of a relatively short length and a real chunky quality to both the design and the buttons mean that you are guaranteed to hit the button you're trying for every single time, and can use it all day long without discomfort. This is aided by the grippy coating on the top surface of the Recon which, along with the smoother sides, allow you to keep it under control under even the most demanding conditions.
Speaking of the buttons the Omrom micro switches have a really satisfying tactile click to them. You're never left in any doubt about whether it's been activated, yet it's not a distracting noise. The chunkiness is against emphasised by that click which has none of the hollowness you sometimes experience in mice. Lighting is equally praiseworthy. As well as being bright and with well saturated hues, it makes glancing at which profile is currently in effect easy. It's not so bright that it distracts you from the action on screen, and that's not always a balance that's been easy to strike.
The software is excellent. A small download and equally small footprint, it's easy to use and setup the Recon to your liking. There are a lot of customisation options, from a robust macro suite to more simple tasks, the Recon software has you covered.
There are only a couple of small niggles. Firstly the cable isn't braided but is plain plastic. It's a small thing, but the marketplace is absolutely saturated with gaming mice at the £45 price point, so it's both worth noting and something we'd expect. The other issue is either a boon or a pain depending upon your point of view. The scroll-wheel is about the notchiest we've ever used. Naturally this allows you to change weapons (or similar actions) without fear that you'll accidentally change twice. However, unless you're particularly wealthy it's probably fair to say that most of us use a single mouse for all of our computer actions. The big click when scrolling makes moving through internet pages or big documents quite annoying. If you insist on doing it fast then it sounds like a playing card in bicycle spokes.
Finally the Skorpion. We understand that most of you will look at a mouse bungee and wonder what possible benefit it can have. We absolutely love them here at OC3D, as they allow you to utilise all the benefits of a wired mouse (no batteries, no interference, instant response), yet it feels as if you have a wireless mouse in your hand with the inherent benefits of the freedom and lack of cable snagging that a wireless one brings. The Skorpion is well made, weighty, and flexible. It's fantastic and if you haven't discovered the benefits a bungee can have we definitely recommend the CM Storm Skorpion.
As for the Recon, it's a fantastic gaming mouse. It's comfortable. The sensor is excellent. All the buttons and lighting are of a high quality, as is the software. The only fly in the ointment is roughness of that scroll wheel and simplicity of the cable. So you get a great mouse at a good price, but such is the white-hot competition at this pricepoint that we can only award it our Silver Award.