CM Storms Latest Mouse & Mats
Testing & Verdict
Poll rate test:
This test involves a number of mouse movements whilst running an application called mouse rate checker to verify the polling rate achieved by the mouse. Although the program showed that the average polling rate of the mouse was below the 1ms quoted, the mouse did momentarily meet the rated speed, so it wasn't a total disaster.
Using the mouse:
As there's no benchmark or test to tell you if a mouse is good or not, I used the mouse as my everyday work mouse. The precision I was able to achieve, along with the supreme comfort led to a pleasant experience and one that I would happily have everyday.
Switching to gaming truly brought the mouse into its own, with all of its high end features really beginning to shine. The ability to just press a button and have your character buy a pre-recorded set of weapons, or perform a specific combat manoeuvre is pretty nice. But what if the macro's don't match the game or map you are playing? Then you simply change the profile, and engage in combat once more. The 5600dpi laser ensures that even the minutest of moves are recorded, aiding you in lining up the enemy right in the middle of your sights. The ability to adjust the DPI is also useful, although nothing new as far as gaming mice are concerned.
Once again the comfort of the mouse was excellent, even after a good few hours of gaming my hand was still poised and ready for more. It's also worth noting that with the lights on the mouse pulsing away it looked like quite a demon sitting on my desk.
CM Storm really have come up trumps with the Sentinel Advance. Not only does it have premium features, but it also has premium software to back it up, allowing you to customise every little detail. The polling rate was a bit of a disappointment, but it was still far from slow and perfectly acceptable. The omission of wireless isn't a big negative, as only the awesome Razer Mamba can avoid adding dreaded lag when using the technology, and does so with a rather hefty price tag.
Not only does the Sentinel perform well, but it also looks the part. Turning up to a LAN event and pulling out your sentinel will undoubtedly turn heads, with its multiple lighting options and superb OLED screen. Adding your clan logo or a manufacturer logo is a nice touch, which makes the mouse that little bit more personal. It's a bit of a shame you can't add text strings or logos that take up the whole screen, but you can't have everything.
Priced at £49.88 from Scan.co.uk
the Sentinel is certainly up there cost wise with other high end mice, but it certainly justifies the cost with the wealth of features on offer. If you're looking for the ultimate gaming mouse, then you're search may well be over...
+ OLED Screen
+ Customisable lighting and Logo placement
+ On the fly adjustable dpi
+ Bundled software has a mind boggling array of options
+ Stormguard Security Bracket
* A wireless version would be nice
- Buttons could have a bit more of a quality click
were kind enough to send Overclock3d a range of mouse pads to take a look at as well, so feel free take a look at them on the next few pages.
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