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CM Storm Sentinel Review

CM Storm Sentinel

Manufacturer: CM Storm
UK Price (as reviewed): £45.99 (inc VAT)
US Price (as reviewed): $46.84 (ex Tax)

When we get a call from the guys at Cooler Master about a new product, we fully expect it to be a case, power supply or, possibly an HSF. A couple of weeks ago however, the call was touting a gaming mouse and our interest was piqued, especially since, like the awesome HAF 922 chassis, the Sentinel comes from Cooler Master’s gaming wing, CM Storm.

This is a 5,600dpi-capable rodent of ergonomic curves, satin black finish and LED lights; a combination of excellent qualities that culminate in an unfortunately generic look. The button arrangement is pretty standard fair too. There are buttons for left and right click, forward and back in your browser, a scroll wheel, dpi selection buttons and one for flitting through the four customisable profiles. The clicking mechanism of the buttons has a nice enough action and the scroll wheel is covered in rubber for a decent grip. No innuendos intended.

If you squint your eyes, the shape of the mouse resembles the silhouette of a curvaceous female form (It does? - Ed) - and it feels good in your hand too. The wide body provides suitable support and decent grip for your thumb and palm, while the buttons are all positioned where you’d intuitively reach for them.

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While your first impressions of the Sentinel might be a little bland, it actually possesses just about every gaming widget you could think of. There’s an adjustable weights system, with five removable, 4.5g nuggets of metal that can adjust the overall weight from 132g to 109.5g. Atop the mouse, in between where your index and middle finger rest, is an OLED display.

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This screen reads out the current dpi settings on both the X and Y axis and can even display a basic image of your choosing, such as a clan logo. The screen, along with just about every other part of the mouse, can be customised via the bundled software which allows you to set up four separate profiles and adjust the LED lights between eight different colours with a different configuration for each profile. While this may seem a tad gimmicky, it’s a useful visual aid to see which profile is selected at a glance.

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The profile selection button is neatly tucked away above the scroll wheel, so there’s little chance of a miss-click landing you in poopsville in the heat of the moment. The software interface is stylishly drawn, but the mass of customisability options means it looks very busy. Once you’re accustomed to the primary functions though, navigating your way around it is easy enough. When you’ve got your Sentinel set up just how you like it, the software saves all the settings to the mouse's onboard memory so it’s ready for business wherever you take it.

In the end, the CM Storm Sentinel is comfortable to use, delivers just about every feature we can think of for a gaming mouse and does so at a reasonable price. It's a little bland-looking, and it doesn't deliver anything ground-breaking to the world of gaming mice, but overall it's a well-executed peripheral.

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