Cooler Master Storm Recon Review

Posted on Nov 19 2012 - 5:20pm by Christopher Allega

 

 

Provided By: Cooler Master

Price: $40

 

Closer Look:

 

The CM Storm Recon arrived in a sleek black box with red accents, continuing the Cooler Master Storm theme we’ve been accustomed to seeing.  The back of the box lists a bunch of features, including the usual DPI limits as well as polling rates and even some on-mouse memory to save profile settings.

 You can release the pair of Velcro pads to open the front panel to display six features like the multi-color LEDs, the on-the-fly DPI buttons, the Avago sensor, the super grip coating, nine programmable buttons, and the Omron switches used inside. On the right you can see the Recon in all of its glory under the form fitting plastic covering.

Inside of the box you will find the Recon is packed tightly in the form fitting plastic cover that also raises on both sides to take impact before the mouse would if this was to get dropped in transit. You also will find some paperwork slid in under this packaging.

  Now let’s have a look at the mouse, the Recon is an ambidextrous design, the right side matches exactly to the left, which is nice for all the lefties out there who frequently get let down by companies opting to do right-hand only versions of their mice.

The palm plate of the Recon is rubber coated, which is nice. The sides are made of hard plastic and its buttons are easily felt. You can differentiate between the back and forward button no matter how you hold the mouse, which is great. The mouse-wheel is wider than usual, which I think of as a great little detail. The scroll-wheel click is hard enough and won’t activate mistakenly, and the scroll-wheel’s tactile rolling-feedback is sufficient for such critical tasks as weapon selection.

 The USB cable used with the Recon is a plasticized rubber coated cable that is 1.8 meters on total length from the gold plated UBS connection, through the ferrite choke, all the way to the front of the Recon.

Under the Recon you are given three “Ultra Swift” mouse feet, there is a larger one at the front to take the brunt of the sliding force, while the two on the back will also support the weight of your wrist while gliding smoothly. Smack right in the middle you find the Storm Tactical Sensor 4000 DPI written around the eye of the Avago sensor.

Features & Specifications:

 

Software:

After you install the software for the Recon, once opened you are given this screen first. This is the Buttons screen where you can change the functionality of each of the nine buttons found on the Recon. At the bottom you can see there are five profiles that can be kept active at any point while using the Recon, but the zero slots is always the default as a way to reset the mouse and start over.

The Sensors page gives you control of the DPI, Lift off Distance, and the polling rate for each of the four DPI levels on each of the profiles. The bottom half offers a sensitivity slider, a double click slider, and a button response time slider to obtain the perfect fit for your needs.

The Glow tabbed page gives you the option to change the LED lighting and effects for each of the profiles and DPI settings. There easy to change, you just click on the LED on the left, and on the right, click on a preset color or add your RGB code to the desired color, even the intensity can be controlled. If you want the LEDs to flash or notify you of changes to profile swaps, even a rapid fire mode that lights when you click the left click button.

 

 The Macro page is laid out well and is very intuitive to use. Click the NEW button, and in the left box a line will appear to name it. Then click the record button at the left and program the macro and then use the stop button when done.

 Just to give you an idea of the sheer amount of profile possibilities, the Recon offers this page to store, refine, and add profiles that you may not like at the moment, or aren’t for your current games. No need to delete partial setups either. These are saved on the hard drive, and this is where you can select from for the other four profiles at the bottom of each page. You also see that it will save an image for each profile. I toyed around a bit to make one the right size just to realize that it has an auto resize built in as well.

 

 

On the Support page you will find an address of where to go online for help. If that doesn’t work out you can submit a support ticket. By clicking on the Online Support button, it takes you right to the downloads and FAQs page for the Recon. Clicking on the INFO button will deliver a little popup window that shows the Hardware version, the Sensor version, the Firmware version, and the Software version of the attached device.

 

 

 Conclusion:

During my time with the Recon, I found the combination of the CM Storm Speed RX L and the Recon optical gaming mouse to be a perfect match all though for me, I found myself going back to the Sentinel Advance II because it suited to those people with larger hands, like me.

The Recon comes with a rich feature set, and its driver allows you to tweak pretty much anything. The contrast of the textured gunmetal grey surfaces on the sides and surrounding the DPI buttons against the matte finish of the black rubberized coating is not only attractive, but both offer great traction against your hand as to not lose control of the Recon.

The CM Storm Recon is a great mouse at a great price, too many times mice similar in offerings are demanding $80 to $100 to get what we see here.

 

 

The Cooler Master CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse receive the Xtreme Tech Junkie’s Best Value Award!