CM Storm introduces its fully featured optical driven Spawn mouse. With a lightweight, ergonomic steel construction, the Spawn is sure to catch the eye of the most competitive gamers. Specially crafted for claw style gripping technique, CM Storm brings to life a perfect solution for the FPS gamer.
Utilizing an ultra high‐performance optical 3500 DPI sensor, the Spawn is sure to be precise in motion regardless of the surface. Armed with Japanese‐made Omron micro‐switches and accompanied by an ultra‐step wheel encoder, the Spawn ensures each actuation sensory device with the highest quality. Presented in an eye-catching crimson red high-gloss finish, Spawn compliments a gamers setup by adding to the overall look. Lets see if the awesome look matches the performance.
Provided By: Cooler Master
The CM Storm Spawn is packaged in a black flip-top box with red and gray swirls. The front of the packaging features a large clear photo of the Spawn gaming mouse. The CM Storm logo is present at the top, with “Spawn” in very large white glowing lettering. The Key features of the Storm Spawn appear under the name. The rear of the Spawn’s packaging has a detailed specification list. Opening the flip-top reveals the Storm Spawn through plastic blister pack. The inside of the flap has a more complete feature listing along with brief explanations of each feature.
Inside of the box you’ll find the Spawn mouse, Quick Start Guideline and as a media sample, no software was included in our sample of the Storm Spawn, but it will naturally be packaged in retail offerings.
The Cooler Master Spawn gaming mouse is finished in a crimson red high‐gloss finish with black accents and buttons. Centered between the left and right buttons are a scroll wheel and two more DPI buttons. On the left side of the Spawn two more slim, assignable buttons sit above the thumb rest. The CM Storm logo is white on the rear of the mouse, while the name “Spawn” runs down the fourth finger rest.
Features & Specifications:
- 3500 DPI Optical Sensor
- 800, 1800, and 3500 DPI Presets
- Max. Speed: 60 IPS (inches per second)
- Max. Acceleration: 20G
- Image Processing: 6400FPS (frames per second)
- Image Processing: 5.8 Megapixels / Second
- Mouse Settings Storage: Sentinel-X TM 32 KB
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz USB Transfer Rate
- Right-hand Ergonomic Claw-style
- 7 Fully Programmable Buttons
- Durability: Precise & Long-lasting Mouse Buttons
- & Scroll Wheel
- Ultra Swift Teflon Feet
- Cable Length: 2 Meters
- Gold Plated USB Connector
Anti-Drift Control Sensor
The Spawn gaming mouse utilizes a high performance optical engine that ensures extreme stability. Built with an anti-drift system, it provides lossless performance during lifts and drops. With a built-in angle snapping option, one can formulate the perfect flick shot to maximize their kill rates with sheer accuracy.
Onboard Sentinel-X 32 KB
The Sentinel-X microprocessor safeguards your mouse setting by storing button assignments, advanced macros and other mouse customization – allowing gamers to plug and play on any other system without losing their initial settings.
Omron Micro Switches (5 Million Clicks)
Ultra tactile mouse clicks for in-game fragging is afforded through the utilization of Omron’s patented micro switch technology. Backed by a minimum guarantee of 5 million clicks, the Spawn gaming mouse offers an extended gaming life-span for the avid gamer.
Japanese-Made Ultra-Step Wheel Encoder
Ultra precise stepping encoder allows gamers to navigate small distances with the scroll wheel while establishing great control and precision.
DPI on the Fly
Comfortably placed under the scroll wheel, gamers can switch DPI settings easily to 800, 1800, and 3500.
Superior Anti-Slip Rubberized Grip Design
Sweat proof and highly slip resistant, Spawn includes two thick rubber grips that have been deployed on both sides of the mouse. This affords full control to lift-off style gamers during game play.
|Available Color||Black + Red|
|Material||Rubber Grip / ABS Plastic|
|Dimension||(W) 75.5 X (H) 110 X (D) 35 mm|
(W) 3 X (H) 4.3 X (D) 1.3 inch
|Weight||142 g / 0.313 lb|
|Sensor||3500 DPI Storm Tactical Optical Sensor|
|Maximum Tracking Speed||60 IPS|
|Speed Measurement||6400 fps|
|Form Factor||Right Hand Ergonomic|
The Software for the Spawn is versatile and maintains an easy to use and intuitive layout. The interface is broken down into four panels, each with their own control sets. The “Main Control” panel of the Storm Spawn interface gives basic controls for the mouse. All buttons are easily assignable through drop down boxes, and standard functions, such as double click speed, scroll speed and pointer acceleration, are accessed here. The Storm Spawn’s “Macro” panel allows easy programming of multiple keystrokes to one mouse click. Simply enter the name for a new macro and record the keystrokes you would like assigned. The macro will then be available for button assignment in the main panel. Since the macros are actually stored in the Cooler Master Storm Spawn itself, they will work on any computer with the base Storm Spawn software installed.
The “Custom” panel in the Storm Spawn’s software allows for tweaking . Since the Storm Spawn is capable of changing DPI on the fly, the parameters for these changes can be customized. The “Custom” panel also allows for adjustment of polling rate. “Polling rate” is the speed at which changes are monitored through USB. In other words, with standard USB 125Hz polling rate, mouse positioning is updated every 8ms. Upping the polling rate to 500Hz will update positioning every 2ms, and 1000Hz every 1ms. Obviously, faster polling rates allow the Storm Spawn to respond much more smoothly than the conventional 125Hz . The “Custom” panel allows for adjustment of mouse pointer speed, as well.The “Support/Update “panel of the Spawn software offers a one click update check, as well as a link to online support.
To test the Cooler Master Storm Spawn mouse, I simply sat down and ran through my everyday activities. It was difficult to get used to at first, since I was used to a larger, taller gaming mouse. After a while of using it for standard applications I got the hang of it. Since I have larger hands I had a tendency to move my hand towards the back of the mouse. The mouse was comfortable at first, but then became hard to use will using it for an extended time.
I just couldn’t get used to the shorter (length) design of the Spawn. It was fine for standard use, but I found it to be more difficult to use when used for an extended time. If you have smaller hands, this mouse would probably be perfect for you.
Throughout the whole review, I really only had one thing that I did not like. The Spawn seems to be a tad short for gamers with larger hands. Other than that, It would be hard to find something really wrong with the Spawn. The Cooler Master Storm Spawn with a price of $49.99 is a heavy contender in the budget PC gamer’s market.
The Cooler Master Storm Spawn gets the Xtreme Tech Junkie’s Xtreme Award!