About a week ago, I was in the search for a mouse that could replace my SteelSeries Kinzu v2, which I’m still using at the moment. I’m rather indecisive when it comes to things like that and so I’ve asked for opinions from as many gamers as I could on what the best gaming mice are. A lot of answers I got was kind of expected and most of them were recommendations of either Razer or Roccat mice. As much as I hate offending my readers, Razer products aren’t exactly reliable and I have personal experiences of that. I previously used a Razer Imperator (the 2012 edition), which performed really good and things seemed fine until it broke down 3 months after I bought it. Although I can imagine myself going hard at the mouse day and night, that shouldn’t be an excuse for making a failure of a product. The worst part of it all is that when I returned the Imperator under the warranty, the product shipped back to me was (I suspected) a used one because there were smudges on the surface, which looks like someone has been handling it for a while. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to wait another few weeks for another replacement so I stuck to it for a while.
After I got the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 because I heard a lot of good things about it, I still feel as if there’s something lacking in my gaming performance. First of all, the mouse was a little too big for my hands and my fingers could barely reach the end of the mouse buttons unless I pushed my grip forward but doing so would make it awkward for the back part of my palm. Also, the SteelSeries Kinzu doesn’t include any programmable buttons and that simply wasn’t good enough when I started getting myself into some MMOs like Tera Rising and Ragnarok Online 2. I needed more key binds for my skills and my keyboard was already full. I hate using modifiers like alt and shift btw. So, the only solution that made sense to me was to replace the keys with the buttons on the mouse instead. With that said, I needed a gaming mouse that not only fits the shape and size of my hands but had enough buttons to plough through most MMOs.
My first choice was the Logitech G600 MMO simply because it’s the only mouse that had been built specifically with MMO gaming in mind. The G600 could possibly be the best gaming mouse if it weren’t for the fact that it lacks a wireless feature. I mean, even Logitech decided to name it the G600 MMO so it couldn’t be more fitting. Upon further research on it though, I realized that it weighs a ton at 0.3 pounds. This is significant considering the fact that most Razer mice, which I had gotten used to, only weighed a mere 0.2 pounds or perhaps slightly more. Plus, I want my mouse to be as light as possible so that flicking the cursor quickly around for my FPS games will be easier. It’s also not really that cheap at $80. The only redeeming feature it has was its powerful DPI of 8200 and the fact that it has 16 programmable buttons in total. That’s a whole lot of buttons and this essentially makes it comparable to the Razer Naga mice (14 buttons or so).
I calmed myself down because I’ve been known to make impulse purchases. After a day or two of further research, I looked into the CM Storm series, which are apparently built specifically for gaming. According to expert gamers, the best mouse for gaming is indeed the Razer mouse (DeathAdder 2013, if I’m not mistaken) but its DPI levels aren’t all that impressive. I had a rather limited budget of $50 to purchase just one gaming mouse and the CM Storm Xornet, Recon, Inferno and Spawn were all within the price range I was looking for. The Storm Inferno wireless mouse attracted me most because out of 10 of the best picks, it has the highest amount of buttons on it. Its DPI is also fairly decent at 4,000. Plus, it’s the only gaming mouse that has a laser sensor among the other 4. Priced at $66, it couldn’t be any more irresistible.
Now, about its drawbacks. The reviews on the CM Storm Inferno aren’t fantastic, that’s for sure. It’s essentially a mouse made for claw-grip users, which is troubling because I’m used to the palm grip when I’m surfing the internet and I needed this mouse for both gaming and for work. You’re almost not allowed to customize your DPI levels to a significant extent. In fact, you’re limited to the 3 preset DPI levels (800, 1800 and 3500). The cable isn’t braided like most modern mice but that’s not really an issue for me. There is also no wireless option for the Storm Inferno just in case you’re wondering about this. Although I don’t personally use wireless mice whenever I game, a good option that a friend had suggested to me would be the Logitech Wireless G700 which, according to him, is easily the best wireless gaming mouse in 2013. He has been using it for over 3 years now without any hitches whatsoever so I would trust his recommendation. Other than that, everything else seems perfect. The mouse moves really smoothly on my SteelSeries mousepad and there aren’t any troublesome driver installations required. It’s basically a plug and play mouse. Its button placements are fantastic and they aren’t disruptive in any way. I still prefer a wireless gaming mouse nonetheless, but that’s a discussion for another day.
The profile saving feature is quite limited too, as I’ve noticed. Since this CM Storm gaming mouse only has 128KB worth of memory, you can save up to 6 profiles on the mouse and that’s about it. I wished they gave me more options for this because I’m used to playing 10 games all at once and I alternate between them so often that I need varying sensitivities and key bindings for all of them. Plus, when I browse the web, I prefer using a lower DPI of 1800 instead of 3000 and above. There are 5 LED illuminated lights to the left of the scroll wheel which shows the level of DPI being used. This is more for aesthetics than anything else. I wouldn’t imagine myself being unable to distinguish the difference in the sensitivity levels as I move the cursor around. As for its polling rate, it’s pretty standard at 1000 Hz. There are some gaming mice that only have up to 500 Hz of polling rate though so no complaints here.