|CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 16 September 2009|
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CM Storm Mouse Final Thoughts
For years, I have searched for a gaming mouse I could really sink my teeth into. It's not that I do a lot of gaming, I just haven't been able to find a mouse that really fits my mold and meets my needs as a gamer. In fact, I have been using a standard Microsoft 5 button IR mouse for many years, having failed to find a comparable upgrade. Those days are over. I have met my match. The CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse has everything I yearn for in a proper gaming accessory. It also has many things I would have never thought of. The Sentinel Advance has 8 programmable buttons, which is plenty for my needs. It also boasts an complex GUI that takes my control of the mouse to the next level. The color schemes on the Sentinel Advance are just down right cool, and with the weights in the bottom, I can customize it pretty much any way I like. The battle pad adds to the fun, giving enhanced precision and a broad playing surface.
I did have a few complaints about the mouse, and I will air those grievances here. I would have liked the 5th mouse button to be on the right side of the mouse, instead of right next to the 4th button. Also, the scroll wheel button on the Sentinel Advance requires quite a lot to actually depress it. It needs to be a little easier to click.
Sentinel Advance Conclusion
The CM Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse arrived in pretty impressive packaging. The box shows off the ergonomic design of the mouse and details some of the more prominent features. While the Sentinel Advance is presented very well, there is nothing over-the-top about the packaging that really makes it stand out from other gaming mice.
The Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse just looks cool. There really isn't another word for it. The design looks like a standard gaming mouse and the even the lighting is vaguely familiar, but the customizable color scheme allowing you to choose two different colors for the top and front of the mouse, the rapid fire LED effects, and the OLED display for the DPI settings and your personalized logo just puts the Sentinel Advance far above the standard gaming mouse as far as appearance is concerned.
CM Storm really thought about durability when making the Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse. One of their key selling points is the fact that it is a driverless mouse and can be taken anywhere. Since mobility is such a feature, durability has to match. The cord for the Sentinel Advance is protected by nylon on top of plastic, making it much less likely to kink, bend, tear, or otherwise. The shell is tough as well. The occasional fall won't hurt the Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse much.
If the appearance of the Sentinel Advance is outstanding, the functionality of this gaming mouse really takes the cake. The 8 programmable buttons would make it a formidable mouse alone, but the GUI that comes with the Sentinel Advance really sets the bar for gaming mouse functionality. With 5 profiles, DPI settings up to 5600 (able to be set individually by X and Y axis), keyboard functions, multi-media functions, and macros to let you program the mouse any way you want, there really is nothing on the market that touches the functionality of the CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse right now.
As of December 2009 the Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse (model SGM-6000-KLLW1-GP) sells for $69.99 at NewEgg. With all that this mouse brings to the table, it will undoubtedly fall on the more expensive side of gaming mice. This is to be expected, and even so, the Sentinel Advance will be well worth the cost. We will have to see how CM Storm prices the mouse to get a good estimate of its value.
+ 8 Programmable Buttons
- Scroll Wheel button is too hard to push
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
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