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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 17 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Xornet Optical Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: CM Storm Xornet
Testing and Conclusion

CM Storm Xornet Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Manufacturer: Cooler Master Co., Ltd.
Product Name: CM Storm Xornet Mouse
Model Number: SGM-2001-BLON1
Price As Tested: $24.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.

When it comes to PC gaming, precision control begins with the mouse. You can have the best computer and display, but without a durable pointing device to transmit your intentions, the entire system becomes point-less. Cooler Master has a plan: pack only the most essential performance features into a solid gaming mouse, and sell it for less than any other. Behold, the CM Storm Xornet 2000 DPI Gaming Mouse, model SGM-2001-BLON1. In this article Benchmark Reviews compares the value-priced CM Storm Xornet to the more expensive Logitech G9x and previous CM Storm gaming peripherals.

Gaming peripherals are in high demand these days, which explains why our Input Device section is filled with new product reviews. Cooler Master previously debuted their CM Storm Sentinel Advance, CM Storm Inferno, and Spawn mouse series to gamers, and while they've all received good reviews their asking price is higher than some gamers wish to pay in a strained economy. In addition to previous CM Storm gaming hardware, this article will compare to the Logitech G9x, which has been on the market for several years but remains so popular it still sells for $65 at Newegg.

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CM Storm Xornet Features

The Xornet gaming mouse is lightweight, ergonomically designed and forged with a reassuringly solid design. It is built for professional FPS gamers that prefer a claw grip. Engineered to execute precise in-game tactics, Xornet comes loaded with a high-performance 2000 DPI sensor that includes on-the-fly adjustment, an ultra-step wheel encoder - providing extremely accurate scrolling, and Japanese-made Omron micro-switches that are meant to endure up to five million clicks. Presented in a eye-catching crimson stealth black high-gloss finish, Xornet lends its truly breathtaking appeal as the focal point of a gamer's setup.

Precision Anti-Drift Control Sensor

Xornet utilizes the latest high performance optical engine ensuring extreme stability and reliability. Based on an anti-drift architecture, it delivers stable and precise tracking in mouse lift and drop scenarios. Angle snapping can be enabled or disabled for exact swift crosshair movements enabling amazing skill-shots and incredible aiming accuracy.

Omron Micro Switches (5 million clicks)

Only the best is good enough! Omron's patented ultra tactile micro switches enable unsurpassed tactile feedback and speed. You will be able to reach an incredible amount of clicks per second while still feeling and controlling every single click. Omron guarantees a minimum amount of 5 million clicks for these highest grade switches, giving Xornet an extended life-span even for hardcore gamers.

DPI On the Fly

Conveniently placed under the scroll wheel, you can switch the DPI resolution between 500, 1000 and 2000 within an instant.

Rubberized Anti-Slip Design

A Special sweat proof rubber compound on both sides of Xornet gives you maximum grip. Even in heated hour long matches and during quick lift and drop moves you retain full control while repositioning and racing Xornet over the mousepad.

SGM-2001-BLON1 Specifications

Model SGM-2001-BLON1
Available Color Black
Material Rubber Grip / ABS Plastic
Dimension (L) 107 X (W) 75 X (H) 35 mm / (L) 4.2 X (W) 4 X (H) 1.3 inch
Weight 142 g / 0.313 lb
Sensor Temp Range 2000 DPI Storm Tactical Optical Sensor
Maximum Tracking Speed 160 IPS
Maximum Acceleration 23 g
Polling Time 1.0 ms
Speed Measurement 6700 FPS
Onboard Memory 8 Kb
Form Factor Right Hand Ergonomic
Button Assignment 5 mouse buttons+ 2 fix function buttons
Weight System No
UPC Code 884102011634

Features and Specifications courtesy Cooler Master



 

Comments 

 
# Looks pretty goodMergatroid 2011-10-31 15:10
It looks like it would make a pretty good mouse. The price is exceptional. Personally I would prefer another button or two but all the basics are there. My spare mouse is a G9x, and I love it. If it was wireless and offered swappable batteries it would be my primary mouse. I agree 100% about the free scroll. I don't use it as much on the G9x because you have to turn it over to activate it. The perfect wheel was on the MX Revolution, where a simple flick of the finger would make the wheel free scroll, and when it stopped it would go back to click mode. Logitech had a real winner in that design, I don't know why they don't use that same part in their other mice. Kudos to Cooler Master, looks like they came up with a good product.
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