|CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012|
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Closer Look: CM Storm Sentinel Advance IIThe CM Storm Sentinel Advance II looks very similar, unsurprisingly, to the CM Storm Sentinel Advance. The Sentinel Advance II is a dark grey matte color. It contrasts well with the buttons, which are black. The area above the two main buttons in the center of the Sentinel Advance II has a display showing the DPI settings on each axis and small logo. Surrounding this is a perforated area with LEDs under it to light up the mouse with one of six colors. The color is matched by two LEDs just under the two main buttons.
In appearance, the differences between the Sentinel Advance II and the Sentinel Advance are few. The Sentinel Advance II comes with the words CM Storm emblazoned on the right side. I think this feature was also found on later versions of the original Sentinel Advance, but it isn't on the one I got for review. There is also a TX on the rear thumb button that isn't found on the original. Other than that, the two are virtually identical in appearance.
The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II has a total of eight programmable buttons. That isn't a lot when it comes to gaming mice these days. Some mice have more than that just under your thumb. What I have come to realize, however, is that it's less about how many buttons there are and more about where they are located. If the buttons are in areas where they get pushed accidentally, I'll end up programming them to be nothing anyway. If the buttons are too difficult to get to while I trying to pwn some newb, they aren't going to get used either. If I'm playing an MMO, I'm probably holding down the right mouse button 90% of the time anyway. That means any buttons I have to push with my middle or extremely inflexible ring finger are probably out too.
Like I said before, I was a huge fan of the Microsoft 5-button mouse. I think the eight buttons on the Sentinel Advance II are pretty well placed and don't get in the way. The two thumb buttons take some getting used to if you haven't used a mouse with them before.
On the bottom of the Sentinel Advance II you can see the non-slip rubber bumpers that give enough for the mouse to glide smoothly, but also don't let it slip around. You can also see the Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor that allows the mouse to be tuned up to 8200 DPI. Down near the bottom is the chamber for the weights. You can adjust the weight on the Sentinel Advance II in 4.5 gram increments up to 23.5 grams. It actually makes a significant difference. Personally, I like to have all of the weights in.
The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Gaming Mouse, like the Sentinel Advance, came with a Battle Pad, called the RX Pad. The pad is was produced by CM Storm with gaming in mind. The pad measures 15.9 x 11.2 x 0.20 inches. It's huge. You certainly won't have to worry about picking up your mouse because you've run out of mouse pad space. Although 8200 DPI should help with that too!
While the base is coated in an anti-slip grip, for better grip and stability from vibration, the top is made of solid black synthetic mesh of nano fibers that was allegedly engineered for pin-point precision and highly responsive tracking. The RX Pad is supposed to work equally as well with optical and laser sensor based mice. It's 5mm thick to help cushion your hand and reduce fatigue. I've been using a CM Storm Battle Pad for over two years now, and I don't think I could go back.