|CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012|
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Sentinel Advance II Detailed Features
The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II has a couple a really interesting features that I would be remiss if I didn't explore. Right above the display of the DPI settings is a 32 x 32 area for your own logo. You can put your clan's logo or pretty much anything else you want (as long as it's 32 x 32 pixels) up there. The image has to be in .bmp format and has to be black and white. It can't be grayscale. The downside is that it sits right under your hand, so you won't see it much while you are playing.
Those two small buttons right above the mouse wheel on the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II come set to increase and decrease the DPI settings. The button on the left has a small bump on it so you can recognize it on the fly. The button below the mouse wheel is set to change the color scheme. All of these buttons can, of course, be set to something else in the software manager.
If you haven't used a mouse with changeable DPI settings before, you might want to look into it a little. DPI (dots per inch) is a representation of the actual pixel count per inch. So the DPI settings for the Sentinel Advance II and any other mouse are really telling you how many pixels the mouse cursor will move per each inch that you move the mouse across the pad. Therefore, when the Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse is set to 8200 DPI, the mouse cursor will move 8200 pixels across the screen for every inch you move the mouse across the pad.
You can estimate what DPI settings you will need based off your resolution. If you are playing a first person based game at a resolution of 1024 X 768, then a complete 360 degree turn for your character will encompass about 1024 * 4 pixels, or 4096. Therefore, if you have set the Sentinel Advance II to 8200 DPI, it will take about half an inch of movement on the mouse pad to turn your character 360 degrees. For gaming purposes, CM Storm suggests using a multiplier of 2.5 to determine your DPI settings. A resolution of 1024 X 768 would then need a DPI setting for the Sentinel Advance II of about 2600. With a resolution of 2560 X 1600, then a 5600 DPI setting would make sense. To make it even more accurate, you can adjust the DPI settings for the Sentinel Advance II individually for the X and Y axis, allowing your mouse precision to be that much more accurate.
When using high DPI settings (above about 4000), you really need to be aware of your surface as well. A soft surface provided by the most common mouse pads, and even 100% rubber pads such as the CM Storm Battle Pad can react unpredictably to vibrations. With your DPI settings high, this can cause undesired results. Metal and alloy surfaces are recommended when using high DPI settings for the Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse. I've experienced this first hand with the Sentinel Advance II while playing an FPS game where the bass rumbling caused the mouse to move around slightly, interrupting my pwnage. Lame.