|CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012|
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CM Storm Sentinel Software
The GUI that comes with the software for the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse is very helpful for managing the mouse settings. CM Storm recommends turning off the mouse controls in the windows control panel, such as "enhanced pointer precision", "snap to", and "mouse acceleration", and using the GUI only. I agree with this whole-heartedly. The sensitivity settings are much easier to fine tune in the GUI and although the pointer precision and snap to may be somewhat useful in Office or Windows based applications (it's arbitrary), they are useless in games.
The GUI also allows you to change profile settings, button functions, color schemes, and DPI settings. You can have up to 5 different profiles set up in the Sentinel Advance II at any time. This becomes very useful when switching between programs. Though you may enjoy that high DPI setting for games, when using Office programs or even Photoshop, the high DPI settings can cause difficulties when trying to pinpoint a location on the screen. Switching to a different profile quickly alleviates that issue. You can also adjust the DPI without changing the profile by using the 6th and 7th buttons located above the scroll wheel as was mentioned earlier. Any changes you make outside the GUI will not be saved to your profile.
The profiles also house the color schemes and the OLED settings. Seven different color schemes are avialable, or the OLED color can be disabled completely for a black-out operation.
One final note on the GUI is that it provides you the opportunity to change the button presets any way you see fit. Don't like firing with your left mouse button? You don't have to. You can also set a button to rapid fire and have the color scheme blink like a disco light while you destroy your enemies. You can even build macros or complex key strings and assign them to the click of a button. I like to use alt+tab a lot while gaming or even just while multi-tasking. Using the CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse, I can program one of the 8 buttons to alt+tab for me.
I can program the buttons to work with iTunes or RealPlayer as play, stop, next, previous, anything I want. The customizability offered by the CM Storm Sentinel Advance is nearly limitless. You can even customize the report rate on the USB input, from 100hz all the way up to 1000hz. You certainly won't have to worry about mouse lag again. I had my younger brother down for a visit not too long ago and he was fascinated that the macro program in the Sentinel Advance GUI would allow him to perform complex strings of keyboard and mouse commands with the click of a single button. His WoW dual-boxing days just got a lot easier.