|CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012|
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Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
I am on the computer a lot and I know I'm not alone in that. I need a mouse that is comfortable and versatile. I finally moved away from my Microsoft 5-button IR mouse when I reviewed the original CM Storm Sentinel Advance mouse over two years ago. The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II will now take over for me. It has everything I need. The eight buttons are perfect for me. Any more and I don't think I'd know what to do with them. Lots of buttons are great for some people, but I don't need that money. The downloadable software offers great control and customization.
Another thing I like about the Sentinel Advance II is the color schemes. They don't really do anything, but they look cool. Also, the additional weights on the bottom let you choose how you like it. I also really enjoy the battle pad. It comes highly recommended in my book.
One of the best improvements in my book from the original to the Sentinel Advance II is the force required to push down the mouse wheel button. That was one of the things I had complained about in my review of the Sentinel Advance and I am very glad to see the change.As far as complaints or suggestions, I do have a few, but not many. First, instead of two thumb buttons, which took some getting used to for me, I would have preferred a button on the right side of the mouse. That's a minor issue, however, as I have gotten used to using the two thumb buttons over the last couple of years. There is something else I've noticed over the last couple of years too, however. The metallic perforated area that sits under your palm and puts out the colored light has an issue. As I said, I've used the Sentinel Advance for over two years now and I live in Southern Arizona where it's hot most of the year. That area is now nearly white from oxidization crystals forming on the metal from the sweat off my hand. Embarrassing, I know, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Sentinel Advance II Conclusion
The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II looks awesome in my opinion. The LEDs on top and under the buttons and the ergonomic styling looks really nice. The fact that you can change the color scheme to something that fits your style, or even your mood, is an added bonus. The box isn't too flashy, but it stands out and touts the features of the mouse. Overall, I'd rate the appearance pretty highly.
CM Storm improved some things with the Sentinel Advance II, including increasing the DPI settings, but they left a lot the same. That includes the tough durability and high-end construction of the Sentinel Advance. As a driverless mouse, you can take the Sentinel Advance II with you wherever you go. The Sentinel Advance II is also protected by nylon on top of plastic, meaning that it is less likely to wrinkle, kink, bend, or tear, and a drop or a fall won't hurt it much.
Functionally, the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Gaming Mouse is at the top of its class as well. With eight programmable buttons and nine virtual buttons via button combinations, it balances function with realistic usability. Two years ago, I touted the GUI as the best of its kind. Two years later a lot of mice come with interfaces that are similar, but I think CM Storm's is still extremely well-suited to the task. The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II, with customizable profiles, individually settable X and Y axis DPI settings, macros, and media functions, the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II is still one of the top mice available in terms of functionality.The CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Mouse is set to launch at an MSRP of $59.99. That's ten dollars less than the original Sentinel Advance started for and I think it's a great price point for this mouse. This is about the middle of the road for gaming mice and with all the construction and functionality the Sentinel Advance II offers, it's a great deal. The RX Pad is set for an MSRP of $19.99 and I would highly recommend that as well.