|CM Storm Recon Mouse and Skorpion|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Ami Young|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012|
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Testing & Results
There are no real benchmark tests for a mouse that can measure the performance, so it falls to personal observation. So, I have used the Recon mouse as my primary mouse in various applications and games over the past couple of weeks, using the different profiles, button combinations and surfaces to test the different aspects of the mouse.
Recon is by no means my first gaming mouse, and I adjusted to it quickly. It is a sensitive and responsive mouse, that fit well in my admittedly smaller-than-average hands. For someone just starting out with a gaming mouse, I would recommend easing yourself into the sensitivity of a 4000 DPI sensor, which is aided by the buttons on the top to on-the-fly switch your DPI settings. I found a lot of use for this in Photoshop, when getting up close to images for editing. I use my side buttons on my mouse (mouse button 4 and 5) for navigating in browsers, so I did not change the default settings for that, although there are options to do so in the software. The biggest hurdle I ran in to with macros on this mouse was in World of Warcraft.
My previous mouse had seventeen buttons, and although this mouse has nine, I found it was time consuming to get the game to recognize the extra two buttons on the right side of the mouse (or left if you're left handed), and allow me to use them. I ended up macroing numpad keys to them in order to have the game register the mouse so that I could bind spells to it. In order to get your full nine buttons, you would need to macro the DPI buttons on the top, as well as the two on the non-thumb side of the mouse (whether left or right-handed), which would cause you to lose the on-the-fly DPI switching.
The mouse tracked well across multiple surfaces, but did best on a mouse pad. The buttons are a little bit too soft for my liking, and I did find myself accidentally pushing buttons four and five (the side thumb buttons) at the same time more than once. It is a good all-around mouse, and is sensitive enough to fly around my dual 22" monitors. Skorpion I found more or less useless for me. Every mouse I've owned has been corded, and I found that the cord being held just irked me. For someone used to a wireless mouse, this would not be an issue, and in fact would probably add to the experience of a wired mouse. Combined, the Recon and Skorpion are an excellent team, and Skorpion definitely does its job of holding your mouse cord and not allowing you to snag it.