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Coolermaster CM Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse

 

sentinelCoolermaster is one of the leaders in power supply and case manufacturing. But today we will see if they can hit a high note with their new venture the Sentinel Advance dual laser mouse. With the recession the way it is today even large companies have to create a new hustle in order to stay above water. And the new Sentinel maybe the right hustle for Coolermaster as it is large and in charge. The features are one thing but before we even plugged it into the USB port we feel in love with the size of the mouse. My narrow long finger felt right at home on the Sentinel. It was like it was an natural extension of my hand. I think this is what Coolermaster was aiming for with the Sentinel. 

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sentinelCoolermaster is one of the leaders in power supply and case manufacturing. But today we will see if they can hit a high note with their new venture the Sentinel Advance dual laser mouse. With the recession the way it is today even large companies have to create a new hustle in order to stay above water. And the new Sentinel maybe the right hustle for Coolermaster as it is large and in charge. The features are one thing but before we even plugged it into the USB port we feel in love with the size of the mouse. My narrow long finger felt right at home on the Sentinel. It was like it was an natural extension of my hand. I think this is what Coolermaster was aiming for with the Sentinel. 

 

 

Introduction to the CM Storm Sentinel Advance

There are so many great gaming mice out there to choose from. Logitech, Razer and Microsoft pretty much own the market in this category of mice. It is really hard to top them when it comes to fragging and casting spells from your desktop. Lately it seems that other companies are starting to venture into the mice manufacturing world. Last month we took a look at Gigabyte’s offering. A fast laser mouse that surprised the heck out of us. And today we will be taking a look at a new mouse from a surprising source.

Coolermaster is one of the leaders in power supply and case manufacturing. But today we will see if they can hit a high note with their new venture the Sentinel Advance dual laser mouse. With the recession the way it is today even large companies have to create a new hustle in order to stay above water. And the new Sentinel maybe the right hustle for Coolermaster as it is large and in charge. The features are one thing but before we even plugged it into the USB port we feel in love with the size of the mouse. My narrow long finger felt right at home on the Sentinel. It was like it was an natural extension of my hand. I think this is what Coolermaster was aiming for with the Sentinel. 

CM Storm’s take on the Sentinel Advance

Dominate the competition and strike fear in your foes with the latest CM Storm Tech – The Sentinel Advance.

This technological marvel utilizes the latest innovations in cutting-edge technology: 5600 DPI twin laser, rapid fire mode, internal Sentinel-X™ memory and our patented security, Storm Guard™; The Sentinel Advance is designed for one purpose and one purpose only – to search and destroy.

Overpower your enemies with speed and precision beyond their imagination. Conquest is at your fingertips – Sentinel Advance.

 

Packaging and contents

 We were not surprised by the packaging at all of the Sentinel as Coolermaster knows how to market their products well. The solid black box has a small window that snugs tightly around the mouse giving you an opportunity to get a feel for the mouse. The front and the back has a long list of specifications and features about the mouse. 

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Inside the box you have just what you would think you should get with a mouse which is the mouse itself and a driver CD. What you would not expect is a Storm Guard. A Storm Guard is a small plastic device that is attached to your PC and to the cable of the mouse to prevent anyone from taking your new mouse at a friend’s house or a local LAN party.

Specifications

Model NumberSGM-6000-KLLW1-GP
Available ColorBlack and Grey
MaterialRubber Grip / ABS Plastic / Mesh Bezel / Metal Plate
Dimensions(W) 83.5 X (H) 135 X (D) 40 mm (W) 3.3 X (H) 5.3 X (D) 1.6 inch
Net Weight161.5 g / 0.356 lb
Sensor5600 DPI Storm Tactical™ Twin-laser Sensor
X&Y Axis ConfigurationIndependent and programmable
Maximum Tracking Speed6.00 m/s 235 IPS
Maximum Acceleration50g
Polling Time1.0ms
Speed MeasurementReal-time
Dynamic Surface AdaptationTracks on all surfaces, ensures minimal lift-off distance
Onboard Memory64Kb
Form FactorRight Hand Ergonomic
Button Assignment8
IlluminationIC controlled Illumination with 7 colors and variable lighting effects
DPI DisplayOLED
Weight SystemYes, 4.5g X 5 pcs

Features

Superior Gaming Grade Precision – Twin laser engine to ensure extreme stability and ultra precise tracking performance.
Onboard Sentinel-X 64Kb – Safeguards your mouse settings and store up to 5 different game profiles. 
Octoshade™ LED Tech – Enable yourself to quickly recognize your active profile, by personalizing your mouse lighting with a spectrum of colors and effects. 
OLED Profile Management – Allows gamers to switch DPI and profiles on the fly with instant visual feedbacks. 
Tag Your Own Gaming Clan Logo – Upload your own clan logo and display it in all its glory on the OLED profile management screen. 
Weight Adjustment System – Five 4.5 gram metal weights allow you to select your ideal mouse weight with a 22.5 gram weight variation. 
StormGuard™ Security – Groundbreaking security system for safeguarding your gaming peripherals. 

 

Closer look at the Sentinel

We bragged about how long the Sentinel Advance was and we will not go on any farther about it. But when you look at the Sentinel for the first time you can see nothing but Coolermaster style written all over it. The Sentinel is mostly black with hints of gray in various locations. Not only being very snazzy but it has some features that you may have never heard of before. First, would be the dual laser to increase the accuracy of the mouse. And how about the 5600 DPI rating that does hand and hand with the dual laser. At this speed you should be the fastest in your favorite fragging environment.

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Taking a quick tour of the mouse we see there are several buttons located on the top of the mouse alone. A total of three buttons and a scroll wheel will allow you to do everything from changing the DPI which are the duties of the two buttons atop the mouse to changing between the four profiles that you can configure with the included software. Also located on top of the Sentinel is a OLED screen that displays the profile that you are currently in. Instead of designating colors to indicate what profile the user is in, the Sentinel spells it out. You can even use your own logo in place of the CM one within the OLED screen. 

The sides of the Sentinel are well suited for the hands of the user as they are small pads of rubber to help grip the mouse. I am a big fan of the Gigabyte M8000 but the one thing that I noticed over weeks of usage is I often clicked the side buttons a lot as I have a habit of picking up the mouse during usage. This was not the case for the Sentinel as the buttons are recessed more into the body of the mouse. 

The bottom of the Sentinel looks similar to other gaming mice on the market. Many companies are producing mice with the availability of adding weight to make them more comfortable for the end-user. In the case of the Sentinel all the weight available is already in place. A total of five 4.5 gram inserts for an extra 22.5 grams of weight. Also we have the heart of the Sentinel which is the dual 5600 DPI lasers. 

 

Software

The Sentinel comes with software that is not needed in order to use the mouse in a basic sense. But if you want to get the most of the Sentinel you will have to install its application. The software is extremely easy to use in the beginning but gets more difficult as you go through the setup. Graphically appealing the application has six tabs dedicated to the different aspects of the mouse. 

The main control tab allows you to adjust the DPI on four different levels for each of four profiles. Besides the DPI adjustments you can alter the motion sensitivity, double click speed and button response time. Each of the button can be changed as well.

An extra feature of coolness is the ability to change the colors of the glows coming from the Sentinel. Seven different colors are available and you also have the rights to different styles. The styles making the lights of the Sentinel flash, remain solid and change on button clicks. 

The marco and script tabs are where things get more detailed. You can assign a specific task using a combination of button strokes. If you decide to buy a Sentinel you will spend some time reading through the rather thick manual to learn just what you can do with these tabs. 

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You can check back with CM from time to time to see if there are any updates to help improve on the performance and usability of the Sentinel through the update tab.

Testing and Performance

The preference of mice, especially gaming mice are totally up to the individual. And nothing changes with the Sentinel. But in my case the Sentinel is one of the best gaming mice on the market. And I am not just saying this. For the individual with larger hands or longer fingers the Sentinel will be right at home underneath your palm. I fell in love with it. 

Feel is one place, but how well a mouse reacts in a real world application like gaming are the real test. I began with the newest beta I have installed which was Battleswarm.  Battleswarm is an interesting game that mixes strategy and FPS gaming. In the different modes of the game we felt the Sentinel excelled especially in first person mode. Even at the higher DPI which I normally stay away from even when gaming we have full control over the pointer. I don’t know if this was due to the placement of the laser or what but Coolermaster did this right. 

 

Conclusion

The Coolermaster CM Storm Sentinel Advance is now my new favorite mouse. I fell in love with it five minutes after I plugged the mouse in the USB port. For the individual that has large hands, they will like the mouse as much as we did. The Sentinel is no dwarf.  It is slightly longer than most mice and settles right into your palm like no other. And over all the looks of the Sentinel has a racer’s edge look about it. It has flash and begs to be looked at and looked at hard. The glow that comes for the top and bottom of the Sentinel will make it a big hit at the local LAN party as it will be a one of a kind. 

For many the MSRP of $69.99 maybe considered steep.  But these may not be gamers. When you are serious about gaming a few extra dollars is well worth it. And that is the case of the Sentinel Advance. For the asking price you get a lightning fast mouse with plenty of upsides. The software that accompanies the mouse will allow you to change every aspect of the mouse down to the lighting. This may not be necessary but it is damn cool and we love it. The ability to change the CM logo to one of your own is very nice as you can personalize the mouse to you. 

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