To configure the MM830, you are required to download Cooler Master’s Portal software from http://www.coolermaster.com/downloads. Once there, you will notice that there are two versions: 1.01 and 1.5.2. For the MM830, you need to download version 1.5.2. If you have older Cooler Master hardware, it is possible that you will need to run both versions. Hopefully in the future, Cooler Master will integrate all of the older products into the newer version of the software.
Upon starting the Portal software, it will automatically detect any compatible Cooler Master hardware. In our case, it detected the MM830 and the MP750. On the first menu item, “Buttons”, you can configure each of the eight programmable buttons. The first view you’re presented with, is a top down view of the MM830, which allows you to program the left/right mouse button, scroll wheel, and DPI cycle button.
To configure the D-pad, you have to click the change view button in the upper right-hand side. As far as programmability of the buttons, you have a variety of actions you can assign to them or you can disable it all together. The actions that can be assigned are:
- Mouse Actions
- Keyboard keys
- Rapid Fire
- Sensor On/Off
- Change LED Mode
One of the actions that may jump out at you is the “Tactix” option. This can be used as a “function” button on the mouse and allow you to do button combinations. For example, by default, you can change the LEDs of the mouse on-the-fly by holding down the “Tactix” button and pressing the left mouse click.
The “Performance” menu is where you can program each of the 4 DPI profiles. Other settings you can adjust include: OS double click speed, Button respond time, USB polling rate, angle snapping, lift off distance, angle tunability, and OS sensitivity.
The “Performance” tab enables you to tune the MM830 to your chosen mouse pad. To tune the MM830, just click “Add New Surface” on the right-hand side and follow the instructions from the pop-up.
“Lighting” is where you configure all the RGB elements of the MM830. You can apply one of the many presets which include:
- Static – Single color across all RGB areas
- Stars – Randomly lit white/light blue across all RGB areas
- Color Cycle – Constantly changing colors across all RGB elements.
- Breathing – Fading a selected color in and out
Other configurations such as customize/multizone, allow you to select and apply colors/effects to each of the individual RGB LEDs. With each setting above, you can adjust the brightness of the LED and/or the speed of its effect selected effect.
If you want to configure the OLED on the MM830, this can be done using the “OLED” menu. You can apply any number of presets to the OLED display which include:
- Lift-off distance
- CPU usage
- RAM usage
- Customize (Custom picture)
- APM counter
- Current DPI
- System volume
- GPU usage (Nvidia)
- Polling rate
- Game genre logos (FPS, MOBA, MMORPG)
One of the cooler features of the OLED screen is that it allows you to draw or upload a photo which you can display on the screen. If you wish to upload a photo, it must be a 96 x 24-pixel BMP that is black and white. As you can see, we pixelized our ProClockers logo to display on the MM830.
On the next menu item “Macros”, you can record any number of macros which can then be assigned using the “Buttons” menu.
To configure each of the profiles of the MM830 you can do so using the “Profile” tab. From this screen, you can switch and/or configure any one of the four profiles.