Cooler Master is known among our readers, mainly coolers and cases. But the Taiwanese manufacturer has been releasing game input devices for several years. Two new models called Cooler Master CM Mastermouse S and Cooler Master CM Mastermouse were introduced into our testing laboratory, which will be interesting to compare with the famous game competitors. Mouse Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L is aimed at the upper segment of the mass market, and model Cooler Master CM Mastermouse S – for users with a limited budget. They are equipped in different ways.
Both Cooler Master CM Mastermouse S and Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L have a symmetrical design, so they are equally good for both righties and lefties. A large body allows you to completely place your palm, but also supports grip and half of the palm (Claw). Mice are different and equipment, and size. A more expensive mouse Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L has a sensor with a higher resolution, and different cover caps are also available. Cooler Master CM Mastermouse S can be purchased in Europe for 18 euros. Version Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L will cost 55 euros. Therefore, the mice are oriented to different price segments. In Russia, both mice have not yet appeared.
If you make a direct comparison, the mice have the following characteristics:
On the left is a cheap S model, which has a more compact design. As we noted above, both mice are suitable for both right-handed and left-handed players due to the symmetrical design.
In fact, the mouse S is still oriented to right-handers, because the two side buttons on it are on the right side. In the Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L mouse, we get two buttons on the left and right. Another difference is the location of the DPI button. In the mouse S it is rendered behind the scroll wheel, the Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L button is at the bottom of the mouse.
The design of the two models is very similar, except that the number and arrangement of the buttons, as well as the size of the case, vary. The choice of materials and workmanship for both models are identical. Cooler Master has made the mouse cover integral, it integrates the main buttons. But at Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L the cover can be changed, later on we still stop there. The scroll wheels of both mice differ somewhat in width and structure. The last difference concerns the cable. A cheap mouse S cable is wrapped in PVC braid, in the case of Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L, a cloth is used.
Thanks to the Pixart PMW3330 sensor, the maximum resolution is 7.200 DPI. The maximum acceleration is indicated by 30 g. The cheap version of S also uses Omron switches, very popular on the market. Previously, they showed themselves with the best hand, the service life is claimed for 20 million presses.
Working with the mouse S is convenient, but not perfect. We did not really like the choice of materials, especially in the area of the thumb and on the opposite side. In principle, if you use the grip of half a hand (Claw), then the contours of the pads are well chosen, but the surface would be desirable with better grip. Also, the center of gravity is not entirely optimal, to our taste. On a test fabric mat, Cooler Master CM Mastermouse S mouse glides gorgeously thanks to three Teflon legs.
The older model uses a sensor also manufactured by Pixart, but in a more powerful version of the PMW3360 with a maximum resolution of 12.000 DPI and support for acceleration up to 50 g. About how far this resolution justifies itself in practice, you can argue long. As it seems to us, the level of 7.200 DPI for the “younger” version is already more than enough.
The choice of materials is identical, so here are the same gripes on the adhesion to the contact surfaces. Mouse Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L slides on the rug flawlessly. We liked the balance of the mouse, despite the longer body, which is especially noticeable when moving. Cooler Master rendered the DPI change button to the bottom of the mouse. In our opinion, the solution is not indisputable. It is unlikely to please those users who often change the resolution “on the fly.”
But are the above differences enough to justify the higher price of Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L?
Cooler Master added an additional set of covers with the Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L mouse. You can replace not only the upper housing cover, but also the two side panels. The latter are fixed with magnets, the cover is screwed with a screw (from below the mouse). The second set of covers is made of several other materials, but the difference is small, it only affects the surface and color.
The second cover is shortened by about 5 mm, but the difference is noticeable only in direct comparison. Cooler Master also released 3D drawings of covers. Therefore, users can print their own covers from other materials on a 3D printer. So the mouse Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L will be very interesting to those users who have purchased a 3D printer or have access to it.
Cooler Master offers a utility for configuring the mouse, which can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website. The utility is divided into three tabs (main, macros and library), it works with both models. Immediately after installation, the utility offered to update the firmware of the mice. On the first tab, you can configure the binding of all buttons. Of course, in Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L you get two more buttons compared to the version of S.
Thanks to Storm TX, all buttons can be assigned an additional function. But first you need to select the Storm TX button. If you hold it, then press any button from the rest, the secondary function will be activated. You can, for example, bind the Storm TX function to one of the thumb buttons, but you still have to practice for a while to press two buttons at the same time.
The “Sensor” area allows you to adjust DPI levels, which can be switched using the DPI button. You can specify the polling frequency and some other settings.
The “LED” area allows you to adjust the backlight. Again, here we get a slight difference between S and Pro L. Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L has three additional LEDs in front of the thumb buttons, which also support the RGB palette. Cooler Master allows you to create different profiles. They are convenient, for example, to quickly load settings for a particular game or application. To simplify the task, you can attach an icon to each profile.
In general, we liked the simple structure of the utility, in which you can easily get to all the necessary functions. To install and update the firmware registration is not required.
Cooler Master pleasantly pleased with the “younger” model S. The mouse is well equipped, the quality of making no complaints. Of course, taking into account the price of miracles should not be expected. But Cooler Master CM Mastermouse S does its work honestly. The mouse uses a high-resolution sensor, Omron switches and a utility with a lot of settings. Is that the center of gravity is not very optimal, and better grip of the contact surfaces would not hurt.
Cooler Master CM Mastermouse Pro L version is much more expensive than the simple S model, but it’s not all better. We attribute the best balance to the advantages. The mouse is longer than the “younger” version of S, but the center of gravity is shifted forward, so it is closer to the geometric center. Whether it is worth considering the second set of covers as a weighty advantage is up to you. The alternative cover is a little shorter, but in practice this is not felt.
You can also argue how relevant the higher resolution of the sensor is in practice. Many manufacturers use the Avago sensor with a resolution of 8.500 DPI, so PixArt PMW3330 at 7,200 DPI seems quite sufficient. Of course, the price of the mouse is much higher than S. On the other hand, 55 euros for a well-equipped mouse, with high manufacturing quality and functionality seems a reasonable investment of money.