CM Sentinel Advance II Mouse and RX Pad ReviewBluePanda - June 5, 2012
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This software page has honestly got to be one of the longest software pages I’ve had to write for a peripheral item. The standard for a mouse or keyboard is a simple three, maybe four, tab program with a few options to change here and there. The CM Sentinel Advance II has a setup of seven pages to thumb through to hopefully tweak the mouse to exactly what you want. Let’s take a closer look at each of the pages below.
The first page shows the mouse with a fiery background and red mouse lighting. It looks like a lot is thrown in your face – so much going on. The bottom shows your personal four profiles and the default CM STORM Profile. There are three tabs down there to allow you to create/edit profiles and work a little profile management magic (allowing you to save specifics to your mouse for computer-to-computer use).
The left side allows you to assign the eight different buttons to your different options. So if you want to switch left click and right click to fool with the people who try to use your computer, go for it. The right side of the panel allows you to change DPI settings for four different levels. Each profile you set can cycle through four different options without switching profiles; a pretty nifty feature for adding in different DPI settings for different games without messing with anything else. You can even control the OS settings here. The double-click tester and settings are here as well.
The next tab over allows us to control color options for the mouse. You can set the front lights that glow out the bottom of the mouse to a different color than the top of the mouse if you so choose or match them if you like. Unless you are in a dark-ish room, you probably won’t see the front lights too much glowing on your pad – but then again you usually don’t see what is glowing beneath your hand either. The right side of this tab also allows you to control when the LEDs are on. You can keep them on, turn them off completely, let them breathe or allow them to show on mouse click. There are lots of options here for those of you who feel the need to control everything.
This tab also allows you to add a custom logo to the mouse display. It comes stock with a CM Storm logo; I changed mine to a little panda, but like I mentioned before, you are limited to a black and white image at 32 x 32 pixel resolution. However, if you Google such images, you will find plenty of threads in which people have shared their creations, so unless you want to, you don’t have to make your own.
The STORM TX tab allows you to set mouse click combinations to perform different functions. For example, you can set a left click combined with a right click to assign any button to about anything. You can even set a single button to open IE or change DPI levels. The scrolling for these isn’t great, so when you open it up, realize there are more options than the two you see at first. However, you can set up some scripts to run as well – so the options are about endless if you view it that way. Even the scroll wheel can do much more than ever expected.
The fourth tab is the MACROS tab – you can set up all your usual macros here. You can save, load, copy, or delete the various ones you do set up. If you set up something super awesome, you can even share it with a buddy who has the same mouse; just send it to them and have them load it up. It’s pretty neat, but not per se my forte, unless just fooling around.
The SCRIPTS tab allows you to do exactly that – make scripts for the key setting. I don’t really have to explain this to those of you who care about creating scripts for key combos, so I won’t. It is pretty simple for those of you who haven’t played with such before – you can record actions to set up what you want it to do, set delays, and so much more. Check out a local geek thread here on OCC to ask for more help if you are looking to learn more about adding scripts.
The library tab keeps track of the scripts you’ve created or have collected from friends, as well as macros and things you have saved to your mouse directly. This allows you to choose what is saved to your mouse and delete the macros and scripts that didn’t work out in your favor. The best thing is it lets you take the settings with you if you will be going somewhere without your computer. Just take your mouse, install the little driver setup and you can download settings directly from your mouse!
The last tab is simplest of all of them, and also much more common to what you may have seen in past software settings for mice and keyboards; it’s the SUPPORT tab! From here you can check what version you are running to see if you need to update, as well as get a direct link to the online support page for more help. A nice list of instructions helps you narrow down what you are looking for and provides a way to deal with not finding what you were looking for.