Cooler Master Inferno Reviewgotdamojo06 - August 4, 2010
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When you first put the Cooler Master Inferno Installation CD in your drive, you are going to get a pop up with the Inferno logo on it and off to the right hand side of the pop up, you will see three options, the first being install the drivers, the second being to launch the application off the CD without installing it and the third is to close down the application. I decided to install the software. It uses the typical install-wise installation sequence, so just follow the on screen directions and you will be fine. Once it is installed and launched, you are given a screen that looks very similar to the previous one, except there is a progress bar at the bottom letting you know that the software is starting up. One you get into the software, you are going to see a very confusing screen at first glances if you have never played around with mouse software. First off to the right hand side of the screen, you are going to see a list of all the buttons numbered from 1 to 11 with an assignment next to it. At the bottom of the screen, you are going to see the five DPI level settings, you can set the X and Y axis to different DPI resolutions. When you click either Game Profiles or Advance Settings off to the left of the screen, a panel will slide out that will give you your three custom profiles that you can begin to customize as well as your standard profile. At the bottom of the panel, you will see the motion sensitivity, double click speed, button response time (adjustments between 250us and 32ms) and a double click window to test your double click speed settings.
In the Game Profiles section of the pop out panel, you will see three buttons, Reset Profile to default, Create or edit profile, and Profile Maintenance: Export and Import. When you click the Reset button, you will get a pop up letting you know that you are about to reset which ever profile is selected and it will tell you which one is selected, you are given the ok and cancel buttons. When you click the Create or edit profile button, you will get a pop up that is going to give you a space to type the profile's name and you can even upload an image that the software will display in the panel, obviously I choose gotdamojo06 for my test profile and the background file for my image to see what it did. The profile management button is going to allow you to view the three profiles stored on your mouse and either import them or new profiles to the mouse.
On the Main Control screen, you are going to be able to edit all of the buttons on the mouse. However you can do that only when you are in a custom profile and you are unable to customize the CM Storm profile. When you have your profile selected, you can click on the button that you wish to customize, let's say button one, then click the down arrow next to it to select which function you want it to carry out, since button one is your left click button, I am going to keep that the same but you can see that there are a ton of functions to choose from. The next screen is your Storm Tactics settings, this is where you are going to be able to setup your eight button strokes to give you your special execution, be it a macro or a script you have created or one of the preset key functions.
When you get to the macro screen, you are able to create your own custom macros, just select the New button, and then the Start Record button. You have to keep your mouse in the top black box to have the button presses recorded. The steps are exactly the same as in the Macro screen. On the Library screen, you are going to be able to manage all of your scripts and your macros that you have programed and saved on your hard drive or your mouse if you decide to import them in. There is a support/update screen that is going to give you two buttons, one for online support and the other to check for an update to the software.
Since the Cooler Master Inferno is configured to our liking, it's time to take a look at the specifications then begin our testing.