Cooler Master Spawn Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 2, 2011
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Once you have the CM Storm Spawn drivers installed on your computer, all you need to do is open it up, which doesn't automatically happen after installation. Once you have the drivers software opened, the first screen that you end up seeing is called the Main Control Screen. This is where you get a bird's eye view of the mouse in the center of the screen with all seven of the buttons labeled with a list of the Buttons Assignment off to the left-hand side of the screen. By each button number on the left side list, there is a drop-down that lists all the available functions for that particular button. You have the option to change any of the buttons to L-Button, R-Button, M-Button, IE Forward, IE Back, DPI Up, DPI Down, Cycle DPI, Scroll Up, Scroll Down, Keyboard Key, Keyboard Macro (which will display any Macros you have written on the Macro Screen), and Disable. The right-hand side of the Main Control screen allows you to change the Double Click speed with a slider bar from slow (left) to fast (right). The Scroll Speed adjustments are also located here, providing speeds of 1-6. The Pointer Acceleration can be changed here as well, with the options being Off, Low, Medium, and High. In addition, Angle Snapping can be turned on or off. Lastly, in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen is a Double-Clicks Test Area to make sure that your Double Click settings are what you want them to be.
The Macro screen is pretty self-explanatory — this is where you manage your macros. Any macros that already exist are listed on the left-hand side, while the events for the selected macro are displayed on the right. Underneath the macro list are the buttons New Macro and Delete. If you do not have any macros in your list, or simply want to create a new one, you simply click the New Macro button, type a name for your macro, and then you are ready to write it. With the macro you wish to edit selected, click the Start Record button on the right and type the keystrokes that you wish to record There is a maximum of ten lines that you can use, but since both the key press and key lift functions have to be recorded, you technically only have five actual keystrokes that can be saved per macro.
The Custom screen allows you to change your DPI settings, but you don't really get that many options — all you can really do is change the DPI steps to different orders, selecting any of them to have either 800 DPI, 1800 DPI, or 3500 DPI. The Custom screen also allows you to change the Pointer Speed from 1 to 11, as well as the USB Polling Rate (125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz with 500Hz being the default selection). The final screen is the Support/Update screen, which is where you go if you want to check for an updated version of the drivers or if you need a link to the online support web page.
Well, since the CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse is now all set up, we should take a look at the specifications and features of the mouse and then continue on to the actual testing phase.