Cooler Master Spawn Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 2, 2011
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To properly test the CM Storm Spawn, I will be testing four different aspects: speed, comfort, precision, and customization. To test the speed of the mouse, I will rate how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To test the comfort of the mouse, I will rate how comfortable it is to use. The precision of the mouse will be rated by in-game sniping ability rated by the number of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs.
- Processor: Intel i7 920
- Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum
- Memory: 996805 Redline PC312800 6-8-6-24 1600MHz
- Video Card: XFX HD 5870 1GB
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Case: NZXT Beta Evo
- Mousepad: OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad
- Mouse: CM Storm Spawn
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 3200
- Mouse: Cooler Master Inferno
- Mouse: WarMouse Meta
- Mouse: Choiix Cruiser
- Mouse: Razer Orochi (tested as a wired mouse)
- Mouse: Razer Naga
- Mouse: Razer Imperator
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000
- Mouse: Logitech G500
- Mouse: OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Razer Diamondback 3G Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Microsoft Intelimouse
First up is the speed test, which will be rated on a scale from 1-10. I will be moving the mouse from the top left corner of the screen to the lower right corner. A 10 rating would represent lightning fast, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.
The comfort test is going to be rated by how comfortable and natural the feel of the mouse is to the hand, using a 1-10 point scale, where a 10 represents your hand is in heaven, while a 1 is equal to the feeling of being caught in a badger's jaws.
In the precision test, I will be gaming using Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and using the Barrett .50cal. I will rate the accuracy on a 1-10 scale, where 1 would represent no headshots and a 10 would mean all headshots.
Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exactly how well you are able to change the buttons of the mouse, as well as how easy it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly while you are in a game. A 10 would mean you can easily change your DPI settings in the game and have full control over changing the buttons using the software. The Microsoft intellimouse received a 1 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).
When it came down to the Speed Test, the CM Storm Spawn got a 9/10 here; while the mouse was able to move from each corner of the screen very quickly, the Razer Naga, Razer Imperator, Logitech G500, and WarMouse Meta all had higher DPI settings upwards of 6000dpi. The CM Storm Spawn also received a 9 in the Comfort testing. Now I did test this as how comfortable it is to be able to grip the mouse in the claw-style gaming method and it was quite comfortable, but the only place that it did lack in was a place on the actual mouse for my pinky finger to sit while I was gripping it. The Precision test gave me a result of 80% head shots when I was testing it, which is about average for the testing. While I was able to rest my hand on the mouse and had a nice DPI setting to ensure that I was able to move the crosshairs across the screen and pinpoint any headshots that I was taking, I was not all that used to the claw-style gaming grip. I am sure that if I were a gamer that used this way to hold my mouse, the headshot ratio would have been slightly higher. I could only give the CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse a 9/10 on the Customization testing due to the fact that, while you were able to change all the button assignments and program a macro in the software, it lacks the ability to change the DPI settings to what you would prefer to have them at — instead you only have three choices of 800, 1800, and 3500 dpi.