CoolerMaster CM Storm Sentinel Advance II High Performance Gaming Mouse – Review

As an avid gamer and somebody that spends most of his awake moments around a computer, I really appreciate good equipment, and I recently received CoolerMaster’s latest gaming mouse, the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II model SGM-6010-KLLW1. Based largely on the design of its predecessor, Sentinel Advance, the new mouse comes with an improved sensor, Avago ADNS-9800 capable of providing between 200-8200dpi and double the memory (128KB) of the previous model as well. The OLED display is really nice and a welcome addition as well.

On the paper, the CM Storm Sentinel advance looks amazing, a new sensor capable of 8200dpi, adjustable weight, profiles, OLED display with customizable logo, etc and a price to match all these features (MRRP $59.99 at the time of writing). How does it perform in the real world? We put it immediately through tests and the result is detailed in this CM Storm Sentinel Advance II review. This is not the first time I am reviewing CoolerMaster equipment, I already reviewed the CM Storm Trooper Deluxe Gaming case which I really love and currently use for my main computer.

CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Unboxing

The box is very attractive and opens up easily (no hard plastic to cut like in those annoying all plastic packages). It contains the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II mouse itself and, a first in my experience, the Teflon replacement pads in case the original ones are wearing off. There is no software CD/DVD in the box, but you can download it from CoolerMaster’s website.

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CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Design

The mouse is quite large, build out of hard smoky plastic and its design is the familiar profiled shape that Microsoft among others made famous. Functionality wise it offers 8 programmable buttons (9 virtual via various combinations) used to change profiles, DPI settings and the scrolling wheel is clickable as well. The mouse is right hand only and sports a very attractive design with a grill on top covering the colored LED lights. Also on top you can find a small OLED screen displaying the current dpi numbers and various other contextual messages. A first for me, the mouse cable is braided, long and quite durable.

In the front there are two holes that allow the LED light to be projected in the front – a quite nice effect in the dark. There are six colors to choose from, and although  the lights obviously serve no functional purpose, they are quite nice to look at and give a high-tech feeling.

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CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Specifications and Features

Model SGM-6010-KLLW1
Available Color Gray
Form Factor Right Hand Ergonomic
Sensor Avago ADNS-9800 Laser Sensor
Programmable Buttons 8
Onboard Memory 128 KB
Polling Rate 1000 Hz /1 ms
Velocity Up to 150 ips
Acceleration 30 g
Dimension 3.3(L)x5.3(W)x1.6(H) inch
83.6(L)x135(W)x40(H) mm
Weight 139 g / 0.31 lbs
Warranty 2 years
UPC Code 884102015366
  • 200 – 8200 DPI tracking resolution
  • 128 KB Sentinel-X™ Memory for profiles and macros
  • On the fly DPI adjustments (+/- 200 DPI)
  • As little as 1.5 mm lift-off distance
  • Up to 150 IPS – 3.8 m/s
  • 125 Hz – 1000 Hz USB rate fine-tuning
  • 5 profiles with 4 DPI setting each
  • 8 programmable buttons
  • 9 virtual buttons via button combinations
  • Right-hand Ergonomic Design
  • Customizable OLED logo
  • Customizable multi color LED light system
  • 5 x 4.5g weight fine-tuning system

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CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Ergonomics

Sentinel Advance II feels very nice in my medium size hands and I found I can use it for hours at a time without any problems. The mouse is very stable on the table and quite heavy. The weight can be adjusted, the way you would expect for a mouse in this category, with a number of 5 x 4.5 grams weights that can be added / removed from the back and this way, the weight can be customized between  139 to 161.5 grams.

Most of the time testing the mouse was spend playing Diablo III. Beside those annoying server errors that would keep kicking me out of the game, the mouse performed as expected for hour upon hour of hacking and slashing and I promoted it to my favorite mouse at this point. The buttons offer an increased resistance compared with other mouses I tried, but this also gives the feeling of a better reliability as well, and minimize the erroneous clicks.

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Software

The CM Storm Sentinel Advance II High Performance Gaming Mouse software (a hefty 114MB package) can be downloaded from CoolerMaster’s website and offers a plethora of customizations including buttons functionality, DPI sensitivity, colors, tactical functions as rapid fire, allows creation of macros, profiles and scripts. The software is very advanced and permits a virtually limitless customization for the best gaming experience.

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The software allows the creation of a unique color theme for each different profile.

 

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Macros and scripts can also be created easily with the help of the Sentinel Advance software.

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Conclusion

CoolerMaster proves it can successfully produce devices outside their initial comfort zone and the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II High Performance Gaming Mouse is such a product. At $59.99 MSRP, it offers features not found in under $100 range and the addition of the OLED display and the attractive programmable LED lights represent just the icing on the cake. Gaming wise, the Sentinel Advance II is a very solid product, very versatile and offered for the right price. From extreme customization to excellent sensitivity and response speed, the Sentinel Advance earns our highest recommendations, 5 out of 5 stars, quickly becoming my favorite mouse ever. You can get it from Amazon slightly below MSRP.

Pros

  • ergonomic shape
  • high sensitivity and response time
  • very stylish, high-tech design with multi-colored lights and OLED screen
  • dedicated hardware buttons to change profiles and sensitivity on the fly
  • adjustable weight
  • firmware can be updated

Cons

  • no initial software inside the box, functionality can be overlooked if you don’t read the instructions carefully

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