Cooler Master has released its new gaming mouse, the CM Storm Recon. Ambidextrous, the mouse is perfect for lefties who often find themselves at the end of the proverbial stick when it comes to such peripherals. The mouse features a black, gunmetal design with very attractive lighting scheme that is selectable in the software control panel. A medium sized mouse, it is just the right size for both palm and claw gripping gamers, and its Avago 3090 optical sensor has a maximum sensitivity of 4,000 DPI. There is a lot of argument between laser and optical sensors. Personally, I always go with what works for me and, I can safely say that the CM Storm Recon worked great in all the game sessions I had with it. Whether it was countless hours of Borderlands 2, fun times with Costume Quest, or even Sid Meier’s Civilization V – the mouse was excellent. In terms of how it feels, I have to describe it as “slick”. The feet of this gaming mouse are some of the slickest-moving I have ever used. In terms of friction, the CM Storm Recon feels like you are using a mouse on an air hockey table.

Official Specifications

  • Avago 3090 optical sensor with 800-4000 dpi
  • On-The-Fly Lift-Off-Distance adjustments
  • On-The-Fly DPI adjustments
  • On-The Fly USB polling rate adjustments
  • Up to 1.5m/s or 60”/s tracking speed and 20G of acceleration
  • Highest grade Japanese Omron micro switches
  • Extra wide 16-bit USB data path
  • 1000 Hz polling rate / 1ms response time
  • Super Grip coated ambidextrous mousebody
  • Ultra swift mouse feet
  • Flexible 1.8 meter or 78.6 inch long cable
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 64.4 x 116.4 x 42 mm/ 2.53 x 4.58 x 1.65 inches
  • Multicolor Mousewheel light to identify Profiles

One feature of the mouse which you won’t find on others currently is the ability to adjust the lift-of-distance. Lift-of-distance is the distance between the mousing surface and the mouse at which point the mouse’s sensor deactivates. This is especially important when picking up your mouse to bring it back after sweeping one direction or another. Customizing this option means you can negate the off-centering effect that most mice experience. Additionally, you can set your DPI and polling rate through the control panel. All of this gives gamers an incredible range of customization.

If I could pick one aspect of the Cooler Master Storm Recon gaming mouse that needs fixing, it would be the cable. Unfortunately, the cable attached to the mouse is rubberized, not braided. This means that you have to be very careful how you manage your mouse cable as it can result in tangling and friction. Of course, you could always use the Cooler Master Skorpion cable suspender/organizer, but that’s for another review…

Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Cooler Master Storm Recon gaming mouse. It has a lot of features for both right and left-handed gamers as well as a a cool style and great retail rice of $39.99. There are plenty of gaming mice retailing for a lot more which do a lot less.

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A long-time fan and reveler of all things Geek, I am also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of