Today we are taking a look at one of the products offered by CM Storm, Cooler Master’s gaming division, the Recon. A mid range gaming mouse with some interesting extras. We actually received the mouse towards the end of last year, but got bogged down with some other things, and couldn’t get the review out to you until now. Sorry about that. So instead of keeping you waiting some more with a long intro you’ll probably skip anyway (let’s be honest we all have) why don’t we just get right to it.
The box is styled in CM Storm’s familiar black, and red color scheme which showcases a picture of the Recon on the front. The background is a techno red art style, and shows part of the Recon engulfed with red energy. The Recon name is shown as being ablaze which just adds to the aesthetic showcasing.
The box is outfitted with a swing front which allows you to get a preview of the Recon itself. The inside portion of the swingable (is that a word? eh it is now) front door of the box let’s you see some of the features of the mouse which includes changeable LED’s, high precision sensor, on the fly DPI switching, and nine programmable buttons.
Opening up the box we see that the Recon is protected in a plastic shell, and includes a quick start guide.
Freeing the mouse from its protective shell we get to see the point of this review…the Recon. Ahh just look at her. All new, shiny, and untouched. That changed with our manhandling the poor thing in our tests for weeks. We are such brutes : )
Now the Recon’s LED’s can be changed to be shown in a varying amount of colors, ten in all. The areas of the mouse that shown LEDs are the CM Storm logo located at the back of the mouse, the mouse wheel, and the two buttons just below the mouse wheel which are used to increase, or decrease the Recon’s DPI. You can set up each of these three areas to emit a different LED hue. Pretty cool option.
You can also set how you would like the LED’s to be displayed. Continuous, which keeps the LEDs steady, Flash on Profile, which causes the LED’s to well…flash…when a profile for the mouse is selected, or set it to rapid flash which allows the LEDs to flash rapidly. Think accelerated heartbeat or strobe lights. Warning…do not stare directly into the LEDs when in rapid flash mode…nah just kidding : )
Since we already indicated the Recon has buttons for on the fly DPI changing why not show you all the buttons, which utilize Omron microswitches (which model of Omron switch was not given, but this would not be a problem for some as many would just be happy they are Omron), on the mouse as well as some of the other features. Makes sense right?
As the name suggests, the DPI+, and DPI- buttons allow you to decrease, or increase the DPI of the Recon on the fly. The buttons are made of a good quality plastic which have elevated groves to allow for easy determination of what button is what when pressing them.
The Left & Right Mouse buttons are made from a material which is featured on the majority of the Recon. It seems to be plastic, but with a slight smooth rubbery coat which is nice to the touch, and also provides a decent non slip quality.
The mouse wheel is designed with groves to aid in performing more precise scrolling. It does a decent job at it too. More on this later
The Recon comes with two buttons on its right, and left sides. These buttons are a good size, and feature a similar raised grooved design found on the DPI+, and DPI- buttons. Again this helps to differentiate between what buttons you are trying to press. The material of the buttons also shares that of the DPI buttons, and offers a decent tactile feel.