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CM Storm Recon Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. External Impression
  4. Internal Impression
  5. Software Impression
  6. Conclusion
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CM storm’s gaming hardware (and some cases) made a pretty good impression so far, especially their keyboards. This mouse is an ambidextrous design and its been a long time since I’ve used one. Keeping that in mind, I have high expectations for CM Storm’s Recon.

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Like all Tier 1 brands, Coolermaster mentions all of the specification on their packaging clearly, all but the warranty period. According to the booklet inside, it comes with 2 years warranty.

What’s not mentioned the book or the packaging is the weight of the mouse.

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You get the mouse in a crystal case and an instruction manual. The utility for this mouse needs to be downloaded from Recon’s portal.

Advertised Specification CM Storm Recon
Specifications System Requirements
  • 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 mouse body
  • 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 Mouse wheel light to identify Profiles
  • PC with USB port
  • Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP
  • Internet connection (for driver installation)
  • At least 35MB of hard disk space

The mouse uses Avago 3090 sensor with 800-4000 dpi setting option and a 78.6” long cable.

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The mouse has side buttons on both sides. There’s a certain “silky” feel on the silver plastic side that gives a good feel for your thumb.

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This is from a right-handed user’s perspective: I don’t have issues pressing the side buttons, but I have larger hands. Someone who has smaller hands may have an issue pressing the top button. Coming to the buttons on the other end, I use an MX518 and did reviews for few mouse. Since this is an ambidextrous mouse, left-handed users will appreciate buttons on the other side too. I am not really sure if hand handed users will use their pinky to press the side buttons towards the right. If not and you want to, better make sure your pinky gets used to it.

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As a claw/palm grip user, this mouse is very comfortable to hold: the shape, size and the feel of it together contribute that feeling. There’s a thick rubberised coat on the top of the mouse. Its hard to put it in words, but if you’ve used MX510, the much older mouse from Logitech. The rubber-ish coat which was in that mouse was thick enough it doesn’t peel off and it for many users you like the feel of the grip compared to the older mouse where its known that the coating comes out after few month or maybe a year and a half, depending on the usage. This mouse reminds me of MX510.

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The feels are good enough even to give a feel of comfortable sliding even with Razer Goliathus Control Edition which usually has a texture material to create friction.

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The grip on the scroll wheel is good enough, but when you’re using the wheel of the mouse pretty fast it makes that noise which kind of reminds you of a certain mouse. Not that I am saying it’s a con. Merely saying that there’s a noise when you use the scroll wheel.

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The LED on the mouse gives you the choice to illuminate up to 10 type of lights, although some of the choices look somewhat similar/equal/hardly any difference. The scroll key, the DPI buttons and CM Storm’s logo is the part that can be illuminated and each of the LED lights can be changed with the choice of continuous glow, flashing when changing or rapid fire when you’re pressing the left click button.

There’s something that I wanted to point out when I was discussing with another fellow reviewer about this mouse. The side buttons, especially the up button would require stretching your thumb to reach that button, where the down button is comfortably large. The buttons could have had equal shape/length which could the issue. It is also weird that the side buttons on the left and right side are present as forward/backward keys of browsers by default and not for scrolling. Not really a big deal, you can always download Recon’s utility and change it.

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The only screw on the mouse is on the base covered by a plastic cap. There are 3 clips on each side of them and you’ll need to push the top panel of the mouse down in order to remove, but care needs to take as the wiring between 2 PCB is short and there’s a removable 4 pin LED attachment which illuminates the scroll key.

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There are 2 PCB- one for the top and side buttons, whereas the rest is on the larger PCB on the base.

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As stated by CM, the mouse uses Avago 3090 sensor. The keys that the left/right/scroll click use Omron switches. As you can see from the left click view, the scroll ring is secured nicely on one end, whereas the right side is open so that it can be used as a click button for the scroll.

As you can see on the 3rd picture, the removable LED attachment illuminates the key from within so that sides of the scroll ring will be properly illuminated.

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The chip allows you to save up to 5profiles, macro settings and LED/DPI configuration for each profile.

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The 2 buttons for the DPI use Omron keys whereas for the side buttons it uses TTC switches.

The mouse is fairly easy to disassemble, and that’s good, especially for those who want to mod or repaint the body of the mouse.

The mouse’s sense by default lets you set dpi levels between 800- 4000. In most cases, I am satisfied with 800/1600 dpi. Anything more and I find it difficult to adapt.

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You’ll need to download the Recon software from the website. With the utility, an impression was made that mouse firmware update tool downloads the firmware and flashes at the same time. If that was the case, there was a bit of a concern if there’s a chance of mouse getting bricked if something happened to the connection and its stuck in the middle of flashing. But as far as what Coolermaster said:

Well, both activities happen simultaneously, the mouse gets flashed as the firmware gets downloaded. But the mouse won’t go dead in case the internet goes down and the firmware update process gets interrupted in between. In such cases with the software is restarted, it will detect the mouse and ask for the firmware update again.

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What’s peculiar is that the side buttons on both sides are by default preset to be used as forward/backward keys for browsers.

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The Recon driver/firmware update built-in tool comes with the file size of 14.2MB, lets you set LOD, DPI and polling rate. The Macro option lets you store 9 macro profiles, with each can store up to 100 macro combos. You can also create many profiles for your mouse as well. Having the ability to adjust the liftoff distance is a plus sign.

CM storm’s gaming hardware (and some cases) made a pretty good impression so far, especially their keyboards. This mouse is an ambidextrous design and its been a long time since I’ve used one. Keeping that in mind, I have high expectations for CM Storm’s Recon. Like all Tier 1 brands, Coolermaster mentions all of the specification on their packaging clearly, all but the warranty period. According to the booklet inside, it comes with 2 years warranty. What's not mentioned the book or the packaging is the weight of the mouse. You get the mouse in a crystal case and an…

Review Overview

Overall Response - 9
Built Quality - 10
Buttons placement - 7
Grip Comfort - 9
For FPS - 8.5

8.7

BBQ Score

Summary : Its shaped very nicely and it’s a comfortable grip. The only issue is the way the side buttons are being put up. The mouse slides nicely on textured mouse pads. Recommended for palm/claw type users.

The best part is, some type of claw users may need some time to get used with a mouse like Xornet/Spawn. This on the other hand, especially if you’ve used mouse such as MX518 from Logitech, this mouse fits like a glove. All you need is download the Recon software, change 1-3 settings depending on your preference, and you’re set!

Ambidextrous will welcome this mouse, as long as they have larger hands.

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Rs. 2,679/- $39.99 £48.18

4 comments

  1. Razor DA is ambidextrous too but they’re not very long lasting…

  2. i need ET fingers to reach those buttons on the side. thanks for opening up the mouse and showing the guts of it.

  3. I bought this. I loved it. replaced mx518.

  4. What a very nice review about CM Storm Recon 800dpi- 4000dpi Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse <3 Thanks for the such an informative post!

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