Ask a room full of gamers what the most important piece of equipment is in their build and you're likely to end up with a long list of internal components. Video cards, processors, ram, SSD, etc. What you will likely never hear is that the mouse is the most important piece of equipment. Now, before you get all out of shape, I don't think the mouse is really the most important. But, it deserves a spot on the list of things that are somewhat important. After all, for nearly every moment that we spend gaming, we do so with our hand firmly attached to our mouse. The mouse is our direct line of input to our character on the screen. How our mouse performs affects how we perform in the game. Which is why, in recent years, there has been a bit of a deluge of new gaming mice to hit the market. The one we're looking at today is a budget gaming mouse from Cooler Master's Storm line called the Xornet.
Product Name: Cooler Master Storm Xornet
Product Provided by: Cooler Master
Review By: Shane Ede
Photos By: Shane Ede
Before we get too deep into the review of the mouse, let's take a look at the specs.
2000 DPI Optical Sensor
On-the-fly Adjustment: 500-1000-2000 DPI
Up to 160 IPS and 23G of Acceleration
5 Million Click Rated Omron Micro Switches
Extra Wide 16 Bit USB Data Path
1000 Hz Polling Rate / 1 ms Response Time
Right Hand Ergonomic Claw Design
Rubberized Anti-Slip Design
Ultra Swift Teflon Feet
Cable Length: 2 Meters / 6.56 Feet
Dimensions: 75(W) X 107(H) x 35(D) mm
A couple of things that will jump right out at you when you first look at those specs is that it's an adjustable DPI that will adjust to 500, 1000, or 2000 DPI. I've seen higher max settings, but my personal preference is somewhere in the 1500-2000 DPI range. Much more than that and I'm staring at a wall while somebody frags me. In my opinion the 500 DPI setting is useless, but some low sensitivity gamers might be very interested to see this option. Another thing that you'll notice is that it has 5 million click rated Omron micro switches. This isn't a budget mouse that's made to be used a few times and thrown out. Cooler Master made this one with durability in mind.