Cooler Mas­ter MM520

A de­cent bud­get op­tion.

APC Australia - - Super Guide » Gaming Mice -

It’s rare that the words ‘ bud­get’ and ‘gam­ing’ can both be used to de­scribe the same pe­riph­eral, but Cooler Mas­ter has in­tro­duced a pair of very af­ford­able gam­ing mice that cover both ter­ri­to­ries well.

The MM520 and MM530 are func­tion­ally the same mouse but in a claw-grip and palm-grip form fac­tor, re­spec­tively. We re­viewed the MM520, but most points can be ap­plied to both.

De­cid­ing to fo­cus on each par­tic­u­lar grip style has paid off for Cooler Mas­ter, as the MM520 is a plea­sure to wield. The ma­te­rial is nice to the touch, if not a lit­tle cheap feel­ing, with a tex­tured plas­tic cov­er­ing most of the mouse and a rub­ber grip for your pinky fin­ger. De­spite the Om­ron switches, the pri­mary but­tons feel a lit­tle clunky and loud, the scroll-wheel is com­i­cally large, and the side but­tons get close break­ing the sound bar­rier and are a chore to press. Don’t worry, the rest is all good news.

The soft­ware is ex­cep­tion­ally de­tailed and easy to use. With up to five pro­files, you can cus­tomise three in­de­pen­dent RGB zones, com­plete with ef­fects, and any set­ting you could imag­ine for tweak­ing how the mouse per­forms. You can as­sign all six but­tons how you please and with Cooler Mas­ter’s Tac­tiX fea­ture, you can add sec­ondary func­tion­al­ity to ev­ery but­ton when you hold down the ap­pro­pri­ate key.

While the com­po­nent qual­ity seems a lit­tle av­er­age, it’s to be ex­pected at $59 and, con­sid­er­ing the fully-fea­tured soft­ware ca­pa­bil­i­ties, this is cer­tainly the mouse we rec­om­mend for gamers with tight wal­lets.


While the fea­ture list may seem un­der­whelm­ing, the price and grip-spe­cific de­signs are great.

$59 | COOLERMASTER.COM Sen­sor: 12,000dpi op­ti­cal (PMW3360); De­sign: right-handed, 6 but­tons; Cable: 1.8m, plas­tic; Di­men­sions: 11.8 x 7.8 x 2.9cm; 135g

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