COOLER MASTER MASTERMOUSE S
The MasterMouse S has a great shape, and is one of the most comfortable to handle in this shootout. It has a prominent arch that your hand cradles almost perfectly, so it’s really nice to palm, particularly if you have smaller hands. Those with larger hands will nd that the mouse takes well to the claw grip as well, thanks to its relatively compact size and short length.
At 89g, it’s also quite light, making it particularly suited for FPS players who require an agile mouse.
The 7,200 DPI PMW3330 optical sensor that it uses is extremely competent, and you should have few issues with tracking and aiming. The sensor performed reliably throughout, and I wasn’t able to make it spin out, even when swiping quickly across the mat.
This is a six-button mouse with two side buttons and a DPI switcher, which gives it a clear edge over the pricier ASUS ROG Strix Impact.
However, the mouse is dragged down by its less than intuitive software interface. The MasterMouse S has two independent lighting zones on the scroll wheel and base of the mouse, but I took quite a while to gure out how to congure the e ects to my liking. Instead of drop down menus to select the e ects, you’ve to contend with a large grid of checkboxes that are quite tedious to work with.
Nevertheless, the software serves up a good range of options, including up to four DPI steps, lift-o distance adjustments, and StormTX button assignments. The latter nearly doubles the number of programmable buttons by letting you access alternative functions when the StormTX button is held down (you can assign this to any button).
The build quality on the mouse is questionable though. There’s a little too much ex in the chassis that extends far past the trigger buttons, an issue systematic to having trigger buttons part of its shell.
What’s more, pushing down on the DPI button sometimes results in either the left- or right-click button actuating, so the mouse’s shell could really use some extra rigidity. The striated cable is also sti and a pain to work with, and the mouse would feel a lot better with a more exible cord.
The two side buttons are a little on the loud side.
The matte surface resists dirt and grime quite well.