Buying a mouse can be a very finicky process, especially if you are gamer. They have been a source of debate since the beginning of time and will be for eons. Manufacturers have to consider hand sizes, grips and other preferences when building a gaming mouse - and it looks like Cooler Master have managed to hit the sweet spot.
Cooler Master’s ‘Inferno’ is the company’s second foray into the gaming mouse arena, and is targeted at FPS and MMORPG gamers. The list of features includes a 4000 DPI sensor, 9 programmable buttons and a Rapid Fire and Tactics Multiplier key for macro output. For a complete run down of the specs, take a look below:
- 4000 DPI Storm Tactical Twin laser sensor
- 128KB Sentinel-X Memory
- Ergonomic Design
- 11 Button Output
- 9 Programmable Buttons
- 1000Hz Polling
- 1ms Response Time
- Rapid Fire Tactical key
- Storm MacroPro Key
- Storm Tactics Key
- Lift-off distance of 2mm
- Full Speed USB
- Gold-plated USB Connector
- Approx. size in mm: (W) 80X (H) 135 X (D) 40 mm
- Net Weight:161.5 g
- Form Factor: Right Hand Ergonomic
With the features and specs taken care of, lets move on to the review.
Design and Build Quality:
Although the Inferno looks very imposing, it is smaller than many of the gaming mice available out there. The mouse has a curvy design and the sides are rubberized, which allows your hand to rest at a comfortable position and lets you game for extended amounts of time without tiring out. The various buttons on the Inferno are well placed, so it doesn’t require you to play finger twister to activate them.
Once powered up, your DPI settings are displayed by a very handy LED indicator, while a button in the centre shows you via 3 LED lights which profile has been activated. The lower half of the mouse features the orange Inferno logo and looks quite awesome. But the only issue I had with its design is that it was crafted with right handed users in mind. So, all you left handed gamers may have to look somewhere else for your fix.
Cooler Master has made no compromises with regards to build quality. The Inferno has a very solid feel to it, with no squeaks or flexing of the plastic bits. To test out the ruggedness of the mouse, we dropped it on our table from a height of 15 inches. What we heard was a reassuring “THUD”, not a hollow "Clank” which would indicate a very flimsy build quality.
As the Inferno has quite a few buttons with various uses; we thought it would be better to have an in-depth look at them.
To the left and right of the main buttons are the rapid fire and tactics multiplayer keys. The rapid fire key as the name suggests allows you to unleash a barrage of sustaining fire, while the tactics multiplayer key offers unique key combinations built to offer 32 extra button outputs for macros, scripts and other unique commands.
The other set of buttons are located where your thumb would rest, which gives you instant access to the customizable keys at the drop of a hat. Buttons for switching DPI are right below the mouse wheel and have a good tactile feel to them.
My only issue with the entire setup is with the mouse wheel. You have to press it quite hard and this can get a bit annoying, especially if you've bound the melee key to the mouse wheel or are trying to open a webpage in a different tab.
The customization software provided by Cooler Master is quite extensive and will make any hardcore gamer worth his money drool.
The first page allows you to tweak the DPI, change the double click speed as well as re-assign the buttons. The same page also allows you to save three profiles with different settings. The second page gives you the power to customize the storm tactics key and the scroll-wheel speed, with an added option of change the lighting style of the mouse. It may be a nothing more than a cosmetic option, but it’s still cool to have it.
The Inferno is an amazing mouse to use. Thanks to its 400DPI sensor, the mouse feels like it’s connected to your brain. DPI switching allows you to snipe, or spray 'n' pray - all at the touch of a button.
The large feet makes it glide over your gaming mat and provides a very balanced feel. Combine that with the lightness of the mouse, and you will have zero issues popping headshots in Battlefield Bad Company 2. The 'Rapid Fire' and 'Storm Tactics' keys will help MMO players and FPS gamers in taming trolls and nailing noobs - no matter what game it is.
Cooler Master has a winner on their hands with the ‘Inferno’. It gives the hardcore gamer all the tools he needs to destroy his opponents. The amazing specs bundled with the great customization options makes this a valuable tool in your arsenal if you are a hardcore gamer. At Rs.5,900 (Rs. 3,300 MOP) the price is a bit on the higher side and is the only down-side to an amazing product.
Published Date: Dec 07, 2010 02:52 pm | Updated Date: Dec 07, 2010 02:52 pm