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CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse / Control-RX Mouse Pad Review

Rating: 8.5.

Cooler Master has released some terrific cases, mice, keyboards and headsets under their CM Storm brand in recent years. Today we will be taking a look at their Control-RX Gaming Mouse Pad and the latest addition to their gaming mice line-up, the CM Storm Havoc. The CM Storm Havoc comes equipped with an Avago 9800 sensor capable of 100-8200 DPI, 8 programmable buttons and 128KB onboard memory. Set to retail around £40 it faces stiff competition from the likes of Logitech, Razer and Steelseries. The question is, can the Havoc prove itself against the goliaths of gaming mice?

Cooler Master also provided us with their latest large gaming mouse pad, the CM Storm Control-RX. The Control-RX features a Lycra cloth surface, non-slip Polyurethane base and is said to work with all types of sensors. We’ll be using this mouse pad to put the Havoc through its paces in this review.


CM Storm Havoc Specifications:

  • Avago 9800 laser sensor with 100-8200 DPI.
  • Highest grade Japanese Omron micro switches.
  • Up to 5 million button clicks.
  • 8 programmable buttons.
  • Rubber side grip for stability and fast mouse swipes.
  • Build in memory for easy plug and use.
  • Smooth super grip rubber coasting.
  • 1.8 meter flexible and extremely durable mousecord.
  • Up to 4 profiles setting.

CM Storm  Control-RX Specifications:

  • Material: Lycra Surface tailored for low DPI, Polyurethane base.
  • Thickness: 5mm.
  • Size: 440 x 350 x 5mm.

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  • kitguru reader

    You should measure and write more technical information about the mice you review. Stuff like: acceleration, perfect control speed (at different dpi), angle snapping/prediction. You should check the esrelity and overclockers forums.
    I really like your articles I just want to see this information included.

  • Ben

    I think figures only tell a part of the story, its like these 8,200 dpi ratings, I can’t use anything over 5,000 dpi or its like a jerk fest. and not the nice kind.

    Im still happy with my old logitech mouse.

  • Eran

    I do like cooler master, but I think they suffer a little from the thermaltake syndrome. build quality issues. My last cooler master case fell apart slowly over a year. I tend to only get corsair/silverstone cases now. Not so sure on these mice either. I think they are made in a chinese factory for multiple companies with slightly different enclosure designs. id rather get a mouse from one of the compoanies like steelseries, razer etc, who dedicate a lot of R&D to the designs.

  • Hey,

    While he has built himself an impressive setup, his benchmark seems to be based upon the assumption that the acceleration of a mouse remains constant (in his example a player with low sensitivity would accelerate at a constant 2m/s, resulting in a total of 900 meters travelled in a minute, or 54km/h). When measured over a period of 10 seconds that results in 20 meters travelled at speeds between 2m/s and 20m/s.

    Note that the above is based on testing with a constant acceleration over a fixed period of time.

    However, whilst gaming there is always a certain amount of momentum between swings where a mouse would either move at a far lower or higher speed. A mouse like the Havoc is rated up to 150 IPS, or 1371.6km/h (150 inches – 381 cm * 60 * 60 / 1000 according to my calculations).

    A more accurate way of measuring the acceleration would be through a form of stop-start testing where the mouse is ‘catapulted’ and rapidly brought to a stop in multiple directions until it stops tracking. This would also be a good way to test for input delay and wake-up times. At this moment in time I don’t think it would be in anyone’s best interest to start flinging mice at the walls, so we’ll need to look into a safe and reliable mechanical method to make that work.

    Perfect control speed, defining proportional movement in-game, is something that would also be tricky to do. Even with just raw input, games like Battlefield 3, CoD, CS, etc. all handle differently because the engines partially determine the maximum turn speed. As an example, I noticed that I could crank up the sensitivity higher in Battlefield 3 than I could in CS. Rather than test it for every individual game, we would like to find a way to test this across the board.

    We will also need to find a way to eliminate the problem of compensation by the user. If a mouse performs poorly a user will be automatically inclined to ‘correct’ the mouse.

    Angle snapping and correction I can test by drawing in Photoshop so that shouldn’t be a problem.

    Stay tuned while we work on getting this worked into our reviews!