CM Storm Mizar Mouse Review
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CM Storm Mizar Mouse Review

August 22nd, 2014 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

I’ve always been a fan of CM Storm mice, I’ve reviewed quite a few in the last year or so and pretty much all of then have fared well in Game. Today we have one of the latest mice from Cooler Master the CM Storm Mizar (SGM-4005-KLLW1). The Mizar is a right-handed Gaming mouse with a 8200 DPI Avago laser sensor and seven fully programmable buttons featuring long life Japanese Omron switches. In addition to this the mouse supports on the fly DPI adjustments and personalized illumination via a muli-colour LED CM Storm logo.

 

CM Storm Mizar - box front CM Storm Mizar - box back

 

The CM Storm Mizar came in a smart black box with a large image of the Mizar on the front. The packaging was also more than adequate for a mouse in this price range.

The back of the box highlights the following features of the Mizar:

  • Super long life Japanese Omron switches
  • 7 fully programmable function/macro buttons
  • On the fly DPI adjustments – 4 levels (up to 8200DPI)
  • High precision Avago 9800 laser sensor
  • High impact encoder wheel for precise scrolling
  • Personalization via multi-color LED illuminated CM Storm logo
  • Right-handed ergonomic design provides contoured comfort for the perfect grip

 

CM Storm Mizar - box open

 

The box features a lift up flap allowing you to not only read a little more about the mouse, but also allowing you to see the mouse within.

 

CM Storm Mizar - box contents

 

In the box there’s not much other than the mouse and a simple user guide.

At the time of writing the CM Storm Mizar is retailing for approximately £40 and comes with a 2 year warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of CM Storm

Model Number SGM-4005-KLLW1 Available Color Black
Body Coating Material Soft Touch Paint Sensor Avago 9800 laser Sensor
DPI Up to 8200 Probrammable Buttons 7
Onboard Memory 128KB Polling Rate 1000 Hz/1ms
Maximum Tracking Speed 150ips/30g Dimensions (W x H x D) 60.4 x 40.2 x 124.8 mm
2.38 x 1.58 x 4.91 inches
Weight (with USB Cable) 121 g / 0.27 lbs Weight (without USB Cable) 100g/0.22lbs

* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

First impressions of the CM Storm Mizar are; that mouse looks small (and it is at 60.4 x 40.2 x 124.8 mm!), although it still fits well in my average size hand. I must admit I normally would prefer something bigger (wouldn’t we all!?) and heavier (the Mizar weighs just 121g), but due to the ergonomics I feel quite at home with the Mizar already. I like the styling, a little simple maybe, but the tried and tested route is no bad thing. The illumination also helps to add that extra touch to an otherwise basic looking mouse…

 

CM Storm Mizar CM Storm Mizar - closeup

 

  • Top

Looking at the top of the mouse and working front to back we find an illuminated (when on) mouse wheel, with a rubberized (tyre tread style) central section, grippy (not sure that’s a word!) it is too. The wheel is one of the better ones I’ve recently used, with a good smooth rotation and nice noticeable (yet subtle) clicks. Next we have the up/down DPI buttons, although they’re a little difficult to press as they’re not raised above the surface of the mouse. At least this stops you from pressing them inadvertently.

CM Storm Mizar - top

  • Front / Back

Looking at the front of the CM Storm Mizar we can see the captive 2m braided cable.

At the back we find the smart illuminated (when on) CM Storm logo, this logo’s illumination can be controlled via the Mizar’s software (not supplied, download here) and the following colours are supported: red, white, yellow, green, blue, cyan and purple. White, Red, Green and Blue are also used (briefly) to indicate what DPI setting you’ve selected, returning to your chosen Profile colour after a few seconds.

CM Storm Mizar - front CM Storm Mizar - back

 

  • Sides (left & right)

The left side of the Mizar features two relatively well placed thumb buttons, although the front is a little hard to reach for my liking. Below the thumb buttons Cooler Master have added a rubberized grip that actually works really well and even looks good too.

The right side of the the Mizar features the same rubberized grip, but has no additional functionality.

CM Storm Mizar - left CM Storm Mizar - right

 

  • Underside

The underside of the Mizar features four (one in each corner) very small glides, too small in my mind, although in use it does feel fine. In the centre of the mouse we find the Avago 9800 laser sensor with its 8200 DPI (maximum). There’s also a strange sticker with CM Storm logo covering the back half of the mouse (a Glide? should it be removed? will it come off on its own!?), no idea…

 

CM Storm Mizar - underside

 

Hardware Installation

 

The CM Storm Mizar mouse was simply connected by way of its single USB connection. This was connected directly to the back-plate of the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING motherboard that forms part of our dedicated Intel Test Rig. Software is required (but not supplied) for full functionality of the Mizar…

CM Storm Mizar - connection

Testing Methodology/Setup

 

The Mizar was tested using our Intel Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (service pack 1) installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software.

Something that seems to be common with Cooler Master mice, is that there’s no mention of software anywhere in the quick start guide or on the box. In fact to be honest the quick start guide is not even a guide at all, as it tells you nothing of note. But there is software available for the Mizar and it can be downloaded here. Version 1.0.5 of the Mizar software was used throughout testing.

As part of normal testing procedure, the Mizar was updated to the latest firmware available at the time of testing (1.0.1).

 

Mizar Firmware Update

 

Mouse Surface:

The CM Storm Mizar was tested using a OcUK Mega-Mega Mat 3XL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface.

The following games were used to help in the evaluation of the Mizar:

  • Battlefield 4
  • Survarium (BETA)
  • Divinity: Original Sin

 

Hardware Performance

 

  • MOUSE

I really enjoy reviewing mice as they are so important when it comes to PC Gaming, without a decent mouse you’re sure to find yourself nearer the bottom than the top of the leader-board.

From a performance point of view the CM Storm Mizar mouse performed really well and I have very much enjoyed Gaming with it. Tracking is excellent and the overall feel of the mouse is very good. The Avago 9800 Laser sensor performed well in all testing from playing an FPS like Survarium to playing an RPG like Divinity: Original Sin. The mouse clicks have a very positive feel too thanks to those Japanese Omron switches.

Overall comfort was also very good, despite the mouse being both smaller and lighter than I would normally like. The Mizar is likely to suit most right handed players due to its simple ergonomic shape. The only let down is the placement of the forward thumb button, that for me is just too far forward for my liking.

I like the implementation of the lighting of the CM Storm logo (found at the back of the mouse) to help indicate what DPI setting you’re on. Something that has found to be missing from recently tested (and more expensive) mice!

 

  • SOFTWARE

The Mizar software is simple to use and gives you control over the most common functions and features that you would expect. The software comprises of six main tabs, outlined below:

 

  • SOFTWARE – (Main/Advanced)
Mizar Software - MAIN Mizar Software - ADVANCED

 

The MAIN tab gives you a general overview of the current mouse settings and also its current Profile. Here you can assign keyboard commands, mouse clicks and Macros etc or the selected button can even be disabled if you so wish. The ADVANCED tab allows you to assign up to four DPI levels from 100 – 8200 DPI in 100 increments. Both X and Y can also be adjusted independently. The USB polling rate can be adjusted from 100 to 1000 in 100 Hz increments. The lower half of the tab allows you to have some fun, as it’s here that you can play with the Mizar’s lighting. Note that you can only change the colour of the CM Storm logo at the back of the mouse. The Mouse wheel illumination is always white, unless all illumination is switched off. There’s also various other illumination controls that you can play with. Finally we find options for OS Sensitivity, OS Double Click Speed, Button Response Time and Angle Snapping.

 

  • SOFTWARE – (Macro/Profiles)
Mizar Software - MACRO Mizar Software - PROFILES

 

The third tab (MACRO) allows you to record your macros, with the ability to edit (insert/delete) and adjust time cycles. These macros can then be saved to disk and assigned when needed. The PROFILES tab allows you to manage the four Profiles supported by the Mizar and also store various others on disk. Again these Profiles can be loaded as and when required.

 

  • SOFTWARE – (Library/Support)
Mizar Software - LIBRARY Mizar Software - SUPPORT

 

The LIBRARY tab allows you to see all of your recorded macros in your library and also take a look at the state of the on-board memory and its associated Profiles and button assignments. Macros can also be Imported and Exported from your library. Finally the SUPPORT tab provides links for online support and version information.

 

Mizar Software - Version Info

 

Final Thoughts

 

There’s no doubt in my mind that the CM Storm Mizar (SGM-4005-KLLW1) is a damn good Gaming mouse, but the £40 sector is a very crowded market, and there’s even cheaper mice that do the same for less! I’m unsure whether Cooler Master have done enough this time…

I really rather like the little Mizar mouse from CM Storm, it’s well made, performs extremely well and even looks pretty good to boot. The right-handed ergonomic design suited my claw (ish) style of grip well and my average size hand remained comfortable throughout testing, even during those longer (4+ hour) Gaming sessions.

The performance of the 8200 DPI 9800 Avago Laser sensor was faultless and I have no concerns or worries over the Mizar’s tracking ability, whether in FPS or slower RPG Games. My preferred DPI setting was around 1600 DPI, so I have to admit that the 8200 DPI sensor is a little wasted on me! Although it’s great for when you get in a tank in Games such as BF4.

The Mizar’s lighting is nicely implemented and is not too obtrusive, it can even be switched of if desired. I also like the DPI switching indication; a flash of (white, red, green or blue) depending on the DPI selected and then returning to your chosen colour a few seconds later.

The only real issue (apart from a slightly poorly placed forward thumb button, and that’s subjective anyway) is the price. Now while not too high, there’s a lot of other and even cheaper mice in this sector that offer the same. Therefore my only concern is that with the CM Storm Mizar, Cooler Master may have not brought anything unique enough to the party to make the Mizar stand out in what is already a busy crowd…

 

Verdict

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Design/Quality pcGameware awards the CM Storm Mizar a Silver
Performance
Value
Overall

Many thanks to CM Storm for providing this sample for review

 


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