Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L Review
Published: 18th November 2016 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: £54.99 |
The Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L is a little bit of an odd one to review. The unique selling point of the mouse - the element which is writ large upon the packaging, their website, all the advertising - is the ability to swap the top and sides to suit your own personal preference. However, we found that the difference in feel between the two styles was so similar that we can almost eliminate it from our considerations. Whether you use palm or claw, the chances are you just can't spot which particular body is currently in place.
So if the thing that makes it special .. isn't, why should you consider the MasterMouse Pro L?
The answer is because once you forget about the changeable cover gimmick and focus upon the quality of the mouse itself, the truly outstanding sensor, fabulous buttons, great design and easy to use software you end up with a mouse which can rightly take its place as the flagship of the Cooler Master Master range.
Much like a great gaming keyboard uses CherryMX switches, so the inclusion of Omron switches - here in their 20 million click option - is such a no-brainer that we can't remember the last high end mouse that didn't have them at their core. They are crisp, responsive and have a beautiful tactile response that helps the mouse become an extension of your thoughts. Equally the main event of the MasterMouse Pro L has to be the Avago PMW3360 sensor, as it is with any mouse. They live and die by the sensor accuracy, and the PMW3360 is a very nice one indeed, with scaling all the way up to a dizzying 12000 DPI. Once you add this to a fast tracking rate, light overall weight, and comfortable design then it all ends up with a mouse which is a pleasure to use.
If there are any negatives they are probably that, as said above, the swappable parts in their current format don't really bring anything to the table. They are a sprig of parsley on a steak and chip dinner. The decision to put the DPI button on the underside is a curious one. If you don't change your DPI then you'd be better off having it in the regular spot so you can reassign it, and if you do change your DPI regularly then having it on the base makes no sense at all. It's an odd one to be sure.
However, despite those two minor issues the quality of components and comfortable design mean that the MasterMouse Pro L should find a happy home amongst anyone who wants a reliable ambidextrous mouse, and for that it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.
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