This review focuses on the CoolerMaster MasterMouse MM530, a scion of the CoolerMaster Storm Mizar. Actually the MM530 is extremely similar to the Mizar in appearance. But as we are about to find out, appearances can be deceiving!
- Product Name: MasterMouse MM530
- Product Model: SGM-4007-KLLW1
- Grip Type: Claw / Palm
- Material: Plastic / Rubber
- Colour: M14 Black
- LED Colour: 16.7 Million RGB
- Sensor: Pixart PMW 3360 Optical
- CPI / DPI: 4 Levels (100~12,000dpi)
- Tracking Speed: 250 ips/50g
- Lift Off Distance: < ~2mm / Adjustable
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz / 1 ms
- Angle Snapping: On/Off
- Mouse acceleration: No
- Programmable Profiles: 5
- Processor: 32 bit ARM Cortex M0
- On-board Memory: 512 KB
- Switches, Lifespan: Omron, 20 million
- Programmable buttons: 7
- Body coating: Matte UV Coating
- Connector: Gold-plated
- Cable Length: Rubber Cable , 1.8 Meters
- Dimensions (mm/inch): (W x H x D) 60.4 x 40.2 x 124.8 mm
- Weight: 135.2g
- Warranty: 2 years
So what do all of these Specs actually mean?
Grip type: So CoolerMaster suggest that the MM530 is good for both Claw and palm grip. This is the way you hold your mouse. People who have larger hands tend to use the palm grip more, utilising the whole shape of the mouse from front to back. This grip is suited to a larger mouse shape. Claw grip is as the name suggests, where you hold the mouse with your fingers, with the palm touching the back of the mouse, this tends to suit smaller mouse designs. I have smaller hands, and found that I use both grips depending on my game style. As CoolerMaster suggested, both of these grips were comfortable for me. I feel that for someone with a large hand, this mouse would feel a bit small.
This image from ASUS Republic of Gamers shows the use of palm and claw grip perfectly.
The MM530 is made from a combination of Plastic and rubber. This mouse is built to be strong and to last, being produced from PBT plastic…
FUN FACTS: Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is a thermoplastic engineering polymer. It is used as an insulator in the electronic industry. PBT is resistant to solvents, is heat-resistant up to 150 °C and mechanically strong. PBT has slightly better impact resistance than PET plastics. As a result, and because of its durability it can be found in some high end gaming keyboards. OK…enough of the sciency stuff!
So the mouse is durable, but for me, this durability comes at the cost of looks. The mouse has a textured, “serviceable” surface to it, which may have benefits if you suffer from sweaty palms, but for me just felt well, industrial. Underneath this rugged shell are Omron switches, tested to 20 million clicks. There are 7 programmable buttons, 3 of which are RGB. The rubbery grips are located perfectly for my hands, which is nice, and they offer a nicely grip-able hexagonal beehive design.
The other rubber element of the mouse is the cord. Although it is a generous 1.8m, ensuring it has ample length to reach from your tower to your mouse mat, the fact that it is not a braided cable is disappointing to me. The rubber cord feels clunky and cheap and it annoyingly retained its packaged form, not wanting to un-kink, which rendered the extra length relatively pointless. Hopefully this will improve over time as the cord relaxes. The USB connector is gold plated.
One of the most surprising features for this mouse is the RGB lighting, a feature you would not expect in such a competitively priced mouse. The lighting is controlled in the CoolerMaster software, which can be downloaded from HERE. There are Three illumination zones to which you can apply the 16.7 million RGB and any variants you choose! There are 8 different lighting effects, which can be seen in the image below. The RGB lighting is a great feature, but I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by the dim quality of the colours. Some colours appeared brighter, while others were just plain dull. For me, the best way to showcase the lighting appeared to be in the colour cycle mode, as it seemed to make use of the more effective colours, and the more lacking colours were not as noticeable. It is a small thing, and based on the low price of this mouse, I don’t think it will deter people from purchasing.
The MM530 is a mouse designed for right-handed people, or left handed people who have mad right handed skills! On the left hand side of the mouse there are two buttons which are fully programmable, located just above the rubber grip.
The right hand side of the mouse contains no buttons, but has a curved out design which makes for comfortable holding, and placement for the third and fourth finger.
That covers the comfort levels of the mouse. The next and possibly the most important feature is the sensor. The MM530 contains a class leading Pixart PMW 3360 Optical sensor. This sensor is capable of up to 12,000 DPI (dots per inch), which results in flawless, lag free input. The measurement of DPI, is just how quickly the mouse responds to small movements. The higher the DPI, the more accurate the response will be to a smaller movement of the mouse. The lower the DPI, the slower the movement and less accurate it will be. Gamers like a high DPI mouse, as it allows for smooth and precise aiming. Designers like high a DPI mouse for the same reason. I used the mouse for both general computer use and for gaming, and found it to be perfect every time. The software can be used to configure four different DPI stages, and the DPI is adjustable in 100 DPI steps. This was not a concern for me though. The MM530 has a tracking speed of 250 ips, and a 2mm lift off distance. Lift off distance (LOD) is the height needed to stop the sensor from detecting the mouse mat. For gaming, you want as small a LOD as possible, as this stops the cross-hair in game from moving while you re-position the mouse, so 2 mm is great. On lifting the mouse and moving it, there was no movement on screen, so this measurement was accurate, and worked well for me every time. The polling rate is 1000 Hz / 1 ms. 1000 Hz delivers more accurate X and Y movements, and are considered better for most gamers, being more responsive. I used the online Mouse rate checker to test my MM530, and the results showed that the mouse performed very well, with an average of 996 Hz.
Thank you to our Friends and Sponsors at CoolerMaster for sending this great Mouse for us to review!
Price: The CoolerMaster MasterMouse MM530 retails at $59.00 AUD. (Price accurate at time of publishing)
Great for both claw and palm grip
Class leading PMW 3360 Sensor
Nicely textured grip
Great Omron Switches
Only suitable for right handed people
Rubber cord, not braided
Function over form approach
With all things considered, this mouse is a fantastic quality mouse for the price. The things which will matter most to the person who will buy this mouse are there. Great sensor quality, comfortable shape, high polling rate and low LOD. The rest is just aesthetic, and can be overlooked. Except the RGB, because I personally like some stunning RGB, so that for me was a let down.