- About the Cooler Master MM710 gaming mouse...
- Mouse Overview and Firmware
- User Experience and Overview
- Online Purchase Links
Disclosure: The MM710 is loaned by Cooler Master for review purpose
Cooler Master’s adventures with gaming mice
Cooler Master has a good share of mechanical keyboards since its CM Storm days. But its venture towards gaming mouse has an erratic hit or a miss. I did like the CM Storm Alcor and the shell of the CM Storm Mizar but that was about it. Cooler Master really needed something that can have the best of both worlds. But CM Storm Alcor was light, a pro in itself wasn’t really pushed ahead.
About the CM MM710…
And now we have the Cooler Master MM710 gaming mouse which weighs at 53 grams. Without compromising on its rigidity, Cooler master has a perforated honeycomb shell design no different from certain manufacturers like the Final Gaming mouse and even the Glorious PC Gaming Race’s Model O. Interestingly, Cooler Master uses the words ‘…sports an ambidextrous shape optimized for hand-handed gamers’. Make no mistake, apart from the side switches, the mouse has an ambidextrous shape.
This is my first perforated mouse. I am not sure if such mouse designs make the shell become lighter. But manufacturers typical keep adding extras such as customizable RGB strips which also accompanies with a 32bit ARM controller just to control them.
Packaging and Contents
Surprisingly, the packaging for gaming accessories is getting rather tame compared to previous models with velcro strapped covers with see-through panels. You get what you pay for- the mouse. You also get a spare set of mouse feet, the first I’ve seen. These are very much needed especially a mouse outlasts for a long time. And it is very appreciated. Other manufacturers should follow suit and had this as a standard.
|Product Name||MasterMouse MM710|
|Grip Type||Claw, palm, fingertip|
|Surface treatment||Matte/ Glossy|
|Sensor||PixArt PMW 3389|
|CPI / DPI||7 Levels|
|Lift-Off Distance||< ~2mm|
|Polling Rate||1000 MHz|
|Processor||32 bit ARM Cortex M0+|
|Lifespan of L/R switches||OMRON, 20 million|
|Cable Length||Fixed Ultraweave cable, 1.8m|
|Software||Yes, MasterPlus+ Support|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||116.6 x 62.6 x 38.3 mm|
|Weight (Without Cable)|
<53g / <0.117lbs
Mouse Overview and Design
CM MM710’s casing is ABD plastic. Though with no rubber coating or grips, the matte design passively helps to give the necessary grip. It has the standard six-switches- the main left/right clips, side buttons and the scroll wheel with its middle click and the DPI switch.
Though Cooler Master says this is optimized design, the shape of the casing easily convinces you to be an ambidextrous mouse. As you’ll expect, the edges of those perforated holes are not sharp, but you still feel the corners of it on every part of your palm when has contact with it. That takes a while to get used to. This is where a user’s comfort level and preference for the shell will a major role. The main contact area of the palm has Cooler Master’s logo embedded with no holes in them. I am not sure if it is intentional, but that’s where the mouse amount of contact your palm will have with the mouse.
This mouse also has the option of matte/gloss black/ white variants. Unlike the Glorious Gaming Race Model O, it does not have two weight sub-variants.
About the Perforated design…
The CM MM710’s PCB has a type of a conformal coating to protect the exposed internal PCB from dust and water. Cooler Master does say that it cannot give the same treatment to its controller and switches without the trade-off of affecting its performance. They’re meant to be resisting dust, sweat and maybe accidental spills. Still, Cooler Master is honest enough to mention that in its website.
Typical with such mouse designs, this is ideal for fingertip, claw and grip users.
Internally, the CM MM710 uses a single 32 bit ARM Cortex M0+ controller with a 512KB memory and PixArt PMW 3389 optical sensor. That’s it. It doesn’t have any utility with virtually unlimited macro key binds to remember out-of-fly. Nor it has any RGB at all. You can see it justifying the words ‘no-nonsense’. Instead, t invested in enhancing the bare basic features.
While these don’t have any rubber-coated grips, the matte finishes passively help to grip the mouse well enough. As you can see from the gaps, only 2/3rd the mouse is used internally. The weight of the mouse is evenly distributed, though to be fair 53 gms wouldn’t be much of a weight to carry. The thumb grip is good enough with easy to access thumb switches. The same applies for the pinky finger area, though personally I would skip a couple of perforations towards its edges.