Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-07-2011
Provided by: Cooler Master
Installation / Testing

I'll be using the CM Storm Spawn with the following hardware:

AMD 1090T X6 Phenom II BE
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
Swiftech H20-320 Edge
128Gb Crucial C300 RealSSD
1Tb WD Caviar Black
LG 8x BD-RE 16x DVD-RW
ASUS EAH5870 V2 1G
OCZ Fatal1ty 750w
Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition
Windows 7 Home 64bit

Although I've had to take it apart to repair a worn-out left mouse button, I'm still clinging to my Cyber Snipa Stinger and have grown quite accustomed to it. With its high arch, deep sculpted sides and long length, the Stinger offers a more traditional grip than the Spawn.

The Spawn has 32Kb of onboard memory and comes pre-programmed with default settings for the various buttons. You can opt to use it as-is without installing any software, however if you want to change anything you'll need to download the software from the CM Storm website. The driver is only 4MB in size and covers Windows XP, Vista and 7. It installs quickly and easily, and puts an icon on your taskbar to access the Spawn setup.

Each of the seven buttons has a selection of actions it can be programmed for, in addition to offering custom macros that can be recorded and played back. There are three DPI steps that default to 800, 1800 and 3500 but can be tailored to your liking. Also pointer speed, acceleration, polling, scroll speed and double-click rates can all be adjusted. Once you have set these options they are stored in the onboard memory for plug-and-play operation on any system without the need to reinstall the software.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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