The Spawn is an attractive, well-made gaming mouse from Cooler Master's Storm division. Offering an adjustable three-way optical sensor up to 3500 DPI, seven programmable buttons and precise scroll wheel and micro switches with up to five million clicks, the Spawn should provide many years of happy gaming. The 32Kb of onboard memory allows you to customize and save your preferences, for true plug-and-play operation on any machine without having to install the software. With its rubber grips along both sides and very light 142g weight, the Spawn is easily maneuvered by thumb and pinky. While its low arch and short, rounded shape may feel slightly strange, they provide what Cooler Master calls an "ergonomic claw" gaming grip.
It's this shape however that I simply don't care for. I recently reviewed another gaming mouse, the Mionix Naos, that had a similar feel to it. I prefer a heavier, longer mouse that fills the whole hand, and in almost three years I have not found another one that I like better than my Cyber Snipa Stinger. With the Spawn I'm left dragging the heel and much of the palm of my hand around behind the mouse, or else stuck holding it elevated above it. Aside from the feel of the mouse, it lacks an adjustable weight system and larger onboard storage for multiple user profiles.
But for those who can get past the non-traditional shape, the Spawn is a great buy. With an MSRP of $49.99 it's right in the ballpark for a mid-level gaming mouse.
OCIA.net awards the CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse our Gold Seal of Approval.