The software is very helpful as not only does it let you re-map every button on the mouse but also unlocks a whole host of capabilities. You can use the tool to save different button configurations to five different profiles that are saved directly to the mouse’s 64K memory chip. You can further change the colors of the LED lights and even upload custom-made logos in the form of black and white 32x32 bmp files, which will be displayed on the OLED screen. More advanced features include recording in-game mouse actions as macros, so that you can execute long or complicated combinations of commands with a single click or even creating your own script to enable the mouse to perform further actions.The Sentinel Advance isn’t just about features either; it is as powerful as a mouse can be. It uses dual laser sensors that are capable of 5600 DPI sensitivity. That’s right, in comparison the other gaming mouse I reviewed two months back –the offered a max of 1600 DPI. Also, while the Gigabyte was capable of a mere 128Hz polling rate (the speed at which the mouse transmits commands), the Cooler Master racks up that number to 1051Hz at peak. I played a whole gamut of games to test the Sentinel Advance. To check the maximum and minimum DPI settings, seemed like a good game. Playing as a sniper, 1100 DPI (the minimum you can go on this mouse) was ideal for precision, while 2600-3800 DPI were suitable for the more run and gun gameplay style of the Soldier class. I also played an action RPG- , an RTS- and a proper isometric RPG (that makes heavy use of the mouse buttons)- . In all cases, the mouse performed admirably and the DPI settings made sense (except for the 5600 maximum, which was a little too high for use even on a 22-inch monitor). The mouse buttons clicked solidly and there was no stickiness or over-rigidity. The middle mouse button also scrolled smoothly, although it takes a little effort to click.
In India, the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance mouse will set you back by a cool Rs. 5,000. Like any other premium performance-oriented gadget, the Sentinel Advance is expensive. However, the degree to which the mouse can be customized and the high level of performance it brings to the table, make it an essential part of any serious gamer’s arsenal.