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Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G Twin Laser Gaming Mouse Review

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The CM Storm Sentinel Advance was a favorite among gamers for its comfort and ease of customization. It was, however, plagued by a faulty twin laser that caused issues with tracking and liftoff. By tweaking the 5600 DPI twin laser system and doubling the on-board memory to 128kb, Cooler Master has delivered a mouse that is a solid improvement over the Advance. Cooler Master's patented Storm Guard security and Sentinel-X software round out the package, making the Sentinel Z3RO-G a force to be reckoned with.

 

Overview

This technological marvel utilizes the latest innovations in cutting-edge technology: 5600 DPI twin laser, rapid fire mode, 128kb internal Sentinel-X™ memory and our patented security, Storm Guard™; The Sentinel Z3RO-G is designed for one purpose and one purpose only - to search and destroy. Overpower your enemies with speed and precision beyond their imagination. Conquest is at your fingertips - Sentinel Z3RO-G.

Features

 

  • Superior Gaming Grade Precision – Twin laser engine to ensure extreme stability and ultra precise tracking performance.

  • Onboard Sentinel-X 128Kb – Safeguards your mouse settings and store up to 5 different game profiles.

  • Octoshade™ LED Tech – Enable yourself to quickly recognize your active profile, by personalizing your mouse lighting with a spectrum of colors and effects.

  • OLED Profile Management – Allows gamers to switch DPI and profiles on the fly with instant visual feedbacks.

  • Tag Your Own Gaming Clan Logo – Upload your own clan logo and display it in all its glory on the OLED profile management screen.

  • Weight Adjustment System – Five 4.5 gram metal weights allow you to select your ideal mouse weight with a 22.5 gram weight variation.

  • StormGuard™ Security – Groundbreaking security system for safeguarding your gaming peripherals.

 

Specifications

Model Number

SGM-6001-GLLW1

Available Color

Black and Grey

Material

Rubber Grip / ABS Plastic / Mesh Bezel / Metal Plate

Dimensions

(L) 135 X (W) 83.5 X (H) 40 mm /  (L) 5.3 X (W) 3.3 X (H) 1.6 inch

Net Weight

161.5 g / 0.356 lb

Sensor

5600 DPI Storm TacticalTM Twin-laser Sensor

Form Factor

Right Hand Ergonomic

Button Assignment

8

DPI Display

OLED

Weight System

Yes, 4.5g X 5 pcs

 


 

Design

The Sentinel Z3RO-G ships in a box sporting the signature CM Storm colors. A flap opens to give buyers a glimpse of the mouse and a list of impressive specs. The Sentinel Z3RO-G comes bundled with a free copy of Shattered Horizon, giving gamers a chance to jump into the fray with the newest addition to their arsenal.

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The mouse feels like a precision instrument in the hand thanks to its sturdy build, braided cable, and soft-touch finish. Cooler Master goes the extra distance by including a replacement set of slick Teflon-coated feet. The mouse fills the hand nicely and instills a sense of firm control much like its predecessor. The weight system, independent LED zones, and OLED display have all been carried over from the Sentinel Advance. Apart from the new grey and black motif on the Z3RO-G, the two mice are identical in appearance.

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The Z3RO-G comes with an intuitive 8-button layout. Two small buttons behind the scroll wheel allow users to switch the DPI setting on-the-fly, with the current XY-sensitivity settings being reported on the center OLED display. The two side buttons are well-sized and easy to actuate, however for those with smaller hands, you may find yourself reaching for the front one a bit, and with bigger hands you shouldn't have an issue. The scroll wheel is rubberized and depresses easily under firm pressure, and has a firm scroll. A small center button at the front of the mouse gives users control over five profiles, with each profile identified by a corresponding LED color: red, blue, purple, green, or teal. We're not sure why Cooler Master didn't take advantage of the 128kb of memory to give users access to additional profiles, as such a feature would have made the Z3RO-G a clear upgrade over the Advance.

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Underneath the Z3RO-G, users will find an improved 5600 DPI twin-laser with independent XY-configuration, as well as a foam lined compartment for the set of five 4.5 gram weights. The weights fit very snugly and are easy to reposition, but lack the fine adjustability in left-right weighting that we've seen in other mice.  For those who like a very heavy mouse, say a past G5 user, the weights may have an added bonus.

 


 

Performance

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Apart from a refreshing teal and black color scheme, the Sentinel-X control panel that interfaces with the Z3RO-G is no different from the Sentinel Advance panel. As the software already offers a buffet of options for customizing the Z3RO-G with ease, we're glad that Cooler Master didn't make any changes here. We were able to set up some custom profiles, set independent LED colors, and apply a custom clan logo in Bitmap form to the mouse in a matter of minutes. This gave us more time to play with the script and macro editing features, which are exceptionally simple to setup.

 


 

Final Thoughts

Overall, we found the Sentinel Z3RO-G to be very comfortable and accurate. The provided script editor opens up endless possibilities for executing complex commands with a single click, and applying clan logos to the crystal clear OLED is a breeze. Anyone who hasn't previously owned a Sentinel Advance will love using the Z3RO-G. But those who have already played with the Z3RO-G's predecessor may be disappointed by the lack of upgrades. While Cooler Master has fixed the problems that plagued the original twin laser system, doubled the amount of onboard memory, and given the mouse a different skin, the Z3RO-G is the same animal.  We found the sensitivity setting readout to be very helpful, in case you forgot the particular settings in a given profile, and the OLED screen looks great.  The software offers much versatility to make it work for you in games with macros or fine-tuned sensitivity settings, and is certainly a top-notch gaming peripheral.

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • Comfortable
  • Highly customizable
  • Ease of DPI and profile switching
  • OLED readout of sensitivity settings
  • Simple control panel with tons of options
  • Subtle illumination which corresponds to a selected profile
  • Extra set of replacement teflon feet
  • Few hardware changes make it difficult to justify an upgrade from the Sentinel Advance
  • Thumb buttons are somewhat difficult to reach for those with shorter hands

 

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