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CM Sentinel Advance gaming mouse hits our lab

by on17 September 2009


The CM Storm Tactic Software features many useful options – independent X and Y axis DPI setti ngs, game profiles, independent front and upper Octoshade LED Lighting controls, OLED logo, RapidFire, macros, scripts and much more.

The mouse comes with integrated memory and can store DPI settings entirely in hardware – so this feature will run regardless of the drivers. On the other hand, the CM Storm Tactic software brings a plethora of advanced options and customizations. 

In case you don’t want to install the software onto your drive, you can start the CM Storm Tactic software straight off of the CD. The interface consists of 6 tabs which when opened take up about 2/3 of the screen. The program is pretty intuitive and you won’t have trouble searching for options. 


The first tab, which is opened by default, is Main Control, and it’s here where you handle button functions, DPI levels, sensitivity, double click speed, click response times or USB report rate.

You can use the DPI switch keys to alter the DPI, but in 25 DPI increments, so you can use the interface to fine tune the mouse even further.


Using the DPI switch keys is a great thing for those on-the-fly changes, but it allows only for rough settings. Four pushes will get you from the lowest 1100 DPI setting, to 2600DPI, 3800DPI all the way to the maximum 5600DPI. In case you want to fine tune it without using the interface, it’s possible as well.  


After holding the DPI switch key for longer than three seconds, the LED will start changing colors rapidly, which signals that the wheel can be used to increase/decrease DPI in 25 DPI increments. In case you need to adjust the X or Y axis, you’ll have to use the side keys to choose the X or Y axis and then use the wheel to adjust it the way you see fit.

The CM Sentinel Advance is one of the rare rodents which allow independent X and Y axis settings. This is a result of the Storm twin laser mechanism, which at the same time enhances stability and precise tracking over different surfaces.


After finding our preferred DPI settings, a click on any of the two DPI control keys will save the settings in the current profile.

If you want to adjust the DPI in smaller increments, for instance 1 DPI, you’ll have to resort to software, but we believe that this is more than enough for most users.

Here’s how the Color Control Tab looks; you can use this tab to change LED colors as well as change the OLED logo.


Last modified on 18 September 2009
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