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[Review] Cooler Master – CMSTORM HAVOC

August 12, 2013 in Featured, Gaming, PC, Review


Software, Advanced functionality and CMSTORM noted components

The software requires WindowsXP, Vista, 7 or 8, an internet connection for driver installation and thirty five megs of disk space.

Main tab of the software contains a few sub menus offering ready quick configuration ability:



Advanced tab offers straight forward functionality settings:



Macro tab offers the ability to record keystrokes, assign them to a button and create custom per application profiles:



Profiles tab offers users the ability to store and load profiles from storage to the mouse and also the ability to back up profiles.



Library tab gives users the option to store and load macros from storage to the mouse and also the ability to back up macros.


Support tab gives you the information needed to contact product support:


Cooler Master notes that Omron switches and the Avargo 9800 Laser sensor are used in the HAVOC.

The Omron switches and rated at up to 5M clicks (Call it ~4.5M min.).  How many times does a user click? Well how fast can this user click?


Fifty-one to fifty-six clicks per ten seconds or ~5.35 clicks a second ( http://www.blendhelp.com/g/clickgame.html ) using a normal grip on the mouse. Putting this in the perspective of mouse life, one would click nonstop for about ten days at a 5.35 CPS rate to reach the point where the buttons start to malfunction and your hand needs CTS surgery. Speaking of Carpel Tunnel (CTS); the grip is such that fatigue during normal use may be reduced for those with large hands as one will rest the wrist in a cock up position.

The Avago 9800 Laser sensor:


Data Sheet


The ADNS-9800 Laser gaming sensor comprises of sensor and VCSEL in a single chip-on-board (COB)

package. ADNS-9800 provides enhanced features like programmable frame rate, programmable resolution, configurable sleep and wake up time to suit various PC gamers’ preferences.


The advanced class of VCSEL was engineered byPixArt Imaging to provide a laser diode with a single longitudinal and a single transverse mode.


This Laser gaming sensor is in 16-pin integrated chip-on-board (COB) package. It is designed to be used

with ADNS-6190-002 small form factor (SFF) gaming laser lens to achieve the optimum performance featured in this document. These parts provide a complete and compact navigation system without moving part and laser calibration process is NOT required in the complete mouse form,

thus facilitating high volume assembly.


Theory of Operation

The sensor is based on Laser technology, which measures changes in position by optically acquiring

sequential surface images (frames) and mathematically determining the direction and magnitude of movement. It contains an Image Acquisition System (IAS), a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a four wire serial port. The IAS acquires microscopic surface images via the lens and illumination system. These images are processed by the DSP to determine the direction and distance of motion.

The DSP calculates the Δx and Δy relative displacement values. An external microcontroller reads the

Δx and Δy information from the sensor serial port. The microcontroller then translates the data into PS2, USB, or RF signals before sending them to the host PC or game console.


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