Although I would love to be able to offer a completely quantitative and objective analysis of the CM Storm Spawn’s performance, unfortunately I currently do not possess a way to do it. So this assessment of the performance is based on my experiences uses this mouse for everyday use, FPS gaming, RTS gaming and RPG gaming. The important information to note for all my testing with this mouse is that it was done using the 3500DPI setting (i always use the maximum DPI and just adjust pointer speed if things are too responsive), a 1000Hz/1ms polling time and a black hard surfaced Razer Sphex mouse mat.
I mentioned back at the beginning that this mouse is quite small. During everyday usage when your hand is quite relaxed I found that i used it with my hand completely flat across the mouse. This way things were very comfortable and easy to control. For everyday use this mouse really does the job, there’s not much else to say. It has a wide range of sensitivities, pointer speeds and double click speeds so you are sure to be able to find a setting that matches your particular use of a mouse. Unlike in previous mice I have tested, there was no “ghosting” or “alien movements”, i.e the mouse moving on its own without any kinetic input.
It seems to me this mouse was indeed designed for FPS gaming. It has a wide range of sensitivity settings than are more than adequate for FPS gaming, whether you are a hyperactive SMG wielder or a conservative rifle user then this mouse caters for you simply by altering the DPI setting between 800, 1800 and 3500. Some of you might think that this mouse lacks buttons, and depending on the usage scenario I would tend to agree. For FPS gaming however, you have 5 buttons which can all be customised and in my opinion that is more than enough.
Consider the classic FPS title Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare, 5 buttons means: A knife button, a grenade button, a special grenade button, a kill-streak reward button and then a button left over for something else you may use i.e. changing weapons. I found this mouse was equally as capable in Battlefield 3, where even less buttons were required (for my style of gameplay anyway).
RTS and MMO Gaming
The movement aspect of this mouse is very good. The mouse is precise and blisteringly accurate to control. Yet for RTS and MMO gaming a particular issue occurs for me which you probably saw coming. And it’s the lack of buttons, with only 5 truly customisable buttons you really are left without much choice. Of course this is totally dependent on the game you are playing but it is clear that this mouse was not designed for competitive MMO or RTS gameplay. I can comfortably use this mouse with most RTS games as long as any excess macros (that don’t store on the mouse), end up being assigned to the keyboard.
But as we have mentioned consistently throughout this review this mouse is an entry level or lower mid range gaming mouse, costing just £27, you really do get a brilliant amount of precision and accuracy for your money. And 5 buttons on the mouse is more than enough for the casual gamer.