Cooler Master CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse
With so many gaming mice to choose from, one has to wonder what Cooler Master’s newest mouse has to offer. On paper, the CM Storm Havoc looks like many other gaming mouse – side buttons, a laser sensor, and macro profiles. On the other hand, a $45 mouse (Amazon.com) with those kinds of features is of good value when there are some mice cost nearly twice that amount. Additionally, Cooler Master has repeatedly produced genuinely good mice under their CM Storm gaming brand.
The Havoc is Cooler Master’s newest CM Storm gaming mouse and looks to set itself apart from its relatives though it shares a number of features with the Sentinel Advance II. Ultimately, the experience will be an important factor when weighing in on the Havoc. Therefore usability and comfort will be explored.
CM Storm Havoc Features and Technical Specifications:
- Avago 9800 laser sensor with 100-8200 DPI
- Highest grade Japanese Omron micro switches
- 8 programmable buttons
- Rubber side grip for stability and fast gameplay
- Onboard 128KB memory
- Up to 4 profile settings
- Smooth rubber coating
- 1.8 meter braided cord
- Dimensions: 85(L)120(W)45(H) mm / 3.3(L)x4.6x3.7(H) inch
- Weight: 140 g / 0.3 lbs
- Warranty: 2 Years
Inside the box, the package includes the Havoc mouse, a user guide, and warranty information. Now, let’s take a look at the mouse!
Looking Closer at the Havoc Gaming Mouse
At 3.3(L) x 4.6(W) x 3.7(H) inch / 85(L) x 120(W) x 45(H) mm and 0.3 lbs (140g), the Havoc is a “normal” sized mouse with the exception of its width to better support the pinkie. The shell is constructed entirely out of plastic. There are three coated areas on the mouse surface: smooth and glossy plastic on the right pinkie edge, rubber paint on most of the top exterior, and textured rubber in the thumbrest.
The Havoc has three light zones which glow the same color. Seven colors are selectable from the mouse software and the light can remain steady, breathe, or “Rapid Fire” – clicking or holding a mouse button will change the mouse light to white while a button is held. Gamers repeatedly pressing buttons will give the impression that the mouse is flashing to their actions. This mode doesn’t work with the white LED color and the Rapid Fire color will always be white.
The Havoc’s braided USB cord is 6 ft. long (1.8 m.)
The Havoc has a total of eight programmable buttons including the primary right and left finger buttons. The three thumb buttons may not all be accessible, but at least one button will be usable regardless of hand size and grip.
The scroll wheel has a rubber coat for grip. The wheel has a smooth roll with tactile bumps, but is nothing out of the ordinary.
Each of the Havoc’s four profiles is indicated by an LED indicator on the right button. The LED is a barely visible dim white so as to not detract from the main cosmetic LED lighting.
This image showcases the Havoc’s ergonomics. Also prominently visible is the texture on the recessed thumbrest.
The Havoc should fit most palm holds with surprising comfort. Claw grip users who are accustomed to making due with the more common palm style mice should find the Havoc suitable.
Three large slick feet on the underside give the Havoc a smooth glide. Also visible is the mouse’s 8200 DPI laser sensor.
The Havoc does not include a CD and the mouse control software must be downloaded from Cooler Master’s website.
This software allows changes to the LED light, profiles, macros, and DPI. Overall, the interface is intuitive and complete if not the most attractive.
The MAIN tab has dropdown boxes for all of the eight buttons on the Havoc. On the bottom are four profiles with profiles 1, 2, and 3 having the option for custom images. Despite the blank indicating 42*42, images that are not the native 147*48 pixels will be stretched to fill the space.
The custom programmable buttons options consist mostly of Window hotkeys and shortcuts. A custom macro can be assigned in the MACRO tab.
The ADVANCED tab features settings for DPI levels, double click, and the LED light.
The Havoc has three light zones which glow the same color. 7 colors are selectable from the mouse software and the light can remain steady, breathe, or “Rapid Fire” – clicking or holding a mouse button will change the mouse light to white while a button is held. Gamers repeatedly pressing buttons will give the impression that the mouse is flashing. This mode doesn’t work with the white LED color and the Rapid Fire color will always be white.
Custom macros are recorded and adjusted on the MACRO tab. Both keyboard and mouse inputs are valid commands.
Profiles can be imported and exported to the mouse’s onboard memory.
Additionally, macros can also be stored on the mouse to be visible on another computer with the Havoc control software.
The SUPPORT tab has a reassuring paragraph and courtesy links for customer support.
Using the Havoc and Conclusion
The most surprising thing experiencing the Havoc mouse was not that it was different from other mice, but that it felt very familiar. The only feeling in my hand that differentiated this mouse from the Logitech G400/G500 or Razer Deathadder was the pinkie support. While the Havoc’s mold shares no visual similarity with any other mice, it seems Cooler Master has discovered the perfect roundness that has given legendary status to the aforementioned mice. The Havoc is comfortable thanks to its completely thought out ergonomic design.
It’s asymmetrical shape and palm grip focus means the Havoc isn’t for everyone. For others, this is a great mouse. It has an interesting choice of coatings that maintain a firm grip in the hand, fun features such as multicolor lights, a complete software package that’s mostly comprehensible, 8 buttons, and a two year warranty. That’s all fairly standard for $45 shipped on Amazon, but it’s very comparable to the mice the Havoc is aimed to compete with such as the Logitech G500 and the Razer Deathadder.
For being such a great mouse overall, the CM Storm Havoc is worthy of our Recommended Award. Its excellent ergonomic shape, good features with few gimmicks, solid construction, and affordability put it up with the rest of the competition.
Legit Bottom Line: Cooler Master’s CM Storm Havoc mouse embodies great design with worthy features while staying affordable.