As CM Storm’s flagship gaming mouse, the Sentinel III is under a lot of pressure to impress, especially with the gaming peripherals market being as competitive as it is. Thankfully, there’s an awful lot to like about the Sentinel III, and it boasts the sort of features that ensure it ranks right up there amongst the best, most alluring options in the high-end gaming mouse market.
From the moment you remove it from its box, the Sentinel III oozes style and strong design. It’s made from quality materials and feels pretty sturdy. It’s quite a lengthy mouse, because it’s been especially designed for players who prefer palm grip. I tend to prefer playing using claw grip, which means that the Sentinel III’s elongated shape did take some getting used to, but once you’ve got a feel for it you’ll find that the mouse is generally plenty comfortable no matter which grip style you employ.
There’s an adjustable weight system built into the mouse, with slots for up to five 4.5g weights to be tucked away within the base of the mouse. As always, the amount of worth you’ll put into and use you’ll get out of the weight system is an entirely subjective thing, and while I personally don’t see the point I’m sure there are many people who swear by it.
It’s covered in eight buttons. Two of those are for adjusting DPI settings on the fly, one is for quickly switching between mouse profiles, and one of the thumb buttons enables “TactiX” mode, which is in essence a way to assign a secondary function to any mouse button, effectively allowing you to toggle an “extra” set of buttons to be used as needed. The feature is cool in concept, as it effectively almost doubles the number of button assignment possibilities, but once again, it’s a highly subjective thing, and only you’ll know if you’ll be able to find a use for it. Generally the button layout is well thought out and functional, although the forward thumb button is just a tad too far forward to quickly reach it without adjusting the placement of your hand if you use claw grip.
Just below the DPI buttons is an OLED display, which not only displays the current sensitivity settings on both the X and Y axes, but can also be set to showcase a tiny, 32×32 pixel logo of your choosing. It’s nice to have, but obviously not an essential feature. That said, the OLED display does immediately help set the Sentinel III apart from the competition. Surrounding the OLED screen is an area of LED lighting, which lets you choose from 16.8 million colours to customise the look of the mouse. At the tip of the mouse are two more lights that project outwards and light up your mouse mat a bit.
The software suite does everything you’d expect it to, and is mostly intuitive enough that customising the Sentinel is almost entirely painless. Creating macros, adjusting DPI presets and changing colour modes shouldn’t cause any problems. Certain features like the TactiX mode, however, are poorly explained by the software, and so will take a bit of thoughtful pondering before they fully reveal their secrets to you.
All in all, the Sentinel is a fantastic gaming mouse in use. It’s comfortable, it boasts high-quality materials and construction, and it’s packed with an array of features that immediately make it stand out as a top-class mouse. If you’re on the hunt for a new high-end gaming mouse, definitely give the Sentinel a look.