Cooler Master Xornet II Will Be In South Africa Mid-January 2016
Granted this is a tad late for our shores, but end of year usually means places are winding down and I doubt many shipments are left for SA. So should you wait that long? After reading the press release, specs and reviews, it seems very much so. I’m a sucker for Optical sensor based mice, so granted that did not take much to convince me!
The Cooler Master Xornet II, as the name suggests, is the update to the popular claw grip based Cooler Master Xornet. This updated version features a brand new optical sensor: the Avago 3320 optical sensor, which rated at a native 3500DPI should offer flawless control and speed. As 2015 is the “year of RGB” Cooler Master has also added 16.8 million colour illumination on the rubberised and notched scroll wheel, which also doubles as DPI notification, letting you know which DPI setting you’ve chosen based on your configuration in the easy to use software. Within the software will also be features such as Lift-Off Distance tuning and calibration as well 3 preset DPI settings which can be changed on-the fly, from 500-3500 DPI. The software also allows all the buttons to be reprogrammed.
As a claw grip based mouse, it’s clearly meant to be used by FPS and RTS gamers, and to make sure your claws stay sharp, Cooler Master have added an ergonomic ring finger rest and anti-slip rubber sides for your thumb. The Xornet comes with sensor calibration so that it can be tuned to perform on any surface, as well as LOD settings that you can change with or without software. This means playing on wooden, cloth or silicon surfaces can easily be calibrated to, although I still don’t know if white surfaces will still render optical sensors useless.
More impressively, the mouse has 7 programmable buttons, including two side buttons that are placed in a prime useful and practical position. I love it when manufacturers use Omron switches since it causes me to subconciously say “Omnom nom nom” and that always brings a smile to my face! Well, that and the fact that Omron microswitches are pretty badass switches for a gaming mouse, and the 5 million clicks rated durability will put the most hardened clicker in good hands.
I’m always happy to read a press release where the technical components used in peripherals are used as marketing, such as information about LOD size, Angle Snapping information, on-board memory sizes. The fact that Cooler Master are announcing the use of a particular sensor (Avago 3320) shows they are catering to a class of gamer who appreciate the technical niceties of components and want to make an informed decision about the products based on the technical aspects, as well as design. Obviously its implementation in firmware and software are equally as important, but that’s for another day. Right now, for claw grip users scoping out their next purchase, a mouse with this level of transparency in components is refreshing from a marketing standpoint. The mouse will be available in mid January on our sunny South African shores, and if the Rand stops is spiral into darkness, at a price of around ~R400 since international prices have it at around $32.99, which to me seems like great value for money if you are in the market for a new optical based claw grip mouse.