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April 03, 2013

Cooler Master Sentinel Advance II Review

If it has a successor, could it possibly be successful? Here we have the sequel to the original Cooler Master Sentinel Advance gaming mouse – the Sentinel Advance II. It has a lot in tow, from software features to hardware design, but does it have what it takes to be called the ultimate gaming mouse? Read on our full review to find out.

Design & Construction

Just like the rest of the gaming mice out there, this one’s bigger & heavier than your regular mouse. The feel is a mix of rubber and metal, giving it a more mechanical look with gray and black color schemes. The wire also feels durable, and it certainly won’t feel like it’s gonna break.

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Above is the left & right click buttons, with 3 more extra buttons plus the scroll wheel. The button on top instantly changes the profile settings & the two below the scroll wheel can change the DPI into presets you’ve set with the software. You’ll also see on top, the small display and an LED light that adds a touch to the design once plugged in.

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There’s nothing from the right side of the mouse to where your palm would sit. On the left you’ll find a place for your thumb and two more easily accessible keys, which are programmable and doesn’t do anything by default.

Down below you’ll find the mouse sensor, more LED lights, some branding and a space that seems to be for the battery, but isn’t. Pry the door open and you’ll find weights that measure at 4.5g each, just in case you want to adjust the weight of the device – coming in very useful.

Software

Just like the Trigger keyboard that we reviewed, software didn’t come in-box nor programmed inside the peripheral. We had to download it online at 118MB – which is very inconvenient.

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Once you get it up and running, you can set up profiles already, .BMP images for customization and of course, add macros and scripts to help you in making shortcuts for gaming. The software has a steeper learning curve than the Trigger’s software as it offers a lot more options, but once you get along with it, it will work well according to your needs.

In-practice

We tried it in first person shooter games and the buttons on the right side, we programmed for grenades, jumps and all that stuff, and works very conveniently. We no longer needed to go halfway across the keyboard, and the keys were fairly accessible and responsive. We didn’t find ourselves switching profiles too often, and if your gaming space is limited, it’s quite hard to maneuver the mouse as it is wide and huge.

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Weight didn’t cause much of a problem, and on regular day-to-day tasks, it can work just similarly to your non-gaming mouse.

Conclusion

The Sentinel Advance II packs a lot of features, no doubt about it. It gives you a lot of options and settings for a good gaming experience, but to us, the size is quite large. The weight can be adjusted up to a certain point, but the dimensions can’t be dealt with so easily. For $60, this one’s an easy buy if you have a lot of space, but if you’re a gamer on the go, or just one who barely has space on the desktop table, you need to think about it.

Cooler Master Sentinel Advance II specs:
Avago ADNS-9800 Laser Sensor
8 programmable buttons
128 KB memory
1000 Hz /1 ms polling rate
Up to 150 ips velocity
200 – 8200 DPI
5 x 4.5g weight fine-tuning system
83.6 x 135 x 40 mm (dimensions)
139 g (weight)

What we liked about it:

  • Tons of modifiable settings (scripts, macros etc.)
  • Customizable

What we didn’t like about it:

  • Too wide

Written by Bob Freking

Bob Freking is a current college student who renders phones and other tablet designs on the internet and a contributor for YugaTech. You can follow him on Twitter: @bobfreking.

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