• Sensor: Avago 3320 Optical Sensor
  • DPI: 250-3,500Hz
  • Lift Off Distance: <3mm
  • Programmable Buttons: 7
  • Dimensions: 105.4 x 76.6 x 37.2 mm
  • Weight: 80g
  • Pros:
  • Easy DPI switch
  • LOD feature great for variety of surfaces
  • Cons:
  • Not for large hands

Enter The Xornet

Gaming mice come in all shapes and sizes these days, and CM Storm is no different. Cooler Master’s gaming accessories arm is finally on the move again after the company did a rebrand, and with the Xornet II, CM Storm is looking to simplify some things to make gaming a more inclusive affair.

At first glance, the Xornet II’s design does look a bit odd, considering how we’re likely used to a typical mouse’s more elongated shape. The Xornet II’s somewhat circular shape doesn’t look like it’ll be very comfortable to hold if you have large hands, and it shows. For those who have smaller hands however, may just appreciate things like the finger rest, and how the body itself lends to the contour of your hands.

The Xornet II features five buttons, two at the top, two at the side, one scroll wheel and a set of DPI buttons that have been preset to 350 to 3,500 DPI in five different levels. It uses an Avago 3320 optical sensor which is nearly flawless for control and speed, claims CM Storm. During our tests with games such as Team Fortress 2 and Counter Strike GO, once we managed to find the DPI sweet spot, it indeed is a joy to use as we racked up the frags.

The buttons on the Xornet II are Omron switches, which are great to press and last a very long time. In fact, CM Storm estimates that each button on the Xornet II will function for at least 5.0 million clicks before any problem can be seen. Software has also seen some nice changes, with a simple interface design that allows you to customise your DPI settings as well as change the lighting colours on your scroll wheel.

Comfort and grip are important aspects of a great gaming mouse, and CM Storm does not disappoint here as it has included rubberised side grips to complement the Xornet II’s nicely ergonomic chassis that combine to provide gamers with hours of comfortable gaming experience.

Another great feature the Xornet II has in store is the Lift of Distance (LOD) feature which allows you to set the sensor to work on a variety of surfaces, be it mousepads, wood or even silicon. The best part is that you don’t need to adjust anything from the software as it is already included in the mouse itself.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The CM Storm Xornet II may be a bit small for gamers with larger hands, but when it fits, it does so like a comfortable glove that allows you to game for hours without feeling fatigue.

(previously published in issue December 2015)

CM Storm Xornet II