Page 3 - Subjective Performance Tests
After plugging the Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel in and setting up the software, I ran the mouse through our series of standard tracking performance tests. This includes normal office usage in the Windows environment as well as gaming. Some graphics work and testing were done with Adobe Photoshop. Games used in this test primarily include Overwatch, League of Legends, and Genshin Impact. This spans multiple genres and allows us to get a feel as to how the mouse responds in different situations. All testing was completed on a cloth surface, primarily the XTracGear Carbonic XXL. Please note these are subjective tests, but we will attempt to make it as objective as possible with our cross-reference testing methods.
As you might expect, the ambidextrous shape of the Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel lends itself towards a fingertip or claw grip. I mostly used a claw grip because of how small it felt in my hands. Those with larger hands may find this mouse too small for daily use, even with a fingertip grip, so I would recommend trying out the mouse if possible. Weight-wise, the Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel is lighter than much of the competition at 60g. Heavier mice can offer stability, but I prefer the lighter mouse for its fast and seamless feel. This will still come down to personal preferences in the end. As for the sensitivity range, I rarely went above 800DPI in my daily use despite Cooler Master allowing for up to 16000DPI. As for inputs, I found buttons to have good placement to avoid accidental buttons presses. The audible and tactile feedback on all of the buttons were good, even when using the secondary keys. None of the buttons exhibited any squeaks or abnormal sounds other than the aforementioned sensor rattle.
The Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel is a gaming mouse, so it only makes sense to test it with games like Overwatch and League of Legends. As I have been using practically the same mouse for the past year now, the physical size was the same and thus I did not take any time to adjust to this new variant. Otherwise, the sensor tracking in the MM711 Blue Steel was exactly as expected, which is to say it was great. Movement tracked about smoothly with no signs of spin out or incorrect movement. This is clearly a competitive sensor in here and the tracking is top of the class. The lightweight shell and design also made flicks easy. The primary Omron switches also held up extremely well in all circumstances. In games like League of Legends and Genshin Impact, the performance was just as good at faster movements without losing tracking.
When checking for more technical flaws, the Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel exhibited positive signs. Some Photoshop tests revealed small details were easily picked up when moving the mouse in straight lines and zero signs of prediction. I did not notice any input lag and response time felt consistently excellent even when testing at the maximum settings. There was no observable jitter, even at maximum sensitivity, which is a testament to the sensor’s capabilities. The low lift off distance was also quite good to see, as the mouse did not move once it was lifted off the surface. As I may have mentioned in the past reviews, this Ultraweave cable is a treat to behold and I truly appreciate the untethered feel it provides to wired mice.
Overall, performance of the Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel was just like the original, which is to say it was superb. Gaming with this mouse was made easy with accurate and smooth tracking. The light body and smooth skates made the whole mouse easy to grip onto and feel quicker to move. This fast feeling was also aided by the light cable that made the MM711 Blue Steel feel almost wireless. There was no observed lag and it handled predictably throughout our tests.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests