Cooler Master showcased a bunch of different colored MM711 in CES 2020 last January and I gotta say, they look amazing. And I never thought I would one day get a hold of one of those special edition MM711 until recently when Cooler Master suddenly sent me one as a gift. And let’s just say I got lucky because the colorway of the special edition mouse they chose to send me perfectly matches my desk setup with this sort of wooden aesthetics around it. What I received is the Cooler Master MM711 Gold and Red edition that actually looks more like an Iron Man themed mouse. So today, we’re going to take a look at it and I’ll also take this as an opportunity to review the Cooler Master MM711 and put it head to head against its predecessor, the Cooler Master MM710.
MY EARLY BREAKDOWN
Pros: Reliable sensor, Good design, Decent build quality, Lightweight with balanced shape, Flexible cable, Perfect scroll wheel with lightweight and crispy mouse clickers.
Cons: Annoying holes on the right side where the pinky finger sits
PRODUCT NUMBER: MM-711-KKOL1, MM-711-KKOL2, MM-711-WWOL1, MM-711-WWOL2
MOUSE GRIP TYPE: Claw, Palm, Fingertip
MOUSE MATERIAL: ABS Plastic
MOUSE FEET: PTFE
MOUSE COLOR: Black, White
SURFACE TREATMENT: Matte, Glossy
MOUSE LEDS: Yes, RGB on wheel and logo
MOUSE SENSOR: PixArt PMW3389
CPI / DPI: 7 Levels (400, 800, 1200 (default), 1600, 3200, 6400, 16000)
MOUSE TRACKING SPEED: 400 ips
MOUSE LIFT OFF DISTANCE: < ~2mm
POLLING RATE: 1000Hz
ANGLE SNAPPING: N/A
MOUSE ACCELERATION: 50g
MOUSE PROCESSOR: 32 bit ARM Cortex M0+
ON-BOARD MEMORY: 512KB
MOUSE LIFESPAN (L/R SWITCHES): OMRON, 20 million
MOUSE BUTTONS: 6
SOFTWARE: Yes, MasterPlus+ Support
MOUSE CABLE LENGTH: Fixed Ultraweave cable, 1.8m
MOUSE DIMENSION: 116.5 x 62.4 x 38.3 mm / 4.587″ x 2.457″ x 1.508″ (L x W x H)
MOUSE WEIGHT: < 60 g
WARRANTY: 2 years
SERIE: MM Series
WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE
Here we have the packaging for the Cooler Master MM710, MM711 white version and just a black box for the special edition Gold and Red MM711. So we’re going to unbox all of these and see how they differ from each other especially the differences between the MM710 and the MM711.
Alright so here’s the packaging for the Cooler Master MM710, this has been out for a while now but is still one of the best options for an ultralight gaming mouse out in the market because of its unique form factor and subtle design elements.
It only weighs 53g which is one of the lightest mainstream gaming mice out there, and that is because it doesn’t have any RGB or any unnecessary design elements, just pure performance.
What we have here is the matte black version but it is also available in glossy black, matte white and glossy white.
At the back of these boxes, we have all the key features and specifications, so they are both lightweight with basically the same honeycomb design, both ambidextrous shape, and the only difference really is that the MM711 has RGB illumination, they have the same sensor, same mouse feet, and same build and construction.
Alright, let’s see what comes in the package of the Cooler Master MM710 first.
Upon opening the box, we’re greeted by the mouse itself, and then we have some replacement mouse gliders which are made of PTFE material.
And lastly we have the user manual in different languages. And that’s it, aside from those things that I mentioned we don’t have anything else inside the box.
Cooler Master MM710
Design, Construction and Parts Overview
Alright, now, let’s take a closer look at the Cooler Master MM710.
So we have this nice matte texture that is somehow fingerprint resistant, we have the two mouse clickers which are Omron switches,
Then we have the honeycomb design which is quite popular nowadays, we have the scroll wheel, the DPI button,
And a very subtle Cooler Master logo.
On the left side of the mouse we have the same honeycomb design but on one side only and the forward and back buttons.
Flipping it at the back we can see the symmetrical shape because this is an ambidextrous mouse.
And then on the other side, we have the same honeycomb design.
At the bottom, we have the 3 PTFE mouse gliders, holes again for the honeycomb design, the sensor, and the serial number and the specific model name information.
Lastly, here’s how it looks in front. So as you can tell, the form factor in terms of height or bump is quite short which I personally prefer.
As for the cable, like with any other recent ultralight gaming mouse out there, it is using paracord cable which Cooler master calls ultra weave cable with a length of 1.8m and is very flexible and without much drag.
In terms of build quality although super lightweight, it feels sturdy enough with hard plastic materials and the sides are also quite robust as well.
The Omron switches on this mouse are rated up to 20m clicks.
The scroll wheel feels really snappy and stable and the DPI button is also easily reachable and for my relatively small hands, this is perfect.
Now, let’s unbox the Cooler Master MM711.
Cooler Master MM711
Like I said, the only significant difference of this from the older MM710 is that it has RGB illumination, thus it is a little bit heavier. So yeah, other than that, pretty much the same in terms of overall specifications.
The same thing when it comes to the package contents. We have the mouse itself,
Replacement PTFE gliders,
And a user manual, though this one is significantly larger than what the MM710 has with more details in different languages.
Design, Construction and Parts Overview
Now, let’s take a closer look at the Cooler Master MM711 matte white version\.
Like the MM710, it also has this nice matte texture that I really like with the same honeycomb design, same clicky Omron switches, satisfying scroll wheel, easily reachable DPI button, and a very subtle logo.
On the left side, pretty much the same thing, as well as the overall ambidextrous shape and bump size,
Even at the bottom, it’s basically the same thing with the same PMW 3389 sensor.
Even the cables are essentially the same, and like I said, this one has RGB illumination, so there is a translucent lining around the scroll wheel which is one of the few differences compared to the MM710.
We also have a plastic diffuser on the rear end of the Cooler Master MM711 which the MM710 obviously doesn’t have.
And that’s about it when it comes to the differences between these two models.
So basically, if you’re going to choose between these two, if you don’t need RGB, then settle for the MM710 as it is also cheaper, but if you want RGB illumination, of course, go ahead and get the MM711, not to mention that it also has a more balanced weight thanks to the plastic diffuser at the back. You’ll also have to consider by the way the difference in weight, if the 7 grams difference is that significant to you, then that should also be considered. But at the end of the day, either of the two is a good choice for an ultralight gaming mouse.
Special Edition Gold and Red Iron Man Themed Cooler Master MM711
Alright, now, finally, let’s take a look at the special edition Cooler Master MM711. This is just a gift from Cooler Master so as you can see, it has a quite generic black box.
Alright, so upon opening the box, we’re greeted by the mouse itself protected by this nice velvet pouch, making it feel special.
Looking inside the box, it is basically the same thing, we have some replacement PTFE gliders and a user manual.
The velvet pouch feels really good and adds a little bit of premium feel to the mouse which is very nice.
I’m not gonna lie, this looks really good, the paint job is nice with this one. The gold body with red accents on the scroll wheel, DPI button and forward and back buttons look really good and like I said, this will perfectly match my current setup with a sort of wooden theme around it. And if you’re a fan of Iron Man, then this should be a no brainer for you.
In terms of design and overall construction though, it is basically the same thing as a regular Cooler Master MM711.
Overall, these three ultralight gaming mouse from Cooler Master is a decent option if you want to get aboard the ultralight hype.
And now, of course, this review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t test this out right? so let’s proceed with the review.
Comfort, Scroll Wheel and Buttons
In terms of comfort, like I said, the Cooler Master MM710 and MM711 is unique in the sense that it is relatively smaller in footprint compared to most ultralight gaming mouse out in the market.
The overall size is small, the bump is short, and should be ideal for claw grip, palm, and fingertip users like me. All the buttons are super crisp, even the forward and back buttons on the side which are also easy to reach by the way.
The scroll wheel is I think one of the best that I’ve tried which is super stable and has strong and defined notches to it and with crisply click.
The DPI button is also easily reachable without having to adjust your grip which is very vital as you can also configure it for other functions that might be useful in-game.
Like I said, the shape is ambidextrous so left-handed users can definitely use this, though the forward and back buttons of course, will be on the other side.
In terms of comfort, this mouse being extra lightweight at 60 grams and with a balanced shape, it is very comfortable and easily the most comfortable mouse that I’ve tried especially for the size of my hands, except on the right side since the holes kinda irritate my pinky finger.
One known issue about the Cooler Master MM Series is the build quality on the left side that sometimes when you press hard on it, it can also activate the forward or back buttons, but I’d say with all the mouse that we have right here, it doesn’t click that easily unless you put an extreme amount of force, which I think won’t happen on normal usage, so it is a pass for me.
So yeah, in terms of the shape, the buttons, and the overall size, this is absolutely perfect for my hands.
Now, at the back, like I said it has PTFE gliders so the friction is relatively smooth with this and with a PMW 3389 sensor, that alone should give us an idea that the Cooler Master MM710 and MM711 should perform very good for gaming as we’ve seen from other gaming mice that also utilizes the same sensor.
And lastly, before we test this for gaming, the paracord cable also known as ultra weave cable is pretty good, it is soft, flexible, and basically no drag at all.
Alright guys, in terms of gaming performance, as expected, the Cooler Master MM711 performed really well, I didn’t encounter any issue at all when it comes to raw performance. The PMW 3389 sensor is very accurate and doesn’t spin out. I tested this at 800 DPI since this is where I am comfortable at and I’d say the performance is really good.
The Omron switches are also quite satisfying with a crispy click and lightweight actuation force required. If there’s one thing that I can say I don’t like about this mouse it would be in terms of comfort on the right side, the honeycomb holes on the right side are quite irritating to my pinky finger and I feel like it could cause some blisters when gaming for a prolonged period of time. It certainly does help with the grip but my finger digs deep into the hole that it gets uncomfortable. I’ll probably put some tape on it or some sort of cover. Other than that, I have no other problems with the Cooler Master MM711.
The Cooler Master MM711 has RGB illumination on both the DPI button and at the rear end of the mouse and is customizable using the software.
Speaking of the software, it is quite customizable, like you can pretty much change the function of all the buttons here, you can disable the button, change it to a mouse function, key combinations, macro, multimedia shortcuts, rapid-fire, profile change, DPI adjustment and use it to disable the sensor for some reason.
Aside from that we also have here the mouse combo option, wherein you can set different button combinations alongside the DPI button to trigger different functions. Like for example, I set the forward button to a calculator, so if I press the forward button alongside the DPI button it will launch the Windows calculator which may come in handy depending on how you prefer to use it.
We also have here the lighting tab, wherein you can set different lighting effects and you also have the option to set different colors individually between the DPI button and the rear end of the mouse. You can also adjust here the speed of the animation and the brightness.
As for the performance tab, this is where you can set your DPI adjustment settings in an increment of 100. You can also change here the polling rate, angle snapping, and other functions. You also have here the surface tuning which is useful to properly take advantage of the PMW 3389 sensor.
Next, we have the macro tab wherein of course, you can set different macros.
Lastly, we have the profiles tab wherein you can set up different profiles for different types of applications.
To conclude, both the Cooler Master MM710 and MM711 is a great option if you’re looking for a decent ultralight gaming mouse. Most importantly if you’re looking for something smaller, ambidextrous and has a quite neutral design language. Comfort-wise, it is good since it is lightweight and with a balanced shape, however, the right side could cause some irritation on the pinky finger at least for my experience, you’re mileage may vary of course, but just in case, that can easily be fixed by an aftermarket side grip or some sort of patch. Other than that, the performance is really good, the shape is absolutely perfect for my hands and with that, this is going to be my main gaming mouse starting from now until a better one comes in.
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Cooler Master MM711Php 2,750
- Reliable sensor
- Good design
- Decent build quality
- Lightweight with balanced shape
- Flexible cable
- Perfect scroll wheel
- Lightweight and crispy mouse clickers
- Annoying holes on the right side where the pinky finger sits
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