In the summer we started reviewing Cooler Master products, and now we’re back with another pairing of mice and keyboards. So, what does the MM711 Gaming Mouse offer that the equally good MM720 does not? Well, I’m going to find out if it satisfies that delicate balance between gaming prowess, everyday practicality and affordable value.
The MM711 looks like your standard mouse in matte black with a bit visual flair that is equal parts form and function. Upon first feel you can immediately tell that this a lightweight mouse to the point it almost feels hollow, this largely due to its 60g weight and honeycomb etchings on the face, sides and top click buttons that reveal the inner frame. For added function you get two side buttons that can be set with customized keybinds, and the general shape makes it ambidextrous for either lefties or righties. The USB cord is braided and agreeably long at a 1.8m/5ft length too and works just enough for my unorthodox setup.
To further emphasize easy movement, PTFE feet are utilized on the bottom of the MM711 to make sliding this around a breeze. Many PC gamers go out of their way to find these types of pads to mod their mouse, but it’s nice that Cooler Master added these 95% grade ones off the bat.
Another technical feature is the 16000 DPI Pixart optical sensor to make sure all of your actions and shots are accurate and on point. You can also adjust the DPI to your liking at any time once you have the MasterPlus software for the mouse installed on your PC. You can also use it to adjust the RGB lighting to whatever colorful spectrum you want or turn it off entirely.
I spent a couple weeks putting the MM711 through some paces and there are two main impressions I took away from using this mouse. First off, the overall feeling of the MM711 is exactly what I’d expect for gaming purposes, it literally feels like there’s next to nothing in your palm and glides effortlessly thanks to its construction and PTFE pads. Nothing gets in the way and can maintain tracking in even more frenetic moments.
For transparency, Cooler Master wanted me to have the possible experience and supplied a MP511-XL gaming mouse pad which is an ultrawide CORDURA fabric large enough to fit both a keyboard and mouse on. To be honest the MM711 worked smoothly on the pad but didn’t seem to be totally hindered without it for everyday usage, although I recommend getting a big and versatile pad for absolute maneuverability during CoD and DOOM sessions.
The secondary point is how the MM711 compares to the MM720, another mouse that our own Chris Mitchell reviewed earlier. The differences between the two seem to be the ergonomics, where the MM711 caters to an all-round shape that favors everyday proficiency, the MM720 is shaped for long-term gaming comfort with its contoured finger rest on the side. The biggest takeaway is that the technical bits like the DPI count, configurable side buttons, and RGB honeycomb designed weight savings are nearly identical here.
No matter what kind of PC games you’re into, if you’re looking for a solid gaming mouse that won’t break the bank ($50 or less at most retailers), you can’t go wrong with the Cooler Master MM711 Gaming Mouse. It’s a budgeted sleeper that will easily get the job done.