Comfort and Ergonomics:
Most mice are designed for right handed users, hence the side buttons are located on the left side. Since the CM Storm Recon is ambidextrous, there are back and forward buttons on each side. While more buttons mean more options for gamers, this could also mean accidental key presses from the ring finger if it is not used as a clicking finger. Thankfully, the opposite side buttons can be easily disabled or remapped through the Recon software.
The CM Storm Recon uses a typical palm-grip body style with a rubberized outer coating for additional grip. The mouse-wheel is wider, compared to other gaming mice, but it is surprisingly light relative to its appearance. Behind the wheel are buttons assigned to on-the-fly DPI adjustments by default. Unlike the CM Storm Spawn and CM Storm Xornet, the CM Storm Recon’s DPI adjustment buttons are recessed, so accidentally pressing them is a lot less likely.
The CM Storm Skorpion is not necessary for optimal usage of the CM Storm Recon, as Cooler Master has used a lighter cord on the Recon compared to the Spawn and Xornet. The Recon’s cord is much more manageable and doesn’t have as much “pull” compared to heavier mice cables.
The Recon is primarily designed for gaming but having macro recording ability and button remapping is also very useful for other applications. Outside of gaming, rapid mouse movements are not necessarily required, although the CM Storm Skorpion can still be useful when drafting on a large surface. The height is not adjustable on the Skorpion, so extra cord slack should be provided. Tracking is excellent across the preset settings, so the CM Storm Recon is more than qualified for day-to-day productivity applications.
Using the latest 1.10 firmware and 1.19 software, the CM Storm Recon has no problems with accuracy or jitters across all default DPI presets. There is no option for prediction toggling in the software but prediction is disabled by default anyway. The lift off distance is also very low; it stops tracking at 3 CD height with maximum LOD setting and barely tracks after 1 CD height at the lowest.
The buttons are easily reprogrammable through the software and macros can also be recorded and assigned. Since I am used to right handed mice, I disabled the back button on the right side so I don’t accidentally press it by mistake and assigned the right side forward button for preset switching. Although it is not mentioned in the CM Storm website, the CM Storm Recon saves the settings on an onboard memory as it retains information, even after uninstalling the software. This is useful for when you take the Recon elsewhere and use it on a public system that has restricted outsider software installations. I have gotten used to the Spawn/Xornet’s claw grip, so it took a while to get used to palm gripping once again. Claw gripping is not impossible on the longer Recon body but using the ring finger as a right mouse button clicker is advisable to eliminate accidental key presses of the right side buttons.