Cooler Master MM311: One Minute Review
The Cooler Master MM311 gaming mouse will do the job for most people. That may be a vague and almost nonsensical statement, but what we mean by it is that this wireless gaming mouse it’s capable of handling all but the most fanatical games and workloads.
It doesn’t have the widest DPI range – not by a long shot, and there are plenty of mice with more mappable buttons. But, we don’t find it lacking whenever we jump into a fast-paced FPS, strategy, or adventure game.
That’s because it’s lightweight, ergonomically shaped yet ambidextrous, with fast and precise mechanical switches and a wide DPI range for all but the most competitive gaming situations. While it has one major flaw in that it can’t handle every surface, this is easily avoidable with just a mouse pad. And, you must have a mouse pad anyway, you pagan.
The cherry on top is that this mouse is also cheap as hell.
Cooler Master MM311: price and availability
- How much does it cost? $39.99 (about £34, AU$59)
- Where is it available? Available now
- Where can you get it? available in USA
Cooler Master MM311: SPECIFICATIONS
Interface: 2.4ghz wireless
Toggles: Not specified
Weight: 2.71 ounces (77 g) with battery
Yes, you can spend under $40 / £40 for a decent mouse. But getting a good gaming mouse usually costs a lot more.
You’ll find plenty of flagship models for more than four times the price. So the Cooler Master MM311, at $39.99 (about £34, AU$59), is a pretty steal. It might not be as feature-rich as it only has five programmable buttons (six in total) and one type of connectivity, but it can handle all but the most competitive games. Even so, its 10K DPI is probably enough for anyone who doesn’t get paid to play.
Unfortunately, Cooler Master’s release for the MM311 appears to be limited to North America at the moment. Since it’s relatively new, launching in late August 2022, we expect it to be available in other territories sooner rather than later.
Cooler Master MM311: Project
- Ambidextrous in design, if not layout
- Very light and easy to use
- Only moves well on mousepads and similar surfaces
The Cooler Master MM311, available in black or white and gray, is a sleek, almost minimal looking mouse. While it’s ergonomically shaped, it’s also symmetrical, meaning left-handers don’t have to feel left out.
It’s compressed slightly in the middle so you can easily rest your fingers on either side, and the left and right buttons have a slight indentation to guide your fingertips into position. The back of the mouse, or the bulge, is pronounced enough to fit perfectly in the palm of the hand, no matter which grip we use. It’s also easy to use because it’s so light, weighing just 77 grams with the battery. And unlike other super lightweight mice, it’s not filled with a bunch of holes, otherwise known as a honeycomb design.
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While the MM311 looks pretty plain compared to many other gaming mice, it still has more than enough buttons for the average gamer. In addition to the left, right and scroll wheel buttons, there is a DPI button – the only one that is not reprogrammable, and two side buttons on the left. Those two side buttons are the only things keeping the mouse from being fully ambidextrous, though they’re easy to control with a ring finger if you use your left hand.
There’s also an on/off switch on the bottom, as well as three PTFE feet to help the mouse glide across surfaces. While we found the Cooler Master MM311 to move smoothly, thanks to the PTFE feet and light weight, it only did so on certain surfaces. We tried it on our empty game table, which has a matte black finish, and the cursor wouldn’t budge. So if you want to use the MM311, invest a few more dollars and buy a mouse pad as well.
Cooler Master MM311: Performance
- Fast and smooth performance
- Lots of customization through the app
- Very long battery life even if you use a disposable battery
With the exception of using the Cooler Master MM311 on surfaces it is not intended for, it performs exceptionally well. It only has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, but it’s strong and fast with polling rates up to 1000Hz so clicks and movements are accurate and immediate.
Its 10,000 DPI is more than enough for all but the most serious competitive gamers. Unsurprisingly, the MM311 can keep up with games like Control, Rocket League, and Frostpunk (often at triple speed), where you have a lot of fast-paced moments that call for quick, precise clicks, as well as precise movement.
Since the switches are mechanical, they make a satisfying sound when pressed, not to mention that they also seem to work pretty quickly. They are also quite robust as they support up to 60 million printers.
Although the MM311 looks pretty basic, it can be opened with the Master Plus app. Not only can you reprogram five of the six buttons – we wish you could program them all – with macros, shortcuts and multimedia keys, but you can also program them to trigger a mouse or keyboard press up to fifty consecutive times. Cooler Master calls this rapid fire, and it’s an interesting way to possibly spam a game.
You can also adjust the polling rate between 125, 250, 500 and 1000 Hz, the left and right button response time from 1 ms to 6, and the DPI between six different settings. While the default DPI settings are 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 6400, and 10,000, you can customize each of the six settings to your liking. You can even adjust the X and Y axes to move at different speeds if you so desire. The only real limitations that might bother anyone are that the macros don’t register mouse movements, which is typical, and the fact that you’re limited to five profiles.
While those looking for eco-friendly peripherals might balk at using disposable batteries over rechargeable ones, the MM311 squeezes 115 hours of use out of a single AA battery. Considering you can set your mouse to sleep or go into low power mode after periods of inactivity, it can take months to fully discharge your mouse. After two weeks of use, our mouse was still nearly full.
Should I buy the Cooler Master MM311?
Don’t buy if…
Cooler Master MM311: Bulletin
|Value||It’s certainly very affordable. Unfortunately, it is currently only available in North America.||4/5|
|Project||The MM311 is sleek, ambidextrous and lightweight. It’s a shame that it only moves smoothly on mousepads.||4.5/5|
|acting||All but the most competitive gamers will find this mouse to keep up. Furthermore, the app offers a lot of customization and the battery life is also impressive.||4.5/5|
|Total||While it needs a mousepad-like surface to run smoothly, there’s little else to complain about as long as you can find it in your area.||4.5/5|
- first review November 2022
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