Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 21, 2021 at 10:12 am
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 Picture
7.4
Office/Multimedia
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
7.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 is a good wired gaming mouse. It feels well-built, and it has a comfortable right-handed shape with rubberized grips on both sides. It's well-suited for medium to large-sized hands using a palm grip, large to extra-large hands using a fingertip grip, and all hand sizes except extra-large using a claw grip. It also has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100, and a low lift-off distance, though some gamers may prefer it lower. Unfortunately, it's heavy for an FPS gaming mouse with relatively few extra features, and it has high click latency.

Our Verdict

7.4 Office/Multimedia

The Cooler Master MM530 is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built, and it has a comfortable right-handed shape. You can program all buttons using the companion software and assign a TactiX button to enable a secondary layer of commands. Unfortunately, this mouse lacks wireless connection options, the software is only compatible with Windows, and the scroll wheel lacks both L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape, well-suited for a palm or claw grip.
Cons
  • No wireless connection options.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Cooler Master MM530 is good for FPS gaming. It feels well-built, and it has a comfortable shape well-suited for a palm or claw grip primarily for medium or large-sized hands. Unfortunately, it's heavy for a wired FPS gaming mouse without extra features, and it has high click latency. Additionally, its rubber cable isn't very flexible, and its mouse feet don't glide very well directly on desks and glide only slightly better on mousepads.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape, well-suited for a palm or claw grip.
  • Wide CPI range.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • High click latency.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Cooler Master MM530 is a good mouse for MMO gaming, though it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as most dedicated MMO gaming mice. That said, you can program all the buttons it does have using the companion software, and you can assign a TactiX button to enable a secondary layer of commands. It has a wide CPI range and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100. Its minimum lift-off distance is low, though it's not as low as some other mice. Unfortunately, it has high click latency, and the companion software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape, well-suited for a palm or claw grip.
  • Wide CPI range.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as most dedicated MMO gaming mice.
  • High click latency.
7.3 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Cooler Master MM530 is much heavier than dedicated ultra-light gaming mice, and it has high click latency. Also, it has a rubber cable that isn't very flexible and mouse feet that don't glide very well directly on desks and glide only slightly better on mousepads. That said, it feels well-built, and it has a comfortable, right-handed shape that's well-suited for palm and claw grip, mainly for medium and large-sized hands.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape, well-suited for a palm or claw grip.
  • Wide CPI range.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks from packaging.
  • High click latency.
5.3 Travel

The Cooler Master MM530 is inadequate for travel use as it's a wired-only mouse with no wireless connection options, and it's bulky, so it may not fit in most laptop cases. That said, it feels well-built, and it has a comfortable, right-handed shape best-suited for medium and larger-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. Unfortunately, the customization software is only compatible with Windows. However, onboard memory allows you to use any custom settings you have saved on computers without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • No wireless connection options.
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 21, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 02, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (125 mm)
Height 1.6" (39 mm)
Width 2.7" (69 mm)
Grip Width
64 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
20.75 in³ (340 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
136 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
100 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
100 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Cooler Master MM530
  • User documentation
  • Extra mouse feet

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3360
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rates on the Cooler Master MM530 are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

8.0
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
17
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No
Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
18.5 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Cooler Master Portal
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Cooler Master MM530 we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. Cooler Master also has a very similar mouse called the Cooler Master MM531, which is reportedly nearly identical to the MM530 but slightly lighter. However, we haven't tested it. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Cooler Master MM530 is the successor to the popular Cooler Master CM Storm Mizar. It has large, grippy rubber side surfaces, which is a rare feature among recently released mice, and it's designed primarily with a palm grip in mind. Unfortunately, with its overall size and button placement, it's likely only comfortable for medium to large-sized hands. It's also heavy for a gaming mouse with relatively few features, and it has a high click latency. Unless you're a committed fan of rubber sides and feel the shape would be a perfect fit for you, there are plenty of other choices at or below this price point.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a better wired gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530. It's much lighter, and it has a more flexible paracord-like cable as well as mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has lower click latency. Comparatively, the Cooler Master feels better built and has large rubber side grips. It also has a lower minimum CPI and two CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel that allow you to cycle back and forth through CPI profiles, unlike the Glorious, which only has one. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, primarily for medium and larger-sized hands.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530. It's significantly lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Additionally, it has much better click latency, and it's generally better-suited for smaller hands. Comparatively, the Cooler Master has a wider CPI range and a more consistent sensor. It's better suited for medium-sized and larger hands.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O is a better wired gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530. The Glorious has an ambidextrous shape and is significantly lighter. It has a more flexible paracord-like cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the Cooler Master has a right-handed shape and a lower minimum CPI. Additionally, it has two CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel, while the Glorious only has one. The Cooler Master also allows you to assign a TactiX button to enable a secondary layer of commands.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a much better gaming mouse than the MasterMouse MM530. The Logitech is much lighter and feels sturdier. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has mouse feet that glide much more smoothly. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. Additionally, its shape makes it nearly universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes. On the other hand, the Cooler Master is a wired mouse that's best-suited for medium and larger-sized hands.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a better gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530. It's much lighter, feels sturdier, and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and much better click latency. It's almost universally well-suited for all grip types and hand sizes. Comparatively, the Cooler Master is a wired-only mouse best-suited for medium and larger-sized hands.

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