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Cooler Master MM830 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 10, 2021 at 10:33 am
Cooler Master MM830 Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
7.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
5.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Cooler Master MM830 is a versatile wired gaming mouse with several unusual features, including an OLED screen that you can program to display custom bitmaps or system stats and a D-pad side button cluster like those on some game controllers. It feels well-built and has an ergonomic right-handed shape well-suited for a palm grip for all hand sizes and a claw grip for larger hands. This mouse has storage for four CPI profiles you can switch between using the dedicated button behind the mouse wheel. Unfortunately, you can only change the CPI settings by increments of 100. Also, the sensor on our unit is fairly inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI more during quicker mouse movements, and the customization software is only compatible with Windows.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The Cooler Master MM830 is decent for office use. It feels well-built, and you can program all buttons except for the left click. It has an ergonomic right-handed shape that should be comfortable for all hand sizes using a palm grip and larger hands using a claw grip. Unfortunately, there aren't any wireless connectivity options, the companion software isn't compatible with macOS, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good number of buttons, and you can program almost all of them.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.1 Video Games (FPS)

The Cooler Master MM830 is decent for FPS gaming. It feels well-built, has good click latency, and has a right-handed shape best-suited for a palm grip for all hand sizes and a claw grip for larger hands. Unfortunately, it's heavy, you can only adjust the CPI by steps of 100, and the sensor in our unit is inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI more during faster mouse movements.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Cable is somewhat stiff and retains kinks from packaging.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The Cooler Master MM830 is very good for MMO gaming, though it doesn't have as many buttons as some dedicated MMO gaming mice. That said, you can program all buttons except for the left click. It has a good click latency, it feels well-built, and it has a comfortable right-handed shape best-suited for palm grip for all hand sizes and a claw grip for larger hands. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI more during faster cursor movements.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
  • Good number of buttons, and you can program almost all of them.
  • High maximum CPI and low minimum lift-off distance.
Cons
  • Not quite as many buttons as some dedicated MMO mice.
  • Companion software is only compatible with Windows; side buttons can't be programmed in macOS.
5.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Cooler Master MM830 is inadequate for ultra-light gaming as it's significantly heavier than dedicated ultra-light mice. Its cable is also somewhat stiff and retains some kinks from packaging, and the mouse feet don't glide very well directly on tables, though they do glide much better on mousepads.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Cable is somewhat stiff and retains kinks from packaging.
4.9 Travel

The Cooler Master MM830 is bad for travel use as it's pretty bulky and likely won't fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse, which can be cumbersome when using it in small spaces like trains or planes. Unfortunately, the companion software isn't compatible with macOS, which means you can't program the side buttons.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in some laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • Companion software is only compatible with Windows; side buttons can't be programmed in macOS.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (129 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 3.2" (82 mm)
Grip Width
61 mm
5.3
Design
Portability
Volume
27.40 inยณ (449 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
160 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
129 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
129 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
Thumb
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
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

The Cooler Master MM830 isn't meant for use with a fingertip grip, but larger hands should still use it comfortably this way.

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
Braided
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
No
Design
In The Box

  • Cooler Master MM830
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3360
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
24,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-9%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rates available are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. The sensor on the unit we tested is also fairly inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI more during quicker cursor movements. On their website, Cooler Master states the lowest CPI setting is 100, but the lowest setting in the software is 200.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
4
Number Of Programmable Inputs
9
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

For a similar gaming mouse that has a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons, check out the HyperX Pulsefire Raid.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
16.5 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name MasterPlus+
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
8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

All of the buttons on the Cooler Master MM830 work in Windows, but the side buttons don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Cooler Master MM830 we tested is black in color, and there aren't any other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Cooler Master MM830 is a larger-sized mouse with some rarely seen features like a customizable OLED display and a four-button D-pad cluster similar to those found on many gamepads. While many FPS players might find this mouse too heavy, it can be a good choice if you play a wide variety of games, you tend to use a palm or claw grip, and you don't mind or even prefer using a heavier mouse.

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

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, and the Cooler Master MM830 is a versatile gaming mouse for multi-genre gaming. However, the Glorious is a better gaming mouse overall. The Glorious is significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and significantly lower click latency. Comparatively, the Cooler Master is much larger and has a thumb rest, a D-pad side button layout similar to those on game controllers, and a customizable OLED screen. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, though the Glorious is more accommodating for smaller hands using a claw or fingertip grip.

Razer Viper Mini

The Cooler Master MM830 is a versatile MMO mouse, while the Razer Viper Mini is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. The Razer is half the weight of the Cooler Master, and it feels sturdier, has a much lower click latency. Comparatively, the MM830 has two additional side buttons, an OLED screen for displaying system specs or custom images, and a higher maximum CPI. The Razer is ideal for a fingertip grip, while the Cooler Master is best-suited for a palm or claw grip.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is a better gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MM830. The Logitech feels sturdier and has better sensor performance all around. It also has much lower click latency, a mouse wheel with tilt buttons and free-scrolling capability, and software compatible with Windows and macOS. Comparatively, the Cooler Master has a directional D-pad side button cluster and an OLED display. However, its software is only compatible with Windows. Both mice are suitable for all grip styles, though they're best suited for palm or claw grip and mainly for larger hands.

Cooler Master MM831

While similarly named, the Cooler Master MM830 and the Cooler Master MM831 are versatile gaming mice with significant differences. The MM830 is a wired-only mouse intended for multiple game genres. It also has an OLED screen and more side buttons. Comparatively, the MM831 is versatile enough for gaming, productivity, or even travel use and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It also has more extensive RGB lighting, a higher maximum CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice are best-suited for a palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent ultra-lightweight mouse, and Cooler Master MM830 is a versatile mouse for multi-genre gaming. However, the HyperX is a better gaming mouse overall as it's significantly lighter, feels sturdier, has a more flexible cable, and has smoother-gliding mouse feet. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a much lower click latency. Comparatively, the Cooler Master has a thumb rest, a wider CPI range, a d-pad button layout with four buttons, and a customizable OLED screen. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the HyperX is more accommodating for smaller hands.

Cooler Master CM110

The CoolerMaster CM830 is a versatile cross-genre gaming mouse, while the CoolerMaster CM110 is a good budget gaming mouse. The CM830 feels sturdier, has a thumb rest, and has a D-pad side button layout similar to a game controller. It also has a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and software for customization. Comparatively, the CM110 is significantly lighter and has much better click latency. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the CM10 is best-suited for smaller hands, while the CM830 is better-suited for larger hands.

SteelSeries Rival 710

The SteelSeries Rival 710 and the Cooler Master MM830 are versatile gaming mice. The SteelSeries has better feet, a more consistent sensor, and software compatible with Windows and macOS. Comparatively, the Cooler Master has a better cable, an extra side button, and a higher maximum CPI. Both mice have OLED screens, but the screen on the SteelSeries can display GIFs and has integration for specific games to display in-game stats. The Cooler Master can only display bitmap images and system information. Both mice are best-suited for larger hands using a palm or claw grip.

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