Cooler Master MM831 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 11, 2021 at 09:57 am
Cooler Master MM831 Picture
8.0
Office/Multimedia
7.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
5.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.4
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Cooler Master MM831 is a versatile wireless gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has a right-handed shape best suited for palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes. There are four RGB lighting zones, including the logo, the mouse wheel, the CPI indicator, and a continuous strip that runs from one side to the other around the back. It also has good click latency and sensor performance, and you can set five CPI profiles and cycle between them using the button behind the scroll wheel. Unfortunately, it's pretty heavy, especially for competitive or reaction-based gaming. Also, the customization software is only compatible with Windows, though there's onboard storage for your settings.

Our Verdict

8.0 Office/Multimedia

The Cooler Master MM831 is very good for office use. It feels well-built, has a good number of programmable buttons, and has a right-handed shape that's best-suited for a palm grip for all but extra-large hands and a claw grip for all hand sizes. You can use it wired or connect wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
  • Comfortable shape well-suited to all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.1 Video Games (FPS)

The Cooler Master MM831 is decent for FPS gaming, though many gamers may find it's too heavy for quick, responsive mouse movements, the mouse feet don't glide very well directly on desks, and you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100. Despite all this, this mouse feels well-built, has good click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Cable is somewhat stiff and the mouse feet don't glide as smoothly on some surfaces.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

The Cooler Master MM831 is good for MMO gaming, though it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. That said, most of the buttons it does have are programmable. It also feels well-built, has good click latency, and is well-suited for a palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
  • Comfortable shape well-suited to all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Cable is somewhat stiff and the mouse feet don't glide as smoothly on some surfaces.
5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Cooler Master MM831 is inadequate for ultra-light gaming as it's about twice the weight of some of the lightest ultra-light mice available. The mouse feet also don't glide very smoothly directly on desks, though they glide better on mousepads. That said, this mouse does feel well-built, has good click latency, and has a right-handed shape that's best-suited for a palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes.

Pros
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Cable is somewhat stiff and the mouse feet don't glide as smoothly on some surfaces.
8.4 Travel

The Cooler Master MM831 is great for travel use, though it's fairly bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. That said, it feels well-built, and you can use it wired or connect wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It also has a right-handed shape that's ideally suited for a palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes. Unfortunately, the customization software is only compatible with Windows, but there's onboard memory for storing your settings if you'll be switching between computers.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Onboard memory.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
  • Has a storage compartment for its USB receiver when not in use.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit into some laptop cases.
  • 8.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.4 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 11, 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 5.0" (128 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.7" (67 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
7.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.58 in³ (370 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
155 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
123 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
123 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

If you're interested in a gaming mouse that's similar but has a thumb rest and an ambidextrous shape, check out the Dell Alienware AW310M. Or, for a similar mouse with modular parts that you can add to transform the mouse between a right or left-handed configuration, check out the HP OMEN Photon.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

You can charge the Cooler Master MM831 wirelessly using Qi 1.2 Standard devices, though this isn't something we test.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Cooler Master MM831
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • USB receiver
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3335
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
32,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-8%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rates available on the Cooler Master MM831 are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. When in Bluetooth mode, the polling rate is limited to 125Hz. Cooler Master indicates the lowest CPI setting is 400, but you can set the CPI to 200 using the companion software.

7.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons except for the left click and CPI button below the mouse wheel.

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
Loud
7.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
17.5 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
29 ms
Click Latency: Wired
15 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
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Cooler Master MM831 we tested is black, and there aren't any other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Cooler Master MM831 is Cooler Master's first wireless mouse and supports wireless charging with Qi 1.2 Standard devices, though this isn't something we test. Unfortunately, most wireless gaming mice are significantly lighter. It's about twice the weight of the lightest wireless gaming mouse we've tested, so it isn't a good pick if you're bothered by weight. That said, it may be a good choice if you're looking for a mouse for casual gaming and productivity. It also makes a great travel option, despite being fairly bulky.

For more recommendations, check out our picks for the best mouse, the best gaming mouse, or the best wireless mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D has better performance than the Cooler Master MM831, but the Cooler Master is more versatile. It can be used wired or wirelessly either with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It also feels sturdier, has a wider CPI range, and a lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, The Glorious D is a wired-only mouse that's significantly lighter. It has a much more flexible cable, smoother gliding mouse feet, and significantly lower click latency. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a better wireless gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MM831. It's half the weight, feels even sturdier, and has much better mouse feet. It also has a more consistent sensor, a more precisely adjustable CPI, software compatible with Windows and macOS, and significantly better click latency. Unfortunately, it lacks Bluetooth support. Comparatively, the Cooler Master connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth and has extensive RGB lighting, which the Logitech lacks. Both mice are almost universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better FPS gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MM831. The Razer is significantly lighter, has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a more precisely adjustable CPI and a much lower click latency. Comparatively, you can use the Cooler Master either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the Razer is best-suited for a palm grip, while the Cooler Master is best-suited for a claw grip.

Cooler Master MM830

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.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent wired ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Cooler Master MM831 is a versatile wireless gaming mouse. The Razer is about half the weight but feels more sturdy, has much better cable and mouse feet, and much lower click latency. Comparatively, the Cooler Master has a much higher maximum CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and extensive RGB, which the Razer lacks. The Razer is best-suited for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes, while the Cooler Master is ideal for a palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes.

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