On the lookout for a lightweight wired gaming mouse that won't break the bank? The MM310 by Cooler Master could just be what you're looking for.
Special thanks to Cooler Master for sponsoring the MM310 gaming mouse featured in this article.
Cooler Master is undoubtedly a brand that is well-known for their CPU coolers and PC cases - for the uninformed, the company also has an extensive line-up of PC peripherals such as input devices, audio products such as gaming headsets and earphones, and so on. For today's article, we'll be checking out a value-oriented wired gaming mouse, the Cooler Master MM310. Sporting a 12000 DPI PixArt optical sensor, a right-handed ambidextrous design and a lightweight Ultraweave cable, all in a sleek package that weighs in at just 50 grams, read on to find out if this mouse is any good!
Summary of Specifications
- Form Factor: Ambidextrous (optimised for right-handed use)
- Connectivity: Wired, via USB Type-A connector
- RGB Lighting: Yes - illuminated scroll wheel and Cooler Master logo on mouse hump
- Sensor: 12000 DPI PixArt 3327 optical sensor
- Buttons: Six (customisations possible via MasterPlus app)
- Switches: Mechanical, 60-million click lifespan (for left and right mouse buttons)
- Mouse Feet: PTFE
- Dimensions: 125.5mm (L) x 71mm (W) x 40.5mm (H)
- Weight: 50 grams (without cable)
Packaging & Accessories
The MM310's box is a colourful affair, with a purple colourway adorned with splashes of pink and teal.
The mouse is securely packaged within a cardboard divider, and is accompanied by a quick start guide.
Aesthetics, Build Quality & Physical Features
My first impression of the mouse was that it was pretty light and felt well-built - this is in spite of its positioning as more of a value-oriented product, where I could not detect any squeaks or signs of poor finishing.
The MM310 has an ambidextrous shape that is really meant more for right-handed users, seeing as it has side buttons on the left side of the mouse. It comes with six buttons in total, which can be customised to perform different functions via Cooler Master's MasterPlus app, and the mouse is available in a choice of two colours, either black or white.
As can be seen, Cooler Master has sent over the white variant of the MM310 for this review, which actually sports a grey and white colourway - the scroll wheel, Cooler Master logo as well as base of the mouse come in a light shade of grey, while the rest of the mouse (cable included), is finished in white.
As far as I could tell, the left and right mouse buttons exhibited minimal sideways play, and there was only a small amount of post-click travel that was only evident when I used a fair amount of force to press down on the buttons.
The scroll wheel of the MM310 feels good to use with scroll steps that are distinct enough, and it's finished in a rubberised texture to afford better grip. Beneath the scroll wheel is a button that allows end-users to toggle between DPI settings on-the-fly - the said button can be re-programmed to serve other functions via Cooler Master's MasterPlus app.
The mouse also comes with two side buttons that are programmable also via the MasterPlus app.
Overall, the MM310 feels pretty well-constructed, with a matte textured finish all around save for the DPI toggle button and the two side buttons, which have a glossy finish to them. Fans of RGB lighting effects will be pleased to note that the mouse comes with an illuminated scroll wheel and Cooler Master logo on the hump of the mouse.
Right off the bat, you get the ability to change the LED colours by holding down on the DPI toggle button, and thereafter clicking on the topmost side button to cycle through a preset list of LED colours. You do also get the ability to select from a set of preset LED lighting effects - this can be done by holding down the DPI toggle button and instead, clicking on the bottommost side button to cycle through the list of preset lighting effects. Naturally, additional configuration options can be accessed through the MasterPlus app - more on this later on in this article.
The underside of the mouse is a simple affair, where we get PTFE feet to reduce usage friction and improve durability.
Cooler Master has also included its Ultraweave cable with the mouse - the said cable is 1.8 meters long, and comes with a gold-plated USB Type-A connector with a purple plastic insert as a nod to Cooler Master's corporate colours. The Ultraweave cable is light and soft to the touch, and is designed to prevent snagging during use.
The MM310 touts a PixArt 3327 optical sensor that is rated for up to 12000 DPI, and it comes with mechanical switches for the left and right mouse buttons that are rated for a lifespan of 60 million clicks. Polling rates can be specified by end-users via the MasterPlus app, and the mouse also features angle snapping, which can be enabled or disabled also through the MasterPlus app.
To put the MM310 through its paces, I played several rounds of Fortnite with it, all while using the large version of Cooler Master's MP750 gaming mouse mat, which features a finely textured microscopic mesh with a water resistant coating. As someone who games with a claw grip, I found that the form factor of the mouse suited me well, especially with the height of the mouse hump.
The glide action of the mouse was pretty smooth too, in large part due to the PTFE plastic feet and the mouse's weight. This was perhaps aided too by the Ultraweave cable, which did not make its presence felt while I was gaming on the MM310.
To gain access to the MM310's full suite of features. you'll have to download and install Cooler Master's MasterPlus app, which is also used to manage the settings of other products in Cooler Master's stable (such as headsets, keyboards and so on). Within the app, end-users will be able to perform a variety of different actions, such as customising the primary and secondary functions of the MM310's various buttons...
...to adjusting the DPI settings of the mouse, tweaking the polling rate, or even enabling or disabling the angle snapping feature that the mouse comes with. Moving on to the other tabs within the app, one also gets the ability to customise the RGB lighting effects of the mouse, setup macros, as well as create and save custom user profiles.
Conclusion & Pricing
To conclude, the Cooler Master MM310 wired gaming mouse delivers good build quality and performance for its price, where its 12000 DPI PixArt sensor, light weight and pleasant-looking aesthetic (especially for the matte white variant featured in this article) sure go a long way in delivering value for its target user demographic.
As of January 2023, the MM310 is available to purchase for a price of around $49 Singapore dollars from offline and online retailers in Singapore. International readers can purchase this mouse for around $30 US dollars from eCommerce sites such as Amazon.
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