Well, given that we were sent the white version of the MM711 to evaluate, it’s this aspect that makes the biggest first impression. Not only does the white stand out from the crowd but it really sets off the RGB lighting.
Conversely, as with any white product, there's a concern about how much it’s going to show up any dirt on it, especially given that the braided cable is white too and the chassis is full of holes.
That said, the Glorious PC Gaming Race Model O we reviewed a year ago is white too, and despite a year or so of on-and-off use, it’s still surprisingly clean and tidy. Your own self-discipline with cleaning your hands and desk may be the bigger factor here.
Those aforementioned holes are larger than on many competing ultra-light mice, with the squashed hexagonal shapes neatly matching the company’s logo. The holes cover the whole back of the mouse, the rear third of the left and right buttons and sides, plus the rear two thirds of the base.
Depending on your grip, the side holes may or may not be under where your thumb and fingers grip the mouse. I found my little finger nestled on the holes, and the rear third or so of my thumb also rested there. We found this greatly aided the overall secure feeling of gripping this mouse – once positioned on a hole, your finger won’t be sliding anywhere.
The overall shape of the mouse is similar to that of the BenQ Zowie S1, Glorious Model O and Razer Viper 8K, with a slightly flared front end and relatively straight sides, making it a good universal shape for a variety of hand sizes.
However, where those other mice have gently sloped back ends that allow for a more relaxed palm grip when required, the MM711 has a much more abrupt, steeper slope. This clears space under the palm for really agile fingertip grip movement, but means this mouse isn’t ideal for palm or claw grip unless you have small hands.
One other factor to note is that the left and right buttons fold over the sides of the mouse – an arrangement that made it feel like it could lead to accidental pressing of the button. I found my ring finger would rest on the button rather than the side of the mouse, although this didn’t actually seem to affect my gaming.
In terms of features, its six buttons all feel fine, as well as the fixed lightweight braided cable. The scroll wheel is also firmly notched and accurate. The rear glide pads are a little small but this mouse still slides effortlessly due to its very low weight. Meanwhile, the excellent PixArt PMW3389 sensor provides the top-notch performance we expected.
The Cooler Master MM711 is a fantastic lightweight gaming mouse. For many, its RGB lighting, and resultant extra weight, may not make it a worthwhile upgrade over the cheaper MM710, but if you like a bit of illumination, this mouse certainly looks the part and it’s still very light. The performance is flawless and it has a good shape too.
A fantastic lightweight gaming mouse, although the MM710 offers better value
if you don’t need RGB lighting.
£50 inc VAT
FEATURES 15/20 / PERFORMANCE 27/30 / VALUE 21/30 / DESIGN 17/20 | OVERALL 80%
Bright as a button
+Superb fingertip grip shape
Dull as dishwater
-Less suited to claw and palm grip
-RGB lighting adds weight and cost
-Buttons fold over edges
Dimensions (mm) 63 x 117 x 38 (W x D x H)
Sensor PixArt PMW3389 sensor, 16,000 DPI, 50g acceleration, 400 IPS
Buttons 6 (left, right, scroll wheel, back, forwards, DPI)
Cable 1.8m, lightweight braided
Extras RGB lighting