Cooler Master’s Portal software is used to make adjustments to the MM830, and after a quick download and installation process, we were up and running. Firing up the program brings us to a very nice looking layout, with our MM830 highlighted in a column on the left, and five tabs at the top indicating various setting types: Buttons, Performance, Lighting, OLED, and Macros. By default, the Lighting section is selected at launch, as I presume that is probably the most often adjusted setting on this type of mouse.
Starting out on the Buttons tab, we first see a top-down view of the MM830, with each customizable button highlighted with its current function. Simply clicking a label provides a drop-down menu where you can select from a variety of custom options for that button. Aside from the left click, every other button on top of the MM830 can be customized. Clicking the “Change View” button towards the top right of the window brings us to a side view of the mouse, where we can adjust the four buttons on the D-pad. If you will notice, the top button is set to be the “Tactix” button, something we weren’t quite familiar with at first. Enabling the Tactix button essentially allows each button to perform a secondary function, giving you double the amount of customization and button settings.
The Performance tab is where you can make adjustments to the MM830’s DPI settings, in 100 PDI increments. These levels can be saved to four different settings, and the range is between 200 and 24,000 DPI. Additionally, you can adjust your OS double click speed, button response time in a range between 4 and 32ms in 4ms increments, and adjust the surface material for precise tracking. There is also the ability to adjust your USB polling rate, enable or disable angle snapping and its threshold, set a low or high lift off distance, and set the OS sensitivity.
Back at lighting we have quite a few options to choose from. There are multiple lighting modes, each with their own set of customizations: Static, Customize, Stars, Color Cycle, Breathing, Multizone, Indicator, and Off. We really like the customize and multizone options, as they give you control over each of the individual lighting zones, which include the mouse wheel, six sections on the Cooler Master logo, and a lightstrip at the very back of the mouse. The one thing we feel is missing is the ability to have a moving color spiral effect on the Cooler Master logo, as we think it would look great.
The OLED tab allows you to make adjustments to the small 96 x 24 OLED screen that sits just in front of the D-pad. The default image is a Cooler Master logo and “Make It Yours” that scroll from right to left, but there are a ton of built-in options you can enable, or even create your own. The built-in options include things like CPU, GPU, and RAM usage, as well as your current DPI, system volume, and polling rate.
The Customize option lets you individually edit each one of the 2304 pixels on the 96 x 24 screen. If you aren’t the artistic type, you can also import your own bitmap files, so long as they are 96 x 24.
Moving over to the Macros tab brings us to the ability to record custom macros for later assignment to buttons. Here you can input a string of characters from a keyboard or even mouse button presses, each with their own adjustable delay settings. You can also configure macros to run once, hold a loop, or toggle looping.
The Profiles tab offers the ability to save up to four custom profiles, each with their own set of custom settings. This will allow for a ton of customization options, as you could have one profile for daily use, another for a specific game, and one for your video editing application. This is a very handy feature, and you can even have the profiles switch automatically when a certain executable is launched, so you don’t even have to think about switching profiles manually.