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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Sakura Purple
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5 out of 5 eggs Very good minimal-frills mouse for casual use or gaming 05/22/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Sakura Purple

Pros: The balance of weight and size on this mouse fit my large hands well - I don't have to "claw" grip the mouse if I don't want to.

For casual use, the mouse works just fine as plug-n-play, and the mouse works great for gaming with the Steelseries Engine software allowing you to customize settings like DPI and button mapping

The buttons and the scroll wheel are very responsive and the switches are satisfying to use

Cons: I didn't like the lighting as much as I expected to, I thought it looked a bit "cheap"... like a white LED shining through cheap purple plastic. No big deal though, you can change the illumination settings if you don't like it.

Other Thoughts: If you want a fairly basic, inexpensive gaming mouse, this is a good purchase. I've been gaming with it in Path of Exile, Doom, and Battlefield 4 and have had no complaints so far compared to my much more expensive Logitech G700.

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ZTE AXON Unlocked Smartphone, 32GB Storage 2GB RAM, 5.5
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5 out of 5 eggs This phone is an amazing deal 04/13/2016

This review is from: ZTE AXON Unlocked Smartphone, 32GB Storage 2GB RAM, 5.5" Blue Color (North America Warranty)

Pros: -Gorgeous screen
-Excellent sound
-Very little bloatware
-Excellent performance
-32GB Storage is, in my opinion, sufficient
-Excellent build quality; feels very premium
-Call quality & audio was excellent for me
-Above average battery life for a smartphone (lasted me all day consistently unless I was playing hearthstone for hours...)

This phone absolutely blew me away with how impressive it is for this price! It's a bit slower than my Galaxy S6 in benchmarks but in practice it's just as snappy. Battery life is much better than my S6. I like the size, screen, and audio better than my S6.

Cons: The camera performs like a midrange smartphone camera in low light. It's fine and very far from bad, but it's the one thing that didn't surpass my expectations. I'd say it's comparable to the camera on my HTC One M8, so it's "very good but not the best".

The only reason I'm listing this as a con is because of how impressed I was with every other aspect of the phone. Everything else with this phone was a $700 smartphone experience. The camera was a $400 smartphone experience.

Other Thoughts: If you want an unlocked premium smartphone and don't want to shell out the $600+ for the flagships, you should buy this phone right now. It comes 99.9% close to perfectly approximating the performance, features, and quality of a flagship phone, at half (or less) the price. The camera isn't perfect, but it's still very good, and everything else about this phone in my experience is completely amazing.

Highly recommended.

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iRULU Walknbook 10.1-Inch 32GB 2-in-1 Tablet PC - Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Quad Core, IPS Display, Metal Cover, 1280*800 Resolution, Detachable Keyboard With Stand - Dark Gray
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Pros: The screen is very nice for this price point
Full functionality & feature set of Windows 10 - this is a no compromises device as far as what you can do with it.
Build quality is good for the price; feels solid & sturdy despite a lot of plastic being used in the construction
Keyboard detach mechanism works well
Battery life is very good! I have consistently gotten 6-8 hours of life during regular use. Less if you were constantly watching HD video.

The performance is just good enough to be passable, which is good for the price point. For example, you can watch 1080p youtube videos without any problems.

EXCELLENT connectivity options with 2x USB ports, bluetooth, HDMI (mini), micro-USB, and an SD card expansion.

Cons: The audio is terrible. Straight up awful. These are the worst speakers I've heard on any device in recent memory. They're worse than most midrange smartphone speakers. The headphone jack is also woefully underpowered, clocking in somewhere between half and a third of the volume you would expect from a high end smartphone or something like a Surface Pro. I am docking 2 eggs for this, because it's very common to use a hybrid tablet/laptop device like this for media consumption, and the speakers are just too weak to make this experience pleasant at all.

The touchpad is also bad, though I expected it to be given the devices price point.

2GB RAM is fairly limiting with respect to performance; don't expect to run lots of programs or browser tabs simultaenously

Other Thoughts: This is not a bad device, but after a couple weeks with it, I can't figure out what it's really for. It doesn't serve as a laptop replacement, because it's too slow (particularly with just 2GB of RAM) and the keyboard and touchpad are too poor and difficult to use for long periods of time. Good luck if you want to write papers on this thing. It doesn't serve well as a tablet for media consumption because the speakers are so underpowered and poor. All that said, if you need/want a device that is fully featured Windows 10 and your budget is so tight that jumping up an extra $50-150 is not an option, this is a good choice. Just know that your user experience is going to be compromised.

For most people, I think this device sits in a no-man's-land of uselessness. There are less expensive Android based options out there for cheap media consumption that do that task better. There are just-slightly-more expensive Windows devices which do the Windows Laptop experience better. If the speakers were good and the trackpad were just slightly better, I'd say this is a fantastic hybrid device for its price point, but as-is, I'd have a hard time recommending it to anyone able to stretch their budget just a bit to go with something better.

If you are interested in this device, buy a pair of bluetooth headphones and use them for audio - that will make any media you consume on this device a hundred times better.

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Display Name: Joshua M.

Date Joined: 06/07/05

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