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This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black
Pros: Nice heft and feel
Customizable button and light options
Cons: For right-handers only
Other Thoughts: Newegg sent me this mouse for review, and it came nicely packaged with this mouse and a quick start guide with links for the customization software and user guide. The software was easy to install, and the user guide was handy for explaining all the bells and whistles.
I've been using another manufacturer's gaming mouse for over a year now, and I was eager to compare it to the SteelSeries Rival 300. The first difference I noticed was the weight: The Rival has just enough heft to give a nice solid feeling and it feels good in my hand --- I have large hands and this mouse fits right in the pocket. I also appreciate the rubberized coating on the Rival, it doesn't slip around during intense game play.
I spent some time with the software trying different tweaks, and my impression is that the default settings will meet the needs of most users. Two exceptions for me: 1) The lights on the mouse. I'm not a big fan so I turned them off. 2) The CPI sensitivity, which controls how far and fast the cursor moves across the screen. I left the CPI1 setting at default for general use but upped the CPI2 setting to improve responsiveness during boss fights on certain games.
To test the Rival's gaming chops I launched Batman: Arkham Origins and played a tricky boss fight. If you're familiar with the game you know the boss fights require a lot of quick button mashing and turns. I clicked the CPI2 button to see if it would help, and it worked like a charm, although I found it necessary to click back to the default setting whenever I needed to aim a weapon as CPI2 was too twitchy for me.
This is also a nice general purspose mouse if you're not into gaming. The two buttons on its left side work as forward and back buttons when surfing the web, and the sensitivity (default polling rate is set to high) is ideal for applications like Excel. I also really liked the Angle Snapping adjustment, which makes it easier to work with drawing straight and angled lines in Photoshop.
Overall the Rival 300 strikes me as a solid, reasonably-priced, multipurpose mouse, and is easy to recommend.
Pros: Super easy setup
Runs on battery and AC
HDMI, USB, and speaker ports
Cons: Weak speaker
Other Thoughts: Fifteen years ago, when I started training professionally, the projector I had to travel with practically needed a trailer hitch and wheels to move around, and despite its size it wasn’t very bright, and it was hugely expensive. This device, on the other hand, is affordable, tiny, light, and surprisingly bright. Not bright like the pros use for a big conference room, but more than adequate for a living room with normal lighting, or a small meeting room.
As soon as I unpacked and set it up (which simply involves plugging it in to charge the internal battery) I stuck my thumb drive in to the USB slot, turned it on, and pushed the USB button on the remote. After a moment the contents of the thumb drive showed up and I gave the projector a test drive (navigation is easy and intuitive).
I started with an m4v movie to see if there was any stuttering or lag. There was none, the movie played smoothly with no hiccups. The sound wasn’t very good, but at least it was loud enough to fill a small room. You’ll be better off with headphones or speakers if you want any sort of bass or serious volume, like when viewing a movie.
Next I tested two PowerPoint presentations using the built in app called Picsel Viewer to run them, and it does a competent job. I was able to use the remote to navigate and the only hitch I ran into was with the projected screen dimensions, the bottom of the slides were clipped. If I were to use the Minibeam for a training I would have to tailor the slides to prevent the clipping.
The second PowerPoint I tested was something I built 15 years ago when I thought animations were cool, to see how the Minibeam handled them. Simply put, it didn’t. Everything showed up on the slide, but I wasn’t able to move through bullets one at a time. If you wanted it use this device for training, you’d need to keep things simple.
For a final test I hooked up my tablet via HDMI and launched Netflix, and again movies streamed smoothly. I don’t know what kind of CPU the Minibeam uses, but it is more than adequate for its intended purpose, and with a proper screen I could see using the Minibeam like a big screen TV. This thing is a hoot to use, and surprisingly powerful for its size.
Pros: No dead pixels
Good picture quality
Other Thoughts: I picked this up for my neighbor to replace her old, dead flat panel, and she couldn't be happier.READ FULL REVIEW