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This review is from: SteelSeries 62250 SENSEI Wireless Professional Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: - Configuration/Customization. This alone is what makes the majority of pros I'm about to list possible. You can change the DPI, mouse acceleration and deceleration, illumination, power saving features, program the buttons, change the lift distance, etc. Literally tweak this down to exactly the way you want it to feel in whatever application, game, etc you're using.
- Profiles and Programming. You can setup multiple profiles with settings to suit each type of game you play. Maybe you want higher DPI settings and a low lift height for some FPS games. No problem. There's your "Gaming Profile".
Working in Photoshop and want a slow DPI with high acceleration? Want to program some of the mouse buttons to replace keyboard shortcuts or even go as far as opening a window (providing there's a keyboard shortcut for it!) and typing in text for you? You got it. You can even edit the timing (ms) between keyboard and mouse clicks after recording them (macros) if you require any type of delay between commands.
- Lift Distance. I'm a personal fan of this and I will note it's nothing dramatic, but you can change the distance at which this mouse still detects movement when picked up off your desk/mouse pad and placed back down. This eliminates that tiny bit of unwanted movement you can experience during gaming when you're at the edge of your mouse pad and need to bring the mouse back to center.
- Power Management. I customized one of my profiles for max battery life while still enabling the LED light on the mouse. I got 20+
hours of use out of it. I would imagine disabling the LED light on the mouse might tack on another hour, but my next pro will who why that's not needed.
- Battery Indicator and Charging. I have the charging station set to illuminate battery status. Green=100%->30%, Yellow=30%-10%%, and Red=10% or less. In the event you run it dry and forget to charge the mouse, no problem. Unplug the cable from the station, plug it into the mouse and continue to use it like a wired mouse while the battery charges. I'll also note that the cable is of adequate length to cover just about any desk orientation. My motherboard allows usb charging while the PC is off so if I end a session while it's low on power, I simply drop the mouse on the charging station while my pc is off; it's ready to go a little while later.
You can also customize the mouse LEDs (The logo and mouse wheel can both be done separately) to do the same as the charging station. Mine set to match my keyboard's illumination color (you can literally set the LED's to any color!) and I have to say they look pretty
darn cool next to each other.
- Adustable Polling Rate. By default it's set to 1000 and I can't really think of a reason you'd want to lower it, but it can be adjusted for each profile you create.
- On the fly DPI adjustment. This is great for games where you'd like a slower and faster dpi without having to stop and change the mouse spe
Cons: - Non-adustable weight. For a mouse that's competing in the high end market, being able to adjust the weight would have been a nice addition. Although, if I had to guess, there may be no room given how much tech is packed into it. The weight is nice though. Not too
light; not too heavy. I think the majority of people using it will be more than happy or adjust to the weight within a few days.
- Battery is not replaceable. I e-mailed support to get verification on this. If your battery should die or stop holding a charge you will need to ship it back for service. Though I see this being a huge rarity, it's worth mentioning.
- One night while playing I experienced disconnects literally every 60 seconds; had to turn the mouse off and back on to reconnect.
Couldn't figure out what was going on until I picked up my cell phone which I had put down right next to the charging station that night.
Stopped disconnecting. Put it back and it started disconnecting again. Not really a con, but an annoyance that's worth noting in the event you're experiencing the same thing. Move any devices that may interfere with the signal away from the base if you experience something similar to this.
Other Thoughts: Before I go into my final thoughts let me throw this out there for you. This mouse has built in acceleration. If you're using mouse acceleration, in windows, you have 2 choices, turn it off within windows and let the mouse do the work or vice versa. Leave both on and you're going to have a bad day. (Or an amusing one when you move your mouse an inch over and it blows a hole out the side of your monitor.)
I've used quite a few wired and wireless mice over the years. I've always stood by wired when it comes to gaming and never found a single wireless mouse that felt just right. And by just right I mean has the response and reliability of a wired mouse. I mean "wireless gaming mouse" almost sounds like an oxymoron. If you would have told me a few weeks ago that I'd be shelving my current gaming mouse for a wireless one I would have laughed at you. And two weeks later you'd be reading this review laughing at me. And you know what? I'm OK with that!
I'll end on addressing the 300 pound gorilla or should I say the 300 pound price tag. I know the price is going to be a hot topic and probably one of the largest deciding factors in a number of purchases so hopefully I'll make it easy/easier for a few people.
Is the price tag worth it? Depends. If you're a casual gamer or on a really tight budget there are a number of other really, really good wireless mice to choose from. Not only from SteelSeries but other vendors as well. But you do get what you pay for here. While I won't go as far as saying this is the best wireless mouse out there, it is definitely the best and most fun one I've ever used.
If I could I would give this mouse a 4.5 out of 5 eggs. The non-adjustable weight and battery issue are worth a minor deduction in my book which leaves me on deciding a final score. In past reviews where I feel that .5 is needed I round up or down depending on whether the pros or cons carried the most weight. In this case I'm going up. You get a lot of really cool features with the Sensei and because of that you'll get hours of gaming entertainment. SteelSeries really did a heck of a job here.
If you can live the non-adjustable weight and both you and your wallet agree the premium is worth it, get it; you'll be happy you did.
Pros: - Great range for 5Ghz. During testing I had this unit about 50 feet from my router separated by 4 walls and was still getting around 20% signal strength. This is much further then what I personally need, but it's nice to know I can place this almost anywhere in the house without coverage issues.
- Running a Smart Blu-Ray player and Media Center PC off the device vs the built in wireless in each offered a huge improvement to my family's entertainment experience. Netflix was smooth and the occasional buffering was gone.
- 4 Gigabit ports should be enough to network any devices you're using this for.
- Very low power consumption (we're talking only a few watts) so it won't break your wallet to leave this on around the clock.
- The web interface is very easy to understand and use; updating the device firmware took just a matter of seconds.
- Huge price drop since launch making it a very attractive buy. However once you read the cons below I think you'll see why; more specifically the first con.
Cons: - When I first received this unit for testing, once a day I would lose connectivity requiring a reboot of the bridge. A quick search around the web showed this seems to be a common issue. Though some seem to experience more often than others (ie, several times a day) while a handful seem to be ok.
After a few days of trouble-shooting I finally assigned a static IP and it's been about 5 days with no drops. A little further research around a few forums showed that this seems to be a fix in the interim for other users as well until a firmware update addresses whatever is causing this bug. Which leads me to the next con...
- Lack of firmware updates. From what I see there's been one; it adds only a few very minor features and nothing that addresses the connectivity issue contributing the lower ratings the WUMC710 is receiving.
Forgive my inner geek for this next con, but the irony of it was worth mentioning:
- WiFi Protected Setup on this "Linksys" bridge would not function with my "Linksys" router, but it did on two other non-Linksys routers. Let that one settle in for a minute. Despite all efforts, in order to work with my Linksys router I had to connect via a LAN port, find the IP it obtained from my router, then connect to the bridge and enter my wireless network info manually.
- Can change the password to the device but not the username (username is blank). Granted one is more important than the other but I would like the option to at least provide a username for that added bit of security to something connected to my home network.
Other Thoughts: I'll make this very clear that the only thing keeping this device from a 5 out of 5 is the connectivity issue despite the fact I'm no longer affected by it. If I could give it a 3.5 I would and if it wasn't for the fact that I actually really like this device I would have rounded down to a 3 instead of up.
I can live without a username or the flakiness of WPS, however going to stream a movie the first few days only to realize I had to walk into my office and unplug/replug the bridge back in GOT REALLY, REALLY OLD quick.
While I understand it's a minor inconvenience in the grander scheme of things there's no reason for it in a product that was released well over a year ago.
The WUMC710 is a great alternative to running cables through your house and should you decide to go with it please make sure the first thing you do when setting it up is assign a static IP address. The address you're going to have to use will vary depending on the brand router so if you're unfamiliar with how to do this you may need to call that 'techy' friend or family member for help, but once you're finally up and running I think you'll be happy with what you get!
Pros: - 2 weeks of contant use (pc left on 24/7) and not a single problem.
- Cool and quiet. PSU fan is barely audible.
- Enough connectors to meet the needs of most mid-range PC's.
It's currently powering 5 HDD's, 1 SSD, 1 DVD drive, 4 case fans, and a 6+8pin video card without issue.
- Modular! I personally only use modular PSU's ever since I purchased my first one. If you don't need the connectors just don't plug them in. Makes cable management easy for people who like a clean and organized case.
- Cable length is great. PSU is sitting in an Antec 1200 full tower. This is a massive case and I have no issues reaching every installed component requiring power.
- Highly energy efficient and the cost. There's a reason I grouped these two together. While this PSU might seem expensive compared to some others that fall in the same power range, it's made up for by the 80Plus Gold certification. This PSU will cost you a little more upfront but cost of ownership over its lifetime is less. These are generic numbers (used just as an example only!): spend thirty bucks more now but save sixty on your electric bill over the next 2-3 years on this psu versus another less energy effecient model.
Cons: There's not really anything that can be said here. Compared to other mid-range psu's this thing delivers. If I had to nitpick it would be that upfront cost but as pointed out above, provided you're thinking 2 or 3 years down the road, it's not really a con at all.
Other Thoughts: There's not much to say about a psu. In this power range there's a lot of competition to choose from. Over my techy lifetime I've owned somewhere around 20+ Corsair products ranging from simple case fans to high end SSD's and I'm happily adding this power supply to my collection. If you're in the market for a 600-650watt psu, let me save you a lot of clicking: If this psu will meet your power needs, add it to cart and call it a day.READ FULL REVIEW