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Pros: This mouse is a joy to use. It is light (which I prefer), with large slider pads on the base, fast actuating buttons, accurate tracking, and very positive scroll wheel steps. Some may prefer a lighter scrolling action, but in a fast paced game you are unlikely to accidentally scroll while depressing the middle mouse button.
It has a very ergonomic design, and can be used with a claw or palm grip by those with average or slightly larger sized hands. All buttons can be actuated without shifting your grip - importantly, the one behind the scroll wheel is raised above the surface and can easily be pressed with the first joint of your middle finger.
There are eight programmable buttons, including left and right mouse button (at least one must be set to left click, if you reassign the left button).
The software is highly customizable. It takes quite a while to learn, but once you do, the possibilities are endless. As well as profiles which can be manually turned on via a button press or automatically when a game or program starts/gains focus, each profile can have several different modes -- essentially profiles within profiles -- wherein some or all of the mouse buttons can be assigned different actions, DPI settings can be changed, and you can set mouse lighting effects. Modes can be switched with any desired button press, and even revert to the previous mode when the button is released, according to how you set it up.
For example, you could assign a button to change your in-game mouse controls when you get into a vehicle or change DPI settings.
An onscreen display can be set to briefly indicate what mode is in effect and DPI setting, but you can also set the LED lights as a constant reminder.
Lights can be set on or off as required, including the Corsair gaming logo, and there is a large choice of lighting effects you can program for different actions.
The actions that can be programmed include macros, text strings, keystrokes, program shortcuts, DPI settings (which include a configurable 'sniper' setting), timers, mouse actions, and media controls. Macros and timers are powerful - press a button to start a macro or timer, and optionally start another action when the button is released or the timer expires. Macros can record keyboard events, mouse movement, mouse clicks, mouse scrolls, or any combination thereof, with or without recorded delays.
If you don't want to get too involved in programming the buttons, the default settings are adequate for everyday use - side buttons (thumb) are Backward/Forward, top left buttons (index finger) are DPI up/down. The top middle button (below scroll wheel) is left unassigned by default.
There is built-in support for the standard media players, including Windows Media Player, iTunes, WinAmp, foobar2000, but you are expected to set up priorities for which one is being controlled by default and also customize play/pause/etc. buttons as needed. Of course, you can also set up custom profiles for these, if yo
Cons: No tilt wheel - not a deal breaker as you can assign other buttons to that functionality. Also, this *may* be preferable in FPS games, where you can accidentally tilt left or right instead of down clicking, as I have occasionally done with my other gaming mouse.
Up/down scroll is not re-assignable, just middle click. This also may be preferable for FPS games for the reason above.
For other applications I would definitely prefer a tilt wheel with reassignable scroll function.
The software has a steep learning curve. It's very powerful once you become familiar with it, but it is not intuitive to use without studying the manual, especially the lighting effects setup.
Weight and shape are not customizable. For me this is not an issue as I prefer a light mouse and it fits my hand very well.
Other Thoughts: I was originally going to dock an egg for the lack of a tilt wheel, inability to reprogram the scroll function, and complexity of the software. After using it for almost two weeks, though, I appreciate it more and more. Compared to my other gaming mouse, all the buttons are instantly and easily accessible, and it is quick, accurate and easy to use. It just feels "right" in my hand. I have only begun to explore the macro etc. programming abilities, but they compare favorably with my Logitech G13 keypad, albeit with far fewer buttons.
As for the lighting effects, I find them more useful for status indication than "bling". The software could use some more predefined functionality and be more intuitive, but once you are familiar with it you can program it to do pretty much anything you need. Also, you can have any number of game profiles instantly available - you are not limited to a set number as on my other mouse.
Note: As an EggXpert, I receive products from Newegg for unbiased reviews. If a product does not meet my expectations I will mark it down accordingly, but the Corsair Sabre RGB Laser's attributes were enough to overcome the shortcomings I noted and I am awarding it 5 eggs. I have another manufacturer's high end mouse, but I consider this superior for FPS gaming.
Pros: I stated in my prior review that software was not included with the drive. However, as someone else noted, it *is* available for download from the OCZ website.
Within OCZ Toolbox are provisions to update firmware, wipe the drive clean, send a TRIM command to the drive, identify the device data, and report the drive's S.M.A.R.T. data.
Cons: The latter two functions -- identify device data, and S.M.A.R.T. Data -- are presented in rows and columns of hexadecimal and other data, not all clearly explained, and of more use to a software or support engineer than the average user.
Other Thoughts: It's nice to see that a manual TRIM command can be sent, and secure erase is available, but the drive status reports would be more useful with a graphical style presentation, enabling a typical user to easily see estimated drive life remaining and percentage of bad blocks found, etc.
Perhaps a future revision will make the OCZ toolbox more user-friendly in this respect.
Pros: I was quite impressed with this SSD's sequential write speeds as they were practically the same as advertised speeds, when I tested with CystalDiskMark (429MB/s vs advertised 430MB/s). Not only that, but 512K random writes were even faster than sequential at 439MB/s and actually beat my Samsung 240 EVO 250GB SSD's 342MB/s.
Samsung Magician backed this result up (for random writes at least) with a reported 89,641 IOPS for the OCZ vs 74,931 for the EVO. The firmware OCZ is using obviously has a good random write algorithm.
I then ran a simulated "real world test" by copying 50+GB of large video files over to the OCZ, and once the Windows write cache was full, speeds dropped to roughly the same as above.
Cons: Read speeds, while acceptable, lagged behind the EVO by at least 100MB/s - the best I got was 422MB/s vs the EVO's 531MB/s, and single-threaded random 4K reads were 26MB/s vs 41MB/s.
OCZ does not provide cloning software - though I was easily able to clone my OS drive using Macrium Reflect (free version), nor drive maintenance software (as Intel and Samsung do).
Other Thoughts: While the Samsung 240 EVO beats it in all read speeds and sequential write speed, this OCZ makes up some ground in random writes. I could honestly only tell the difference by using the benchmarks, as subjectively they were the same. Boot speed using either drive was identical - 10 seconds to POST, then 15 seconds to load Windows 8.1 with an i7-4790K CPU equipped machine. Compared to some other SSDs I own, in particular the Intel 530 and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe (both 240GB) this OCZ model falls a bit behind on reads but has more than double the write speed of these slightly older models.
When it comes down to a choice between models of roughly the same price and roughly (especially as perceived by the user) the same performance, the main consideration should be reliability.
I know OCZ has had some issues in the past, but only time will tell if this new model will overcome them, as implied by their "no receipt required" replacement warranty. I will continue using this as my boot drive for several months in my main machine, and will report back with a new review if I encounter any problems. With its fast random write speeds this might be useful for casual video editing, although I'm starting to speculate here, and it's really aimed at everyday users.
There is also included software to consider -- basically you don't get any, unlike Samsung's Magician and Intel's SSD Toolbox -- and appearance, if this has to match a themed build. The bright blue color does not match the gaming rig I was testing it in, so I will transfer it to my daily use machine for extended testing.
As I stated in my review title, this proved a capable performer in my obviously short term testing. It was easy to get up and running on my Z97 motherboard and Windows 8.1 x64. No frills, but better than expected in some areas, so I'm awarding it 4 eggs.
Note: This was provided to me by Newegg for the purposes of this review.
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