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Pros: Braided, tangle free cable.
ALL Matte finish (stays grippy even after long gaming sessions)
Easy to use software (you can customize.... everything!)
skate pads are super slick!
left & right click have very short travel.
Cons: Ergonomics... (see below)
Mouse wheel scrolling feels oddly muted.
Secondary buttons wobble a tad too much for a $70 mouse
Other Thoughts: Just to start out, I use CAD all day at work and I also preform the IT duties throughout the office. Needless to say I have a mouse in my hand for the better part of my waking hours. I also use MANY different Mice as everyone has a different mouse at just about every work station I visit throughout the day. Some are the junk OEM mice that come with the PC and others are $100 plus mice that employees bring in themselves. 90% of the time I just lay my hand down on top of the mouse and start clicking away with our even putting much thought into the ergonomics. Typically they just feel right. My muscle memory isn't interrupted by odd button placement or overall shape etc. With all that said, after weeks of using this Mouse every day at work, here are my overly sensitive impressions.
The software and tracking is were this mouse shines! You can customize strings of button presses (including pauses etc) into one click of a button. Also you can change all the colors zones to match your other hardware ("white" does have a hint of lavender fyi). And the tracking is just amazing! No weird, unnatural acceleration issues. Just clean, smooth, consistent tracking.
Button feel is good for the most part. The left and right click have very little travel yet still have a good amount of "click" for feedback. This is really good for FPS games when you need to be really fast. This makes me jealous over the few Razer Deathadders I own. (my current and favorite mouse to date). In comparison the travel is about double on the Deathadder of what it is on the Corsair Sabre. Sadly the secondary buttons do feel a tad cheap and have a bit too much wobble for this price range but by no means are they bad. the wheel however is kind of a mixed bag. it has a good amount of Resistance when rolled which feels really good compared to most other mice, but lacks the tactical feedback to match this Resistance and as a result has oddly muted feedback. The middle click is about on par with any other mouse in this price range.
Now as far as ergonomics go, Its just not comfortable. I know that is a very subjective statement but its all I can think about every time I lay my hand down on top of this thing. I just never get used to the feel. It doesn't feel like "home" and my hand reminds me of this every moment i use it. It just feels like almost if my hand is too low and slightly tilted to the right. this make me constantly feel like I need to readjust my hand, until I find my hand is already in the "sweet spot". The place where your pinky and right-hand ring-finger are meant to rest has a very aggressive curve and feels a tad too cramped for both fingers, its like the spot for my pinky is missing and i have to stuff it next to the ring-finger. The Middle finger placement feels very low compared to the index finger next to it. on the positive side of things however, the index finger & thumb, are placed nicely so that you can reach the secondary buttons very easily with out readjustm
Cons: loudest part in my system?
Other Thoughts: I had a few 2-3yr old WD Black 1TB drives that were just too loud and hot for my new build (open side panel & 2' from the seating position)
This new build I'm going Cool and Quite. Well... the old WD Black HDDs I had were literately hot to the touch with the new config basically giving them zero airflow and anytime I accessed the drives they emitted a disturbing grinding noise as the the drive heads would seek out for the data I requested. nothing is wrong with them, I just never noticed how loud they really were until I took off the side panel and put the PC on my desk 2' from my head.
This WD Blue drive cured 90% of the noise issue and 100% of the thermal issue.
And to be quite honest, this drive feels Snappier some how. The benchmarks would say otherwise but the drive does seem to do random data fetching much quicker than these old WD Blacks its now replaced (all drives with 0% fragmentation).
This Blue HDD is only barley warm to the touch even tho it has zero air flow. It is however the loudest thing in my rig when idle but this is only because all my fans are set to low RPM and my OS drive is a SSD. However don't get me wrong, Its still very quiet. I can still hear my wife's laptop fan kick on 10' across the room over this drive and if I didn't have my fans speed set so low im sure my GFX card fan would easily drown this HDDs whirl sound out no problem.
Pros: Stupid Fast
Cheap ( $0.50 per GB)
Cons: I got nothin...
Other Thoughts: Been Using SSDs since Xp days. I Try to follow the Tech and upgrade every time a bottleneck is removed. Either it be Motherboard bandwidth or SSD controllers etc.
This is by far the fastest I've used and the difference in speed since my last SSD (525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC120B301) is VERY noticeable in real world use.
With all my regular Programs installed and start up services (temp monitors, etc) I have about 80GB free on Windows764bit install and the OS loads from a cold boot before the windows animation can finish. This is with ZERO tweaking or power user trickery.
I can copy Linux ISO from my spindle drive to This SSD in 2-3 seconds... Photoshop and other I/O hungry programs open in less than 4 seconds.
Im sure the newer 700 series from Intel are nice but under this OS and programs I use I cant really see any major benefit for the extra $ per GB. Not to mention with a 5yr warranty I cant see this SSD wearing out before I would really need more space or speed for my OS drive.
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