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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great mouse - not without flaws. 01/21/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse

Pros: -Uses one of the best optical sensors out there. 1:1 tracking and no acceleration.
-Fully customizable color scheme as well as 3D printable nameplate
-Software is easy to use.
-Quick DPI switch in a place you cant accidentally press. 2 Side buttons raised above just enough so theyre out of the way but still easily accessible.
-"steelseries" switches as opposed to omron. I personally like these- they're softer feeling, but require a solid actuation force. in rapid sucession it seems to require much less force and the switch quiets down. weird qualities but none of them bad.
-great right hand ergonomic grip. rubber grips are solid and do not get sweaty
-mouse wheel doesnt wobble and is rubberized with a grip.

Cons: -Multiple software flaws. Multiple respectable forums report findings of smoothing taking place within the software. Unneeded and unwanted. The software often lags and freezes up.
-"no sweat surface" is not effective. not to mention that once you do sweat on it, the markings stay on the mouse until you clean it.
-mouse sometimes fails to connect to the system upon startup entirely. doesnt light up or track anything. strangely, this only happens sometimes, and when it does a quick reconnection fixes it immediately.

Other Thoughts: A solid mouse for any player looking for something ergonomic but without sacrificing accuracy and precision. Good for the casual and the hardcore gamer alike, but not without its flaws - but this can be said for most mice.

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RAZER DeathAdder Chroma RZ01-01210100-R3U1 Black 1 x Wheel Wired Multi-color Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Great feel. Good material and theres rubber grips on the sides. Both a claw and a palm grip feel wonderful.
-One of the best sensors out there paired with perfect glide and a stellar claw grip make this one of the best mice for competitive FPS games, particularly games like CSGO and COD.
-Only 2 side buttons mean no accidental presses and no bloated macro software. A simple mouse that does its job!
-braided cable that isnt too stiff to impede movement but is robust enough to prevent any damage.
-Mouse wheel feels exceptionally good.
-The left and right mouse buttons both click equally easy almost all they way up the mouse, making this mouse perfect for any size hand.
-Full color customization for any color schemed setup.
-Razer software is not the mess it used to be and is fantastic. Mousepad calibration optimizes liftoff distance and is nothing but helpful.
-Optical sensor with 0 acceleration and adjustable DPI.
-Looks awesome.

Cons: I really had to nitpick to find any cons.

-Without mousepad optimization, the mouse can be jittery. Optical sensors are pretty picky when it comes to surfaces.
-No scroll tilt. Could anger some, wasnt even noticeable for me.
-In the heat of battle, it does get sweaty. Rubber grips become pretty useless when this happens. However, taking a quick break works just fine to resolve this issue.

Other Thoughts: Fantastic mouse for any kind of gamer. I play CSGO extensively in leagues like ESEA and CEVO and this is my new favorite mouse. Fantastic quality and a price you cant argue with.

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Great overclocker. Got it to 4.4GHz easy.
-Is capable. For $150 you get solid gaming performance and fantastic rendering/video editing/multitasking performance. Great for streamers or content creators.
-Stock heatsink is beefy, if the fan wasnt so useless, it would be a good cooler.

Cons: -Is hot. Get a nice air cooler or an AIO. Running it with an H100i and I see temps that reach 55-58C (under a heavy overclock). The max for this CPU is around 60C. Stock speeds will obviously yield cooler temps but I would definitely not skimp on a cooler for this one.
-Based on what we've been hearing, this AM3 and AM3+ socket is dying out in favor of FM2 and FM2+. If you want to upgrade to whatever AMD has in store you'll probably need a new motherboard too. Futureproofing shouldnt be your object when buying this anyways, it is not exactly brand new.
-Single core performance is pretty laughable. Compared to the athlon 750k, it is not much better in that aspect. If you're looking for single core performance go intel.

Other Thoughts: Good processor for a budget-minded build. Also a good overclocker, and decent gamer. Wouldn't recommend anything else for a $150 budget.

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Tyler B.'s Profile

Display Name: Tyler B.

Date Joined: 03/14/13

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 03/14/13
  • Last Review: 01/21/15
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