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Pros: - This mouse is just comfortable for whatever you’re doing. With the Corsair Utility Engine installed, you can tweak whatever you want… change which buttons do what, select a lighting effect for zones 1 and 2, and customize up to five different DPI settings that can be changed on the fly with the arrow buttons on the top of the mouse. You can also customize the “sniper button” DPI to your liking. TONS of user customizable settings!
- Powering up and setting up:
Instructions seem pretty straight-forward: 1. Connect the mouse to a USB port. 2. Download the Corsair Gaming Mouse Software (corsair.com/downloads). 3. Run the installer. 4. Follow the instructions.
When going to download the mouse software… Corsair makes it look like you’ve GOT to enter your contact info… but keep scrolling… there’s a skip button to get right to the download without having to get on their mailing list.
The installer takes the better part of what felt like somewhere between two and five minutes. Once installed, the Corsair Utility Engine opens and immediately there’s a firmware update for the M65. The firmware update doesn’t take more than a minute or two and DOESN’T need to be unplugged / replugged like the SteelSeries Rival 300! SCORE!
- The mouse is large enough to fill my man-hands.
Cons: - The top has a nice soft, but grippy texture… however I’m skeptical on the sides. It feels like sandpaper... a little rough and plastic-eee.
Other Thoughts: - Packaging and Un-boxing:
Comes in a small cardboard box covered encased in plastic. Inside, the mouse is protected the plastic shell and cardboard. Included is the following:
Corsair Gaming M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse
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This is THE mouse to get… TONS of user customizable settings, eight buttons, change DPI on the fly, “sniper button”, LED’s, surface calibration (in the utility), weight tuning, glide pads, macros… the list goes on and on. Get one and love it.
Pros: - Even though this keyboard is very low frills, it still FEELS better to me than a Corsair K70. The keys on the M500 have a softer, more pleasing texture and just feel better to use than the Corsair K70.
- Because of the pleasing texture… the M500, even with it’s Cherry MX Red switches, feels more comfortable to type with.
Cons: - Out-of-the-box, the M500 is, what some would call, hokie smokes blue… I’m not kidding, it was blindingly bright in my basement. What I felt was comfortable was the lowest brightness before turning all of the LEDs off in the SteelSeries Engine.
Other Thoughts: Packaging and Un-boxing:
Packaging is just okay… anything less and I’d worry about the keyboard being damaged in transit.
Steelseries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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First impressions (before powering up and setting up):
It’s heavy… weighing in at almost three pounds.
It’s plastic… “Created with the toughest plastics and reinforced with a battle-hardened steel back plate.”
It has media keys built-in to some of the Function keys.
It’s built like every other conventional keyboard on earth that will eventually accumulate a ton of crud, unless you shake it upside-down and blow it out with compressed air.
Powering up and setting up:
Plug it in and just let it go… or so I thought. Windows 10 x64 grabbed a driver and the keyboard lit up. I already had SteelSeries Engine installed from my Rival 300 mouse… but it reported that the keyboard was disconnected. I waited a few minutes and still nothing. It wasn’t until I unplugged it then plugged it back into a USB port that the SteelSeries Engine reported that the M500 was connected and needed a firmware update. No big deal there… just let it do it’s thing and then unplug it and plug it back in when it tells you. Now we’re off and running!
Anyone who has researched the different Cherry MX key switches should know the difference between them all:
Cherry MX Red - Has the same actuation force as MX Brown’s (lowest out of the three)... being so light weighting allows for more rapid actuation = great for gaming. What these aren’t terrific for is typing… there’s zero tactile feedback.
Cherry MX Brown - Has the same actuation force as MX Red’s (lowest out of the three)... light weighting = great for gaming. In addition to light actuation force, these have non-clicky tactile feedback, making it good for typing as well without a ton of click noise.
Cherry MX Blue - Has tactile feedback and produces an audible “click” sound… excellent for typing. Has a heavier actuation force… so not ideal for gaming.
It may lack some of the flashier features of some keyboards that retail for a lot more, but what you do get with the M500 is a rock solid keyboard that should more than go the distance without breaking the bank.
This review is from: Pioneer MVH-X370BT Digital media receiver with Bluetooth
Pros: - Phone connects quickly once it's paired with the radio. - I used to have an older JVC head-unit (must be 4 or 5 years old at this point) that took forever to connect with a phone.
- Picks up playing right where you left off. - My JVC did NOT have this feature; let's say your playing a song on your phone through the radio via Bluetooth, you get to where you're going and shut your vehicle off. Come back some time later and start the car back up and the Pioneer MVH-X370BT continues playing the song you were just listening to!
- Easy to install. - If you've EVER installed a car stereo before, nothing has changed.
- Good call quality. - My wife says that with my old radio... it definitely SOUNDED like I was using the hands-free Bluetooth in the car (lots of background noise), but with the Pioneer MVH-X370BT she says she can't tell whether I'm using the phone normally against my face or on the hands-free Bluetooth.
- Removable head-unit face plate. - Good anti-theft feature.
- HD radio capable! - Not everyone may hear the difference, but there was a noticeable difference to me... when listening to an HD station, it sounded more like CD quality rather than "radio" quality. Plus, you get the track info if the station broadcasts that data.
- Awesome sound. - ANY after-market radio will instantly sound better than the stock radio, but this Pioneer sounds GREAT!
Cons: - No CD. There IS a model in the same family as this radio that has a CD player, but it's $20 to $40 more expensive just to have the CD playing capability. I was on the fence about purchasing this radio when I had learned that it lacked a CD player... but ultimately I'm glad I got the MVH-X370BT. I stream the majority of my music and only listened to CD's if I didn't have a data connection.
- Menu's can be a little confusing. - They're not the easiest to navigate, but they get the job done. Given enough time, you'll eventually find what you're looking for.
- Can't display the time and track info at the same time. - You can cycle through a bunch of info: for instance the current frequency of the radio station you are listening to, the track info (if they are broadcasting the HD radio data) or the time, BUT you can't do a combination of any of those options. Not a huge deal... the dash on my car has a clock, but it might be annoying if you vehicle relies on the radio to display the clock.
- Screen color cannot be customized. - Again, not a huge deal... I don't mind the electric blue screen color. If you want a Pioneer radio that you can match the color to the rest of the stuff on your dash... there's one for that, but it'll easily cost you $50 to $100 more. In my mind, not worth it to pay the extra... but thought it was worth mentioning.
- Does not auto-dim. - This was sort of a surprise to me... most radio's I've ever had, have always auto dimmed when you put the vehicles lights on. This one has 2 options: a. Manual dimmer. You hold down one of the buttons on the head-unit for a few seconds and the screen dims. b. Schedule dimmer. You set times of day when you want the screen to "auto" dim; start at / end at. I tried the second option of just setting a schedule from 6 pm to 6 am, however one particularly bright evening, the screen ran it's "auto" dim according to the schedule I programmed and I could NOT see the screen at all. I then switched back to the manual dimmer. Again, if you NEED to have the radio dim by itself whenever you put your lights on... there's a Pioneer model for that... but it'll cost you some more $$$.
Other Thoughts: This came recommended via the Wirecutter as "The Best Bluetooth Car Stereo Receiver".READ FULL REVIEW