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ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Interesting Start 05/20/2015

This review is from: ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006

Pros: - Provides a nice, functional ‘quick access’ screen.
- Able to use the phone without opening the case when a call comes in. Asus engineering added a “hole” to match the phone’s handset speaker.
- Has a nice texture that prevents accidentally losing grip.

Cons: - No control for mute/unmute within circle (when case is closed during active call). Often critical for conference calls.
- Screen appears to require ‘constant re-adjustment’ in terms of where the display occurs within the circle. Would be awesome if the phone had some means to simply re-adjust itself. (Or if the case were designed in such a fashion as to prevent "moving around").
- Very difficult to remove plastic covering. Had to go back and clean multiple times with a micro-fiber towel and liquid (water) to finally get all of the plastic removed so that it’s “crystal clear”.
- Hinge mechanism allows case to “slide around”. Impacts ability to use and the ability to use the display while closed.
- There should be a battery percentage display on the screen when awakened (with case closed). Recommend including on the screen with email, calls and texts as this would [arguably] be the most commonly viewed screen.
- Unable to access volume keys while case is open. eg: when using this phone with this case, don't expect to be changing the volume much when the case is opened. (VERY frustrating)
- Too many design flaws. A case should "add" to a phone - not detract.

Other Thoughts: - Lacks any sort of belt clip.
- It's "just a case". It unfortunately will do nothing to protect the phone except from "ambient scratching. Exposed areas of the phone can still be scratched.
- Would like to a more "protective" case.

While this case is a good "first attempt" at a case for this phone, it falls short in many aspects. Unfortunately, until the phone becomes more main stream (hopefully it will), there will be limited options for a case.

Rating of 3 eggs is because a case was actually created for the phone to be available at time of phone release. If the case hadn't been released at the same time the phone was released - I would have deducted 1-2 eggs, as any case that is released *after* the phone is released should not have some of the design flaws of this case.

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Asus Zenfone 2 - Silver (ZE551ML-23-4G64GN-SR), 5.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Fast, insanely fast.
- Interactions feel “buttery” smooth
- Nicely integrated
- Quad-band GSM with support for 2 x SIM cards - both being “active”, e.g.: ability to make and receive calls on either SIM (only slot #1 can do data)
- Crystal clear display with vivid color
- Has some “weight” to it - feels “substantial”
- Standard handset speaker has excellent sound characteristics
- This may be a “pro” or a “con” - the “clean master” has some interesting functionality, seems act like "all or nothing" can't be as selective as one would prefer.
- Using some of the “clean master” functionality, was able to get phone to go into “Deep Sleep” 85% percent of the time (thus drastically increasing the phone’s runtime duration).
- Video playback and photos appear very crisp with excellent detail.
- Asus provided “backup” application is a nice touch (see other).
- After the first few days of use, this phone appears to "settle" and operates within reasonable expectations (battery stamina, OS, etc.). This consistency is very desirable for expectation setting.
- Screen sensitivity (without modification) appears to be "just right" for most activities.
- Execution of every application is fast. Lag does not appear to be limited by the phone, but rather other factors: network latency, application designed pauses, etc.
- First time with volume buttons "on the back" of the phone. Interesting change, but the more I used the phone - the more I found this location to be intuitive.
- Charging occurs very rapidly. Only concern is how such fast charging may impact the lifespan of the battery. Also raises the question of "ease/ability to have the battery replaced?
- Photos taken with the camera appear to yield good results. However the camera application has some 'lag' when using.

Cons: - Gets amazingly hot when pushing the CPU. CPU intensive applications literally cause the phone to be “hot” to the touch.
- Even minor use results in the phone getting “warm” (compared to two other current “high end” smart phones when performing the same functions)
-Battery is “mounted behind”, thus cannot easily replace or swap for an “extra capacity” type of battery.
- “one handed” operation can be difficult (even for those with ‘larger hands’)
- Speakerphone lacks volume. Sound has too much treble and needs more mid-range/mid-bass - sounds “tinny”.
- Faster typing (email/SMS) on the keyboard results in a vast amount of typos or incorrectly selected words. May get better over times as phone learns. Some of this appears to be the screen’s sensitivity “patterning” in terms of where a finger touches when translated to key event.
- Lock screen function for “double-tap” of volume to access camera does not work consistently.
- UI: while in a call, the color for “mute” is not “striking”. Would prefer to see *both* a drastic color change (perhaps yellow?) and change in the icon. Blue without icon change is not very visible.
- Backup Application will not backup user data, e.g.: photos, videos, music files, documents, etc. - the most “critical” items are not supported. This is a major flaw.
- As expected, battery gets quite warm (not quite “hot”) when playing games. No stutter or jitter from the games that I tested. Battery life is significantly reduced when playing games (as expected). Would like to see either an extended battery back plate and/or an extended battery ZenFone 2 case - to augment battery duration.
- Would have like to see an obvious ability to "freeze" or "disable" an application. Was unable to locate any such functionality.
- Given the phones beveling in the back (back is "sloped"), it's likely that a myriad of cases and case options will not become readily available unless/until this phone garners sufficient popularity. (Which it hopefully will)

Other Thoughts: - If Asus were able to address the temperature issue, this phone is the perfect blend of price to performance, capabilities and features.
- Would like to have seen a “fingerprint” reader/sensor to unlock the phone.
- One should note that:
⁃ performed an update of all existing applications, plus the phone’s software.
⁃ enabled automatic software updates
⁃ have it tied to an Exchange account that is “reasonably” active in terms of emails (100-200 emails received per day)
⁃ The amount of time that the phone spends in “deep sleep” (per CPU Spy) seems low vs. expectation (e.g.: roughly vanilla phone).
⁃ The first “24 hours” of usage does not appear to be indicative of future battery consumption. First run, the battery was 100% -> dead in under 8 hours. Second run, the battery is showing an ambient reduction at the rate of 1% every 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Recommend: fully charge phone before turning on (first time). Then run battery until completely dead. Followed by normal operation. First session ran for about 8 hours from 100% to 0%. Second session with some lengthy phone calls and active email was: 52 hours when the 15% warning sounded.
- Added a myriad of email accounts (including multiples of each) and varying email account types (Exchange/IMAP/POP3/etc). The battery is certainly consumed faster - unusually faster compared to numerous other phones (Android and non-Android) for the same accounts. Likely a Lollipop issue?
- Backup application needs the ability to schedule and configure. e.g.: daily “data only” and a weekly “everything” that supports the ability to overwrite. e.g.: keep the past week’s daily backup and the last two weekly (everything) backups. Application crashed a couple of times, doesn’t appear to be “robust enough”, but with some effort - this could be a very nice addition.
- Given this phone’s characteristics (price/performance/features/platform), could see this quickly becoming one of the favored Android phones - including rooting and custom ROMs. Would recommend to ASUS that they avoid the mistakes that competitors made and strive to keep this phone going as an "open platform". As such, this platform could quickly rise in the ranks.
- Would like to see a non-GSM (Verizon) version of this phone.

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Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Far better than expected 01/16/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: The mouse has an excellent ergonomic feel. I was not expecting this at all. Yes, it's a gaming mouse - but often they lack a comfortable feel for the hand (due to hand size / mouse size) when used for many hours at a time.

The textured coating on the mouse makes grip and movement very easy with a positive feel.

Braided cord covering is nice, although would prefer if it weren't so stiff (see cons).

While I'm not a fan of "lighting effects", the effects on this mouse are not excessive or distracting. The "headlight" effect is actually nice as it makes it very easy to locate the mouse and immediately determine it's orientation.

As some have pointed out, the "green" DPI setting is just about perfect for standard use. Blue DPI setting could even be used as daily if you prefer reduced hand movement. The elected range of DPI settings is efficient and effective for the gambit of uses.

The USB plug appears to have a type of cable strain relief (see cons).

The mouse feels to be constructed in a fashion that would handle more demanding use and survive that use over a longer period of time. Some mice labeled as "gaming" don't feel like they would last through some of the challenging demands of gaming.

Cons: Braided cord is a little too stiff. As a result, it tends to push things around as opposed to "draping nicely" without being so reactive to movement of the mouse.

The software. Did I mention the software? As much as the mouse itself exceeded expectations, the software left much to be desired.

Would like to have seen this with the ability for the wheel to have "free spin" mode. The subtle click is nice (not too much, not too little), but lacks the ability to remove the ratcheting effect and be able to freely move.

The yellow "strain relief" is too rigid. Due it's rigidity, it places more pressure on the USB connector (due to added weight) vs. reducing strain on the USB connector (less weight and/or more greater flexibility).

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a mouse that has excellent "feel", comfortable size for larger hands and works well - this should be high on your list for consideration. If the mouse's software is a critical item for you - this mouse will not rank in the top 3 (in most cases the software may be a questionable "need", anyways).

While the software allows a multitude of colors, would be more than happy to leave everything off except the "headlights" and the DPI selection color. The tactile feel of this mouse is does not require other lighting.

This is my first experience/impression with a mouse from Corsair - overall a positive first impression.

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