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Pros: - Quality build and components, awesome click feel/feedback
- Highly accurate sensor
- Lightweight at <90g (mouse only)
- Simple, easy to use software with customizable buttons
Cons: - Very odd and uncomfortable shape / ergonomics
- Only 6 buttons
- Blue is the only LED color available
Other Thoughts: After using a CM Storm Spawn for a couple of years, I decided I wanted something with a bit more customization in the DPI department. I am also a claw-grip style user, so I needed something that would fit the bill for that as I believe comfort in a gaming mouse is key! After doing some research and asking around on tech forums, I settled on the Logitech G302. That is, until I decided to return it (I'll explain later). To start, this mouse definitely has a quality feel and solid build construction. The metal spring loaded switches they boast on the packaging feel very nice and have an outstanding feedback. The sensor also tracks very well, and is rated as one of the best optical sensors on the market. I found the software to be very simple to use and intuitive, allowing you to individually set the DPI to whatever you want (up to five individual steps), as well as set the function of each individual button. There are only 6 programmable buttons, which may be a bit low by todays standards, but this was enough for me as I am not into MMO's or games that could benefit from macros. All buttons felt of a high quality and provided a good feedback.
With all of the positive talk, why would I return this mouse and only give it 3-stars? The shape and design of it. To start, it is pretty small and I believe it may only suit someone with smaller hands, not to mention, the shape is just overall strange. It bulges out to points in the middle, creating somewhat of a diamond shape which I found to be very unnatural feeling. I thought I would get used to it but after a week of non-stop use, it felt as foreign as when I first took it out of the box. I noticed some negative talk about the shape online but thought I would give it a try myself, as I generally don't like to exclusively go on someone elses word. Unfortunately in this case, the criticism of the shape is dead on.
Ultimately, I decided to return this mouse and continue my search for the successor to my CM Storm Spawn. Logitech really needs to do a bit more market research before they implement such an odd shape for a mouse. Given their stellar history, it was a very strange move for them. It's a shame with the G302, as Logitech has built a high quality mouse with top end components here. I can only recommend this mouse if you have smaller hands (or are E.T. or some other space alien) but even then, the shape is just something you'll have to try for yourself!
Pros: - 8 fully customizable buttons
- Great and easy to navigate software
- High end sensor with Fusion Engine supporting insane speeds
- Solid build quality
Cons: - Stiff and unforgiving cable / not braided
- Sniper button is WAY too far up for the claw grip
- Blue is the only LED color available
Other Thoughts: I am primarily an FPS gamer and have found this to fit the bill very nicely for this style of play. It is super fast, supporting higher IPS than any human could possibly equal. It features a high end optical sensor, coupled with a gyro accelerometer creating a "Fusion Engine" that supports insane speeds. With the G402, there is no doubt that your fastest gaming mouse movements will never be an issue! I have read many negative comments about this mouse, calling the Fusion Engine a "gimmick" that is completely unnecessary. People have said that it is impossible to reach the speeds this thing supports, therefore it is just a useless gimmick. I have to inform those naysayers, that is exactly what Logitech wanted! I have watched tech videos and interviews from the manufacturer, and they wanted this mouse to EXCEED human capability, so there would never be any question as to mouse failure at high speeds. If it can handle well beyond what a human can do, then we are 100% assured of complete and accurate tracking without failure. Uninformed people can keep calling it a gimmick, but I simply call it fail-safe!
The G402 features 8 fully programmable buttons and the software is very user friendly and easy to use/navigate. While I have found the number of buttons to more than suit my needs, the placement of the sniper button is waaaaay too far up for the way I hold a mouse. I have to dramatically alter my grip to reach that thing, and it is somewhat odd. I really feel that although this mouse can be comfortable for a claw/fingertip style grip (like I use), that it was more designed with the palm grip in mind. I say that because the mouse is somewhat longer and raised to cup into the palm of your hand, while the sniper button is far more naturally reachable with a palm grip. While this is somewhat disappointing for claw grippers, you can easily program one of the other two side buttons to be a sniper button (DPI shift), or just adapt and overcome. It is not a deal breaker and I actually found this mouse better for a claw grip than the very oddly shaped G302 Daedalus Prime. Another con of this mouse is the cord. It is not braided, and while that isn't necessary, a braided cord is far more malleable. The cord on this mouse is stiff and unforgiving and until you break it in, it will restrict your movement a bit and could become a nuisance.
To sum it up, this is a great mouse with solid build quality, high end switches and total customization. It is also fast as hell and can turn on a dime at ultra high speeds! If the higher end features of the G502 Proteus Core like a metal scroll wheel, insanely high DPI capability and a weighting system don't really appeal to you, I feel the cost difference would be a waste of money. This one is definitely worth checking out for the cost.
This review is from: BYTECC HM107 CVBS/ S-Video + R/L to HDMI® Converter
Pros: - Solid construction, feels of quality
- Both composite and s-video inputs
- Convenient on/off switch on the front and video switch on the back
- Good for retro gaming
Cons: - Only upscales to 720P, not 1080P
- Composite upscaling is not very good and causing bad color banding on HDTV's
- Should have 1080P upscaling at this price point vs competitors
- Color and contrast loss on cable signal conversion
Other Thoughts: To be honest, I expected more out of this converter. It does a decent job of sharpening up your old s-video connection for use on an HDTV and has proven good for retro video games in that capacity. If you're looking to upscale your cable TV connection, you may way to look elsewhere though. Even with the s-video conversion, the quality is questionable and there appears to be color and contrast loss! You can make up for these with your TV's settings, but you'd be better off with a higher quality unit that supports 1080P and has better color reproduction.
Considering what I mentioned above, I've found the composite input upscaling to be virtually unusable for anything and highly recommend using only the s-video on this. This makes the box only usable for one thing, unless you're ok with color loss and poor composite conversion!
My primary reason for this purchase was to play retro games (SNES, Dreamcast, PS2) on my new HDTV. For this purpose it does just fine, but don't expect it to be a one in all upscaling solution. You can probably find better for your money when considering an upscaler.
Display Name: Jason W.
Date Joined: 02/08/09
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