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This review is from: Logitech G930 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset
Pros: - Pretty solid wireless range, from what I can tell. There are a few... weird... things about this thing's wireless that I will touch on in Cons.
- 7.1 surround is great. I don't have a sound card, but the fact that this is a USB headset means that I don't need a sound card. Everything sounds great. And for some games like XCOM that have weird issues with surround sound (namely, in XCOM's cutscenes for me), you can just turn it off with the flick of a switch, no having to open your Logitech software to do it.
- I'm no audiophile, only a gamer, but I like listening to music with this headset anyway. I've read in many reviews how many gaming headsets have weak highs and are bass-heavy. This headset is somewhat bass-heavy, giving it a great punch in games (explosions in GTA 5 and War Thunder sound amazing!). Right now I'm listening to Linkin Park "Numb" and while the highs aren't perfect, they are still very strong.
- Microphone is real good. I was using Skull Candy earbuds with an inline mic - the mic was good, but my clanmates on Teamspeak noticed the difference the first time I greeted them on TS with this headset. This mic is pretty good as far as sound quality is concerned.
- These headphones seal extremely well. In other words, they are comfortable. One thing that I was afraid of when buying this headset was that I would start sweating under the leather, but thankfully that did not happen. Trust me, if you like clean sound, you're going to want a headset with leather. It seals outside noise and keeps the inside noise, it really helps the sound vs my older headset with cloth. Also, the earcups fold 90 degrees so that you can lay them flat on your chest and it really is comfortable. I even wear them around my neck at the dinner table sometimes, putting it on after dinner. Overall, the ergonomics and wireless of this headset, combined with its impressive sound, make it great for just around-the-house use.
- Great battery life, I can push this for 7 hours and take 2 or 3 to recharge.
- This headphone has extra buttons and a volume control wheel. If I'm downstairs and listening to music, the extra buttons and wheel are incredibly useful. Also, the Logitech gaming software lets you easily add profiles for your different games so that you can automatically use the buttons for what you want to. I personally did not use the buttons for gaming, since I typically have my hands on the mouse and keyboard and don't need or want to reach up to my left ear region to press the buttons.
- The Logitech software's pretty good. It doesn't slow up my system and seems pretty efficient and effective. It tells you battery life, and helps you configure your headset. You can fine tune stuff but I haven't done that, I thought it sounded great already. And it includes a free voice changer! Great for messing with people over Skype or Teamspeak! Refer to Other Thoughts for my rig specs, though. I don't know how well it will run for you.
Cons: - Whenever someone is using a microwave within range of this headset, there is a loud buzzing static interference. Very weird.
- I mentioned how the headset easily pairs up with the base. Well, sometimes it has issues synchronizing with the base. The base comes with a green LED to help you keep track of the headphone's status, helping to alleviate this. My primary annoyance with this headset is that sometimes it just doesn't want to sync with the computer, especially just after I plug in the base adapter after using my monitor speakers. It keeps switching between monitor speakers and trying to use the headset. After a moment of frustration the headset turns itself back off and stops trying to sync. Eventually I have to unplug and replug the adapter, and plug the headset into the base to force it to sync, and it always works, but nonetheless, it's still really annoying. Not really Logitech's fault, it's just how USB headsets like my previous one work.
- $160 USD? Well, darn. That's expensive. I got it during Cyber Monday for about half that, though, so I'm pretty happy. It's worth it, but $160 is still pretty steep, and I was considering this headset out of my price range until it went on sale.
- I mentioned how the 7.1 surround sound is amazing. And it is. But don't have extremely high expectations for normal sound without surround. And remember, this headset was designed and meant for surround sound. Don't use this outside of surround sound unless you're having issues with surround sound in a particular application. The regular sound is, quite frankly, underwhelming.
Other Thoughts: CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K
Mobo: Asus Maximus VII HERO
GPU: Club3D Radeon R9 290 "Royal Ace" (not available on Newegg)
THE BOTTOM LINE:
This is a great headset. While the price tag can seem awful steep, the headset compensates for the price tag by having some pretty good wireless (as long as you don't have a microwave frequently operating near you) and great 7.1 surround sound quality. Overall the build quality (which I didn't have room to mention under Pros) is as expected. I haven't had any problems with the physical build quality whatsoever. I wear them when I'm at my computer and when I walk around, controlling stuff like music and volume on the fly whenever I want. I hang them on my flatscreen monitor when they aren't in use. They're in perfect condition after half a year of use. Even though they have some minor issues with microwaves and wireless syncing, these are only minor annoyances rather than deal-breaking problems. Five eggs for this amazing piece of gaming equipment!
And you can get them elsewhere for less than $160. I don't want to breach the Review Guidelines, but if you look hard enough, you can still get almost a good a bargain as I did.
This review is from: CM Storm Spawn - 3500 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
Pros: Very ergonomic, if you are the kind of gripper that Cooler Master is targeting with this product. More on that later on. There is a comfortable spot for every finger on the hand - what makes this mouse look weird is its special rest for your fourth finger. I like holding it with my pointer on the left-click, middle on the right-click, fourth on its special ledge, and my pinky contacting the right side of the mouse. It's incredibly comfortable and once you get used to it, very easy to take for granted until you use another mouse.
Scroll wheel provides solid, but not preventative, feedback. I like how it clicks into notches, instead of being free spinning like my previous Logitech M325.
The extra buttons (MOUSE4 and MOUSE5) are very well-placed. All it takes is a casual flick of the thumb to hit either one of them.
The scanner - it has three basic settings, with the "DPI on the fly" feature. I will say that it's not just made to sell. Sometimes if I want more or less sensitivity all I have to do is hit one of the quick-switch buttons.
Cons: If you're not a claw-gripper (a claw-gripper is a gamer who uses his/her fingertips or fingers to manipulate the mouse) then this mouse might not work for you. I believe palm grippers need a long mouse to exert more force on. This mouse is short and wide, and it wasn't designed for it. Not worth taking an egg off for, because it's designed for claw gripping. If you're a palm gripper, this mouse isn't meant for you. Who knows, though, maybe you can learn to use it. I have heard of some people who did.
The "Switch DPI on the Fly" function won't always work. Some games, mostly fullscreen ones such as Civilizations 5, Mass Effect 3, and Team Fortress 2, don't appear to allow you to change DPI on the fly. It's not Cooler Master's fault, you have to at least give them credit for thinking of and semi-successfully implementing this function. But in my experience, you shouldn't rely a match on whether the quick-switch DPI function works after some thorough testing.
The quick-switch DPI buttons are slightly in the way. I can't say I know a better place to put them, but if you ever want to click the middle mouse button, make sure your middle finger doesn't press the sensitivity increase button.
Other Thoughts: I never use the 3500 DPI setting - at least, I haven't found a way to use it yet - and only sometimes its lowest setting. I find 1700 DPI a happy medium.
I know I put out some cons about the quick-switch mode - the buttons and the fact that it won't always work - but it IS a bit of a luxury to begin with and you won't die without it. In the situations it works in, it's great. In the situations it doesn't work in, be it a software limitation of the app or because your finger hit the wrong button, your reticle went a few pixels too far and you missed that headshot, well... you might rage, but you'll get over it. It's not a deal-breaker and in my opinion, if you plan around it - which is easy - then it's not worth taking off one egg.
The feel of this mouse will be love hate. I can't recommend this mouse to a palm-gripper. But for a claw-gripper like myself, this is the mouse for you! It is relatively inexpensive compared to certain mice by a certain sharp gaming company, and even compared to some of CM's other offerings (I think. Don't take my word for it.) I sort of stumbled on this mouse at random. I was using a Logitech M325, a slim wireless that was really made for mobility more than it was for gaming. I never thought I'd have cause to spend money on a mouse "designed for gamers". So for Christmas of 2013, my aunt, who had given me cash the previous year, took note of my newfound PC gaming hobby. I guess she went out at random and grabbed the first nice-looking mouse that wasn't cheap nor pricey, which happened to be this mouse. The Spawn showed me what it really is to have a gaming mouse. You have to love serendipity, huh?
This review is from: CM Storm Spawn - 3500 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
Pros: I got this around Christmas 2013 to replace an aging Logitech wireless mouse. It's my first Cooler Master product, and it certainly won't be my last.
I personally use a claw grip, and this mouse is so comfortable I was completely used to it after five minutes. There's a little overhang on the right side which looks really, really weird, but I assure you it's not there for looks. It is the PERFECT, and I mean PERFECT rest for my ring finger. Before, using a rather slim mouse, I had to exert force with my ring finger and it was mildly uncomfortable. Now, though, my finger can be lazy! The rest of the mouse feels like it's molded to fit my hand, too. As a result, I'm only vaguely aware it's there.
Changing the DPI is also a big perk. For some games like Minecraft or Team Fortress 2 a high DPI works for me, but for others like SimCity I prefer a low DPI. Having those buttons on the mouse really saves me from having to open Windows settings and manually tweaking mouse sensitivity.
The extra switches are also very optimally placed. I'm referring to the two buttons on the left side. Your thumb naturally rests just beneath them, ready to flick upwards and hit either of them. They aren't in the way and they aren't out of the way - they ARE the way.
The onboard flash memory is also pretty handy. I don't need to worry about transferring the mouse from my laptop to a school computer with a broken PS/2 slot, it'll still remember exactly how I like it.
Cons: The DPI switches are sensitive to the touch. Beware of accidentally changing your DPI mid-game. However once you get used to the mouse's layout this almost never happens.
If you are a "palm-grip" gamer, this mouse probably isn't for you, either. It's probably too wide to control with the palm.
It's probably very easy to dislike the aesthetics of the mouse. I sort of did at first, but it grew on me, so I'm okay with the looks now.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend to Cooler Master to have an additional button which is a "DPI-lock". You have to be holding down that button in order to switch your DPI. I can't say where to put it, but I'm sure given the mouse's excellent design I'm sure CM can think of something.
In case you haven't read this in the pros or cons: this mouse will be love/hate for you depending on one thing, which is the method in which you hold the mouse. If you are a claw gripper, I would definitely recommend this mouse to you, because this mouse was born and bred to be claw gripped. That's the number one feature of this mouse, its ergonomic design for claw grips. On the other hand, if you're a palm gripper, I would discourage you to go for this mouse. The width might make it harder for you to grip the mouse.
All in all, I love my CM Spawn. It's comfortable, it's rugged, and it's functional. The cons I listed are just minor things which may or may not come up; they did not bother me a single bit.
Display Name: Jackson S.
Date Joined: 06/12/14
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