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CM Storm Xornet - 2000 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good Mouse, for a while 02/07/2014

This review is from: CM Storm Xornet - 2000 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches

Pros: Good wide mouse for medium Large Hands

Nice rubber side grips

DPI On the Fly

Good Tracking

5 Buttons

Cons: Failed after a few months

Other Thoughts: Im not sure of the Firmware update ruined it or if it just decided to poop all over itself. It started randomly disconnecting itself. I could live with it but not as a heavy gamer.

I beat myself up for about a week trying to figure out why until I swapped it out for another CM Storm Xornet that I got my youngest in January. His mouse works fine with no intermittent failing, indicating the mouse itself has failed.

I will say that the thing is pretty durable. I smashed it into the desk once, grabbed it by the cord and whipped it down onto a metal case and chucked it at the wall, trying to destroy it. I finally had to rip it in half to actually break it - and then I was able to snap it back together and it still functioned. The only truly visible damage was the mouse wheel, having one of its pegs broken which left it leaning sideways.

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Hanns-G HL203DPB Black 20
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good contrast, responsive enough

Cons: Could be cheaper, plastic base kinda tough to wiggle into place.

Other Thoughts: Its a good monitor for the price. 1600x900 max isnt too shabby and its a 720p if you run it in that resolution. I use it as a secondary so there is no real work like gaming happening on it, though I will eventually watch some videos on it while I work. Picture quality is good, not stellar but if you want stellar image quality go with a higher resolution monitor. Colors are vibrant enough - it has settings that can be adjusted, and a lot of people dont understand that their GPU drivers have a lot to do with color.

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AMD Athlon II X2 270 Regor Dual-Core 3.4GHz Socket AM3 65W Desktop Processor ADX270OCGMBOX
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wow. Overclocked to 3.77 ghz easily, on stock cooler. No heat issues yet.

Cons: Not a quad? No unlockable cores?

Other Thoughts: Wow. This CPu surprised me. I was skeptical at first, but I had a very tight budget. I built our oldest son a super budget gaming rig, to upgrade from our old Pentium 4 914 HT @ 3.2ghz. It is a 4 year old PC, and struggled to get acceptable framerates anymore.

So I built a rig around one of these. Yeah, I could have paid a little more for a Phenom II. Every dollar I could shave off the final build cost counted, with Christmas and all. A 125 Watt CPU probably would have meant a new PSU, but saving 30 W meant being able to re-use the old 400 watt PSU.

This thing may be slightly better than my youngest sons E8500, though the benchmarks put this well below it in most cases. I mated it to a Biostar A760 Mobo, 9800 GT 1Gb gpu and 4 GB of Ballistix RAM @ 1333Mhz. Ran Skyrim like a dream - cranked it up and no hint of lag yet. Have yet to try other games.

With this CPU, I was able to recycle a few components and build a entry level gaming rig for under 250$. And so far, its exceeding my expectations by far.

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Display Name: Kevin M.

Date Joined: 11/25/10

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 11/25/11
  • Last Review: 02/07/14
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