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Pros: 5 levels of dpi that can be changed on the fly - fully customizable - that are displayed on the mouse with 5 different colors that are also customizable
Special 'sniper' mode that also has a customizable dpi
Removable weights that allow good consistent travel on a variety of surfaces
Customizable rgb led
Fits my hand like a glove
Cons: CUE software was slow to install and caused both my test systems to lag on startup (both i7 quad core haswell systems, one with an Samsung 840 pro and the other with Samsung SM941 NVMe). It may be the level of customization that the software is capable of, but I think some optimization may be needed.
Back and Forward navigation buttons feel a bit flimsy compared to the rest of the mouse, and are a bit louder than I'd like.
Sniper mode button has to be held down, I would prefer the button be a toggle.
RGB LED lighting doesn't seem to be capable of displaying every possible color (orange seems to look too yellow for some reason and I can't get it to do any dark orange)
Other Thoughts: My previous main mouse was a Logitech Performance MX. I used the changeable dpi often, and found it lacking with only 2 modes (not to mention the rechargeable battery 'feature' meant after a year it needed to constantly be plugged in). This mouse is superior in every way from build quality/functionality (and costs less than I paid for the MX 1.5 years ago) to even the packaging (although it was a bit of a pain to get the M65 out of that packaging).
This mouse is also great for me for work (I do a lot of Photoshop work). Having the ability to set the dpi just how I want and have the mouse weight and drag just how I want is useful for more than just gaming (and you can turn off all of the LED's if you need to). And if you bring your gaming rig with you, having the ability to change the weight allows you to adapt to whatever surface you use without having to bring a mousepad (as from my experience they don't hold up over time).
Even though I only rated this mouse at 4 eggs (mainly for the software), this is a great mouse for anyone looking for a high dpi customizable mouse in this price range (even better if purchased on sale), even if you aren't a gamer.
Pros: Much faster in my laptop than the model it replaced from another company
Lower power consumption compared to Trion 100 series (helpful for laptops)
Slower performance in benchmarks compared to other drives not noticeable in daily normal use - still a huge upgrade from any mechanical drive
I personally like the SSD Guru software (clean layout, easy to update firmware, easy to disable auto startup, etc)
Read speeds max out sata3 (about 550MB/s)
Cons: As stated, performance benchmarks are low compared to higher priced drives, as expected in a drive of this price range - but it's really not noticeable
I couldn't obtain max theoretical performance for write speed (the drive seemed to top off at 400MB/s)
Other Thoughts: For the purposes of this review, I installed this drive in my older Gateway laptop (NE series w/ Sandy Bridge Pentium B950) which is used as the 'family machine' - where it's the device everyone here seems to use once a day. I reinstalled windows 10 (didn't feel like cloning anything), and reinstalled everything back the way it was before. Over the past 2 weeks, there haven't been any issues or stability concerns with all 3 of us occasionally using it. There was even a noticeable improvement in speed from the previous drive - so much so that my daughter even noticed it.
Higher capacity, low priced SSDs have certainly come a long way in the past 2 years (when I got that other budget drive) to the point where unless you really need maximum capacity at the lowest price (and have to have a standard HDD and its price point) it is a no brainer to use a budget drive like this one in any system. Everything will be much faster and more responsive. This drive will be a great replacement for a budget laptop with a < 320GB mechanical drive or an older budget SSD in it.
Pros: Power efficiency and performance tuned for NAS use over a gigabit connection (intellipower and NASware)- Uses less power than standard, higher performing drives but still fast enough to saturate gigabit. Any additional performance above the theoretical 125 MB/s of gigabit will be wasted in NAS/SMB server use.
Reliable! I have many of these drives in use, and for my home server I have a 4x1 RAID 5 that runs 24/7 and those drives have been perfect for almost 3 years now.
3 year warranty.
Cons: I hate to sound biased, but since I have now 9 WD red drives with all of them still functioning just as good as the day they were installed (for NAS/SMB server use 24/7 runtime) with some of the drives older than 3 years, I just simply can't find a con to put here. The price is higher than some other drives, but the reliability and lower power consumption makes up for that IMO.
Other Thoughts: Unless you need the assurance of a 5 year warranty with the pro red drives, these will be just fine for all home file server/NAS use. These drives are not intended to be thrown in a regular PC - Get a WD Blue or a Black drive for more performance (for a higher rpm/performance at the cost of power).
Everything I could throw at these drives in my readyNAS 312 would saturate gigabit with the exception of large amounts of smaller files. Img/Zip/MKV/M4V files would saturate gigabit (115 MB/s sustained) as well as my D750 camera raw files (.nef files). The only thing that held these drives up in my NAS were smaller jpeg and music files - which would transfer at a sustained 70-80 MB/s. Initial sync on a RAID 1 took about 8 hours (which is dependent on the size of the RAID and the NAS). I intentionally broke the RAID twice, and even with 1.5TB of data re-synchronization still took 8 about hours.
It's too bad WD didn't sell these drives years ago when I started having a home server (the original WHS) as every drive I had in my main RAID failed within 1-4 years. Since replacing all of those drives with WD Red drives, my server has been rock solid. Knowing just how reliable these drives have been for me the past few years, I can whole-heartedly recommend them for their intended use.