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This review is from: Corsair Vengeance MM200 CH-9000012-WW Compact Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Smooth, low drag tracking
Resistant to wear and tear
Cons: nothing at the moment
Other Thoughts: I originally thought there couldn't be much difference between this and the qck mousepad (and went with the latter). I ended up purchasing the Corsair later on an impulse and you really see the difference from prolonged use.
The qck gets dirty where my wrist sits while the Corsair does not have any sign of gunk/debris buildup after almost 2 months of use, additionally, the Corsair grips much better and does not slip around my glass tray compared to the Qck.
The surface is also much smoother than Qck as far as glide is concerned.
Pros: Silent operation through fan off mode
6 phase power (compared to EVGA's 4)
higher component quality
"free" back plate
Cons: not the best for overclocking, this card is for those that don't really bother OCing and just want a quiet, aesthetic PC.
Other Thoughts: I've been waiting for two years and I've finally got my hands on a Maxwell, while we're not technically getting the most due to this iteration being 28nm, the performance of GTX 970 is still enough to leave AMD in the dust and come close to beating the 780 Ti.
I am glad Newegg ran out of stock on GAME24 night so fast. I almost bought an EVGA on impulse because ASUS had the Strix out of stock since availability. Had I ordered an EVGA card I would be banging my head on the desk at this moment.
Here are some information I gathered from reading articles:
1. EVGA uses lowest quality components among all the major Nvidia partners.
2. EVGA ACX cooler is both loud and inefficient. I would venture to say ACX 2.0 is probably no different. People are reporting 30 decibels on idle.
3. EVGA used cost-cutting measures like using previous generation heat sink on this generation's graphics cards - resulting in poor alignment and thermal conductivity (they've made a post claiming this is "by design").
So to those that happen to read my review, steer clear of EVGA for this generation!!
If you want the highest performance, go MSI or GIGABYTE, MSI overclocks better than EVGA and has higher component quality (so your card won't randomly die on you as frequently).
If you want good bundled value and don't really bother overclocking, go with ASUS. This card is not really an overclocker by the way (you have manually set fan to 50% to push the card, and you only get one power connector with this card).
This review is from: LOGITECH G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse
Pros: Great sensor, best I've had with very little jitter and skipping.
Soft cable (reduces drag and resistance when you move the mice).
Excellent, reliable customer service (Kudos to Logitech Cristina).
Cons: Glossy plastic used in construction.
Cable fraying on day one.
Does not cater to all hands.
Other Thoughts: I got this mouse for free RMAing a discontinued G9X laser mouse.
The performance of this mouse is nothing to laugh at, the tracking is buttery smooth and eliminates the bulk of my "phantom cursors" seen with other competing products (my Razer collection, essentially speaking).
Unfortunately, the great sensor and styling wasn't enough for me to make the switch to this mouse.
Here are some of the problems I noticed:
This mouse suffers the same issue as the G9X as far as cable braiding is concerned. Mine came slightly frayed out of the box where the cable leaves the mouse.
I believe Logitech really tried to improvise this flaw as the braiding was a major problem for G9X users (many including myself reported braided sleeve failing and rubber cable protruding from bends).
To make things better, Logitech used a much softer braided sleeve this time around. Not only is this sleeve comfortable (imagine shoe lace), it is also functional as far as reducing drag/resistance from wire is concerned. Unfortunately, fraying out of the box is not a good sign for me, as I can see loose braid already starting to become undone.
Another thing I really did not like is the use of glossy plastics. Having used products of both matte and glossy textures, I would say glossy material is something manufacturers should avoid when it comes to peripherals. These are unnecessary fingerprint magnets that are easy to scratch and blemish. I would've liked this mouse better if the entire thing was rubberized.
On to the shape, I'm somewhat of a hybrid palm/claw grip user with relatively large hands, I find that this mice is too narrow for me. I don't mind the width, but why is the mouse so darn long. It feels extremely awkward trying to claw grip it with the extra length in the back getting in the way. If i try to palm this thing I could not reach the snipe button comfortably. The side buttons are also positioned awkwardly and require too much effort to actuate (if you've used DA you might know what I mean).
I also hate the scroll wheel. The click is very unsatisfying and requires too much effort, tilt clicking as well. Scrolling is "bumpy" and uncomfortable, ultimately detracting from your browsing experience. I couldn't help but pause my train of thoughts and think of how annoying the scroll wheel is.
I do like how the left and right click works on this mice though - it's very responsive and gives off a very satisfying and crisp sound, but the entire experience felt inconsistent given the other buttons are a bit lacking for me.
Overall, I would say this is a great mouse if the shape works out for you, but I will go against the flow and say that there might be too much hype behind this product as far as construction quality and ergonomics are concerned.