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This review is from: SteelSeries 62250 SENSEI Wireless Professional Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: The mouse has a good weight and feel to it. Size wise, it is somewhere in the middle of the mice I use - quite a bit smaller than my Logitech mx518, but slightly bigger than the throw-aways that come with preconfigured computers from the likes of Dell or HP...
The mouse can be used wired or wirelessly, so if your gaming marathon outlasts the battery, you can switch to wired mode and keep going while it charges.
So far, I have not been able to find a function on my Logitech mouse that I was not able to reproduce on this mouse, except for the extra buttons.
The sensitivity setting will take you from 50 counts per inch, where several trips across the mouse pad are required to move an inch, to 16000, where the slightest touch of the mouse will send the cursor flying to the other side of the screen. I found the default setting of 1600 to be ideal. There is a deceleration slider in addition to the acceleration option that most mice offer, which allows for some additional customization.
They are pretty clever to have added a sensor to the top of the mouse to detect when your hand is covering the logo so the light can be turned off to save power.
Cons: Sensei has taken an annoying cue from Apple and made the rechargeable battery non-replaceable, so when the life expectancy of the battery drops below your expectations, you will be buying a new mouse rather than a replacement battery.
There is very little relief on the side buttons, so they are difficult to feel. They are also not placed well for my hand. The side buttons on the right side are almost completely undetectable. For a lefty, they would be a welcome addition, but for a righty, they will be of no use, so this is really only a 6-button mouse.
The Sensei Wireless control application is far less intuitive than other similar products from the likes of Logitech, and the only documentation is found by clicking on tiny question marks in the application which then provide a hint about what that function does. There are only 2 buttons/settings that have tool tips, for the rest, you have to just click and see what it does.
I was intrigued by the "Angle Snapping" function that allegedly helps you move in straight lines, but when this setting was increased to any value above the minimum, mouse performance was dramatically hindered. The pointer constantly froze and even reverting the setting was a challenge. This seems like it could be a neat function, but it doesn't appear to be implemented correctly.
The "Lift Distance" setting is another odd option that doesn't appear to do anything. Supposedly, it allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the laser so that if the mouse is lifted, it can still detect movement. I was unable to notice any difference between any of the settings, despite trying several different mouse pads, and a bare desk.
I found some strange interaction between an application with macros assigned and Windows when I assigned a button to close the application window (alt-f4) and then hit that button. Hitting the same mouse button seemed to clear the problem even though the application with the macro definition was already closed. This was not consistent, but does happen from time to time. A "close application" command would be a nice addition to "print screen" which is the only "command" in the list.
When I added my first application to the control panel, defined some buttons and clicked save, the mouse went completely dead. I tried to reconnect by holding the connect button the base, then on the mouse, but that did not work. Following that reset, the base connected (stopped flashing blue) but the mouse would not and the tiny light below the scroll wheel kept flashing blue. Turning off the mouse also did not resolve the problem. In the end, the base had to be unplugged and the mouse had to be turned off, then the base plugged back in and the mouse turned back on. I was not able to reproduce the problem, so it was most likely just a fluke.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a pretty nice mouse, although $160 is pretty steep for a mouse.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Strangely, reviews for both the PCI-Express card (model TL-WDN4800) and the USB adaptor (model TL-WDN4200) are being included here. Newegg, whatcha doin'?
This review is for the USB version (model TL-WDN4200).
Works, but doesn't impress (see other thoughts).
Includes a 5 foot USB extension cord so you can relocate the adaptor to get a better signal and to avoid blocking nearby ports.
The included PDF manual (54 pages) is well written and very thorough, providing detailed instructions for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
According to the box, there is unlimited 24/7 tech support via a toll free number, and a 2 year warranty.
Cons: Provided wireless connection utility is slower than standard Windows 7 utility (see other thoughts).
Very large ( 1 1/8" x 1/2" x 3" long ).
If connected directly to a USB port, it will block the port(s) next to it.
If connected to a laptop, it is very obtrusive.
Gets warm ( 110-120F ) even when sitting idle, which means it is using a decent amount of power, even when not being used, which may be a concern if being used on a laptop running on batteries.
Installer issues. Worked fine on Win 7 Enterprise, but had problems on Win 7 Pro:
- Running autorun.exe produced the error: "can't find the configuration file!"
- After navigating to the TL-WDN4200 folder and running setup.exe for the device driver and utility, both warned that the software was from an unknown publisher.
Driver installation must be done from included media (mini-CD). There are no drivers on the device itself, nor will Windows Update find any.
Other Thoughts: The performance of this device was not as good as that of the built-in Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 wireless adaptor (300Mbps max speed) in my 2 1/2 year old Core i5 laptop.
The following results are the average throughput of ten 100MB memory to memory transfers using a Western Digital MyNet N900 Central router (Newegg part number 9SIA0AJ1855909). All showed a signal strength of 5/5 and a link speed of 450 Mbps (except the built-in adaptor on my laptop which reported 300 Mbps).
These tests were performed using the standard Windows 7 wireless connection utility:
16.54 MB/s (~165 Mbps) : i5 Laptop built-in wireless.
15.88 MB/s (~159 Mbps) : i5 Laptop with this adaptor.
13.56 MB/s (~136 Mbps) : i7 Desktop with this adaptor (metal table between adaptor and router).
15.92 MB/s (~152 Mbps) : i7 Desktop with this adaptor relocated using USB extension cord.
The following test was performed using the TP-Link wireless connection utility that was included:
14.84 MB/s (~145 Mbps) : i7 Desktop with this adaptor relocated using USB extension cord.
Made in China.
Overall, I think this product falls short of the listed price. The performance doesn't impress, the size is much larger than others on the market, and yet it is one of the most expensive USB adaptors of its type available here at Newegg.
Pros: Ridiculously Fast! See specs below.
Good price (even better 2 weeks ago when it was a promo).
The packaging says "Limited Lifetime Warranty" which differs from the 1 year warranty listed here in the specifications tab. But see cons to see why this may not be a good thing.
Comes with a storage case.
There is a small blank section on the front label where you can write something to identify the card. Such a simple thing, yet no one else seems to have thought of doing it.
Secure packaging so you know it's actually new, unlike the last 2 "new" SD cards I bought from Newegg that turned out to be used (they still had someone's data on them!).
Made in Korea rather than China.
Here are the bench tests for the 2 cards I purchased.
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
Test : 100 MB [E: 0.0% (0.0/59.7 GB)] (x3)
Date : 2013/12/12 16:15:28
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
Sequential Read : 84.522 MB/s
Sequential Write : 64.867 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 79.687 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 50.246 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 7.021 MB/s [ 1714.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.056 MB/s [ 257.9 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 9.321 MB/s [ 2275.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.372 MB/s [ 335.0 IOPS]
Sequential Read : 84.781 MB/s
Sequential Write : 64.113 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 79.858 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 49.485 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 7.041 MB/s [ 1719.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.033 MB/s [ 252.1 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 9.341 MB/s [ 2280.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.348 MB/s [ 329.1 IOPS]
Cons: I noticed this in microscopic print on the back of the package: "PNY does not warrant that the use of this product will be error free, nor does it warrant that any data stored on the product will remain accessible or uncorrupted."
This made me wonder what they do warrant with their "limited lifetime warranty" so I did a little digging. You will be very interested to know that what PNY considers "lifetime" is the "lifetime of the product" as determined by them. So in other words, whenever PNY determines that this product is "outdated" or they stop producing this particular part, your lifetime warranty ends and you have no recourse. Here is the exact text from their web site:
"Flash Media LIFETIME WARRANTY
PNY Technologies, Inc. ("PNY") warrants the product, to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the product as sold to the original purchaser ("purchaser"), subject to all the terms and conditions hereunder. This warranty is for replacement for like items only. Lifetime replacement warranty does not cover items out of production if the company no longer stocks them. (Lifetime is defined as the lifetime of the product on the market. Outdated technology is not covered by lifetime warranty if the item is no longer available on the common market as a new product).
The provisions of this warranty shall not apply if, in PNY's sole judgment, the product has been subject to misuse or neglect, improper installation, damaged in an accident, or repaired or altered in any way that affects its performance or reliability."
So, if PNY doesn't find a way to invalidate your warranty claim, you better have saved the package it came in. You know, the one you had to destroy to get the card out? Yeah, you'll need that to file a warranty claim:
"Warranty coverage requires proof of purchase documentation evidencing the date of purchase (sales receipt or invoice) and original packaging. To obtain warranty service during the warranty period, contact PNY at blah blah blah. The consumer is responsible for all shipping costs."
Other Thoughts: Not a ding on the product, but something to watch out for...
DHL shipping was extremely slow. Avoid if possible:
12/3/2013 7:22 AM PT Order received.
12/4/2013 11:38 AM PT Rowland Heights, CA, US PICKED UP BY SHIPPING PARTNER
12/9/2013 11:22 AM PT Compton, CA, US PROCESSED
12/11/2013 2:26 AM MT Phoenix, AZ, US TENDERED TO USPS
And delivered today by USPS. Bottom line: 9 days from ordering to delivered 375 miles away. A bicycle messenger could have gotten it here quicker. Email to Newegg about shipping delays went unanswered.