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Pros: - Insanely Bright
- Everything appears super crisp
- Text looks amazing (go through cleartype setup, it makes a difference)
- An input for all kinds of setups
- Plenty of USB
- OSD is that of Viewsonic's monitors: easy to understand and non-intrusive
- It pivots, great for reading, writing (though I prefer landscape for side-by-side)
- Brilliant color
- Got it for $640, open box--no dead pixels or anything!
Cons: The price I suppose. I paid significantly less than MSRP, while I really love what I got, I'd have a hard time parting with this for it's suggested price (though, admittedly, I'd have a hard time parting with the monitor if I were asked to fork up the extra $200 right now!)
Other than that, I'm very impressed with this monitor, as I have been with all viewsonic monitors I've owned in the past.
Other Thoughts: Another great Viewsonic monitorREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Super-sensitive and accurate tracking up to 8200 dpi
All buttons configurable (with one exception: profile switching "z" button click)
Four-way "d-pad" on the Z-key
Ergonomically built (despite the fact that it doesn't look like it)
The design looks like a piece of art more than an input device; love it (you can customize 3 separate LEDs up to 7 different colors that are independent for all 5 profiles...the light on the left mouse button, the mouse wheel, and the thermal-take dragon can be set to different colors simultaneously) (Note: in con I list the DPI LED indicators: they are always red)
The 'feet,' or smooth underside padding, of the mouse are as slick as ice; I've never experienced a mouse that glides as smoothly as this (and I have a fair number of mice that I've collected). This is good, seeing that this is a rather hefty mouse (5.4 oz. compared to my 5.1 oz. sidewinder x8, 4.6 oz. Microsoft touch mouse, and 3.1 oz. arc touch (keep in mind, all those mice are wireless and take 2 AA batteries, with the exception of the arc which is 1 AAA; this is wired). Weight isn't necessarily a bad thing though.
Cons: Definitely not the best software out there no matter what they say. Period.
Two buttons in the software bring up what are essentially advertisements. These videos total ~40MB of the software...the actual software itself is only about 5MB. I already bought it! You don't need to convince me!
Button C (Top left) is hard to click without moving your hand weirdly (at least my hand)...reserve it for less-necessary macros and functions.
Software keeps resetting the scrolling rate of my profiles. I've attempted to save it both in the mouse memory and the software itself and it resets every time I restart my computer. Fortunately I rarely restart my computer, and the mouse memory does retain this information (that is, until the computer/software is rebooted)
Mouse memory defines how many profiles you can have (5)
No option to change the DPI indicator on the right mouse button
Other Thoughts: Another reviewer, I noticed, complained about setting off the side buttons too easily. Switching from a Microsoft Sidewinder X8, I too noticed this immediately. But after using the mouse for an hour or two I hardly ever misfire them; I've come to love this mouse for the amount of buttons and macros I can have set up to it in an easy-to-use form (that's somewhat reminiscent of a controller, really).
The biggest learning curve I have had is remembering to switch profiles. I guess I was spoiled by Microsoft's amazing Intelli-software (now dropped and dubbed as "Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse Center," which is arguably better and undeniably more aesthetic (than both the Intelli-software and this mouse's software)) seeing that it switched profiles automatically based on application.
I'm not sure about using this mouse in photoshop or illustrator, I haven't had to yet, but general use it works well, and gaming it's fantastic.
All in all, there are things that I wish they had taken some cues from other gaming mice's software (in my case, specifically from Microsoft), and a bug or two (and a typo) in the software that needs fixing, but despite all of that I can foresee myself using this mouse for quite a long time.
Pros: None, really
Cons: I never tested this in the field, but I did benchmark it. I could live with the read rate considering what's advertised (and the discounted price I got it at), but the write rate is abhorrent. The results are as follows:
Avg Read: 268 Mb/s
Avg Write: 77.35 Mb/s
Seek Time 0.2ms
Read: 300 Mb/s
Write: 230 Mb/s
Other Thoughts: I'd recommend looking at a different SSD.READ FULL REVIEW