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This review is from: Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse
Pros: I'm just going to cut to the chase; this is one of the best gaming mice I've ever used. It does have a few issues (minor) but it is a stellar performer. I play mostly first person shooters which this peripheral is obviously aimed at (pun intended). I've been using the Razer Deathadder for the last two years or so, and well...not anymore.
Firstly, the scroll wheel is FANTASTIC. There is nothing more frustrating then getting into a gun battle and having to switch weapons on the fly only to have your mouse scroll through your whole inventory because the wheel goes too far. The wheel on the M65 is nice and tight with a notched feel on each turn, yet easy enough to spin without any extra effort. This alone would have sold me over any other mouse, but wait, there's more!
This thing is beefy. My previous mouse was 105 grams, with the M65 weighing in at 140 grams with all 3 slugs attached. It doesn't sound like much until you try it and it did take some getting used to. I found the added weight really helped with controlled aiming (sniper) but you can remove any of the 3 slugs you want to lighten it up to your liking.
The included "sniper" button is nice and clicky and sits exactly where my thumb rests. I couldn't seem to train my brain to remember to click it when actually sniping so I remapped it to something else instead. The on-the-fly DPI buttons are also nice but I don't use them much at all.
The aluminum frame the mouse sits on is just so right. It feels great and incredibly solid. If you haven't noticed yet, the materials on this thing are just top notch.
Cons: As mentioned, I found just a few things to be, in my opinion of course, a let down. After using the Razer Synapse software to change micros, bind keys, or adjust lighting settings for two years, it was almost a shock switching to Corsairs software. I did not find it intuitive at all beyond the "profiles" tab. I actually had to look at documentation to figure out how to change settings in the "Actions" and "Lighting" tabs. As an IT professional by trade and someone who can blaze through the most obtuse UI's with relative ease, I found their software to be the biggest obstacle for completely falling in love.
My other biggest gripe, and this is going to vary person to person, was the texture on the left and right side of the mouse. I believe it's main job is to keep your fingers from slipping off when things get intense, and that certainly seems to work. But for me it feels like a fine grit sand paper and gives me the same chills as nails on a chalkboard. It took me a LONG time forcing myself to get used to it so I could complete testing and get to this review. I would have much rather preferred something less aggressive and more in line with the soft touch rubber used on the top and buttons. Again, I know this is very much a personal preference, but between that and the software it was -1 egg.
Other Thoughts: As the title mentions, this has taken the deathadder's spot for my primary gaming mouse. I've gotten over the sandpaper texture and am completely happy with it's performance. I think Corsair has really made a fantastic peripheral with gamers in mind that doesn't break the bank. I can't get enough of that fantastic scroll wheel!
*Full disclosure - I was offered this product for review purposes**
Pros: I was one of the biggest critics of OCZ drives when friends would ask me if it was worth buying to throw into their computer builds. If you look at their older selection of products they weren't overly negative, but it is fair to say they were certainly mixed opinions. I am pleasantly surprised to say I have to reverse my previous thoughts and feelings towards OCZ.
I'm not sure if this is the first product being pumped out since they were purchased by Toshiba early in the year, but if it is then by all means guys, keep doing your thing!
I've been testing this drive in a home server environment running multiple VM's to see if it would keep up with the pace and it hasn't stumbled once. It has been about a month of 24/7 data transfer between applications and it's still going smooth.
I still can't believe I am typing all this praise but I'm telling you, they have earned it!
Cons: This is the first review I have written for Newegg that I cannot come up with a single con. Nothing.
The price is right, the performance is there, it feels great, and the styling is a step above everyone else!
Like all electronics, there is a chance an item can be DOA or defective. I of course didn't have that issue so I can't comment on their RMA process, but it does appear that they're commenting on anyone with a negative experience to see how they can make it right. This is the way you do customer service and do it right.
Other Thoughts: If OCZ continues to pump out quality products like this under their new parent company I will gladly switch brand loyalty. Competition in this space has never been more hectic and they are doing a fantastic job of carving their own path.
*Full disclosure. I was sent this product in exchange for a product review*
This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-64GB
Pros: Corsair provides plentiful storage, discrete form factor, and durability in a small portable package. This is not meant to be a high octane device, instead it's rather a dependable work horse.
The metal housing is attractive and feels very good in the hand. The device weighs practically nothing so there isn't really enough force to damage the metal when dropped (which I've done on purpose).
The overall size is fantastic! I keep it on my key-chain and it never gets in the way, just confidently swinging between my house, mail, and car keys.
Cons: As previously stated, this isn't supposed to compete with their higher end flash based devices, but I wish the write speed was a LITTLE higher at least. My testing showed an average of 130 MB/s read speed but only 30 MB/s write speed. Documents, most pictures, and other media should be fine. However, start loading up some larger files and you're going to be sitting around waiting for a few minutes at least.
Other Thoughts: This drive is perfect for students (high school, college) where you will be bringing files or work with you and can't afford to forget it at home. Just attach it to your keys and you're never without.
I've seen a few reviews stating it failed rather quickly. I haven't had that experience myself, but I will say I have used Corsair's RMA service before and it is acceptable compared to some other tech giants.
*Full disclosure - I was offered this device in return for a product review*
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