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Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Corsair can do better 11/14/2014

This review is from: Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse

Pros: While it's subjective, I think this is a pretty sharp looking gaming mouse and I can understand how some would be excited about the color options/customization you can do with this.
The mouse is very well packaged and you can have the peace of mind that this is a company with a great reputation of standing behind their products. Zero warranty concerns with this product should something ever go awry.
The M65 has all of the main features one would want/need/expect in this price point (for the most part) for a "gaming" style mouse, with a few exceptions which I'll cover later. The "sniper button" is a cool feature for those FPS fans out there and I see the adjustable DPI on the fly as a "must have" item in any mouse. That adjustability is extremely useful no matter if you're just surfing the web or playing any style game. However, there are also drawbacks to some of these pros....

Cons: Now for the unfortunate part. I really had high hopes when I opened the box but was let down as soon as I started using the mouse. Even after that however, I kept tweaking settings trying to find a good balance that worked for me....I was determined to find a way to make this thing work for me. Unfortunately, I just couldn't find a setup I was comfortable with. The software is buggy and took several attempts to install everything (it wouldn't recognize the mouse - Win7 64). Once installed, it's not intuitive or use friendly at all. It works (eventually, and after a lot of trial and error) but even after creating my own DPI profiles and button configuration, it never felt right in my hand.
While the sniper button is cool and could be useful for FPS games, the button is in a horrible spot for me the way I hold a mouse. It hits my thumb in a strange way and I didn't like the feel. Same goes for the overall shape of the mouse. I prefer more of a "palm grip" where I think this mouse is better suited for someone that prefers a "fingertip" style hold.
After spending way more time setting up DPI profiles than should have been required, I still had issues doing a quick point to a specific location and often missed what I thought I would be pointing at. Never had that issue before with other higher end mice. There were occasional double click issues as well, but that is something you can play with in the settings to dial in more if you prefer long/short press. There may be an issue with the software for this setting however and may be part of that problem. Again, I do have faith Corsair will continue to tweak their software. It feels more like a beta version at this point.
While the mouse comes with 3 weights, that's all you get. With all 3 in (what it comes with stock) it's very heavy. With only 1 weight, it's too light. The problem is the patter for the weights is in a triangle and I couldn't get a good feel based on the set pattern and weight options provided. Any two I put in, while a good weight, it always felt lopsided and out of balance. There should have been different weights included to fine to as most mice come with this now days.
Finally, I tried this with a few different styles of mouse pad and without a pad at all. The mouse doesn't seems to slide smoothly....I'd go so far as to call it twitchy as it ever so slightly catches on surfaces as you move it around (also why I can hit my mark it's at a higher DPI setting which isn't a problem with other mice). This would be a deal breaker for me if I was using this in a fast twitch game.
Keep in mind a particular mouse style is extremely subjective and what may feel great to one person may flat out not work for someone else. What isn't subjective is the fact that the software has issues (may be corrected with future updates), the mouse feels cheap in hand (plastic) and the fact there aren't more weight options to go along with this mouse out of the box is an oversight IMO.

Other Thoughts: I am a big fan of Corsair products and am quick to sing their praise but, this mouse has disappointed me and I know they can do better.
For reference, I currently use a G500 and absolutely love the way that mouse performs/feels. I would give the G500 a 9/10 and this M65 a 4/10 on the same scale.
Bottom line - it works but is very average, in my opinion. Would I recommend this particular mouse to family/friends? Can't say that I would at the current price point with so many other options out there.

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Finally something to give the MX100 a run for the money in $ per Gb 10/13/2014

This review is from: OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I’ve spent a fair amount of time with this SSD and have tried it in 5 different systems to see if there were any issues as some others have reported. I’ve run this drive in an old laptop running XP, 2 laptops running Win 7 (32 and 64 bit) and 2 desktops (Win 7 64 and Win 8). I’ve had absolutely no issues at all with this SSD and with each install, I gave the drive a clean format and started over. Everyone has their own take on when you “need” to update/tweak firmware on SSDs and I’m of the opinion you don’t mess with it unless you have existing issues you hope an update will resolve. If you’re drive works fine and you’re just hoping to squeeze a few extra Kbs in drive speed, you’re better off leaving well enough alone IMO. As such, I left the drive with the same firmware it arrived with (1.00) and didn’t go looking for tweaks.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Crucial SSDs as they’ve been one of the kings in the bang for the buck category in SSDs without skimping on performance and reliability. The ARC100 is now in contention with this drive and as such, I primarily focused on pitting these two drives against each other – a ~$117 256Gb MX100 vs the ~$115 ARC100 240Gb. After both are formatted, the MX100 leaves you with 238Gb and the ARC100 gives you 223Gb. As some people still have serviceable laptops or older desktops that are running SATA II, I started out running these two at the slower SATA to see if there was any appreciable difference or if they would both end up capped. After several tests averaged out across several SATA II setups, here are the #'s:
SATA II Atto read/write benchmark: MX100 = Read/Write maxed out SATA II ARC100 = Read/Write maxed out SATA speed accept there was always a drop in the 1024Kb write test capping out at 218MB. Still fast for SATA II but odd.
SATA II AS SSD Benchmark: MX100 – Read score = 449 Write score = 188 Total = 877 The odd thing with this test is the 4k-64 Thrd Read test was reading much higher than I think it should have been (as high as 405MB and the slowest was 386MB). Ran this test multiple times (10+) in several systems and it always read almost impossibly high so I take this read score with a grain of salt.
ARC100 – Read score = 233 Write score = 240 Total = 598 The total score is skewed because of the strange results in the 4k-64 read test where the MX100 scored impossibly high. The ACR100 was faster in every other measurable way and it was noticeable even at SATA II speeds.

If you have an older system, an SSD is still one of the most significant improvements you can make to your overall system performance, but I digress - on to wide open SATAIII with no bottlenecks (ran out of space, specs in other thoughts).

CrystalDisk sequential read/write: HyperX 3K = 502/428 MX500 = 498/336 ARC100 = 452/438
IOmeter Fresh 4k read/write: HyperX 3K = 52300/62200 MX500 = 39700/82300 ARC100 = 83850/86700
AS SSD Seq read/write: HyperX 3K = 520/383 MX500 = 503/426 ARC100

Cons: Not much of a con, but it is a very basic package...you pay for an SSD and you get an SSD, nothing more, nothing less. While I had no issues whatsoever, others are reporting problems with this drive locking up their computers and extensive workarounds are out on the forums to fix this potential issue. Again, I thrashed this thing and had no problems at all, but it is something to consider before adding to your cart. Would this prevent me from recommending to family/friends....not at all.

Other Thoughts: Main STAT III Test setup – Win7 64 bit, Custom liquid loop, ASRock OC Formula board, 2700K @ 5.2Ghz, 16Gb Vengeance ram, 290X crossfire on water, Kingston HyperX 3K (480Gb), Crucial MX500 (240Gb) vs the OCZ ARC100 (240Gb).

Lesson learned from testing these at relatively slow SATA II speeds? If you are still running a HDD as your main system disk and think there is nothing to gain from running a SSD on SATAII, think again. In Atto, a 7200rpm Samsung 500Gb HDD maxed out at 84MB read and 88MB write. This is far from the fastest HD out there, but is an accurate representation of what most people will have. In contrast, these SSDs were capping out at around 260MB read/write on the exact same system(s).

I could go on and on with the benchmarks results but this paints a pretty clear picture. While the ARC isn’t the fastest, nor does it claim to be, it is a very solid performer across the board in every measurable category provides consistent results every time where some of the other drives fluctuate. For the price, you will be hard pressed to find a better all-around drive.

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DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (WHITE) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX +120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC (ABS)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I'm used to huge full size towers and oversized "mid" towers as I needed the larger cases to run my overkill liquid loops. I'm amazed at how much thought went into this little case and just how much you can cram into this thing! It comes with great fans and a very slick fan controller that also controls the color of the lights up top and best yet, it can be turned off if the light show isn't your cup of tea. If you're running a liquid loop, there is a good amount of space to run an oversized/thick 120 rad and/or a 240 on the top of the case. If you really wanted to get crazy, you could add another 120 rad under the case below the PSU.
The case is extremely easy to built into and has a nice tool-less design for the HDD bays where you can easily fit 2 standard HDDs or SSDs with an adapter plate. There is massive fan blowing directly over/through the HDD case and over the horizontally mounted motherboard. This really helps with cooling and the stock fans are virtually silent. Even when cranked to 11 they're not annoying or distracting. The horizontally mounted motherboard tray has ample cutouts for clean installs (hidden wires/cables) and the rear fan is setup perfect to pull hot air away from your cpu cooler/HSF. This little case will also allow for the super "high rise" cpu coolers which means if you're an overclocker, cooling is fantastic with this case and should allow for plenty of head room.
Small form factor builds seem to be all the rage right now and after building into this case, I'm starting to see why. You can fit nearly as much firepower into this case as you would with a full size tower and have a fraction of the footprint and just as good (or better) cooling as the big boys.

Cons: Love it or hate it looks and the fake screw look on the top and face of the case is tacky.
Comes with a funky mSata cable attached to the case and one of the pins on the outer edge used to secure the cable when plugged in was broken off. I also don't see why they would use this type of connection when they could have just used any regular form of power or tapped into a spare USB port as most motherboards have several. Very few boards have a plug for mSata yet, so most won't even be able to use it.
The top 4 "turbo-type LEDs" each have their own 4 pin male power plugs, not the standard molex type. This is a design flaw IMO as they should have been wired together with a single 4 pin molex power connector to run them all directly off the PSU. Instead, you need several adapters (not included) to run them all. The silly mSata cable (which was broken) and ridiculous need to run power to each individual "turbo-type LED" (whatever that is) and the fact no adapter(s) is included will cost this case an egg.
Final thoughts regarding potential space constraints; you may have issues if you're trying to run dual 780s or 290X's. I was able to fit an older gpu in with no issue (9800GTX+) and even a 680GTX fit ok, but trying to cram a 290X in there took some serious messaging and I don't know that two would fit. While it's roomy for what it is, double and triple slot coolers with long GPUs present possible problems. Another potential issue to keep in mind is the size of your PSU. I was able to fit a smallish 1k watt Silverstone PSU and a standard size 600w PSU with no issue. There is a bracket in the bottom PSU bay that can be removed to to give a bit more room but you're stuck with the orientation of the PSU. If you have a larger/longer PSU, it may not fit (there is no way a 1500i or EVGA 1600 would fit). However, this is a common problem for ALL cases of this size. There are trade-offs to the smaller form factor, as one would expect and I'm not docking anything for that...after all, if there were no issues with space, it wouldn't be a mini.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a high quality case with a lot of thought put into the design yet it's not perfect and has room for improvement. The looks are subjective, but overall people I've shown the case to seem to dig it. As a whole, I highly recommend this case to anyone looking for something of this size!

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Date Joined: 05/19/06

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