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Pros: - Seems well built and sensor even worked great on uneven shiny surfaces.
- All lights are fully adjustable (able to be disabled or brightness lowered).
- High DPI, plenty of if not too many buttons, 3 hardware profiles (all of which can have different macros/keys/dpi settings mapped.)
- Long fiber wrapped USB cable with a velcro strap for cable management.
Cons: CUE Software killed the mouse within 3 hrs.
No response yet whatsoever from customer support its been 48hrs.
Mouse initially had ALOT of unique lighting effects in CUE, after CUE updated the mouse to 1.09 firmware from 1.00 the available effects dropped from 20-30 to just 4??
For some reason hardware profiles for the 12 side keys only support keyboard macros and no mouse left click/right click ones have to have CUE software running to have click/rapid fire macros mapped? I really don't need to explain why I would rather not have the software running any more than I have to.
Other Thoughts: Its amazing how fast something can go from 5/5 to 1/5.
In case you are wondering... no the firmware update did not mess up the mouse, just adding HW profiles without any ever failing somehow did.
From my experience with this I cannot recommend this at all and I would stress to avoid it until there is plenty of reviews, maybe I just had bad luck?
The cue software has an option to delete the hardware profiles on the mouse because they're not really required and I presume some people may just want one HW profile or two (why else would you allow deleting them?).
So I only wanted one profile for testing to avoid confusion and speed up testing profiles often and after deleting the second and third and doing some testing with cue closed (which all went fine and made the profile switch button available as a further remap-able button as there was only one profile).
On starting the cue software appeared to forever try to 'get' the nonexistent profiles from the mouse forever, so i ended up stuck with a single profile while none of the 12 side keys were mapped either. I left cue run for about 8 hrs eventually it loaded up i fixed the profiles and it worked fine.. for about 30 mins then the mouse went into some kind of broken mode where its now just strobing white lights and basic 2 button + wheel only functionality.
I can only presume this is some bad onboard memory related issue or bad hardware entirely, it still doesn't make sense why it worked for awhile then died suddenly (it did not fail any processes/transfers while it was working or throw any errors before dying either). I'd stress changing profiles often until your confident yours is fine if you have one. I only loaded changed profiles ten times before it somehow ruined it.
Edit & updates to 2/5:
After 3 days and finally getting in contact with customer support apparently reinstalling drivers, holding left and right click at the same time while plugging it in & keeping them in until the mouse is fully detected, will reset the mouse back to a default state with some default profiles.
However half the time the profiles still refuse to work correctly it if at all, After exiting software it occasionally doesn't appear to have saved them even though it always 'uploads ' to mouse fine according to software and there is still no profile level L/R click macro support as of 1.09 firmware.
Pros: -Durability, drop and liquid resistance levels are fantastic, can survive a 1/4 cup of water or around a 4 foot drop.
-4GB 1600mhz Ram
-Repairable or at least significantly more repairable than a tablet.
-EXTREMELY long battery life you can literally get 8+ hrs of constant use at times.
-ChromeOS instead of Android (also still supports android apps.)
-Better GPU integrated video chipset than most tablets/chromebooks.
Cons: Almost everything else.. for an adult.
The price: For nearing 2017 the price feels way too high for its hardware capabilities I would honestly believe that half of the price is simply for its durability.
The CPU: Only 2 cores & most last gen cell phones have a better one or >even some better 2 gens back<, there are >nearly 3 year old< android tablets with 1.8ghz+ quad cores that have higher performance ratings and are new for under 80$ with same primary storage space as this thing (but you can't pour water on those or drop them..).
The 'HD' camera: its hard to pinpoint the quality but there's no information anywhere on what quality the camera actually is and I cant figure it out 100% for myself. I am quite certain its a 0.9MP sensor, at the time of writing this both newegg and manufacturer simply say 'HD camera' or 'HD webcam'. Keep in mind 1280x720 which is a 0.9MP sensor would be 'HD' minimum and all cameras upscale and resample the effective resolution. Which unfortunately makes it impossible to tell what type of image quality sensor this has for sure based on photos 'resolution' but I am definitely sure its below 2MP (or its a really cheap sensor) its 1.3MP at best as it sure looks like one that I have.
Other Thoughts: About price: If your interested in this at all i can only assume its for its durability, so if its worth that much to you to have something that's nearly as unbreakable as its going to get then the extra costs might not be an issue.
About CPU: Even though the CPU itself isn't to great the GPU integrated with it is, its probably one of the fastest mobile graphics units available for the price.... but.... funnily enough I almost wanted to add a con to battery life stating how the battery life is so high .. but its because it draws so little power cause the Chromebook itself doesn't have any 'power' to it to use haha. For real though I don't think this thing even has the CPU power to fully utilize its own graphics potential which is a new level of weird I've never seen before (cause they're both Intel and on same chip). Oh wait its 4gb ram makes it great for multitasking apps which would normally slow down most tablets or alternative compact notebooks... then again it still doesn't have the CPU cores to really multitask very well either..
In the end this review just gives me a headache.. this is the most 'okay' or downright confusing item I've ever encountered as it shouldn't have cost them ANY more at all to throw in a quad core and make this thing actually be worthwhile.. The intel n3160 quad core came out at the exact same time, same retail price and same motherboard socket as this ones dual core n3060 processor? The quad even has the same power requirements and graphics. There's even 3MP image sensors for like 3$ or so in bulk. This really just doesn't make much sense to market such a random selection of budget parts.
Its good points barely outweigh the bad and then when they do its functionally irrelevant anyway?... examples being plenty of RAM to multitask but lack of cpu cores to multitask well, almost same issue for graphics being great. Batteries amazingly long lasting at least.
I guess let's just hope the cuts to potential wasn't ASUS being cheap and just trying to make the product stay charged for a full school day.
I'll still stand by the only reason I could think of to even think of this is for its durability but that's exactly all its marketed for really. I guess its 5/5 perfect if you want something that's significantly more than good enough for homework & hard for kids to break by accident, but there's nothing I can think of that would make this worthwhile/noteworthy to me personally it's a very low 3 for me.
Things that would make this a 5/5 for me quad core CPU & ultra high molecular weight polyethylene casing (cause it already doesn't make sense might as well go all the way and make it bulletproof, then again it is for kids and could be useful).
Pros: - Great price and very good warranty.
- As fast as SSD's most of the time.
- Hasn't caused system pauses/lock ups as more recent full MLC SSD's have for me in the past.
Cons: Runs like more recent MLC SSD's, but better at times, after cache is full the speed will drop down to its base 5400rpm hard drive or sub-hard drive performance while writing, but thats not remotely as bad as the performance drop in newer SSDs (see other thoughts).
Only the SSD cached files or most recently used files load as fast as an SSD and a significant portion of the cache may be dedicated toward windows directory files with how it loads windows how it does but I can't be certain of that.
Other Thoughts: Most 100% MLC SSD's have a 30GB fast flash cache and drop to less than 80-90mb/s write if thats filled fast with data needed to be written, oftentimes the newer 100% SSD's wont have a buffer and will lock up/stutter windows when that 30gb cache is suddenly filled.
This would be 8gb fast cache then drop to 100-120mb/s 5400rpm with a 128mb cache. So copying large amounts of data is as slow as a hard drive once SSD cache is full BUT its not as bad or as choppy as some of the newer budget SSD's when under heavy loads as the drive itself has its own cache. I have had alot of the newer 100% SSD's lock up due to caching issues they often have. This drive so far functions better than any MLC SSD i have used and has a much better warranty.
Overall in the long run this performs better than most 100% SSD's and will likely last longer and with a 5 year warranty its hard to not consider this a great drive.