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Pros: + Great feel - very important when spending hours gaming on your PC
+ 16000 DPI sensor adjustable in software and up/down on the fly
+ Premium braid protected cord
+ Fully customizable lighting effects
+ CUE - Corsair Utility Engine software for all your fine tuning needs
+ Configurable for Macros and/or keystrokes
+ Check for and install firmware updates within CUE
Cons: - Having trouble coming up with any
- Side buttons are close together and rather small - Nitpicking here, Lol
Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying I was sent this mouse in exchange for an unbiased review. I take reviews seriously and if you are reading this review you probably do too. You probably read many before making the choice where to place your coins. With that being said, this is not the first Scimitar mouse I have had the pleasure of using and reviewing. I previously tried out and reviewed the original Scimitar mouse about 9 months ago. I like that mouse a lot and it is still being used. The Scimitar Pro has only improved upon that design with a better 16000 dpi optical sensor. The dpi is fully configurable in the CUE software. You can set it to as little or as much movement as you require to make those sniper shots or to make quick turns in that tank or plane. Once set up it is changeable on the go using the buttons on the mouse. The Corsair Utility Engine has only improved with each version update. That being said, though, it still came back with an error when I did a check for a newer version of software. CUE originally did that when I first installed it. I would have thought that issue would have been resolved by now. A check on the Corsair web site showed a newer version that was released in January. I uninstalled the version I was running, Version 1.16.42 and installed the newer version. Version 2.9.53 offers a surface calibration adjustment that saves once it is run. I am using a Steel series mouse pad that tracks beautifully with the Scimitar. Cue may seem a bit daunting at first glance, but once you have spent some time with it, I thing you will agree the people at Corsair have put together a great package. It offers a vast array of choices on how to customize everything from the buttons to the macros to the colors. You will need to spend some time and familiarize yourself with the program. One can spend a lot of time setting up and tweaking the mouse exactly to your liking.
In my experience, Corsair has always made good products with performance and gaming in mind. I have used their RAM, keyboard and mice and have yet to experience a problem. If you are a gamer and considering this mouse then I say go for it; especially if you can grab it on a sale. I do not think you will be disappointed in the mouse or the software.
Pros: + Low Power Consumption - Suggested 300 Watt or greater PS
+ Nvidia Pascal chipset
+ DX12 ready
+ 2 GB of GDDR5
+ No extra 6 pin connector - takes it power completely from PCI express slot
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: I was working on a customer's aging Dell XPS 8700 trying to clean a virus when I noticed it was sporting a GT 640 video card. As the fellow plays video games, I suggested he upgrade the card to something a bit more current. He said a relative told him the same thing and quickly agreed to the suggestion. We decided on a price point and I set out to find what I considered a deal at that price. A bit of research showed the Dell had somewhere around a 430 - 460 Watt power supply ( a bit of conflicting searches but a ballpark figure). The GT 640 had no external power plug but the power supply had one available. I also wanted something DX12 compatible. Wow what timing! In less than 2 weeks this popped up on the Shell Shocker listing. A bit of research around the web and I quickly ordered one up. It arrived in 2 days and I was hyped to install it asap. I first installed GeForce Experience and ran it to download the latest driver and optimize his games. I figured that it would recognize the GTX 1050 and handle the driver installation automatically once I put it in. Next I opened the case and removed the puny GT 640 and showed him the difference between the two cards. Now I realized a lot of what he was looking at was there just due to the addition of the longer cooler and additional fan, but he didn't. The difference in size was impressive nonetheless. A bit of cable management and removing an additional slot on the back and the 1050 was in. I closed up the case and powered it up. After it booted I ran the GeForce Experience and it showed a driver download was needed. A quick download and install and of the driver and then optimize his game library and we were set. Wow what an impressive difference in the game graphics this card made. For the money spent, I can not emphasize enough just how much better this made his games look. He doesn't have any DX12 games at this time but he is ready when he does. I give it 5 Eggs for EVGA reliability and warranty, power consumption (no PS upgrade needed), DX12 and price point. A worthy upgrade for a gamer on a budget! I highly recommend if you don't need nor want to spend the money for a top tier card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 750 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-750500BW
Pros: + Samsung Data Migration Software
+ Samsung Magician Software
+ RAPID mode
+ Economic Value/Size
+ Samsung reliability
+ 3 year warranty
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: I picked this out for a customer that has a Dell XPS 8700. While working on it one day I couldn't help but notice how long the PC took to boot up. With his gigantic 2 TB 5400 RPM drive it was taking upwards of close to 2 minutes to become ready. I made the suggestion of installing a SSD in his aging Dell to speed it up. I then bragged that he would be so impressed with the difference that he would be happy he spent the money. At the time I thought I could use a 250 Gb hard drive. I didn't realize how much data he had on his hard drive. He had over 240 GB of data on his original. He agreed to the upgrade and I suggested this Samsung 750 EVO 500 GB. At this cost he was skeptical of the upgrade but I pushed him a bit. I installed the Data Migration and Samsung Magician software packages and then opened the case to install the hard drive using an Icy Dock conversion kit. The migration process took about an hour to complete. I shutdown and unplugged the original drive and left it in the case for a back up. I booted and then ran the Magician software. I turned on RAPID mode and did another restart. The time the PC took to shutdown and restart went from around 2 minutes to about 20 seconds. The customer was so impressed and admitted he was skeptical of the upgrade at first. Being a customer's PC I didn't run any speed tests before or after. Looking back I suppose I should just to prove to him the difference it made on paper. I do know that my job couldn't have been any easier and he is one very happy customer with his supercharged PC! I give it 5 Eggs as I have used several EVO's for customers now and have not had one customer regret the upgrade or the cost. A big thumbs up!READ FULL REVIEW