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Pros: Fast, reliable
Cons: A bit small
Other Thoughts: I've had almost two years now. Yes, it's small, but I knew that going in and intended to only use it for the OS anyway. I'm happy to say that like all Corsair products I've used, it hasn't failed me yet.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Comfortable, versatile, sensible
Cons: In my opinion it wouldn't even be tolerable without the additional software
Other Thoughts: So I never write reviews but in this instance I feel that I have to. This mouse is just too good to have a rating as low as it is.
I've had this mouse for quite a while now having upgraded from the RAT7. I absolutely adore this mouse and it's actually not because of its "customization options", it's because the number of buttons as well as their placement. I personally like to have a large number of buttons which I can individually macro for options like gaming, moving between tabs or forward/back on webpages, undo/redo in word, volume control, the list goes on. The problem is that I didn't want something like the Razer Naga which puts all of the buttons in one giant cluster like that. The buttons on this mouse are nicely spread out but always easy to press.
I will admit a few things:
1.The optical laser honestly used to annoy me because it is so sensitive a piece of dust would just cause it to randomly stop working so I'd need to pick it up and set it back down. A problem I would not have ever expected of a "gaming" type mouse. Thankfully though this actually isn't really a problem anymore. Whereas I used to maybe have to do it every other day, now it maybe happens once a month (could be age, could be a firmware update I missed noticing when I reformatted, who knows, but it does work much better now)
2. I was also initially skeptical about some of the buttons durability but thankfully that has proven completely unfounded. Not only do they all still work, but even their tactility has remained the same.
3. Admittedly the 5-directional pad button does take a bit to get used to (especially for gaming) but now that I have, I don't know what I would do without it.
4. The profile software that comes with the mouse for setting up macros - meh, I've honestly seen better and a couple features seem to be missing. But... thankfully someone else has already addressed this issue. And using a program called Cyborg Auto-Profiler it now does everything I want (which is mainly being able to automatically switch between profiles based on what application I'm in, a feature I found desperately lacking before)
That's the second reason I'm writing this review, I don't think enough people are aware of that particular third party software and how much better it really does make the mouse. I realize not everyone has the same dislikes about the mouse, but I just believe that if software is something people are having an issue with, then if maybe more people knew about that software, then they would possibly give it better reviews and the mouse the attention it deserves. Thus the asterisk in my review title, because to me it makes all the difference between being a 3-star mouse to a perfect 5-star (or eggs, whatever)