Benjamin B.

Benjamin B.

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Great Bang for your Buck SSD

Toshiba OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-960G
Toshiba OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-960G

Pros: * It’s truly astounding how much the price of SSDs has dropped. Just a mere three years ago, buying a SSD for $1 per GB was expected. Now, especially with the OCZ Trion 150, you’re looking at less than 25 cents a gig. I don’t have a great track record with OCZ, though most of my experience with them was before they were bought out by Toshiba. It’s hard to judge an SSD, or really any hardware product, within a few days instead of months and months–in these cases benchmarks are really what a reviewer relies on; however, I have hope for the OCZ Trion 150, and so far the time I spent with it has been encouraging. * - The OCZ Trion 150, like most SSDs, isn’t bundled with a bunch of accessories or surprises. You pretty much get the box, a plastic enclosure, and warranty/guide booklets. I must say, though, it surely is an attractive SSD, despite the fact that in most configurations it will be hidden. Its setup was like any other internal storage drive: SATA power/data hookup, disk initialization, and formatting of partition; ready to roll. - The Trion 150 doesn’t perform as well as some of my higher end SSDs in my system, but those SSDs were purchased or marked at a much higher price. The Trion 150 is a bang for the buck product, if there ever has been. The Trion 150 960gb model sports an amazing price. I’d dare to proclaim that the Trion 150 is likely the most budget friendly SSD for its performance. See “Other Thoughts” for the benchmarks I ran on the Trion 150. Its real-world Windows performance is hardly noticeable up against a better performing SSD, so you’re unlikely to notice an immense difference when comparing the smoothness of Operating System use. The boot speed will be just as fast and drastically different against a traditional hard drive.

Cons: - Though the Trion 150 does very well with Reading operations, its Writing performance is not as up to par. The biggest drawback I could find with the Trion’s performance was its higher file sized Write operations. See below for Benchmark results.

Overall Review: - The OCZ Trion 150’s Sequential Read and Write is definitely comparable to high performing SSDs that are on the market. Considering this, the Trion is definitely a bang for your buck. However, its IOPS score lags behind with Random Read and Write compared to higher-performing, more expensive SSDs. Also, its Sequential Write suffers drastically as the file size is increased. Its inability to stay competitive when writing large files is the Trion 150’s largest drawback. However, taking all of this into account, OCZ’s Trion 150 is a great budget SSD. You really can’t beat spending less than 25 cents a gig for an SSD. If you aren’t terribly concerned about the SSDs’ raw performance (trust me, it’ll be much faster than a traditional HDD), then the Trion is a great pickup. * Below are benchmarks I performed on the OCZ Trion 150 960GB SSD. All numerals are defined as Megabytes Per Second unless otherwise specified. The “Other 500GB” SSD I tested with the Trion is a much more expensive SSD; however, it is 66% occupied. * – Moving 20GB onto Trion 150 – Avg: 112mbps - Peak: 130mbps - Time: 4 min – Moving 20GB off of Trion 150 – Avg: 100mbps - Peak: 230mbps - Time: 3 min 56 sec – Moving 20GB onto other 500GB SSD – Avg: 85mbps - Peak: 112mbps - Time 3 min 56 sec – Moving 20GB off of other 500GB SSD – Avg: 95mbps - Peak: 215mbps - Time: 4 min * Below are CrystalDiskMark Test Results for OCZ Trion * ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 100MB Test : OCZ Trion 150 - 100 MiB [D: 3.9% (35.3/894.1 GiB)] Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 562.766 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 534.774 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 362.392 MB/s [ 88474.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 337.091 MB/s [ 82297.6 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 543.329 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 516.902 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 33.897 MB/s [ 8275.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 118.973 MB/s [ 29046.1 IOPS] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 16GB Test : OCZ Trion 150 - 16384 MiB [D: 3.9% (35.3/894.1 GiB)] Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 558.291 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 313.534 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 85.693 MB/s [ 20763.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 311.081 MB/s [ 75947.5 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 531.192 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 216.206 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 32.978 MB/s [ 2680.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 122.277 MB/s [ 27655.5 IOPS] * Below are CrystalDiskMark Test Results for Other 500GB SSD * ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 100 MB Test : Other 500GB SSD - 100 MiB [A: 66.5% (309.4/465.6 GiB)] Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 550.512 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 519.769 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 394.082 MB/s [ 96211.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 363.443 MB/s [ 88731.2 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 528.857 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 507.258 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 46.129 MB/s [ 11262.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 143.510 MB/s [ 35036.6 IOPS] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 16GB Test : Other 500GB SSD - 16384 MiB [A: 66.5% (309.4/465.6 GiB)] Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 550.344 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 520.105 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 393.617 MB/s [ 96097.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 350.137 MB/s [ 85482.7 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 529.698 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 503.698 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 41.398 MB/s [ 10106.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 146.660 MB/s [ 35805.7 IOPS]

Most Critical Review

ThunderBolt, USB 3.0 ... more power?

BUFFALO MiniStation Thunderbolt 1TB 2.5" USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive Model HD-PA1.0TU3
BUFFALO MiniStation Thunderbolt 1TB 2.5" USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive Model HD-PA1.0TU3

Pros: *The Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt Drive is a device for Mac users in many senses; although the Thunderbolt speed is not all that enticing.* - The Ministation drive itself has sleek, beautiful aesthetics. The top is white with a fine matte finish (Mac-esque), and the bottom and sides are a glossy silver textured finish. There is a white (again Mac-esque), subtle indicator light that glows softly, angled under the device and not in plain sight like other drives. The light is inconspicuous and attractive, but hard to see (See Cons). The build quality is striking, and I have faith that it could withstand some abuse. There are thin rubber pads on the bottom of the drive, and no ventilation holes. The drive itself looks terrific next to a MacBook Pro laptop, which is what I used for the Thunderbolt benchmarks in Other Thoughts; although, I imagine next to any Mac computer, it would appear sleek and at home. - Included is a Thunderbolt cable - which is nice considering most "Thunderbolt" compatible devices don't come with a cable - and USB 3.0 cable. The drive features both headers. Both cables are long enough to be comfortable with use on a laptop, but can be awkward with a desktop, and are white, matching the overall color scheme. - While under load, the drive doesn't exceed 42° C. It merely is warm to the touch. Also when in use, it is extremely quiet and practically inaudible - a welcome change from most portable HDDs. - The drive features AAM (Automatic Acoustic Management) and APM (Advanced Power Management). - This drive performs rather well when using Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 alike, but there isn't a striking difference in connectivity speeds from USB 3.0. The speeds are definitely fast for an external HDD, but not mind-blowing on any account. (See Other Thoughts for Benchmarks)

Cons: - The drive is heavier and larger than other USB 3.0 drives that do not feature Thunderbolt, which I assume is to be expected. But this drive is definitely larger than most and weighs a deal more. - It is a 5400 RMP drive and not a 7200. - Though I like the subtleness of the indicator light, if you are not looking at it eye-level, you're unable to see if it is alit from above. You'll either have to move the drive to see it or catch a reflection. - The rubber edging on the bottom of the device isn't very stubborn. With a little bit of force, you can push it around, but in most cases, it'll stay put. - The connectivity speeds were not amazing. I expected the Thunderbolt connectivity to honestly blow my mind and leave USB in the dust, as Buffalo claims on the drive's box packaging; however, the MB/s scaling is rather negligible, and in some points, the Thunderbolt performed worse than the USB 3.0. There are claims Thunderbolt is nearly two times faster than USB 3.0, and that may be true; though, in this drive and in this scenario, that claim is not accurate. That may be because of the limited tests/benchmark programs available on the iOS platform, or the MacBook Pro 2011 laptop I used for the benchmarks. There are variables, but Thunderbolt doesn't seem to live up to its name. Nevertheless, see below for the data as most of my conclusions are drawn from the numbers below.

Overall Review: - No AC adapter is needed with this drive, but an option for it and larger capacities, hence better speeds, would be nice (I'm sure that's coming in the future). - 931 GB usable storage. - Use either one port or the other. Do not plug both in simultaneously. - As of right now Windows and Thunderbolt has a tenuous relationship. It seems that Bootcamp on a Mac computer running Windows 7 / 8 is capable of using the Thunderbolt interface. In Buffalo's manual it states that as of right now Windows does not support Thunderbolt (that may be outdated). However, if you are using Bootcamp, be sure to avoid hot-plugging the Ministation. For it to be recognized, the drive has to be connected via Thunderbolt during boot. - When using the Ministation on a PC, make sure to format the drive to NTSF as it comes pre-formatted for Mac. The manual that accompanies the device explains how to do this in Disk Management. Hopefully in the near future, Intel and Windows will show more support for Thunderbolt. - The benchmarked speeds (Below) prove that this drive is comparable to other USB 3.0 drives without AC adapters. This is why I believe the Buffalo Ministation is aimed for Thunderbolt; however, the benchmarks do not lie, and I believe the Ministation needs more power to live up to true Thunderbolt speeds. Possibly in the future, an AC adapter will reinforce similar devices to give the power Thunderbolt needs to fulfill its promised speeds. *The benchmarks are below. The situation and program names are listed and the read/write speeds follow. For Mac and PC comparison, the cross-platform program I used was AJA System Test. The MB/s is averaged out.* = AJA System Test = Thunderbolt = MacBook - 2GB - Write: 100 mb/s - Read: 110.2 mb/s - 4GB - Write: 107.6 mb/s - Read: 114.7 mb/s - 8GB - Write: 109.9 mb/s - Read: 115.9 mb/s = AJA System Test = USB 3.0 = PC - 2GB - Write: 114.6 mb/s - Read: 114.8 mb/s - 4GB - Write: 114.2 mb/s - Read: 114.1 mb/s - 8GB - Write: 114.0 mb/s - Read: 113.5 mb/s = Moving onto Buffalo = Thunderbolt = MacBook - 3GB File - AVG: 118 mb/s - Time : 30 sec - 7GB File - AVG: 101 mb/s - Time: 1 min 1 sec = Moving onto Buffalo = USB 3.0 = PC - 3GB File - AVG: 114 mb/s - Time : 36 sec - 7GB File - AVG: 97.8 mb/s - Time: 1 min 25 sec = Moving Off Buffalo = Thunderbolt = MacBook - 3GB File - AVG: 119 mb/s - Time : 27 sec - 7GB File - AVG: 121 mb/s - Time: 59 sec = Moving Off Buffalo = USB 3.0 = PC - 3GB File - AVG: 112 mb/s - Time : 30 sec - 7GB File - AVG: 110 mb/s - Time: 1 min 5 sec = AS SSD Benchmark = USB 3.0 = PC - Sequential W/R - Write: 81.89 mb/s - Read: 111.21 - Overall, the Buffalo Ministation is a nice, well-rounded device, but is Thunderbolt really worth the investment yet?

Beautiful, hiding the flaws inside

RAIJINTEK STYX BLUE, Alu Micro-ATX Case, Compatible With Regular ATX Power Supply, Max. 280mm VGA Card, 180mm CPU Cooler, Max. 240mm Radiator Cooling On Top With A Drive Bay For Slim DVD On Side
RAIJINTEK STYX BLUE, Alu Micro-ATX Case, Compatible With Regular ATX Power Supply, Max. 280mm VGA Card, 180mm CPU Cooler, Max. 240mm Radiator Cooling On Top With A Drive Bay For Slim DVD On Side

Pros: * While I love Micro-ATX cases and building in a small area to fit as much power as possible, the biggest con usually is the lack of options and configurations. This is why building small usually lends itself to purchasing a high-end micro-atx case, one that a newbie and enthusiast alike would not have trouble working in. Unfortunately, though gorgeous looking, the Styx by Raijintek does not accomplish this. * - I received the blue chassis variant, and I must say it really is sharp to the eye. The brushed aluminum appearance, and candy blue look is fancy and expensive looking. The finish is nice. The case has a lot going for it on the outside. Pure black on the inside, and the colors work well with one another. The size is really nice, and could easily fit on top of your desk, looking smooth and sleek. - There’s a clear plastic window on the right side panel (see cons). - Comes with one case fan, which isn’t terrible quality. - The Raijintek Styx has enough room to fit a 240mm radiator up top for your CPU AIO liquid cooling unit, but it is a tight fit, without being able to do push/pull config if you use a GPU.

Cons: - The design and layout is relatively confusing at first, especially in comparison to most chassis. I’m not necessarily saying I don’t like the layout, but it does take a bit to get used to. For example, there’s a Slim DVD drive bay on the side panel. That simply takes away from the aesthetics of the unit as a whole. I’d rather that feature just not be included and have to use a USB drive if needed. Especially considering that nowadays nearly no one uses a DVD drive, slim or not. Micro-ATX are starved for room, and this is a feature that should be scraped immediately in favor of more room or another, better feature. The PSU connector is on the top of the back panel, and since the Mobo (5 PCI Slots) is inverted, so are the PCI slots, and this is just annoying. I shouldn’t have to run all my cables to the top of the PC; this impairs the aesthetics of the build, as hiding them underneath and not having a mess of cables stringing down from the back is much harder to accomplish. - The cooling layout is kind of scary. It lends itself to exhausting at the bottom of the case, when ideally it should be working with thermal dynamics and moving up (hot air rises). Getting positive air pressure, which you want typically, will be difficult with the innate design. You’d need to use the top as an exhaust and bring the back fan in as an intake, throwing out positive air pressure design. I’m really worried about temps inside this case as working with thermal dynamics and limited by its design, hot air is definitely going to get stale in it. - There’s a dust filter up top, which is extremely difficult to remove and requires removal from the inside, however, you’d likely want to use this more as an area to mount two more additional fans. - First off, I’m used to the window being on the left side panel, but that’s fine that it’s on the right, no harm in mixing it up. But the window is relatively small, might be hard to show off anything inside. - The back tray for the CPU motherboard access for the back of the motherboard is not cut out properly to easily access the motherboard back in order to easily install a CPU cooler. - No easy removal system or latch for the windowed side panel, so anytime you want to get in you can’t even access it by simply removing thumbscrews even, but have to retrieve a screwdriver and remove 4 screws.

Overall Review: - No front panel USB-C, but at this price point, I can understand, and from what I can tell this case is over 5 years old already. 2 USB 3.1s on the front top with audio jacks. - Be really careful in picking out your GPU and its size, but you can definitely fit a good mid-size on in here. Same goes for the PSU. I’d go with a high efficiency PSU one with preferably zero RPM fan mode under a certain power draw. - Get two case fans for the top to help the airflow.

My New Favorite Keyboard

Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard With Clicky Switch
Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard With Clicky Switch

Pros: - The Logitech G913 has beautiful presentation and packaging. Taking it out, you notice the brushed aluminum, which looks sophisticated. Compared to most other ‘gaming’ keyboards, the G915 looks super professional. Honestly, it further transformed my office from looking like a gaming setup to a clean, professional setup (I previously had the G710+). There’s no cheap plastic on this keyboard’s aluminum chassis and it screams quality. - Right when you pick this keyboard up, just by the weight of it, you can tell it’s sturdy, well-made, and durable. There’s a braided micro-USB cable for charging, extending the wireless dongle, or keeping it plugged in, non-wireless. - Five LED brightness settings, controllable on the keyboard’s media control buttons. Speaking of these buttons, they look sleek and subtle on the keyboard. They take a while to get used to as the haptic response and feel of them is strange at first, but I’ve come to like them. There’s LED brightness control, three video media controls, a mute button, macro recorder, 3 mode shifts, Windows key lock, and Bluetooth/Wireless toggle switch. There’s also a fat volume wheel bar, which looks sweet and feels great. Also, two LED indicator lights for when the battery is charging/charged and caps lock. - Not being a Cherry-Style switch, I was dubious at first. I personally prefer the Cherry-MX brown switches the most on keyboards, as I think they are a perfect mix of tactile/click/speed. I never really liked the Blues. Logitech’s ‘Clicky Keys’ feel like a lighter-weight Cherry-Blue, and one that I actually like. There is some higher operating force behind them, but don’t click nearly as loudly as the Blues, while travelling much quicker on the down stroke. As a web development programmer, who types a lot, I do really enjoy composing on this keyboard. - The G915 replaces the previous Logitech Gaming Software with G-Hub. It’s amazing software, with a ton of customization and awesome LED effects. You can upload and download custom LED profiles, for different games and settings, etc.. You can set a G-Shift to have one key do two things while the G-Shift key is held down. So essentially, you can turn four G keys into 8 macros. Using the M1, M2, M3 modes, you can quickly switch key profiles on the fly. The option for onboard and application profile switching is there as well. The software is extensively adjustable. - Have not noticed any input lag when on wireless battery. And speaking of which, the battery lasts a long while. I went three days without charging it, likely a total of 30 or so use hours. - The ability to switch from Bluetooth to wireless dongle is pretty cool. This allows easy swapping from different PCs even. At one time, I had it connected to my laptop via wireless USB, switched to Bluetooth via the Bluetooth toggle switch on the keyboard, which connected to my HTPC. Now I was remotely controlling my television. The switch is very quick, as well. Pretty cool!

Cons: - The white LED is sadly more blue than white! Miss the whiteness the g710+ was able to emit. -To my dismay, my custom recorded key combination macros seem to get mixed up occasionally. This is likely a software issue, so it may be improved after a patch or two to the GHub software. But I’ve encountered some repeated keys when clicking on a G4 key for example in G-Shift mode and it ghosts the other non-G-switch key. - This is more a personal preference and setup specific gripe, but I wish the keyboard were a little thicker and taller. I know this would slightly defeat the portability aspect of the keyboard, but it’s something I would have wanted. The keyboard stands are nearly enough, but again, I wish there was a third, taller option at 10. There are two options at 4 degrees and 8.

Overall Review: * Since I started gaming seriously when I was 15ish, with the release of WoW, I bought the G15 Keyboard. Man, did I love that keyboard. 18 customizable macro keys! I could cast all my spells and my left hand literally never left the G-Keys on the side while I was exploring Azeroth. Nowadays, we’ve seemed to have moved away from that excessiveness. And that’s okay with me. The G915 seems to have taken this trend to a whole new level, stripping back to the basics of aesthetics, shedding the gaudy gaming look, focusing on functionality and performance. I’ve always been partial to Logitech for my personal peripheral choices, and I have to say the G915 is now my new favorite keyboard. * - I was never a fan of wireless keyboards. I’ve had bad experiences with a few wireless keyboards, a mix of distance and interference, in the past. So far, the wireless on the G915 has been great. Nonetheless, with so much wireless interference nowadays on 2.4ghz bands, and especially Bluetooth, I don’t know if I’d bet my gaming life on wireless connectivity. However, that might just be some paranoia on my part. I would certainly not use the Bluetooth, however, when gaming. - People who will use this keyboard solely for gaming might prefer to go with the Tactile switches or the Linear. The Linear will likely be more like Cherry-Reds which a lot of gamers most prefer. However, using this keyboard as a hybrid of web development typing and gaming, I still really like the Clicky keys. - Overall, I love this keyboard. The software is awesome, in typical Logitech fashion; the keys feel great; the aesthetics are first-class; and the build quality is enviable.


Top of the Line Corsair

CORSAIR HX Series HX1200 CP-9020140-NA 1200W ATX12V v2.4 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series HX1200 CP-9020140-NA 1200W ATX12V v2.4 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: * For as long as I’ve been building PCs, I’ve always opted for a Corsair Power Supply. They’ve simply never let me down, last forever, are well made, and durable. Every component looks top of the line and is quality. So I admit I do have a tad wee bit of bias here, but during my review I tried to put that all aside. Albeit, by the end of testing the HX1200, my bias toward Corsair, and specifically their PSUs, only deepened. No longer is it a simple bias, it’s straight up tribalism! * - Wow, I mean as far as PSUs can be, the Corsair HX1200 is gorgeous. It has a freckle matte black paint job that looks elegant and clean. The greyscale color tone will fit into most PCs just fine. The top grill striped design is also a nice aesthetic accent. It’s a long, beefy PSU at just shy of 8 inches (7.9”). Through the back honeycomb, you can see the meticulously assembled components. There’s a large power switch and outlet on the back. The front has a switch for the single or multiple 12V line and all the fully modular ports (use what you need) for the many different cables included. Speaking of which, there’s the 20+4 ATX cable, which is a little short of two feet in length. There’s two 4+4 EPS12V, which are slightly longer than the ATX cable. There are four 6+2 PCIe cables, allowing plenty of GPUs power, and these are about 26 inches in length. There are also three SATA x12 connectors, which is about a total of 30 inches in length, with 4.5 inch separation in the connectors. Another two SATA x8 connectors with little less than 4.5 inch degree of separation. And lastly two Molex x8, at about 30 inch in length, with 4 inch degree of separation in the connectors. Somehow a floppy disk connector made its way into here. These cables are pure black, as expected, and look decently enough. I’d still say go with aftermarket cables if you intend to build an aesthetically pleasing PC, but these no doubt do the job and can pass a glance through an acrylic window. - The HX1200 is rated at 80PLUS Platinum, which speaks to its incredible efficiency. The 12V rail alone can quite impressively deliver the entirety of the PSU’s wattage. - Corsair also manufacturers amazing fans (I use them pretty much solely), and they have a 135mm (I wonder why they don’t just do a 140mm, but that’s beside the point) fluid dynamic fan inside here. It’s quiet as to be expected by Corsair and does its job presumably well, not even spinning when at the lower end of its power consumption. - There’s an amazing 10-year long warranty on this beast. Corsair stands behind their products.

Cons: - It’s hard to find a con in a power supply unless it’s glaring. There are no such glaring issues such as this when it comes to the HX1200. I think PSU manufacturers could always improve the aesthetics of their cables and this still stands for the HX1200.

Overall Review: - Corsair Link, the monitoring software, isn’t built into this line of Corsair PSUs. I believe that besides that feature, this PSU is about the same as the HXis. - I don’t know much about mining cryptocurrency, just the basics. I got into PCs just because of gaming. So this PSU will likely be overkill for most machine requirements, but if you’re running multiple GPUs for mining or gaming, the HX1200 will give you plenty of power to do so.

Some good, some bad

Gamdias Hades M1 Wireless Gaming Mouse with RGB
Gamdias Hades M1 Wireless Gaming Mouse with RGB

Pros: * I never heard of Gamdias as a whole until I first received their M1 Gaming Chair. That was followed up by the gaming keyboard, Gamdias Hermes E2. Now, the Gaming Wireless Mouse, Gamdias Hades M1. I commend them hitting the gaming market with a whole slew of products like Corsair and Logitech has. Unfortunately, these aforementioned companies just do it better all around. * - The Hades M1 is a gorgeous looking mouse. It’s sleek, on the smaller side for a gaming mouse, has great lines and curves. It has a matte black coat, but the dpi buttons and around the scroll wheel is a ugly black plastic, finger-print magnet. But overall, the design screams gaming. However, there are certainly drawbacks the design when it comes to functionality (see Cons). It has a minimalistic footprint and is about the 25% smaller than the Corsair Scimitar Pro (however, it has 90% less buttons). The RGB LEDs crisscross the entire length of the mouse, etched in smart locations. The LEDs look extremely crisp and well-lit. The left side is coated in a nice rubber for a good thumb-resting grip. The right side is a whole different story… (see Cons). It has a DPI up and down button in the middle, and two left side buttons. A charging cord comes in the box. - I love the weight on the Hades M1. You can remove the four 5g weights to make it lighter if you like mouse lift and less weight resistance. However, I think the weight is perfect, as it feels solid in your hand and durable. The weight optionality is also a nice addition; I know a lot of mice have it, but it’s still a good bonus feature that gives you some customizability. Speaking of customizability… - At first I hated the fact that there was no right side finger rest. But then I realized there were three different, interchangeable side rests for your ring finger to chill on. I was elated, swapping each one out to see what I liked most. My elation subsided when I came to the conclusion that I didn’t like any of them. The fact that they added this option, deserves props. The ability to change them out is cool and adaptable. However, none of them were good for me and none of them fit with the mouse’s aesthetics besides the initial one (see cons). - A lot of gamers refuse to use wireless mice. I’m an exception, as I love them, and my main mouse for about four years has been the Logitech G602 wireless. I can understand not wanting a wireless keyboard, though. But with the Hades, I didn’t notice any issues with polling rate (1k, which is a nice amount) or input lag. When putting the USB dongle behind my monitor, in a USB slot, though, it was jerky and unusable. So just be conscious of where you place the dongle in relation to interference. - I really like the scroll wheel. It has a great feel to it, is fast, and has an easy click. The feedback is a tad light, but overall, it’s the best button on the mouse. The left and right mouse clicks have a good deal of resistance to them and sound good with feedback and haptic response. The two side buttons are atrocious, however (see Cons). - The software is decent. It has a slew of settings and customizability, but still lags behind the more well-rounded software of Gamdias’s competitors.

Cons: - The right ring finger side rests are just not any good. They mismatch the design of the mouse and don’t encourage comfort. It’s cool they incorporated interchangeable rests, but the fact that none of them are good enough is disappointing. Your finger still rests uncomfortably and having none at all seems to be the best option. I would have preferred a simple ridge to lay my finger upon. - For the price, you’d think there’d be more buttons to click on the mouse. There are only the two on the side and the dpi buttons. When I’m gaming, I like at least six different hotkeys to be executable on the mouse. Ostensibly, there are only two on the Hades. And the two feel terrible to click. They’re plasticy and cheap feeling, when they should almost feel like a mechanical key. The DPI buttons suffer the same fate, but those aren’t clicked as much. They also are a little too easy to click, possibly accidentally as there’s no initial resistance to them. - The Hades M1 is decent for a palm grip (bad for a claw grip, according to my brother the claw grip gamer, who gives me his input on all opposing grip comfortable). I have a palm grip and it fits just fine. The only drawback (I have long scraggily fingers) is my middle over hangs a tad, but not devastatingly so. However, due to is lessened footprint, it doesn’t hug my palm as much as I’d like. - The Hades M1 glide is not easy. It definitely is more resistant on my Razer Goliath mouse pad than other mice. This could be considered up to personal preference, but to me it’s more of a con.

Overall Review: - The click actuation (besides on the side buttons) is slightly more resistant than the four gaming mice I have on hand. This comes down to personal preference though. * The biggest drawbacks for the Hades M1 are the lack of comfortability when gripping the mouse and the lack of buttons. It seems like for every positive the Hades has, there’s a negative lurking right behind, or in plain sight. I would be much more lenient on it if the mouse were twenty dollars cheaper. In some areas, the price is justifiable, but the other areas take away more than the positives add. *

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It came quickly and on time. Nice small box. Mediocre packaging material but not cheap. Box was slightly wrinkled and torn, but it didn't harm the product. (It could have been the shipper anyhow.) All in all, I'm pleased.

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