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which are the best optical sensors of this gen and last?

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I'm looking for a quick summary on the performance of the current and previous gen optical sensors that might still be equipped in new mice. I was OK with Philips PLN 2032 laser just as a compromise I was willing to accept for the right mouse shape, but most brands seem to be shifting to Avago for laser and I'm less enamoured with those.

It seems like feedback on the DeathAdder 2013 (S3988) is pretty positive aside from the glitch that was fixed. Is this the best optical sensor so far? is it basically the same as A3090 aside from the dpi? I'm a bit sceptical that the 6400dpi is anything other than firmware trickery, but it seems like the genuine native dpi range should be more than enough to satisfy even high sensitivity users. I'd be really happy to have the choice of usable ~1600dpi to ~3200dpi without any serious compromises.

With the previous gen Avago optical A3060 (S3668) & A3080 (S3888) were the serious niggles just limited to the brands that chose to ship with angle-snapping activated?

PixArt I don't know too much about, have they anything significant for or against vs the Avago opticals?
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It seems like feedback on the DeathAdder 2013 (S3988) is pretty positive aside from the glitch that was fixed. Is this the best optical sensor so far?

Imho, yes.
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With the previous gen Avago optical A3060 (S3668) & A3080 (S3888) were the serious niggles just limited to the brands that chose to ship with angle-snapping activated?
As i've understood it, most of the "issues" were mainly due to poor firmware.
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PixArt I don't know too much about, have they anything significant for or against vs the Avago opticals?
I don't think anyone in the entire world with basic knowledge of mouse sensors likes the pixart sensors.
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Following above format...

1) I don't see any real improvement from A3060+ family. In fact I could consider it a downgrade from a "raw sensor" aspect unless you're worried about specific lift off detection or DPI.

2) Agilent A3060 and A3080 only shipped with angle snapping. It was removed on the Avago S3668 (Razer) a good 2-3 years after release. S3888 (Razer) never shipped with angle snapping. Common sense will indicate that Avago practically copied and pasted the S3888 code, gave it minor changes, and initially sold it as A3090. Of course, they've updated since then.

3) I find Pixart's 3305 superior to Avago's 3050. This quite subjective in terms of what you value more. The question and answer is quite ironic though.
Edited by Skylit - 1/29/13 at 10:30am
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