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Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

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Pros: Competitive gaming off the wire, customizability

Cons: Price tag you pay for R&D

My sharing thoughts and experience of the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum wireless gaming mouse.Click to enlarge pictures to full size and better viewing in 'Original'At $150 I was hesitant to make this purchase but it was positive feedback from some of our most respected and critical OCN members when it comes to mice which inspired me to give it a try. One thing I've learned in all my years here when these members have good things to say almost across-the-board, you just know this mouse might be a winner.G900 comes in a quality box one you should keep if you ever want to store or resell down the road. You'll find It's a worthy high caliber, subjectively good looking all around mouse. If you...
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Viewsonic XG2700 combines 4K and gaming masterfully

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Pros: Stunning 4K visuals gaming, 4K streaming

Cons: Requires Fury or equivalent performance GPU to run

My XG2700 4K Experience & CollaborationI’ll start this by saying my 1st XG2700 came with strong IPS glow in upper right and left corners of screen which though I did not see initially gaming did have it on desktop with wallpaper. I decided to make an exchange to try my luck one more time and my 2nd monitor’s glow was less enough that it doesn’t show on normal desktop wallpaper, gaming, streaming, or watching movies. In the IPS world ‘good enough’ is great.Both monitors I scanned for and neither showed any white dot, black dot, dead pixels or dust in monitor. These panels showing pristine condition as expected and some QC perhaps which is a good sign. You do pay for higher grade panel,...
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Puretrak Talent (Black) - Serious gaming pad for seriously low price

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Pros: Bottom grip, top glide, washable

Cons: Maybe too wide for some

If you've read the Puretrak Talent reviews you've pretty much know what this one is all about. Only difference is Puretrak decided to listen to its customer suggestions and this is an all black surface version.Comes in square box rolled up and at first I thought oh no, but surprisingly it laid flat right away. No need for weights to flatten down edges or long ritual, you can get down to gaming right out of the box. The pad as a whole is heavy, thick, and feels well made.Side picture comparison of mouse pads. In order from top to bottom, Roccat Taito, Aritsan Hayate Otsu, Zowie G-SR DG, Puretrak Black Talent. [[SPOILER]] Only down side for pads like this is the air pockets in the base...
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Zowie G-SR DG (Dark Gray)

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Pros: Quality, base, size, logo placement choice, sensor tracking

Cons: Pricey, not sure on durability

Zowie G-SR DG (Dark Gray)Prior to owning this pad I owned the Zowie P-SR, see review. Some thoughts on P-SR would pertain to G-SR-DG as the only difference is the size, color and logo placement.The blue G-SR & smaller sibling P-SR was first to market which is a distinctive light blue pad, followed by a dark gray version shortly after simply titled "G-SR DG". At first I thought why isn't it a black pad being most popular but I see now that different done right helps stand out in a flock of black pads. SR blue or gray achieves that.Packaging & First ThoughtsIt comes packaged in a white cardboard box rolled up. When laid on the desk for the first time it laid flat immediately. The...
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Roccat Taito "Control"

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Pros: Sensor tracking, durable edges,

Cons: Doesn't lay flat, slight side to side movement

Roccat Taito Control Let me first start off by saying I've used Roccat Taito 3mm-mid for two years four months consecutively and the pad I'll be comparing Control to and will refer to it as 'original'.When I read the Taito Control description "embroidered edges" to keep pad from fraying I wondered. I considered my original Taito that lasted 2 years without fraying better than average in durability. I had two original Taito's for two rigs. Top cloth peeled away on one from the bottom rubber pad and the other just minimal fray. After two years on any pad I think that's great IMO. Seems like a marketing move to appease durability advocates and embroidered edges solidifies the deal.Enter...
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Artisan Hayate Otsu Soft

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Pros: Quality, superb tracking

Cons: Pricey, edge may be rough for some

Artisan Hayate Otsu Having recently ordered the Hein from Artisan (see Hien Review), nothing was different with shipment or packaging from the time before. Only this time I ordered Artisans self deemed "new flagship" mouse pad, an improvement to their previous raved Hayate released in 2012, the new "Hayate Otsu".Hayate Improvements listed directly from the website • HAYATE clan common high total performance• Differences of glide of vertical and the horizontal are less than a HAYATE• Enhanced ease stop than HAYATE• Improvement versus tracking performance than HAYATE• Improvement of wear resistanceWhen first laid down upon desk it immediately laid flat which is reminiscent of Artisan pads....
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Artisan Hien Soft

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Pros: Quality of base, warranty, great sensor tracking

Cons: Might be a bit too abbrasive for some, pricey

Artisan HienThe Artisan Hien comes direct from Artisan based in Tokyo Japan in a thick padded, brown manila envelope, with big bold red words that say "please do not bend or fold". All Artisan pads are packaged in a white hard card board envelope that does not bend. Another card board backing was provided for extra support inside padded envelope it was shipped in. It was obvious they take sending you a flat mouse pad very seriously and do not like to bend their pads.Laying the pad down for the first time was instantly flat. I can't tell you how refreshing this is not having to go through a 24-48 hr flattening ritual before using.Warrantee is also pretty unique where Artisan only requires...
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Zowie P-SR Mouse Pad

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Pros: Distinctive look, Mid-size

Cons: Blue color may turn people off

I consider myself a casual gamer based on time I see other put in around OCN. I enjoy trying out new mice and pads for fun occasionally, I recently found the ZA12. If I can, I like pairing new mice with a gaming pad from the same company if it's worthy. Coming prior from the QCK+ mainly, I've been using the Taito mid-size 3mm exclusively for the last two years paired with a Savu and KPO.I decided to first try the Zowie CM which I found had issues laying flat with it's flexible plastic / rubber base that kept curling. My first reaction to Zowie mouse pads was not a good experience. Preferring cloth pads I decided to give one more pad a try, the P-SR.P-SR laid flat out of the box and only...
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Zowie ZA 12

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Pros: Sensor 3310, no drivers or software required, no LED's

Cons: Pricey, scroll wheel needs improvement

Please see ZA 13 Review on my first thoughts on the ZA line of mice.ZOWIE ZA 12 [[SPOILER]] Playing with the Zowie ZA 13 for five weeks now, I noticed I was getting slight hand cramp when gaming that exceeded two hours. I could use it as a desktop mouse all day long or game short durations with no problems but gaming my hand is tense and longer periods I felt the 13 might be too small from initial reaction. I really like the feel of the ZA shape in my hand and as we know form factor of a mouse to each of us is subjective. I decided to give the ZA 12 size a try rather a different mouse entirely.Right away when I placed my hand on the ZA 12 the difference was evident enough, though what...
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Roccat Taito

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Pros: Qaulity, durable and price.

Cons: White wash from sweat over time possibly

Roccat Taito line comes in three sizes and two thicknesses. I chose the mid-size 3mm pad. Pick size according to your desk space or playing preferences.Replacing a Steelseries QCK+ the Taito is smaller size (see specs) and thicker in width. I've had this pad since February 2013. I've paired it with Savu, KPO, & ZA13. At first laying wrist over top was different than I was used to being thicker width but found the material soft, comfortable and became acclimated. I feel It's faster than QCK+ in speed / glide with no control or sensitivity loss.If replacing a pad like the QCK heavy, the Taito 5mm will be suitable. 5mm also comes in small, mid, & king sizes as do the 3mm thick...
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