Steelseries 5L Gaming Mouse Pad Review

I was skeptical of the Steelseries 5L when I first read about it. When something is advertised as both a “hard and soft” mouse pad – the best of both worlds – it awakens the skeptic inside of me. After having used it for several months, I am glad that I gave it a chance.

The Steelseries 5L is taller (meaning height off of the desk) than the pads I’m used to, but I didn’t mind. The softness makes it comfortable to rest on. The mouse does glide smoothly over the surface. The smooth surface is great for those who enjoy high-sensitivity gaming, but the surface is controlled enough and large enough that it is also excellent for low-sensitivity purposes. Obviously applying a lot of pressure to the mouse will slow it down.

The Steelseries 5L was definitely able to impress me. You might be wondering how the 5L pulls off the claim that it works like a hard mouse pad, but feels like a soft mouse pad. The 5L is so named for its 5 different layers of material. On the top layer is a hard plastic coating that gives the pad its smoothness. Beneath that is a layer of cloth, which gives it the cloth feel we are used to. The third layer, made of a soft foam, gives the 5L some softness and makes it comfortable to rest one’s hand upon the pad. The fourth layer is like a frame, and holds the mouse pad in shape. The final layer is the base, composed of a rubber that is sure to hold the pad in place.

Please keep in mind that this is a very large pad (15 x 11 x .2 in.) and you should check your desk size before buying it. The only users that won’t enjoy the feeling of the Steelseries 5L are those who have small desks or who want something as smooth as a glass surface or an adonized aluminum surface. The 5L is a smooth pad, but truly hard surfaces are smoother. I am becoming quite fond of the soft, smooth surface.

We were initially concerned about the durability of the 5L. Hard surfaces usually last about three times as long as soft surfaces before showing wear. We wondered how the 5L would fare with its hybrid hard/soft surface. According to long-term users, the 5L’s durability is fantastic. We spoke with many hardcore gamers who had been using the pad for three years, and there were no problems to speak of. Steelseries seems to have done a great job constructing the 5L. There are only a couple pads like the 5L, but the 5L offers the best performance and best durability of them all. After many years of serious 40-hour-per-week usage, the 5L only displays some fraying on the edges and a lightly worn (but still usable by hardcore gamers) surface. Fraying will be more significant if you rub your wrist against the edge of the pad, rather than raising your wrist.

Cleaning the 5L is not as easy as cleaning a hard surface, but you really wouldn’t expect it to be. It’s also not as hard as cleaning a cloth surface. The plastic-covered cloth seems to not absorb liquids like a cloth pad would, so you’re left with a surface that isn’t sticky. Just use a wet cloth to clean up spills, and you’re good to go. One user reported that the pad had no stains or spots after multiple soda spills. Seriously, though, I think something is wrong with you if you spill near your computer multiple times in one month.

Let’s check out the marketing claims made by Steelseries. Does it feel soft like cloth? Check. Does it offer a smooth surface like a hard pad? Check. Does it hold up like a hard plastic pad? Check. Does it do all of this without any trade offs? Pretty much, check. The price might be the only trade off, but you get what you pay for here. Click through to get the Steelseries 5L or just look at the current price you can get it for. Head back to the mouse pad reviews main page for more mouse pad info. If you think you might want any other soft surface, I think you’re missing out. This is the best “soft” pad out there.

Micon System Review – Is Bryan Micon a Scandal?

Playing online poker for a living is hard. In fact, not losing any money from playing poker is not easy. I have personally lost a lot of money playing poker in the past, so much that I almost gave up on poker, a game that I loved so much. Despite buying into many poker systems written by poker “professionals”, my poker skill always seemed to remain at the same level. I applied the same strategies from these strategy guides but my results were always the same, losing. A few months back, I read about the Micon System on the internet. After reading many positive comments and Bryan Micon, I decided to give the Micon System a try. I will tell you about what you can expect to find in the Micon System, as well as my own experience with it.

The first thing I noticed about the Micon System is that it costs $97. This is a relatively high price to pay for a poker product, since most other poker guides cost less than that. I still bought it due to the large number of positive reviews for it, and the other poker guides were not helping me either. I was more concerned with the quality of the product and content more than its cost. I was also worried that even if Bryan Micon might be a good player, his guide might not be well written for me to improve.

After buying the Micon System, I noticed that it is very different from every other similar poker strategy guides that I have read before. There is actually a lot of information in the guide and plenty of new ideas that will give you plenty to think about. Included in the Micon System is a written guide, along with videos and audio of Bryan Micon himself. I got very excited after reading through the guide and watching the videos. The Micon System is clearly written by a very professional point of view, and immediately got me thinking about many aspects of poker which I had never thought about before.

Section 1 of the Micon System is a very helpful bankroll management section. It teaches every player what correct limits he or she should play at, and how to build your bankroll slowly and consistently.

Section 2 of the Micon System teaches you step-by-step on how to make money from poker cash games. This is a very important section of the Micon System to understand if you plan to make money from playing poker. You will learn many unique strategies like hybrid styling, and learn to play every position in order to have the best chance of winning.

The Sit N Go domination in section 3 of the Micon System teaches you how to win more sit n go tournaments. You will learn exactly when to push the big blind and small blind in every scenario.

In the last section 4, you will receive videos and audio, and be able to watch Bryan Micon’s every move as he wins money playing poker. By watching his videos, I have learnt to handle almost every type of situation I encounter, and come out a winner consistently.

The Micon System is not a very easy guide to understand. If you plan to buy the Micon System, you will need a lot of dedication and effort to fully understand what it teaches. Once I understood the Micon System though, I felt like I had a breakthrough in my poker skill. Nowadays I’m able to make more final tables and win more Sit N Gos using the strategies in the Micon System, and winning more money. If you need professional advice on how to improve on your poker, Bryan Micon is the one to turn to.

Logitech MX815 Gaming Mouse Review

The Logitech MX815 Gaming Mouse is a rather well-known device in the computer gaming community. It’s one of the more popular gaming peripherals, and for good reason.

Logitech’s MX815 is a wonderful entry-level gaming mouse. I say it’s entry-level only because of the fact that it comes with the basic needs that your average computer gamer would need, without a ton of extra bells and whistles that might be overwhelming (and often unnecessary) for most.

Features:

– 1800 dpi optical engine

– Ergonomic comfort design

– In-game sensitivity controls

– Programmable buttons

– Software to customize mouse for certain games

Probably the most important factor when buying a new mouse, for gaming or not, is how it feels in your hand. Let me start off by saying that I personally love the feel of this mouse. I do a decent amount of gaming, and this mouse does everything I would ever need it to. Even the clicks feel very strong and responsive. The natural shape with the thumb rest is fantastic and my mouse hand honestly never gets too tired or cramped even after many hours. If there is one complaint, it’s that the mouse is rather light and a weighted mouse is normally preferred for gaming.

The MX815 comes with a multitude of different buttons that have their own functions, however they can also all be customizable to do whatever you want them to. The standard functions include your two primary left and right clicks, two side buttons positioned near the thumb, a + and – button for quick access to different DPI settings, an “alt+tab” button, and the scroll wheel buttons that click right, left, and down. While their standard settings are extremely useful on their own, remember that you can customize them to follow all sorts of macros or other functions. One set of buttons you probably won’t want to change are the DPI buttons – These are quite useful for on the fly setting changes. If you like different sensitivities for different games, you simply have to click the + or – button to change it, and it’s just as easy to change it back.

Overall it’s just a great mouse, for gaming or not. It feels good, it’s very responsive, it has a lot of room for customization, and it’s something that’s going to last you a long time. If you’re looking for a solid gaming mouse that will cover all your needs, as well as having a very reasonable price, I definitely recommend checking out Logitech’s MX815 Gaming Mouse.