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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TECH TUESDAY -- Sentey Nebulus Gaming mouse


Another new feature... I'm hoping the feature posts will help me keep focused on writing. Tuesdays are all about technology. Anything considered technology will be featured on Tuesdays... this could be hardware, software or mobile apps. As long as it's considered to be Tech, I'm featuring it Tuesdays!

This week, I take a look at my mouse, The Sentey Nebulus Gaming Mouse

Sentey Nebulus Gaming Mouse

ou're now part of an elite brotherhood of gamers whose sole purpose is to effortlessly dominate the competition! Along side your elite gaming brethren, wielding only your cunning wits, heightened senses, and your Nebulus gaming mouse from Sentey, you're about to embark on a journey to conquer every corner of the gaming universe!!

Fear is not an option with Nebulus! Rest assured that it is more than properly equipped with all the features you could ever need to seize control of the gaming galaxy! Including: 4 software configurable DPI levels (up to 3200dpi each), up to 3600FPS, 3D two-way scrolling, 9 adjustable weights, low fricton PTFE feet for quick movement on just about any surface, and fast acceleration and polling rates, all built on the Pixart chipset.

• Hard Case Multiuse
• Led Lights on - Off
• Multi DPI Button Selector and Software Configuration
• 5 Buttons
• 500hz Polling Rate
• Acceleration Speed 30g
• Heavy Duty All Braided 1.8 Meter Cable with USB 2.0 Gold Plated Connector
• Low Friction Ptfe Feet for Better Gaming Experience
• 3d 2 Way Scrolling
I am HARD on mice. Before I started writing reviews and keeping myself busy with that, I was a amateur Graphic Designer. I designed icons and blinkies for a website called LiveJournal (LJ for short). I even tried to make a go at a home-based graphic design business.

But, 'too many cooks spoil the broth' in LJ land, and I really couldn't get a good following. I had my loyal requesters, but my downfall was I gave things away for too long. When I did decide, 'Hey, maybe I can do this for a living... or at least playing/spending cash,' I was met with disdain and pretty much told to 'get a job' and 'quit begging.' It upset me quite a bit, because I saw competing makers offer worse deals than I did, and people never told those makers to 'get a job' and 'quit begging.' Once my Windows installation died in a fiery crash 8 days after XPocalypse, I pretty much gave up on designing.

But when I was designing steadily, I would go through typical mice like crazy. Too many clicking and dragging, wheel-scrolling and highlighting would take it's toll on the mouse buttons. It would start double... triple... and in some cases, quadruple-clicking. Not a good thing when you're just trying to surf around the web.

So, when I was offered the chance to review this gaming mouse, I jumped at it.

I really like the feel of this mouse in the hand. I have all 9 weights installed and it doesn't have too much weight to it. It's heavy enough to be felt in the hand, but not so heavy that it can't be controlled.

^^Stock photo of the mouse^^

^^Outer box of the mouse^^

^^mouse connected to system^^

I like the lights on this mouse, because the lights let me know my computer is recognizing the mouse. If the blue lights are 'breathing,' the mouse is communicating with the system and will follow your commands.

^^"Breathing cycle" of the mouse^^
NOTE: I do have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why my hands movements are the way they are and the camera may shake. You have been warned.

I can personally attest this works on a Linux/Ubuntu 14.04 desktop, an HP Chromebook 11 and an ASUS Chromebook 13.3 system. This mouse does come with a mini CD-ROM, which contains the drivers and software for the gaming controls. However, since I don't have access to a Windows system, I cannot tell you how the control software works. Honestly, even if I did have access to a Windows system, I would not have installed the drivers or control software. I'm not a hardcore gamer, so I would not have needed the gaming controls. Otherwise, this is a plug-and-play mouse.

The mouse also has 4 levels of DPI (dots per inch) on this mouse. The level is symbolized by the light color below the scroll wheel:
• 400 dpi - Light is off
• 800 dpi - Red Light. This is the default setting.
• 1600 dpi - Yellow Light. Truth be told, it looks more like 'Citrus Soda' or Neon Yellow.
• 3200 dpi - Green light. Highest dpi setting.

I found either the 800 dpi setting or the 1600 dpi setting to be the best for me. The 400 dpi setting made me have to give extra effort in moving the mouse cursor around my screen. It also felt laggy and delayed. The 3200 dpi setting was WAY too sensitive for me. It was manageable with concentration, but for casual surfing around the web, 3200 dpi would just be impractical for me. 800 dpi seemed to be the 'sweet spot.' Not slow and unresponsive, but not to the point were a slight nudge sends the cursor flying off screen.

The only real problem I have with this mouse, I'm not sure if it's the mouse or the systems. As I said, I've used this on a Linux/Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop, a HP Chromebook 11 and an ASUS Chromebook 13.3. The Ubuntu desktop recognized the mouse every time it was booted. The two Chromebooks didn't recognize the mouse 4 out of 10 boots. I had to unplug the USB connector and replug it in, sometimes MULTIPLE times to get the Chromebook to recognize it and the blue lights to 'breath.' Hitting the dpi selection button when connected to the HP Chromebook seemed to work, especially after the laptop was sleeping, but I have not tried this method on the ASUS model yet. I'm inclined to think this is a mouse issue and not a system issue, since Mama Melissa has a Zelotes gaming mouse and the same ASUS Chromebook (just in blue) and her system ALWAYS recognizes her mouse when she boots up.

As far as disabled people using this mouse, I don't see a problem. It connects easily. I personally would leave all 9 weights in the mouse, as it will provide more weight to it and will allow more control in the hand.

This is available from Amazon for $18.99.

Great mouse, but can be temperamental with some OSes.

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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