Maximum PC - All Articles http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/all/feed en Hollywood's Six Most Evil Tech Companies http://www.maximumpc.com/list_hollywoods_six_most_evil_tech_companies_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/terminator.jpg" width="250" height="200" style="float: right;" />Fake tech companies we love to hate</h3> <p>As evil as some tech companies are, most of them can’t hold a candle against some of Hollywood’s most vile fictitious tech companies. For instance, EA might be one of the most hated companies in America, but against Cyberdyne Systems and Skynet? Fuggedaboutit. With that said, we have compiled a list of our favorite fake companies that we love to hate.&nbsp;</p> <p>What’s the most evil Hollywood tech company in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/list_hollywoods_six_most_evil_tech_companies_2015#comments Alien Blade Runner Cyberdyne Systems Hyperdyne Systems Omni Consumer Products Prometheus resident evil RoboCop terminator Total Recall Tyrell Corporation Umbrella Weyland Yutani From the Magazine Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:31:42 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 29524 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tops 20 Percent of Desktop Search Market for First Time http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tops_20_percent_desktop_search_market_first_time_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bing.jpg" alt="Bing" title="Bing" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />Search rankings</h3> <p>Have you used Bing lately? An increasing number of people are, and perhaps one day it will earn verb status the way Google has. In the meantime, <strong>Microsoft can celebrate snagging a 20.1 percent share of the search market</strong> as of the end of March, up from 19.8 percent at the end of February. It's also the first time that Microsoft has crossed over the 20 percent mark, according to data provided by comScore.</p> <p>That's still not enough to touch Google, which remained virtually flat at 64.4 percent (down just a sliver from 64.5 percent), though it's a good bit ahead of Yahoo Sites (12.7 percent) Ask Network (1.8 percent), and AOL (1.1 percent). Out of all of them, Microsoft was the only to increase its share -- the rest either didn't budge or dropped by a hair.</p> <p>These numbers don't take into consideration searches conducted from mobile devices, and it's not clear if they include consoles, either. They're <a href="http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Market-Rankings/comScore-Releases-March-2015-US-Desktop-Search-Engine-Rankings" target="_blank">listed by comScore</a> as being "Desktop Only" from both home and work locations.</p> <p>As far as desktop searches goes, there were 18.9 billion explicit core searches conducted in March, with Google Sites taking the lion's share of them (12.1 billion, up 11 percent), followed by Microsoft (3.8 billion, up 12 percent).</p> <p>It's worth pointing out that Microsoft and Yahoo <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_and_yahoo_revise_10-year_search_agreement_2015">recently amended</a> their 10-year search agreement. It's not yet clear how exactly the revised arrangement will affect search shares of both entities, though if it favors Microsoft, Google may have reason to sweat (just a little).</p> <p>What's <em>YOUR</em> search engine of choice these days? Sound off in the comments section below!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tops_20_percent_desktop_search_market_first_time_2015#comments aol Ask Bing Google microsoft search Yahoo News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:55:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 29749 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Plans to Live Stream Build Process for a Millennium Desktop Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_millennium_0.jpg" alt="Origin PC Millennium" title="Origin PC Millennium" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />How boutique builders do it</h3> <p>Building a computer isn't all that difficult. Though it may seem like a daunting proposition to anyone who's never assembled a PC before, it's really just a matter of preparation and patience. Where things tend to get a little more challenging is when you aim for a professional looking build like the boutique vendors offer. How do they do it? See for yourself -- boutique builder <strong>Origin PC is going to live stream the construction of a Millennium desktop PC</strong> later this month.</p> <p>Mark your calendars for April 24th. With the help of popular Twitch streamer Towelliee, Origin PC will showcase a custom build on its Twitch channel from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern.</p> <p>"Origin PC and Towelliee will also be chatting with fans live during the stream for anyone who may have questions regarding the PC build. If you ever wondered how Origin PC builds their award-winning custom high-performance desktops, now’s your chance to experience it live for the very first time!," Origin said.</p> <p>The Millennium is Origin PC's mid-size gaming desktop. As this will be a custom configuration, we don't know yet what components will get shoved inside or what the foundation will be. There are three to choose from on Origin PC's website -- an Intel Z97 build starting at $1,785, an AMD 990FX build starting at $1,847, and an Intel X99 configuration starting at $2,322.</p> <p>Origin PC's Twitter channel can be found <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/originpc" target="_blank">here</a>, in case you want to bookmark it ahead of time.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015#comments Hardware millennium OEM origin pc rigs Towelliee twitch News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29748 at http://www.maximumpc.com Head 2 Head: Wordpress vs. Squarespace http://www.maximumpc.com/head_2_head_wordpress_vs_squarespace_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wordpress_squarespace.jpg" alt="Wordpress vs Squarespace" title="Wordpress vs Squarespace" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />Evaluating website builders</h3> <p>So, you've decided to build a website but don't know where to start, is that it? You're not alone. This is the Internet era, after all, and there are countless reasons why you might want a website of your own. It could be something as simple as an online photo album to share with family and friends, or a blog for your ramblings on whichever topics tickle your fancy. Or maybe your needs are more professional in nature and you're looking at constructing an e-commerce site to sell your one-of-a-kind thingamajigs.</p> <p>You have options. Lots of them, actually. One of them is to buckle down, learn the ins and outs of HTML, and code your site from scratch. If you don't have the time or gumption for that, there are website builders that streamline the process so that anybody at any skill level can build the site they're looking for. Two of the more popular are Wordpress and Squarespace. Which one is the overall better option? Let's find out!</p> <h3>ROUND 1: Ease of Use</h3> <p>Building a website can be stressful. Or it can be fun. Part of that depends on your skill level, though the onus here falls on Wordpress and Squarespace to streamline the experience so you don't feel like Hulk-smashing your keyboard when things don't turn out the way you want them to. When you dive into one of the paid options, Wordpress spreads its wings beyond a robust blogging platform and into a bona fide website builder, and though it tries to hold your hand along the way, it's definitely geared more toward users who already have at least some experience building webpages.</p> <p>Squarespace, on the other hand, is a bit more nurturing to first-time or still-green users. The interface is fairly intuitive, allowing you to hop in and create a relatively professional-looking site without a lot of effort or, just as important, time. And if you do get stuck, there are several helpful video tutorials available.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/squarespace.jpg" alt="Squarespace" title="Squarespace" width="620" height="504" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Squarespace</strong></p> <h3>ROUND 2: Themes and Templates</h3> <p>One of the easiest ways to go about building a website is to take an existing template and tailor it to your specific content and needs. As Squarespace has become more popular, it's library of templates has grown. It's also easy to narrow one down, as they're broken up into categories—Featured, Businesses, Porfolios, Stores, Personal, Musicians, Restaurants, and Weddings. However, there just aren't that many to choose from, only a few dozen by our count. Wordpress has over 1,700 themes, and if that's not enough, you can hit up the web for even more from various marketplaces. They're not organized as well as Squarespace's, and that might account for something if Squarespace had a few hundred to choose from. It doesn't, and given the enormous disparity here, Wordpress gets the nod.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Wordpress</strong></p> <h3>ROUND 3: Price</h3> <p>Squarespace breaks down its subscription option into three tiers:</p> <ul> <li>Personal: $10 per month, or $96 billed annually ($8 per month)</li> <li>Professional: $20 per month, or $192 billed annually ($16 per month)</li> <li>Business: $30 per month, or $288 billed annually ($24 per month)</li> </ul> <p>There is no free tier, though Squarespace does allow you to try out any of the paid options at no cost for 14 days, and without a credit card, which is nice. All three options come with unlimited storage and bandwidth, and both the Professional and Business subscriptions allow unlimited pages (Personal is limited to 20). Integrated commerce is part of each package too, though you can only sell a single product on the Personal tier; Professional and Business allow for up to 20 products and an unlimited amount, respectively.</p> <p>Wordpress also offers three options. They include:</p> <ul> <li>Basic: Free for life</li> <li>Premium: $99 per year</li> <li>Business: $299 per year</li> </ul> <p>It's tough to beat free, though if you're serious about building a website, there are several perks to upgrading to the Premium tier, such as more storage (13GB versus 3GB), no ads, the ability to store videos, a custom domain, and advanced customizations. The Business tier ups the ante with over 50 premium themes included, e-commerce functionality, unlimited space, and live chat support.</p> <p>Since Wordpress offers a free tier, it should get the automatic win, right? Not so fast. That's certainly an advantage, but to build more than a glorified blog, the paid tiers are the way to go. And when comparing the paid tiers, it's really a wash, as both offer a good value for the money.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Tie</strong></p> <h3>ROUND 4: Flexibility</h3> <p>With Squarespace, it doesn't take a lot of time to build a good-looking website: You pick a template, fill in the blanks and/or replace the existing content with your own, and you're all set. It takes a bit longer to build a comparable looking website with Wordpress, but while the learning curve is steeper, the level of fine-grain control runs deeper. There are more templates and themes, tens of thousands of plugins to play with, and it's open source. If you're an experienced website builder or programmer, you can get lost in customizations. And if you're relatively new to the world of website building, you'll find that as you grow, there's more you can do in Wordpress—the ceiling isn't just higher, it's pretty much lifted altogether.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Wordpress</strong></p> <h3>ROUND 5: Support</h3> <p>Wordpress claims it's powering 23 percent of the web. That may or may not be accurate, but there's no disputing its immense popularity. And since Wordpress is so popular, there's a vast amount of knowledge and support out there, both on Wordpress's own support forum and in various corners of the web. There are video tutorials on YouTube, forums for help with plugin coding, and guides galore.</p> <p>The amount of support for Squarespace isn't as robust, though like the service as a whole, it's about convenience and ease-of-use. You can browse through topics in the knowledgebase, seek community-sourced answers, view several video tutorials, and even go to one-on-one workshops if you happen to live in New York.</p> <p>We're inclined to call it a draw in this category, and if we revisit the topic in another year or so, perhaps we will. But for now, Wordpress again benefits from being the popular kid on the block—there are simply more resources available to Wordpress users in need of help.</p> <h3>And the winner is...</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/wordpress.jpg" alt="Wordpress" title="Wordpress" width="620" height="469" /></p> <p>If you're new or simply inexperienced with website building, you're likely to have an easier time with Squarespace. You're also apt to outgrow (eventually) what it has to offer. That's not to say Squarespace isn't a good option, or even a great one, but <strong>Wordpress is simply better</strong> with more templates and themes, plugins for nearly every situation, and an extensive support network. The learning curve is steeper, but the reward for toughing it out is the ability to build a website exactly as you want it, without compromises.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/head_2_head_wordpress_vs_squarespace_2015#comments features Head 2 Head squarespace website wordpress Features Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:49:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 29500 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: WD Black 4TB Internal HDD, Logitech G601 Gaming Mouse, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_wd_black_4tb_internal_hdd_logitech_g601_gaming_mouse_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/wd_black_4tb.jpg" alt="WD Black 4TB HDD" title="WD Black 4TB HDD" width="300" height="251" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u69/newegg_logo_small_0.png" alt="Newegg" title="Newegg" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>So, you've gone and picked up a speedy solid state drive for your new build and plan to use it as a boot drive -- that's a righteous plan. 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As is stands now, Yahoo search is powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine. For the majority, that won't change, though for others, it might. As part of the <strong>new search deal between Yahoo and Microsoft, Yahoo will be allowed to display its own search results and ads for up to half the searches</strong> performed by visitors to its sites and applications.</p> <p>Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer says her and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have been working together for the past several months to revise the original search agreement, which was put into place in 2009.</p> <p>"This renewed agreement opens up significant opportunities in our partnership that I'm very excited about to explore," Mayer said in a <a href="https://investor.yahoo.net/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=906942" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>As Mayer explains it, Yahoo will have more flexibility to enhance the search experience on any platform, since the partnership is non-exclusive for both desktop and mobile. She claims that Yahoo will still serve Bing ads and search results for the majority of its desktop traffic.</p> <p>In addition, Microsoft will be in full control of the salesforce for ads delivered by Microsoft's Bing Ads platform, and likewise, Yahoo will remain the exclusive salesforce for its Gemini ads platform. In other words, Yahoo now has the ability to sell search ads to advertisers through Gemini, while Microsoft will begin taking over sales of all ads for Bing search.</p> <p>That's all the companies were willing to share at this time, so we'll have to wait and see how this revised arrangement affects real-world search results.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_and_yahoo_revise_10-year_search_agreement_2015#comments Bing microsoft search Yahoo News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:56:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29746 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Unveils Sleek and Slim GR6 PC Game Console http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_gr6.jpg" alt="Asus ROG GR6" title="Asus ROG GR6" width="225" height="220" style="float: right;" />Small in size, quiet in operation</h3> <p>We still have a few months to go before official Steam Machine systems enter the market, but in the meantime, OEMs, boutique builders, and hardware players continue to get a jump start on the category with PC gaming consoles built around Windows 8.1 and Steam's Big Picture mode. One such model is the <strong>Asus ROG GR6, the newest PC game box</strong> that's sure to grab attention from your entertainment center.</p> <p>It's an ultra-compact system built inside a 2.5-liter chassis that measures all of 238mm by 245mm by 60mm and weighing 1.28kg. Asus says it's also whisper-quiet, producing 20dB when idle and 28dB at full load.</p> <p>The GR6 features a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5200U processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (supports up to 16GB), HDD and SSD storage options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, GbE LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>It also has Steam installed and will boot into Steam Big Picture mode with the tap of a button. In addition, Asus says it's working with Valve to ensure the GR6 works "perfectly" with Steam OS and Steam Controller down the line. For now, an optional ROG Gladius mouse and M801 keyboard or ORG Sica mouse and RA01 keyboard comes bundled with the system.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015#comments asus GR6 Hardware OEM pc pc console Republic of Gamers rigs ROG News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:04:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29745 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard is Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_blackwidow_tournament_edition_chroma_keyboard_now_available_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackwidow_tournament_editon_chroma.jpg" alt="Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma" title="Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Look at the colors!</h3> <p>Can't decide on whether you want a blue or red LED backlight on the your keyboard? The neat thing about the current crop of RGB keyboards is that you don't have to decide -- you have around 16.8 million colors at your disposal, so you can change your mind on a whim, or combine different colors for different parts of the keyboard. So it goes with <strong>Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboard, a mechanical plank with lots of LED backlighting options that's now available to purchase</strong>.</p> <p>The Tournament Edition here is a tenkeyless (TKL) plank, meaning it doesn't have a number pad. So, if you're an accountant by day and a gamer by night, this wouldn't be the best option, unless you already have a separate number pad and/or don't mind swapping out keyboards.</p> <p>In addition to myriad color options, you can also configure the keyboard to light up in a number of different ways, including Wave, Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, Reactive, and more.</p> <p>This is a mechanical keyboard that uses Razer Green switches, which are tactile and audible. Razer claims they've been designed from the ground-up for gamers, though I suspect they're based on Cherry MX Blue switches. When I played with a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, also with Green switches, I felt the type action was very similar to my Das Keyboard 4 Professional. In any event, you can read more about the <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/razer-mechanical-switches" target="_blank">Green switches here</a>.</p> <p>If you're sold on the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma, you can pick one up <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-blackwidow-tournament-edition-chroma" target="_blank">direct from Razer for $140</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_blackwidow_tournament_edition_chroma_keyboard_now_available_2015#comments BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Hardware mechanical keyboard Peripherals razer News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:59:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29744 at http://www.maximumpc.com Func MS-3 (Revision 2) Mouse Review http://www.maximumpc.com/func_ms-3_revision_2_mouse_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>A solid mouse that's a little too smooth</h3> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">For a gaming mouse, the Func MS-3&nbsp;(revision 2) looks rather unassuming and unpretentious. It is pretty big as mice go, but that doesn't get in the way of its performance too much. The MS-3&nbsp;also brings features that you'd see in more expensive mice.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">Measuring nearly 5 inches long and almost 4 inches wide, the MS-3&nbsp;doesn't fit in your hand. Instead, your hand rides on top of it, filling your palm. For those who use a high finger arch (claw posture), your metacarpophalangeal joints (the joints at the base of the fingers) won't touch the surface, placing your hand weight on the ball of your hand. The mouse is really built to suit those who prefer a flatter hand posture; there's no adjustments here. Southpaws need not apply; this mouse is clearly designed for righties.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u200840/ms-3.2-size.jpg" alt="Func MS-3 sizing" title="Func MS-3 sizing" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><strong>The MS-3 has a sizable footprint, which may put off some.</strong></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">The right ring and pinky fingers get their own rests, which can feel a little awkward if you are used to holding the side of the mouse with those fingers. Again, these rests are built for a flatter posture, so a claw handed grip won't take advantage of the molding, and it will feel a bit out of place for the two fingers. The mouse's silky, yet slightly rubbery texture feels great on your hand. When you place your two fingers in the rests, you get the feeling that they're being hugged. Who doesn't like hugs? Crotchety old curmudegons sitting on the porch in a rocking chair with a shotgun, that's who.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">What we didn't like about the mouse's flatter profile and smoothness is that it feels like the mouse will slip out of your grip when you try to pick it up. This is only really an issue when you deliberately try to lift the mouse, as the low slope of the right side of the mouse results in reduced lateral grip. If you try to apply that lateral pressure with your little fingers, the fingers tend to want to slip out of the molded grooves. In the gaming situations that we tested, it wasn't really an issue, but if you lift up your mouse constantly, it will be something you notice.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u200840/ms-3.2-front-right-led.jpg" alt="Func MS-3 finger grooves" title="Func MS-3 finger grooves" width="620" height="413" /></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><strong>Those finger grooves both provide comfort and keep you from picking up the mouse easily.</strong></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">The mouse is also a bit on the heavy side, but not as heavy as other mice we've used. We weighed it while holding up the cable, and found that it is 4.2 ounces. That's a full 1.3 ounces more than a stock Dell M056UO laser mouse (2.9 ounces) we weighed using the same method. That means it will take a bit more force to flick the mouse around for quick movements, but the MS-3's high sensitivity of 5,670 DPI compensates for that. Response felt snappy and accurate while moving on a bare black IKEA desk.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">A gaming or high-end mouse wouldn't be complete without good configuration software, and Func did a solid job here. The driver software lets you set three profiles, each with its own macros, colors, and DPI settings. Each profile has three DPI settings that you can cycle through, with a fourth "Instant Aim" mode that is </span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">by default</span> activated by pressing the illuminated thumb button. This is great for gamers who prefer a high DPI setting for most situations, but need to dial in the accuracy for some situations. FPS players who play as snipers will really appreciate this. Of course, you could also set the DPI higher to get an inverse effect. Each DPI setting can be set anywhere from 90 to 5,670 with 10 DPI increments. You can also separate DPI settings for the X and Y axes, so traverse and elevation for vehicle guns in games like Battlefield and Arma can function at different rates.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u200840/func-software.png" alt="Func MS-3 software" title="Func MS-3 software" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><strong>The MS-3's software offers a lot of configuration options, but is missing game detection and is only available for Windows.</strong></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">The software can "backup" (export) settings to and "restore" (import) settings from a file on the hard drive. There's also a tool to install new firmware, which will also perform a checksum on the firmware file to ensure you've got the official, intact file. It's also great for security since the</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">&nbsp;MS-3 stores its profiles and settings in the mouse's memory. The onboard memeory allows you to configure the mouse on one machine, plug it into another, and everything will work as you'd expect. Want to reinstall Windows or use the mouse in Linux? No problem.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">Want to use it with a gaming laptop when you travel? Go right ahead, globetrotter.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">We would've liked to see a per-game settings detection and import tool. Sure, you can effectively get the same result by restoring from a file, but an option to autodetect games and save or load profiles accordingly (like we see in Logitech Gaming Software) would be nice. Since this is a software-side issue, it would make a great addition in an update.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">The thumb rest on the left side of the mouse provides access to four buttons, all of which are well spaced to prevent accidental clicks. The round center button lights up, and defaults to "Instant Aim," which will be described a bit later. The two upper thumb buttons default to the usual forward and back in Windows, while the button at the base of the thumb rest defaults to an audio mute button. The top of the mouse has six buttons, including the standard left and right buttons and clickable scroll wheel. The two buttons behind the scroll wheel default to change DPI presets, while the button to the front-right will switch profiles. All of the buttons on the MS-3</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">&nbsp;are highly configurable, and can be set to keys, macros, or OS functions, depending on user preference.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">We also liked that the mouse's subtle, yet effective LED lighting illuminates the scroll wheel and side button. The LEDs are bright enough to be effective accents, but won't signal aircraft or keep you awake in a dark bedroom. The lighting is fully customizable in Func's software, including saturation and brightness, not just color. There are also three orange LEDs on the top left of the mouse that indicate which profile is being used. They're pretty small and understated, but viewable between the thumb and index finger.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u200840/ms-3.2-hand.jpg" alt="Func MS-3 rev. 2 with hand" title="Func MS-3 rev. 2 with hand" width="620" height="413" /></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: center;"><strong>Thumb buttons on the MS-3 are accessible and uncluttered. Orange LEDs in between the thumb and index finger indicate which profile is active, and are visible while using the mouse.</strong></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">The scroll wheel itself makes it very clear that this is a gaming mouse. Each click with a wheel turn feels deliberate, and won't have you switching weapons by mistake. Clicking the mouse wheel button doesn't make you feel like you're going to move the wheel mid-click. Sometimes, we can be hesitant to bind actions to MOUSE 3 in games because of unintended wheel scroll; that's not a problem with the MS-3. Clicks feel solid and stable, without unintended weapon or spell switch.</span></p> <p style="orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: small;">The price point is what really sells us on this mouse. 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