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FiveIron wrote:

i haven't been able to yet but you link had me excited that there might be something out there i could use.

Right now, when i open the stream, it opens up separate webex software. it looks like the program you linked is only for web based streams? am i just not using it right?

I messed around with the link you sent me, and yeah the way that Webex environment is configured it opens the local Network Recording Player, and you are not allowed to download the recordings unless the recording admin turns it on. As far as I know there is nothing to do about it, other than using something like Camtasia to record the video locally and then watch back whenever you want in other formats. Sorry.

Thanks for taking a look though! yeah it's a huge pain. right now my plan is to just record my screen and set up a mouse tool to start one lecture after the other over night. ill have one file that is about 6 lectures each, but i still prefer that than having to use this weird webex player.

Recs for a mouse for my 11 yr old who got a laptop for Christmas?

He told me he didn't want a mouse because he liked the track pad better. Okay, can do, you do you.

Then his friend showed him an RGB mouse.

Any recs for rbg mouse that doesn't cost a ton but isn't crap? I could get him one of those $20 RGB insane mouse setups but I figure they only last a month or two before frying.

Can't recommend a specific model, but take a look at Redragon's stuff. Their equipment is great for the price (I have one of their webcams and a 60% mechanical keyboard), and they have a range of RGB mice (mouses?).

garion333 wrote:

Recs for a mouse for my 11 yr old who got a laptop for Christmas?

He told me he didn't want a mouse because he liked the track pad better. Okay, can do, you do you.

Then his friend showed him an RGB mouse.

Any recs for rbg mouse that doesn't cost a ton but isn't crap? I could get him one of those $20 RGB insane mouse setups but I figure they only last a month or two before frying.

RTINGS: Best Cheap Gaming Mice

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC seems like a strong candidate here.

I was going to suggest the G305 until you said RGB. The G305 is my standard gaming mouse recommendation for anyone not spending three digits on a mouse.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

Can't recommend a specific model, but take a look at Redragon's stuff. Their equipment is great for the price (I have one of their webcams and a 60% mechanical keyboard), and they have a range of RGB mice (mouses?).

THEY HAVE SO MANY! lol

*Legion* wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Recs for a mouse for my 11 yr old who got a laptop for Christmas?

He told me he didn't want a mouse because he liked the track pad better. Okay, can do, you do you.

Then his friend showed him an RGB mouse.

Any recs for rbg mouse that doesn't cost a ton but isn't crap? I could get him one of those $20 RGB insane mouse setups but I figure they only last a month or two before frying.

RTINGS: Best Cheap Gaming Mice

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC seems like a strong candidate here.

I was going to suggest the G305 until you said RGB. The G305 is my standard gaming mouse recommendation for anyone not spending three digits on a mouse.

Yeah, the G203 jumped out at me and Amazon has it for $20.

Limited RGB, but it'll do the trick! If he wants something with more lights he can get that crap for his bday.

garion333 wrote:

Limited RGB

You mean "classy, non-garish RGB". That's how you sell it.

That's about as much RGB in a "good" mouse as I've seen. Everything else I thought to suggest was usually limited to just the logo, or the logo and a couple small indicators.

I guess one step-up option that's still a good mouse first and foremost would be the Razer Mamba Elite, which Amazon has on sale for $58, down from $90.

And then I guess the Razer Basilisk V3 projects light down onto the mousepad for some cool effects. That one's $70 on Amazon. That might be a good "birthday upgrade" option.

Can't recommend a specific model, but take a look at Redragon's stuff. Their equipment is great for the price (I have one of their webcams and a 60% mechanical keyboard), and they have a range of RGB mice (mouses?).

I can vouch for redragon. I am using this keyboard and mouse combo right now:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

fangblackbone wrote:
Can't recommend a specific model, but take a look at Redragon's stuff. Their equipment is great for the price (I have one of their webcams and a 60% mechanical keyboard), and they have a range of RGB mice (mouses?).

I can vouch for redragon. I am using this keyboard and mouse combo right now:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

Srsly? Only $23?!? How is that possible?

I know Redragon has a lot of products, and most of them are cheap, but they are solidly mid-tier, and I think reviews generally bear that out. Their stuff is decent, won't break in 10 minutes, and a Redragon mouse would be absolutely great for an 11-year-old who wants flashy lights above all else.

The G203 that Legion recommended is good, though (and I can definitely vouch for the G305, as I have two of them). I just didn't think it was sparkly enough.

I've had that Redragon combo for a year so its at least that durable. And tbh, it shows no signs of wear after that year.
I've played a sh*t ton of action games in that year too: Borderlands 3, Outriders, Diablo 3, Halo MCC + Infinite, MW5, Battlesector, etc...

I dunno, I keep buying $20 mice at Amazon and they're good enough for 2-3 years. Then I read reviews about these $60, $90, or $150 mice dying in months or having click issues...

Think I'll just keep rolling the cheap dice. I'd have to have a lot of lemons in a row at this point to not make it worth it

I have an original MX Master, a Marathon M720, and an MX Anywhere that I used for home office, away from home office, and travel, respectively (I used to be a lot more mobile for work) and they're all 6+ years old and still kicking.

The Marathon is/was like $40 new and the other two were around $50-60.

YMMV, for sure. But Logitech's mainstream mice have been pretty reliable and long-lived in my experience.

The Marathon especially is a pretty decent deal, since you can sometimes find it for even cheaper. And since it runs on a single AA battery that lasts forever it's decent as a travel mouse, too.

Wouldn't buy those for a kid, necessarily. But in terms of whether buying a more expensive mouse is worth it.

fangblackbone wrote:
Can't recommend a specific model, but take a look at Redragon's stuff. Their equipment is great for the price (I have one of their webcams and a 60% mechanical keyboard), and they have a range of RGB mice (mouses?).

I can vouch for redragon. I am using this keyboard and mouse combo right now:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

I bought two of these exact kits for my kids... a little over a year ago now. Pretty solid, look good, cheap, and I kept it cheap because they're really rough on basically everything (9 and 11). They're still holding up well though. I really expected to be replacing them long before now because of how many they've gone through. Now if I could only get them to stop breaking headphones.

Just chiming in with some Reddragon love. I got my son a mouse/keyboard about 5 years ago. He has outgrown them. I took the keyboard and use it on my second computer. Works great. Bought one for myself for work about 3 years ago. Works great.

I have had bad luck with logitech trackballs. I have the M370 and have had to replace it twice (now I have a Lenovo trackball instead). I also have a G710+ keyboard that's been wonderful.

For kids, I don't think you can beat the value of Reddragon stuff.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

I have had bad luck with logitech trackballs.

As far as I'm aware, the biggest selling point for Logitech's trackballs is they exist. Those things are such a niche these days that there aren't a lot of options. Or weren't the last time I bothered to look.

I must have had a bad batch keyboard from RedDragon. The one I purchased fell apart and stopped working after a month.

If you had $150 on Amazon and wanted to use it to improve your PC gaming experience, what would you get?

I'm having a surprisingly difficult time deciding how to spend some Christmas money. In a perfect world I'd put it toward a new GPU, but that's not happening right now.

We deep clean our Logitech trackballs every few months and that helps immensely. The ball pops out, you can clean the tiny support balls in place, and clean the sensor window with alcohol and a q-tip. They last for years and years.

misplacedbravado wrote:

If you had $150 on Amazon and wanted to use it to improve your PC gaming experience, what would you get?

I'm having a surprisingly difficult time deciding how to spend some Christmas money. In a perfect world I'd put it toward a new GPU, but that's not happening right now.

Same situation. I'm thinking about 1440p monitor, since I did get a new video card last summer. But I can't seem to find one I really want. So many options and reviews, hard to narrow it down. And I'd prefer to stay under $300 if possible.

Or fingernails... Those work too. They were the best tool to clean rollers on the ball mice or yore.

I used a tiny screwdriver that fits motherboard screws. Flathead. (Not Dimwit, of course. That would be excessive.)

misplacedbravado wrote:

If you had $150 on Amazon and wanted to use it to improve your PC gaming experience, what would you get?

I'm having a surprisingly difficult time deciding how to spend some Christmas money. In a perfect world I'd put it toward a new GPU, but that's not happening right now.

Depending how you define improving, that'd take a sizable chunk out of a decent set of speakers or headphones!

misplacedbravado wrote:

If you had $150 on Amazon and wanted to use it to improve your PC gaming experience, what would you get?

I'm having a surprisingly difficult time deciding how to spend some Christmas money. In a perfect world I'd put it toward a new GPU, but that's not happening right now.

If not speakers / headphones, what about a foot rest?

Another +1 for Reddragon. I just picked up this one for my son, from Micro Center for $21. I have had good experience from some of their more expensive gear.

I'd be careful with Redragon. Poor latency seems to be a common complaint in RTINGS reviews of their mice and keyboards. Some of their stuff does well, like their M711 "FPS" mouse, but definitely something to be careful for.

Granted, many players won't necessarily notice or be conscious of high latency, but when you can get high performing, low latency peripherals for just as cheap, it seems like it would be worth doing so.

I think if the kid was wowed by the RGB, and was otherwise content with the track pad, he's not really concerned with response time in his gaming just yet.

Is that why I am losing so much?
My K/D ratio is in the tank

fangblackbone wrote:

Is that why I am losing so much?
My K/D ratio is in the tank :D

Yes. It's definitely not your fault.