Archives for October 2016
A MadCatz RAT 5 and 1 I bought then. The RAT 5 cos it’s what everyone buys who wants a decent mouse that does what they want it to (more on that later), and a RAT 1 cos’ its cheap. Hey, what’s £14.99 for a mouse in the premium segment, after you’ve convinced yourself that £37.99 is a bargain for a GREAT mouse, when of course you can get a mouse on a wire that works just fine for under a fiver. The RAT 1 has appeal. It’s hollow, for a start. I feel I can trust it.
The RAT 5 however, I didn’t know how good it was until I unwrapped it.
[This is a serious review, wait til the end – DO FOLLOW ME
First of all, it does what you want it to before you’ve even installed the driver. Namely, to move the cursor. And click. click clikc
It has more colours than you could ever dream of, they try to tell you, that is, 16.7 million, to illuminate it, and the scroll devices (y on the front, x on the side, unlike the Apple wireless mouse, where scroll involves blowing in its general direction and it will take you five screens away). You DO have to pull off the little sticker over the optical (note, not LASER sensor, cos apparently that’s not as good as OPTICAL) sensor. – Quick Intermission, I have to confess, I’ve got both “mice” connected to my USB ports and can use them both independently! – Next you install the driver, for the RAT 5 (the RAT 1 doesn’t have one for the Mac) and open it. Weird menu. dpi adjustment per mode. The button below the scroller wheel lets you switch between the modes. Higher mean more sensitive, BUT, you’ve got to click the APPLY button at the bottom of the slider to activate that, then you’ll see. So trial and error. I find that making Y more sensitive than X is more natural for a motion that involves not moving the bowl of you hand too much. Horizontal is easy, Vertical is more like jacking off. You don’t want to do it, with your mouse. Rather, fine up and down movements, so you’d might like those to be more sensitive. Hence the option. The rest on that menu, of the Settings on the Edit Profile menu when you click it (not I didn’t say select..). Precision aim, I set it to around 72%. Your choice, I’d say, first fix the different modes in perhaps ascending order, and then on the fastest one, play with this option and see what you need to still be able to find your way back home. Note, the £50+ apple wireless mouse is only 1600dpi so I wonder why it’s all over the place.
So, before I loose myself in this, Adjust the sensitivity and try shutting the window, as it will prompt you to SAVE, which is what you MUST do. must DO!
Then,, fool around. See what THE MOST USED ITEM in YOUR PALM will, YES, Can Do. People spend more on their cars which they TOUCH a FRACTION of the time (do I love capitals). There’s nothing like looking at your mouse which looks like a TRANSFORMER next to you, glowing in the COLOUR you programmed it to, does. And you can change it. At will. Which German piece of engineering does that to you. A Merc or Beamer will glow at you in the metallic or white tinge you blessed on it, upon ordering, not that I know what that’s like as I only buy second hand cars.
I’m still drawn to my RAT 1. It’s pitifully neon and hollow, and yet it resonates. And it’s light and plastic, (want to say Plasticcy but it doesn’t let me, Apple, cheers). Just perched there for action
Anyway, you might still want to go to System Preferences to alter the scroll speed and double click motion, you know what I mean, and BANG there’s your setup.
Now enjoy that piece of sophisticated black matte nestled in your palm.
And I totally forgot, don’t ever touch a Dell mouse again, it will remind you of what the real thing is like. Hairy. Curly hairs, stuff you don’t want to see
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So, I’ve succumbed to buying a new mouse, in a frenzy of retail therapy. Nothing beats spending hours on the internet reading reviews and amazon prices on electronic products which, if you really want to own them physically, involves going to the oblique electronics megastore a few train stops away IN PERSON to buy, though of course not to test as they’re premium products that just get nicked if they let people try them first. So there’s a really important side of the purchase to research the thing before you skate down to the train station and board a train to Aldrington. Wonderful little place whence you get there, one hundred metre downhill skate about a yard wide past pedestrians, don’t worry, they’ll jump. Coming around the corner to the industrial park though, some wanker decided to honk his horn on me, and I knew he was willing to debate. His Jaguar and stubbly hair style spelt it out. So I confronted him on the way into the megastore, pumped with excitement about my pending purchase, with a volley of conviction about how important it is to youse your brain. It does not give you the right to run someone over just because he’s not wearing a licence plate while propagating on the street. He got it, I think.
On I walked past the laptops, none of which have superseded my MacBook Pro ’13, neither in looks nor performance, except now you can touch the screen, not that it’s ever jumped out at me before. There’s a special section for the premium Mouses, or mice??, and the long haired dude said that the RAT 5 is the one people come here for. I liked the look of the RAT 1, neon yellow with black, just like the RAT PRO S, but I’m a sucker for simplicity, and sophistication of course which is why I bought both, the RAT 5 and the RAT 1 after the gentleman explained how you can buy them and return them both if you don’t like them, just be a bit careful unwrapping them and if that goes wrong tell ’em you’ve bought the demo ones and every Curry’s/PCWorld will refund you. [apparently]. This is better than amazon. So I walked back to the counter, realising there’s more fun to be had on the outer reaches of Brighton, REMEMBER, we’re in Aldrington, past Portsladia and Fisherswick where the train broke down last time, just before Hove, actually.
I couldn’t focus on the conversation about OLED screens versus normal ones while my gaze was fixated on the £299 offer on a hairdryer by Dysons, that sexy household bugger, always good for a blow. I mean, that’s beyond really. So we continued to chat about that and finally he pulled it out. The hairdryer, it was AMAZING. So much like a real hairdryer, just without that burning smell. Robbed me of a sensation and my world went into tailspin. Hairdryers that don’t smell burnt, clinically serene, making you think they’re there to blow hot air on your hair. With a big inviting hole through it, you wouldn’t know what thats for. (Don’t get not the wrong side of it , it’s hot.)> And the angular design. Purple at the back, nice touch, you’ve got to hold a digital looking button up to keep it going, it’s like a laptop or a hard disk or something like that, just not like a hairdryers big trigger. Wow. I
refrained from purchasing it and wandered over to the TVs. OLED is fine, not a crap as the made it sound like, just expensive, and NOT CURVED. I was deliberating when suddenly the coordinated imagery turned to BURMA. Seriously, the temples of Bagan appeared in the morning light on all screens around me, like I need a reminder of where I was or should be going. My heart is there, the visuals tell me, it’s Myanmar I want to be.
And that’s the first part of the RAT 5 / 1 review
Happy Hour drink at Simmons on Bateman Street. This place gets quite lively later, best when there’s a live DJ on – you’ll know when that is.
THIRST Bar, corner Bateman / Greek. It’s open til three so there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself there at some point in the evening
Jazz after Dark on the other side, Lick ice cream shop on the left, you walk past Pillars of Hercules pub on the right and there’s a posh looking place, 68 and Boston, which is somewhat classy, subdued lighting and can get quite active. Two doors on, just before the Gay Hussar restaurant (they do lunchtime deals, great rustic Hungarian food and pleasant quirky atmosphere, it’s a media haunt), you’ll see Milroy’s whiskey shop. You enter and go all the way to the back. There’s a bookshelf.. open the door and explore the cave. Great cocktails.
Head back, see Trisha’s on your right, identified only by a doorman, it’s a no-nonsense Speakeasy, they sometimes charge £5 entry on a weekend, this stays open til 1pm, and it’s social, you can’t help interacting with people due to space constraints.
Crow Bar, on Manette Street, the little alley beside the Pillars of Hercules pub, there’s a £5 (or £3?) cover and they serve Red Stripe cans til three (they actually have a well-stocked bar), it is Rock / Heavy Metal and a bit grungy, what do you expect at this time of day..
The other block:
Walk down Frith Street towards Old Compton Street. Chotto Matte is a high-end fusion restaurant with bar. Somehow the place opposite is always full however.
There’s Ronnie Scott’s on the right, a legendary Jazz Club. You might have to reserve. Immediately after there’s the Delhi Brasserie, which frequently has an ambulance car parked outside – that’s not a reflection on the food, it’s easily the best Indian restaurant in the entire area and priced reasonably, you’ll get a discount if you pay cash, as with many places – the crew park there to have a coffee in Bar Italia opposite, where you can sometimes find police charmed into dance atmosphere too, it’s Soho
Bar Italia has a small dancefloor bar next door that’s open later. I enjoy sitting at Balans, on the corner, which can require getting a place earlier in the afternoon, it is very easy to spend a few hours there watching what goes by, the food is good too.
Continue left on Old Compton Street and there’s Bar Soho, go further and there’s quite a few small restaurants for every taste, and Lab Bar makes a very strong Martini, the Webster.
Coach and Horses Pub
Back on lower Frith Street, there’s Barshu and Bashan restaurants, both spicy (one is Hunan, the other Szichuan), they’re a little more trendy than in Chinatown proper. If you’re after Chinese, I can recommend Old Tree on lower Rupert Street, it’s Taiwanese and next to the Blue Posts pub which has great Sunday afternoon Jazz / Dixieland from 4pm that gets the place jumping, literally. You’d have walked right down Old Compton Street, all the way to the end, taken a left after the Café Espana (recommended for Tapas), then down Wardour Street, past St. Anne’s Churchyard on your left, which is incredibly and surprisingly peaceful around lunchtime, to Shaftesbury Avenue (traffic!), then right and next left, and a few pubs down its on your left.
Friendly Society, Tisbury Court off Rupert Street. which has lots of Barbie dolls on the ceiling and does amuse me
Randall & Aubyn’s, a great restaurant. El Camion has a cocktail bar open thil 3am. Lights of Soho can have evenings, a gallery like space.
Other Places in the Carnaby side of Soho:
Social Eating House on Poland Street.
The Duck and Rice on Berwick Street
Graphic Bar on Golden Square
Bodean’s on Poland Street
The Breakfast Club on D’Arblay Street always has a huge queue outside. No idea why. Blueberry Pancakes??
Ain’t Nothin but Blues Bar on Kingly Street
Sketch on Conduit Street
Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown on Gerrard Street
The Alley Cat for Jazz on Denmark Street