I'm going back to a basic microsoft mouse
I've bought microsoft mice (mouses?) for years, but they don't last forever so i thought i'd try something different this time. This corsair mouse looked interesting and it had good reviews so i went ahead and bought it even though it was about double the cost of a basic mouse. I didn't realize at the time that most of the reviews were by people who had received the mouse for free. Right off of the bat i found the "sailboat" led with its color-shifting to be distracting when trying to work. Fortunately, corsair provides icue software that allows you to make a personal profile and customize the behavior or your mouse. After spending a reasonable amount of time trying out all of the different settings, i had the mouse configured the way i wanted – with a solid color led – and saved my profile. It turns out that the profile settings aren't saved in the mouse. In order for the profile to keep functioning, the icue service has to be running constantly. If you shut down the service, the mouse will go back to its default settings. The next morning, when i turned on my pc, the mouse led was back to its original, distracting, color-shifting ways. Back into the icue software to try to fix the problem. After spending more time deleting and recreating my profile, things were working again. It as well wanted to install a device driver which i had already installed the day before, but i went ahead and let it do the installation anyway. Day three started out the same as day two. This time i did some web searches to see if there was some way to fix this problem. I found that many people were experiencing the same problem and that it had been going on for more than 5 years without any resolution from corsair. Needless to say, this went on every day. I was finally able to work out a ridiculous solution where i would run the icue program, install the hardware driver again and then everything would be fine for the rest of the day. Since it ran quickly and only took a few moments i put up with the inconvenience and went through this silly procedure each morning when i first turned on my computer. But that wasn't the only problem that i had from the start. I have dual monitors. When i would try to drag a window from one monitor to the other, it would stop when trying to cross the boundary between the two monitors. To move the window to another monitor, you would have to jerk the mouse to the left or right. This is actually a windows "feature" to allow you to dock the window to the inner monitor edge, but it is directly related to the dpi resolution of the mouse. I've never had this problem with any other mouse that i've used. I was always able to smoothly move windows from one monitor to another. The straw that broke the camel's back came two days ago when the right-click, context menus stopped working. Left clicking and menu bars worked just fine – just no context menus. It's pretty much impossible to work without context menus. So i shut down everything that i was working on and rebooted the computer. After running icue and reinstalling the hardware driver everything was working fine again. But then it happened again yesterday. No context menus. Having to reboot in the middle of the day is very disruptive. I had already done it once, but was not about to have to keep doing it every day. Instead, i pulled out the old microsoft mouse that i had stuck away in a drawer, unplugged the corsair mouse and plugged in the microsoft mouse. The context menus were once again working fine, so i tried switching back to the corsair mouse to see what would happen. Again, no context menus. That was enough for me; i went back to the microsoft mouse and returned the corsair mouse – thank you, outletpc. But wait, there's more . . . I had recently noticed small, regularly spaced spiked in the process explorer, cpu graph, system tray icon (if you use process explorer, you know what i'm talking about). Upon investigation, i found that it was the icue service software that has to be running constantly for the mouse to retain a custom profile. This is another indication of a problem with the icue program, because there's no way that mouse software should be using a noticeable amount of cpu on a computer.