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My XIM Apex impressions!
« on: 06:26 AM - 01/12/18 »
I've been avoiding this place, worried about accidentally saying the wrong thing:) Now that the list of alpha testers has been revealed and I've double checked to make sure I can talk about this publicly, I'm so excited to be able to share with you my thoughts on the XIM Apex! ObsIV has built another winner and I hope some of my excitement rubs off on you:)

Firstly, bear in mind that every XIM user is different, and likewise the alpha group of testers was made up of quite a varied bunch too. Me personally? I'm not into the advanced stuff like curves, but I do like my Titan devices and experimenting with a wild array of non-keyboard configurations. Oh, and I play an obscene amount of Rainbow Six Siege. So if it's info about curves you want, your best bet is to ask another one of the alpha testers. But if your play style aligns with mine, then read on!

Hardware:

I wasn't testing with final production hardware, so what I'd like to focus on is the different configuration. Instead of a big hub style design, it's now a little dongle which plugs into an external hub. The really cool thing about it is you can use pretty much any USB hub on the market. My setup has cables going off in various directions so it was good to be able to buy a hub that has ports going in all directions as well. It's also much neater this way - you can tuck your XIM Apex away behind your entertainment cabinet and just have a small USB hub sticking out the front.


Titan Two Compatibility:

One of the first things I noticed was just how robust it was with the T2, especially if you have meh quality cables. I think it has to do with lower power draw, maybe better quality USB ports, or maybe it's just better optimised all around. Regardless, in the past I had to regularly restart my XIM4 and Titan Two because they would just stop working from time to time. That problem has simply gone with the XIM Apex. So. Good.


Controllers, Controllers, Controllers!

It has full wireless control support. As some of you know, Nav is pretty much dead these days, because the batteries barely hold a charge since they're a decade old at this point, and even replacement batteries on eBay barely hold a charge either because they're just as old. Now you can use a wireless PS4 controller in your left hand...an XB1 controller...and yup, a Joy-Con! It works so bloody well. I have been testing it and it's officially my new Nav replacement. I will create another thread with more info about this.


PS4 Share Button Support:

Oh you heard that right. No more having to get off the couch!


Streamlined App:

The app has received a nice makeover. One of the small touches I love most is being able to type search the list of Smart Translators instead of scrolling down a long list.


PS4 Headset Support:

No more USB soundcards! This has been announced already, but what I'd also like to add is that it also works well via the Titan Two:)


Overall I'm really impressed. It's a nice upgrade from XIM4 and I think you'll all like what you see over the coming weeks / months.
« Last Edit: 06:42 AM - 01/12/18 by piiwii »
Setup: XIM4, Titan Two, Sony Nav, Logitech G502, SteelSeries 4HD mousepad, DXRacer armrest, LucidSound LS30 headphones, Netduma router, Ubiquiti UniFi AP LR wireless access point

My setup: http://xim4.com/community/index.php?topic=39334.msg495390#msg495390

My Sony Nav mount: http://xim4.com/community/index.php?topic=39138.0

My DXRacer armrest and Razer mouse bungee: http://xim4.com/community/index.php?topic=39334.msg582636#msg582636

My RAINBOW SIX SIEGE Titan Two Mega Script: https://youtu.be/x-9NtxyySVM

My FOR HONOR Titan Two Combat Pack Script: https://youtu.be/ED66yjFNEb8

Offline HypeR

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Re: My XIM Apex impressions!
« Reply #1 on: 07:52 AM - 01/12/18 »
Hey,
 I play also a lot rainbow six siege. Can u explain the difference of xim4 and apex specifically for the game? What was ur first feeling?


And do you use specific macros for rainbow six?


Thanks.


Edit:
Do you know a EU site or an shop which send the Titan two World wide?

For the Titan 2 on ps4 I don't need the Titan Two Expansion Kit and the cable kit or? I mean is can also connect all over USB or? The micro SD is a nice to have or necessary?
« Last Edit: 08:29 AM - 01/12/18 by HypeR »

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Re: My XIM Apex impressions!
« Reply #2 on: 12:03 PM - 01/12/18 »
I've been avoiding this place, worried about accidentally saying the wrong thing:) Now that the list of alpha testers has been revealed and I've double checked to make sure I can talk about this publicly, I'm so excited to be able to share with you my thoughts on the XIM Apex! ObsIV has built another winner and I hope some of my excitement rubs off on you:)

Firstly, bear in mind that every XIM user is different, and likewise the alpha group of testers was made up of quite a varied bunch too. Me personally? I'm not into the advanced stuff like curves, but I do like my Titan devices and experimenting with a wild array of non-keyboard configurations. Oh, and I play an obscene amount of Rainbow Six Siege. So if it's info about curves you want, your best bet is to ask another one of the alpha testers. But if your play style aligns with mine, then read on!

Hardware:

I wasn't testing with final production hardware, so what I'd like to focus on is the different configuration. Instead of a big hub style design, it's now a little dongle which plugs into an external hub. The really cool thing about it is you can use pretty much any USB hub on the market. My setup has cables going off in various directions so it was good to be able to buy a hub that has ports going in all directions as well. It's also much neater this way - you can tuck your XIM Apex away behind your entertainment cabinet and just have a small USB hub sticking out the front.


Titan Two Compatibility:

One of the first things I noticed was just how robust it was with the T2, especially if you have meh quality cables. I think it has to do with lower power draw, maybe better quality USB ports, or maybe it's just better optimised all around. Regardless, in the past I had to regularly restart my XIM4 and Titan Two because they would just stop working from time to time. That problem has simply gone with the XIM Apex. So. Good.


Controllers, Controllers, Controllers!

It has full wireless control support. As some of you know, Nav is pretty much dead these days, because the batteries barely hold a charge since they're a decade old at this point, and even replacement batteries on eBay barely hold a charge either because they're just as old. Now you can use a wireless PS4 controller in your left hand...an XB1 controller...and yup, a Joy-Con! It works so bloody well. I have been testing it and it's officially my new Nav replacement. I will create another thread with more info about this.


PS4 Share Button Support:

Oh you heard that right. No more having to get off the couch!


Streamlined App:

The app has received a nice makeover. One of the small touches I love most is being able to type search the list of Smart Translators instead of scrolling down a long list.


PS4 Headset Support:

No more USB soundcards! This has been announced already, but what I'd also like to add is that it also works well via the Titan Two:)


Overall I'm really impressed. It's a nice upgrade from XIM4 and I think you'll all like what you see over the coming weeks / months.

Thanks for the description Piiwii!! Like you Rainbow Six Siege is probably the only game I use the Xim4 for. When I first bought my Xim4 I have never used a mouse for aiming. This was about 2 years ago. I had to get used to it so played COD and Battlefield to become accustomed to what you can do with a mouse. COD probably has the best look mechanics and the Xim4 feels amazing.

As you know Rainbow six siege has quite bad look mechanics and even till this day the standard ST without curves/boosts etc doesn't hit the mark. It feels slightly laggy and not smooth. After searching the forum I found a workaround where instead of using 10 for the right stick deadzone I would use 21 (I settled on 21 for now as it feels good to me) whilst also increasing the boost well into 6000. I had to downgrade the Xim4 firmware though, I forget which one.

Now the aiming feels very smooth and I aim much better although it isn't a 1:1 ratio.

With the Xim Apex I am hoping that I don't have to tweak anything and can play it well right off the bat. Can you confirm that you don't have to tweak the settings?

Thanks

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Re: My XIM Apex impressions!
« Reply #3 on: 04:41 AM - 01/13/18 »
Regarding the Nav now with extra usb ports available you could just
remove the battery and have it wired in a arm rest mount and another usb keypad for kill streaks and macros etc.

Lots of navs where only used for 5 mins then stored for years
I have one that's still sealed in its original packaging :)
If I can make a Good map in 1 month why cant these clowns make a good map in 3 years ?