- Anti-slide rubber pads on bottom side
- Dedicated Multi-media keys
- Blue LED backlight with on / off key shortcut
- Ergonomic ultra flat mouse body
- 1000 / 1600 / 2000 dpi modes
Excellent Value! 04/23/2014
This review is from: CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Blue Edition)
What a great value! This KB/mouse combo is absolutely wonderful. You won't find better bang for your buck out there. Both devices have there pros.
KB - Great backlighting for a non-mechanical KB. Looks great in the dark, as well as a lit room. Keys are nice and responsive, and have a tactile feedback similar to a cherry mx blue switch. I'm not saying as good as a cherry mx blue switch, but very similar. Full QWERTY layout with numpad. As well as media keys (stop-play/pause-foward-back & volume up and down). The overall build quality is very nice when compared to other KBs in it's price range. Nice rubberized pads for no-slip typing, and raised feet for comfort. 6 foot long usb cable.
Mouse - 3 DPI settings (800-1600-2000), not bad for an optical mouse. Rubberized grips on the side and very low profile. Feels very comfortable in my hand. Lighted design as well as scroll wheel. Forward and back buttons are something I can't live without when browsing the internet. Nice long 6 foot usb cable as well.Overall great value from CM Storm.
This combo is great, however there are some flaws. On mine at least, the paint was rubbed off some of the keys right after I took it out of the box. On the bottom row most of the keys have spots where the blue backlight shines through. The Y key came with a small crack in it as well. I won't be RMAing it, as it would cost almost as much to ship back as it does to just buy another set.
Some people are complaining about the dedicated backlight key being the scroll lock key. This didn't bother me at first, as I don't use any software where I actually uses the scroll lock key. This being said, I tried using the keyboard in Linux. That's a no-go. The KB works fine in Linux, but there is no backlight, as Linux has no use for the scroll lock key. Without the backlight on you can barely see which key you are pressing. Not a huge deal, as I have had a QWERTY key KB memorized since about 7th grade, but still kind of annoying when typing in passwords and things in the terminal on Linux. May work with some distros, but not the two I use. (Those are Arch and Xubuntu custom by the way).
Mouse clicks really loud and can be annoying in a quiet environment. As others have stated. For this price, you need to expect things like these though.
I purchased this combo deal as a kind of spur of the moment thing. I always like getting KBs and mice to test them out, and you can never have enough backups laying around in case something fails. I own 3 mechanical KBs as well as two other membrane KBs. I haven't had excellent luck with mechanical KBs always being reliable. Several have failed on me and I have had to RMA them. So I always keep a few of these little sets on hand just in case. i got this mainly as a replacement for my on-the-road keyboard and mouse set. I'm a digital DJ, and hate typing and using the mouse-pad on my laptop at gigs. I always carry a KB/mouse in my keyboard bag along with all of my other wires/cables and my NS6. I use gaming KBs because they often offer backlighting that you just don't find in normal KBs. After one incident where my K70 with cherry blues died on my in the middle of a set, I have switched to non-mechanical KBs as they are cheaper to replace and take more abuse being lugged around all of the time.
I do also game on these. Don't get me wrong. Why buy a gaming KB and not use it for it's intended purpose? I just leave the good expensive ones hooked up to my 3 PCs at home. No reason to beat them up dragging them all over the place where they get stuff spilled on them, cigarette ashes and buns on them, and such. For the price you really can't go wrong. $15 a piece is not a bad price. Even if it doesn't last that long. I've had top name brand KBs and mice die on me in less than a month. If I get at least 2 months out of this, it will be the best value I have ever seen for something this cheap.
I wouldn't recommend gaming with this combo, if you are serious about gaming. The responsiveness of the mouse is not that great for, let's say a FPS. The KB is great to type on, but I wouldn't go doing any MP gaming with it. Since getting this, I've used it once at a gig, and got several questions about it. Mainly, "How much did you pay for it?" and "Where can I get one?". People are acting like this is one of my K70s or my Osmium. Wonder what they'd say if they saw one of those.
All in all, you can go wrong...buy one if you need a combo that will suit a lot of your needs and not break the bank in the process.
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