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Pros: This keyboard is very pretty, I prefer the rainbow wave effect the best.
I have three other mechanical keyboards and they all use cherry red keys. I prefer cherry red.
The keys feel very responsive and satisfying to type on. but they are a bit noisy just like all cherry red keys.
I ordered rubber o-rings to damper the clack sound the keys make. If you do the same, make sure to get clear or white so they don't effect the lighting. After installing them its like typing on an entirely different keyboard. if you plan to, you might want to invest in a cheap key puller because a knife can damage your cherry keys because it tends to pull at a angle.
Cons: I own a corsair raptor k30 keyboard, a blue k90, and a custom "wasd keyboards" V2.
I started out with the k30. its a rubber dome keyboard. it's ok. but feels cheap and is made entirely of plastic. key presses dont feel satisfying.
I bought the k90 because it looked good and it is made of aluminum and i thought i might use the macro keys. however i never actually set up a single macro with it. So it just took up alot of extra desk space for nothing.
then i ordered the custom v2 keboard. it is a smaller keyboard without the numpad keys. however its not lighted, and i play in the dark so that became a new obstacle i was not expecting.
This keyboard makes up for the problems i had with my previous keyboards.
Other Thoughts: This keyboard works well. its not too huge, the keys feel good, its made of aluminum and the color changing keys look great. however it doesn't have any usb ports on it like the k90 has. Even though they both use two usb ports, This keyboard requires both. and the volume control is a bit stiff, much harder to rotate than my k90.
Unfortunately the keyboard i received has a problem. the Y key is bad. i have to hit the key very hard. and it likes to double or triple register when i do. I ordered a replacement clear cherry mx red keyswitch and will fix it myself. if the replacement key isn't compatible i am just going to switch it with a key that i never use. like the left windows key for example.
As a Eggxpert i feel privileged to give good honest reviews so i do not expect a different review sample or any help from newegg or corsair. although i am sure they would be happy to help if i asked.
I have always had flawless support from both companies. But i am going to fix this one myself. I am going to investigate weather its possible to lubricate the volume knob while i have it apart.
There really isn't much else to say. I enjoy using this keyboard, i have had it for less than a week and it has gotten alot of praise from people who have seen it.
Pros: The cord is not braided, it's a cosmetic drawback, however a potential advantage because braided cords are less flexible and more likely to restrict movement.
The palm rest and sides feel indestructible. I can't say the same about the buttons, But it feels like you could park a yacht on this mouse without it breaking.
For me, the most important thing about a mouse is how it feels and responds to my movements.
I play a number of competitive shooters including counter strike source and quake 3 arena. I take my mouse pretty seriously and have even done modding to several of my mice to try and improve them. twitch-like movements and instantaneous reflexes are essential in those games which is why i prefer a light mouse. it says 85 grams ultra light weight on the box. It's not the lightest mouse i own, but it's 2nd place out of the 12 different mice i have now. The lightest is a 12 year old logitech m-bj58 which weighs 65 grams.
The Katar has a interesting design, it almost appears to be a hybrid between the older optical mice and a laser mouse, It has a optical LED light. but a modern looking 8000dpi sensor. because of this design and the way mice work i decided to test it on different surfaces, it works very well on mouse pads, cloth and matte surface's. however it has problems on glass and shiny surfaces. This was expected because its optical.
Optical and laser mice both work by rapidly taking photographs of the mousepad surface called frames, and it compares them to determine where and how far the mouse has moved. Contrary to what most people assume, Optical mice are actually superior for consistent results on a textured surface, such as a mousepad.
Laser mice were created because optical mice had problems tracking on certain surfaces such as glass, smooth plastics or even glossy magazine covers. A laser mouse uses a smaller and more focused beam of light and can penetrate deeper into the texture of a surface. This allows it to track better on surfaces with less variety, like glossy and reflective surfaces. However, it's taking a photograph of a much smaller area of the mousepad, it's like a optic sensor, but zoomed in way more, and things like hair, dust, food particles, and mousepad fibers, look far bigger to a laser sensor and are more likely to cause bigger errors in tracking, and more often.
Optic sensors take a larger photograph and can often track right over that stuff without making a mistake because the debris looks small by comparison to the rest of the photograph.
Laser mice track better in extreme precision scientific tests. however real gamers don't have a super clean gaming surface, they have a used mousepad with frayed mouse fibers, dirt, food crumbs and embedded skin cells, sweat, and whatever else. unfortunately dust and fibers like to collect on the mouse sensor and can make portions of the photograph unreadable and leave an even smaller tracking area overall. dirt is the bane of laser mice. i often find myself blowing at the laser or trying to work a q-tip into the sensor of my laser mice when it's not tracking right, I rarely have to do that with a optical mouse. For mobile gamers, and on-the-go whatever surface available people, a laser mouse might be more convenient. But for competitive gaming on a mousepad, stick with an optical sensor. That old logitech i mentioned has been my go-to Quake3 mouse for as long as i have been gaming. I like it more than my sensi, ouroboros, and g500. I might need to spend a bit more time with the Katar to become used to its difference in weight, but it might become my new favorite gaming mouse. mouse.
Cons: The lighted logo is a bit bright.
Other Thoughts: One thing which i cannot review about a mouse is the processor and software inside which compares the photographs or "frames" and determines the movement of the mouse. You simply just have to try it and see if you like the way it feels, this is why i have so many mice laying around. This mouse seems to have all the right features. It could potentially be the last mouse i ever need. It says it has no acceleration. This is a great thing. Acceleration is bad for first person shooters, because instead of moving relative to the distance traveled, It instead accelerates and moves an additional distance based on your speed. Overall i am impressed with this mouse. It has all the right pro's and no observable cons. I am having a hard time coming up with things that could be better. I have big hands and if it were a little bit larger that might be nice. But for $40. This is a great mouse and i would have no doubts about taking it to a FPS tournament.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This drive is currently the #1 best performing non-enterprise mechanical hard drive available. there are other drives that are larger, and faster, however they are far more expensive, usually twice the price or more. and they are targeted to enterprise/server uses, and labeled as such. but for gamers and general consumers this is the best mechanical drive available. Seagate has a competitor, however it is slower, uses more power, and many people consider WD to be more reliable than Seagate.
I have been using this WD6001FZWX for over a week now, and its been working flawlessly, its large, fast and near silent. the drive is quite heavy, probably one of the heaviest drives i have owned. it weighs 25.4 oz =1.5lbs. heavier weight could suggest better build quality than other lighter drives. it consumes about 7 watts while working, and about 1 watt idle. its rated at 31dBA noise level, however i think that rating is too high. i never hear it except for when its powering up, maybe that is the 31dBA in the spec sheet.
It has a 5 year warranty. which is excellent!
Cons: no cons.
Other Thoughts: I installed windows 10 pro64bit in 9.5 minutes. Windows 10 boots in 18 seconds. Windows 7 ultimate 64bit boots in 25 seconds.
These results are pretty good, my test computer is running a I7 3770k, on a MSI Z77A-GD65. Windows was installed from a Patriot XT 16GB Usb3.0. >90MB/s. Flash Drive.
HDTune Benchmarks the drive at a maximum read speed of 225MB/s and a minimum of 100MB/s, across the entire capacity of the drive, access time is 12.2ms. Maximum Write speed with HDtune is 219.5MB/s.
i saw somebody else's review where they claimed it operates at 500MB/s, well he made a mistake, this drive features a 128MB cache. which is very large. that 500MB/s he saw was really just the cache filling up. if you copy a very large file, you will see the MB/s number start around 500MB/s and decrease and eventually plateau around 200MB/s or less. depending on how full the drive is, this is the actual speed.
I selected 30GB of movies and television shows to perform a real world test, copied from a Intel 480GB SSD onto the 6TB WD Black and saw transfer speeds start at near 500MB/s and work its way down to a plateau of 222MB/s. using a stop watch it took 2 minutes and 20 seconds. so my actual speed was 214MB/s. not bad moving 30GB in 2.2 minutes.
200MB/s is very good for a mechanical drive, most mechanical drives perform around half that speed.
After Formatting to NTFS, Total space left is 5.45 TB
all of my copy data came from a 480GB Intel SSD, which reads well over 500MB/s. so there was no bottlenecks.
6TB is a massive amount of space, some people will have no problem filling the drive, but for the largest majority of computer users they will have difficulty filling this drive, 6TB is enough space for approximately 1,875,000+ 192k-MP3 music files. or 2250 Hours of 6Mbps 1080p video. or 1700+ compressed 1080p movies.