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This review is from: Rosewill RK-9000V2 - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches
Pros: I bought two of these as exploratory testing for a pharmacy call center (and for my own curiosity) and gave them to two girls who had a tendency to hit the keys fairly hard when typing. Most keyboards last around 6-12 months (a lot of OEM Dell workstation and Logitech MK120 keyboards) here from the frequency and force used and I am hoping these will 1. last longer and 2. increase typing speed and 3. allow better accuracy for these girls in the call center. So far, 2 and 3 have been accomplished according to the two test girls and I just need to wait on 1. If I can show the owner that these girls are typing much quicker, faster, and even easier on their hands, then I can probably order a bulk quantity of these boards.
As for the specific keyboard itself, this newer version of Rosewill's keyboard is extremely tough: the metal baseplate provides strength and heft when holding and typing (super solid). The noise and tactile feel are perfect to retrain the test subjects not to mash down all the way to the end on each keystroke. In an office setting where there are a lot of people on the phone, the noise is nothing compared to how hard they used to type on the dome keyboards. In a quieter setting like maybe at a house, I could understand the Cherry MX Blues could be a bit loud, but it's really not much if in an isolated room.
High quality braided cables provided with good length and a velcro strap for any extra length.
Cons: I am a little worried about the cable falling out and getting calls that the keyboard is broken even though it is just a simple unplugged cable (people use your brain before you call your IT guy!). Would be nice to have some type of fastening system for the cable like other keyboards with removable wires. HOWEVER, the cable feels solid, unlike the previous version from what I've heard. I am not worried much about the connector actually breaking. As mentioned earlier, the two cables provided are also VERY high quality braided cables.
Even at the sale price of $90 each, it will be hard to justify to our client that it is worth the $90, let alone if/when the Blues go up to retail of $130. If we were to get them for $60 each, this would be almost a no-brainer. Been searching, but so far only low-quality mechanical keyboards.
Other Thoughts: It is a bit early for great feedback, but so far everyone is impressed. My coworker took a look at it, typed a couple keys, laughed and said, "it looks like a keyboard from 1998!" That's the point! Go back to what works best for typing with newer tech underneath!
Happy with this new version of the Rosewill RK-9000V2. Hopefully I can convince my wife I can get the brown switch version!
Pros: - Included 2.5" to 3.5" adapter plate
- R/W performance/$ is better than most
- IOPS/$ better than most as well
- Out of 8, none have failed in the last year
Cons: - Not as fast as others 50% more expensive?
Other Thoughts: I have 8 of these out in the field as replacements in some older Core 2, Core i5, and even a Pentium D machine. These things max out the Pentium D and are better than the ARC 100's out in the field. Furthermore, the included 3.5" adapted is worth more than a slightly higher price ($5 as of this writing with the ARC 100 $10 off) than the ARC 100's. Paired with the performance increase and hardware the 460A's include, these are much better than ARC 100's and cheaper than 850 EVO's that don't include any extra hardware. Really, for older Core 2 upgrades, don't waste the money on 850 EVO's, these are well worth it.
I keep a couple of these with Windows 7 images on them. I LOVE popping them in computers with troubles and watching my clients light up with joy!
Pros: Worked great when working. Did not try disks over 2TB.
Cons: Started disconnecting good disks after 6 months of lots of use. Thought it would go longer than 6 months (discs work on other SATA->USB converters).
Other Thoughts: I don't ever expect these things to last long seeming as every one I have had over the years has just worn out (poor capacitor problems??).READ FULL REVIEW
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