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Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red
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4 out of 5 eggs Wired headset with a USB Dongle -- iPhone and Computer. 07/10/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red

Pros: This is the member of the void line for a very specific use case: You want to use in USB mode with your computer, but also want be able to plug this into your iPhone. That's what makes it hybrid.

If you don't want or need to do both these things, you can choose a different VOID headset either to get additional features or save money. EOS.

Well built, super comfortable and good sounding wired headset, at a good price. Volume wheel and mute button on the left earcup.

Terminates in a single trrs plug, convenient for directly plugging into iPhones, newer laptops and gaming rigs.

Included is a USB sound card (dongle), specifically designed for use with the headset. The soundcard simulates 7.1 dolby sound using the Dolby Headphone protocol. Even though the headset only has two drivers, this is supposed to make it sound like sitting in a room with all 8. It does this by adding various delayed signals to the sound using something called a Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) to trick you into perceiving more than just left or right soudstage (up down, in front, behind, etc.).

This headset is basically identical to the Void stereo, but with the included USB sound card that does 7.1 virtualization. The chip in the dongle is (probably) the same exact one in the Void USB. Best of both worlds here, is the idea.

Cons: Not many. Maybe one:

Sound quality. Bass is a bit overdone and flabby, but extends nice and deep. Mids are very good, and high end resolution is ok, but not quite audiophile. That said it won't cause an audiophile's ears to bleed. :) Just don't use the 7.1 mode for listening to music. Save it for games and movies. Use direct or even bypass the USB dongle altogether for best sound.

Also, the CUE software must be running to turn on the dolby headphone feature. There is a LED on the USB adapter that lights up when the 7.1 feature is engaged. The CUE software allows you to turn on/off the 7.1 simulation as well as adjust the equalizer presets and the amount of sidetone (hearing your own mic). Without the software running, you can still manage sidetone through the windows sound control panel, but that's it.

Of course, if you're already a Corsair person, you are probably running CUE anyway for mouses or keyboards. So maybe not a con.

Other Thoughts: The USB dongle does all the magic.

To be clear, the headset itself is a stereo headset, 1 driver per ear, as are the other void headsets. The 7.1 simulation is handled completely by the USB card. As far as I can tell, the headset itself is identical to the VOID stereo, just in a different color. The included USB dongle is what makes it different. (Instead of a USB dongle, the VOID stereo comes with a desktop adapter to split the single connector to separate mic and headphone connectors found on most desktops and older laptops.)

The sound quality of the USB dongle has a lot to do with how the headphone sounds (i think it sounds even better when plugged directly into a higher quality source -- even just an iPhone.)

You might prefer to roll your own hybrid. Perhaps consider buying the lower priced (but identical) Void stereo and adding a the USB sound card of your choice. Here, corsair has done the shopping for you, and its a perfectly good solution, integrated into the CUE software, and a pretty nice headset. Of course, if this is on sale its a no brainer.

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard Backlit Red LED Cherry MX Red (CH-9101020-NA)
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice Keyboard. Suitable for adults, but kids like it too... 06/18/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard Backlit Red LED Cherry MX Red (CH-9101020-NA)

Pros: It appears the K70 LUX is an updated version of the K70 keyboard. The "lux" at first made me think it was a premium version, but that's a red herring. The list price of the Lux is ten dollars less than the original k70...

The best I can tell, the lux has the newer key cap font -- bolder more modern, similar to the strafe -- and an updated logo at the top of the keyboard.

This keyboard rocks. The cherry red keys work flawlessly, and the aluminum top plate and braided usb connector cable gives a feeling and look of quality.

At first, i didn't think i would like the wrist rest, but after using it a bit, I think its great, so it will stay installed. Note, the connection to the keyboard is flimsy and not well engineered. Mine actually broke right off the bat. Luckily, a piece of duct tape is a quick fix and will probably last the life of the keyboard.

There are media keys above the number pad, and a very nice volume scroller. The num,cap,screen lock lights are small white LED's, and there is a windows key lock (which can be programmed to lock other things as well).

This is a modern, well-built mechanical keyboard that looks great and could easily be used in a corporate environment (if not for the characteristic sound of the cherry red keys).

Other pros include adjustable polling rate (1, 2, 4, 8 ms) and a BIOS compatibilty setting. If you're not gaming, slowing the polling rate seems to improve the accuracy of my typing. The BIOS compatibilty setting is needed when booting your computer into BIOS, since the keyboard may not be recognized otherwise. The scroll lock light flashes to remind you that you have engaged the BIOS switch, so you remember to reset it. The gamer features (key rollover, etc.) are also helpful for the touch typist. Be warned, if you are used to typing on a cheap laptop keyboard, it may take some time to acclimate to this. It just takes a little time and practice.

Cons: The cherry red keys have no tactile feedback - just a very smooth stroke until the key bottoms out. This is the most popular key for gamers due to the quick action. The light action has made my initial typing attempts a bit rough, lots of misspellings. After a few days, I'm getting used to it, and am comfortable that it will be just fine.

The CUE software continues to be un-intuitive but incredibly powerful. You can tweak the keyboard lots of ways, but you'll have to invest in learning how to use the software - macro options are pretty impressive, but i spend several hours tweaking and refining them as I began to understand how to use the software better.

The version I chose has red led's only, but are individually controllable for a number of built in effects. Once over the initial cool factor, i settled on just a uniform back-light - about 30% for all keys. Once saved to the keyboard, the hardware lighting button cycles the intensity 0-10-20-30% That gives a nice subtle backlight allowing the keys to be read in a darkened room.

Because of the placement of the under-key lighting, keys with multiple markings (like the 1! key or 2@) are "flipped" see the picture above. This means, for example the 1 is above the !, which is flipped from a standard keyboard. However, the ! is still the shift character, so if you, like me, occasionally look at the keyboard to find special characters, you might have a touch of confusion.

So why do they flip them? Because they wanted the lit portion of the key to be the normal character, and the LED's are towards the north of each key. I'm probably not explaining it well, so look closely at the picture and you'll get the idea.

Other Thoughts: OK, this is odd. Not only does the keyboard have the typical flip out feet to angle up the keyboard by lifting the top, it has feet at the bottom part of the keyboard to raise up that, too. Don't know what that's for. Maybe you do.

A good mechanical keyboard is a fun to use. Somewhere between the heyday of teletypes and iPhones, a bunch of great keyboards were made, its nice to see a re-emergence, even if driven by gamers. This isn't the only kind of great keyboard out there -- some of the early think pads had the best notebook keyboards I've ever used, so for sure there are other approaches. This keyboard may just last through multiple desktop upgrades. Who knows, it 10 years, you might be able to get more than you paid for it by selling on online.

Red vs RGB. I prefer the single color LED for a couple reasons. For one, the key switches themselves are black (rather than clear) which looks better when you see the keyboard from the side. Second, all I really want the lighting for is to be able to see the keys in a darkened room. If you're like me, RGB and animation is fun for 10 minutes and then I loose interest. YMMV.

Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, Black, Key Slider Mechanical Buttons, 12000 dpi, Multi color
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Pros: First off, what this is. Its a gaming mouse specifically for games where lots of buttons is a good thing. Many folk will choose this to use with complex software applications like Autocad, solidworks, etc. where programming the buttons can make you more productive.

Things I really like: Large, programmable buttons with a gazillion options, lots, RGB color. Dedicated DPI buttons with color indication (you'll probably want to dim this as its a bit bright) you can instantly switch from fast mouse movements to precision.

Very nice connecting cable is cloth wrapped, a feeling of quality.

Cons: Corsair software (corsair utility engine) is still confusing although full featured. Programmable buttons require software be running (only the lighting scheme seems to be able to be stored in the mouse). But a slight lag when logging in to your computer can be annoying, the mouse noticeably stutters while the drivers kick into gear as computer wakes from sleep.

And of course for what this mouse is all about, the thumbuttons. I think the fact that the buttons can be adjusted forward and back is great, and the buttons seem to be of very good quality. The neg, for me, is that although they are textured in a way to help you feel the difference between keys, its fairly subtle -- and you thumb is not your most touch sensitive finger.

Other Thoughts: Designed for games with lots of keyboard buttons to push (like WoW), but for the same reason this is a great mouse for use with applications like photoshop, autocad, etc. and other programs that use the mouse for drawing and selecting, allowing the user to keep her hand on the mouse.

Great for that.

I'd like to see more responsive software (or macros that are stored in the mouse itself) and better tactile cues on the thumbutton array.

Otherwise, not bad, but i'll wait for V2. Or maybe just the next software/driver rev.



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