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Pros: The programmability of this keyboard is through the roof. If you're a developer or use other complicated software tool with a lot of KB shortcuts you can program to different keystroke combinations, then you know you run out of good kb shortcut combinations really fast and don't bother using the functions that are mapped to awkward or very complicated keystroke combinations.
With this KB you get 54 new keys (18 keys times 3 mappings) , each of which can be programmed to any keystroke combination at all in your tool (editor or whatever software it is you're using).
Then all complicated keystroke functions in your tool map to a single button .
Each of the keys are Cherry red mechanical which means they are easy to press and fairly quiet- you can touch type (not depress the key all the way down) and make the board even quieter.
Each key is also individually backlit with its own LED . They can we turned off and on, change colors, made brighter etc.
The housing is all aluminum and the keystems are elevated above the bottom of the keyboard so it's easy to clean beneath they keys- no lost lunch getting down in there and the thing becoming uncleanable and jammed with "stuff".
THere's a dedicated "kill-Windows-key" which disables the dedicated Windows key (because sometimes, you know, you actually hit it, owing to its location on keyboards :) )
There's a media bar with back / start forward / end and pause along with a rolling volume bar and a mute button.
The acocompanying software through which keys are programmed is comprehensive- there's really not anything you can't do with it. They've pretty much thought of every detail even gamers might need including stuff like making repeasted keystrokes have micro-interval random pauses between them so a macro appear to be live typing to any system watching for cheats (this is a gamer thing) .
I actually don't use it for games, i use it to write code. I just can't say enough good things about it for that purpose.
Cons: zero . none. nada zilch.
Other Thoughts: This keyboard is the king of keyboards not because it does everything other keyboards do and also has a great build but because it does things other keyboards don't do, does everything they do do and has a great build.
No other keyboard is going to give you 18 programmable buttons, all mechanical, all with their own LED (for working at night) , with three built in buttons to switch between groups of 18 buttons for a total of 54 extra one-stroke buttons capable of executing any wild or crazy combination of keystrokes. On top of that 54 button army it gives you, you can have many multiple groups of those 54 keys each 54 key army called a "profile". You can switch between profiles easily and you can program this thing to recognize what program you're in and automatically load the associated profile.
On top of that, you can program profiles INTO the keyboar'ds memory so you can take your keyboard to another computer and carry your kb mappings with you. This also allows you to execute mapped keystrokes BEFORE the driver is loaded, for instance, when yourb computer boots or before Windows or linux is loaded (think passwords to sign in at a keystroke).
It took me a while to wrap my head around everything I could do with this keyboard.. I keep realizing I can program my keyboard to do that easily...
Buy it. Shift the money from something else for your build. You basically interact with your computer through your screen your mouse and your keyboard.
I never realized how great mechanical keyboards are and what a difference they'd make to someone who spends all day at the keyboard. I never realized how much value a keyboard could deliver in terms of saving me keystrokes while working, everyday, all day.
For the all the same reasons, I recommend the G600 mouse by Logitech.
This review is from: Ooma 100-0210-100 Ooma Telo with Bluetooth Adapter
Pros: Works as advertised. No problems. Bought one for an elderly friend - it saves her money every month over the ISP's offering. She can use it no problem. Have one for myself. Saves me from using minutes on (or having to upgrade ) my cell phone plan. Great customer support. Should have done it long ago.
Other Thoughts: Don't be scared. It just works.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mionix Sargas 900 (000MIOS9) Mouse Pad
Pros: It's huge. that means you can put it under your KB monitors and everything else and anywhere you move your mouse, you are on your pad. Nice looking, no obnoxious graphics, easy to clean. Mouse pads make a significant difference in the usability of your computer and a great one like this one is worth paying for.
Other Thoughts: could make it even bigger (wider) as far as I'm concerned. If it were 36" x 36" I'd buy it.READ FULL REVIEW
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