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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 Comfy Mid-Range Gaming Headset 04/25/2016

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

Pros: - The sound is really good. Not great, just really good. For something competing in this price range I honestly feel you're getting exactly the quality of sound you'd expect from the cans.
- Very comfy during 3+ hours of gaming. They never felt hot or uncomfortable.
- 7.1 reproduction is great despite not being a true 7.1 headset. Once you get the rather underwhelming software configured you're good to go. Pick the profile (equalizer settings) you like, enable 7.1, and game on.
- Mic quality is just as good as its older more expensive brother however the mute button leaves something to be desired. (more on this in the cons)
- Volume control on the headset. Standard feature for any gaming headset.
- USB adapter just makes life easy.

Cons: - The mic mute button feels kind of cheap and doesn't entirely mute the mic. It sounds like you're talking through sheet rock when it's muted. Very low and muffled but people can make out what you're saying. So watch what you say when you think it's muted!
- Odd fit. So a few months ago I got to review the Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset. (The older brother I was talking about above; Item N82E16826816048) The design of the cans make both headsets sit an inch or so further back on my head then my other headset so they're not pinching my ears. Not uncomfortable, just feels strange. Like moving your car seat up a few inches, it won't stop you from driving but it doesn't feel quite right. I won't deduct an egg for it, but it's definitely worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: If you have the money (and possibly patience to nab it on sale) I would hands down choose the VOID Wireless RGB headset over this one. It doesn't mean this headset is bad, it's just that I personally prefer wireless sets and I really do feel that one is worth the premium.
With that out of the way, I really like this headset. I've gotten so spoiled with wireless sets that I forget how convenient the wired ones are when you don't need to remember to charge them. Nothing more annoying then that beep on my other set letting me know the battery is low right in the middle of a game.
These sets come in several different colors so pick the one you like, assuming a mid-range headset is what you're in the market for, and game on.

TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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Pros: - Incredibly easy to setup. If it takes you more than a minute to unpack these adapters and get them plugged in, there's a problem!
- Depending on where I tested them I saw speeds ranging between 42-81Mbps. (42 being the furthest I could run the adapters and 81Mbps one room over.)
- 2 solid weeks of testing and streaming hd movies over Netflix with all but a minor hiccup or two in the form of a brief disconnect.

I want to note that I got to test a different pair of power line adapters a few years ago and the reliability of the connection is definitely improved with this model.

Cons: - While these do say “up to 500Mbps” in the description, if you read the specifications tab you'll see that the adapters come with 10/100 ports. This means the best speed you'll see is 100Mbps. I find this misleading enough to deduct half an egg.

Other Thoughts: There really isn't a lot to say about a product like this. They're far more convenient than running cat-5 through your house to a non-wifi device. In my case my media player was wireless capable however it's at the furthest end of the house from my router. While the signal was mediocre on a good day, I would find movies buffering any time someone used their cell phone or laptop over the wireless. That's no longer an issue.
They work; they work well. If you're looking for an easy fix for your networking needs and wireless isn't an option then you found it.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue Switches
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4 out of 5 eggs A Really Good Gaming Keyboard Despite a Few Odd Design Choices 03/07/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue Switches

Pros: -Very solid construction. For keyboards in the price range you expect quality and G.Skill definitely delivered here. While it is noticeably heavier than your average keyboard it's also noticeably sturdier.
-Building on the solid construction is G.Skill's knack for really cool designs. (speaking strictly aesthetic here not functional and I'll address that one point in the cons.) I had a few of my gaming buddies come by during the week I was testing this keyboard and every response at first sight was the same, “Woah, what keyboard is that?!”
-Software, while slightly lacking, has most the configuration and profile options you'd expect and with the keyboard's built in memory you can take them on the go! That's a really nice feature!
Feel of a mechanical keyboard. I grew up using them and until receiving this keyboard for review I've been using a G710+ so I'm using that as the comparison. The Ripjaw definitely feels more like the old school and is almost as loud.
-Key removal tool is something every gaming keyboard manufacturer should include. Kudos for including it with this keyboard.
-Building on that tool, removal of the WASD keys and replacement with the included “solid red gaming keys” was simple. However, and I'm not sure if this is due to the size of my hands, I did not like the angled keys and after an hour or two replaced them with the default keys. Take a look at the photos of this keyboard and you'll see the case with the replacement keys. Make note of the design. YMMV, but I personally was not a fan of them.
-LED's are bright and programmable. I had fun creating gaming profiles that only illuminated the keys I needed. The “effects” included within the software are cool but really don't offer much outside of that initial, “Ok, that was neat...”
-On board volume indicator is cool as well however it feels a bit unnecessary given the fact most others will use an OSD instead since it doesn't require looking down at the keyboard to check your volume level.

Cons: -Right off the start I want to swing back to that “aesthetic vs functional” design I mentioned in the pros. Two really odd design choices I want to point out:
1. Due to the height of the keys I have to lean forward to check if the caps lock is on. I can't see the light while sitting in my normal “gaming” posture. For the same reasons the three buttons above the F3 and F4 keys are awkward to press because you need to reach over them.
2. The gap in that wrist rest... I understand that it's not really a problem if you use perfect typing posture all the time (and I know I don't) however it's a wrist rest and I can't rest my right wrist because it's half on/half off due to that gap. G.Skill, please make a note because I'm sure I won't be the only one with this option: Design it so that there's a piece that can be snapped in there for people like me!
-As pointed out, I'm using a G710+ for my comparison and I find its software more fleshed out than G.Skill's. I will point out though that they did a great job for an early version of it and have no doubt that as updates roll out both will be on par with one another.
-I'll mention it again, but the replacement angled gaming keys are a slight disappointment. I would include flat replacements as well. They're not overly accommodating to larger hands.

Other Thoughts: If you'll forgive the sports analogy here on a technical review: The KM780MX gaming keyboard is not going to be the grand slam you're hoping for. However, for their first time at bat in the gaming keyboard market they pulled off a triple. (with a run batted in.)
I really wish I had the option of giving this keyboard a 4.5 egg rating. Unfortunately it's not quite a 5 due to its infancy and those few cons I mentioned and I feel it deserves slightly better than a 4.
If it wasn't for the wrist rest I would have personally replaced my G710+ however this keyboard is moving over to the other PC for now.

I'll end on one final comment. Not for the product itself but for the company making it. I was a bit worried when I saw G.Skill was making a leap into the gaming hardware category. They, for me, have always been my go to for system memory because they make solid performing and reliable memory. It's what they do!
They're also one of the few companies I see respond to customers without a generic copy and paste you see from almost all the other vendors out there. So I have no doubt they're taking notes from the feedback and definitely working on improving the software for this keyboard.

That needed to be said because if you like the design and you can live with the cons I mentioned:
Get. This. Keyboard.
It's still one of the best gaming/mechanical keyboards I've gotten to try out and should you ever have a problem this is one of the few companies you won't have a headache getting a resolution from.


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