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This review is from: Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xBBR - Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Backlight
Pros: Good sturdy quality. The backlit keys are very clear and easy to see. Decent variety of illumination levels. I really like the USB ports and headphone and mic ports. Those are a nice addition.
Cons: The keys with a different shift-status character have the two different characters right next to each other (as opposed to on top of one another). I don't like that, but I think I understand why it was done. The blue LEDs are above the switches, so that's where the illumination is concentrated most. Still, I think they could have spread the characters further from center instead of being right next to each other.
Also, a minor point, I realize the Scroll Lock key is hardly ever used, but I still wish there were a light for it like there is for Caps Lock and Num Lock.
(I'm not trying to sound petty with these cons, but, If I'm going to drop $140 on a keyboard, I'm going to be pickier than usual.)
Other Thoughts: This is my first mechanical keyboard. I think I'm spoiled on them now! I love the "klack" of the keys.
I think I'm glad with having gone with the Cherry MX Brown switches. Because of my many years of using membrane-based keyboards, I tend to push much harder than necessary. It's taken me a while to get used to the "tactile bump".
Pros: It's stable. It has lots of SATA ports. I bought this to replace my previous GA-Z68X-UD3-B3. That board had an Etron USB 3.0 controller chip. That thing was a pain and sometimes messed up all my USB ports such that I would have to reboot to get them working again. This one has the Intel Z77. It's much smoother and more stable.
Cons: I wish it had more rear USB ports.
Although I like this board better than my previous one, that one had a RealTech audio driver. This one comes with VIA. I liked the RealTech better. I found the sound to be fuller and the software had better configuration options.
Also, the UEFI is a little buggy. If it comes across a USB device that it doesn't like for whatever reason, it will lock up. The solution I found from other people having this problem is to unplug the offending device before entering BIOS. From there I was able to configure my BIOS with no problems.
This review is from: MSI G41M-P33 Combo LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Mostly easy installation. Interesting ability to accept both DDR2 & DDR3 (but not simultaneously, which I knew beforehand). Driver installation went very smoothly.
Cons: Bad front-panel jumper placement. They're in the bottom-middle of the board. The documentation for this board is lacking, the only way I knew which slots the DDR2 RAM and DDR3 RAM went in was by looking at the board and inferring. (The blue ones are for DDR2, the black ones for DDR3.) I couldn't find the info in the booklet.
Other Thoughts: I bought this as a replacement. While I was at work one day I got a text message from my wife that said "The comp smells like smoke and just shut off". I get home and did some troubleshooting and found the board to be dead. It was also an MSI. I really hope this one doesn't suffer the same fate.READ FULL REVIEW