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This review is from: Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
Pros: I can easily say right off the bat that this keyboard is a logical step towards solving the one weakness all wireless keyboards had: a battery life. It also looks so stylish on the computer desk that isn't cluttered with wires. (Seriously, google some pictures. It looks modern and minimalist)
+ It is powered by the sun.
+ Very slim keyboard.
+ Very comfortable to type on. (For a rubber dome keyboard)
+ Looks very sleek.
+ Price is not insanely overkill for what it is worth.
+ Has a check charge button. (Which is expressed by a smiley and frownie face.)
+ Charges well. (When a direct light source is available)
+ Can charge while the keyboard is switched to off.
Cons: While it does solve the wireless keyboard problem, this keyboard isn't perfect yet. It actually requires direct light to charge it, not ambient. This is normally not a problem for those who use a computer with the lights off, but it is a problem for those who do. People generally will close the blinds to shade out the sun in order to see, this is enough to prevent a positive charge.
Another thing: when the keyboard loses some of it's charge (< 80%), it actually starts to lose it's connectivity a bit which causes some keystrokes to not register. I also noticed that the signal is not as strong as it should be. Having the receiver plugged in the back of the computer causes keystroke loss. So I had to plug it in more pain sight for it to fully work.
These two reasons were only enough to knock off one egg. The keyboard is amazing when it is put to use in the proper environment. But for the clique gamer or hardcore computer user, wired keyboards are the better way to go.
- Weak receiver compared to other wireless keyboards.
- Requires direct light for it to work.
- Needs a strong charge for it to be fully functional.
- No back light? (Not a con for me, but is for those who need to see the keys in the dark)
- Drop it once, acts funny forever.
Other Thoughts: A bright enough monitor is actually enough to help sustain a charge for a much longer period. A 23" 250cd/m2 brightness monitor gave it a charge enough for it to hold a >80% charge for 3 weeks straight. Imagine what a the modern 300-350cd/m2 monitors would do.
As for the last con listed above, my cat actually had jumped up to the desk. To his surprise, landed on the keyboard, freaked out, ran, and my keyboard landed on the floor. Now, the backslash button is highly over sensitive. Just laying my finger on there causes it to register repetitively. I understand it is because it was dropped, but it was a warning to others. Take good care of the keyboard and it'll last.
When the keyboard can type well with a weaker charge (like most other wireless keyboards) and has a more efficient power set-up, the keyboard will have to be considered the perfect wireless keyboard. (And maybe a back-light for those who need them)
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-P80NB Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: This very massive case has many features and future-proofing capabilities. I bought this case for the sr-2 because at the time it was the one of the very few that supported it. Besides, it looked better than most of the other cases. I really didn't want to bother with ordering mountain mods cube cases.
+ Supports HPTX.
+ 11 PCI-E bays.
+ Black. (That's just me)
+ Focus on high quality case rather than the fans to keep the price down.
+ 4 x USB 3.0 and e-sata.
+ So many bays. Technically has 12 x 5.25"
+ Additional parts to help with cable management.
+ 3 x 140mm front fans for lots of air intake.
+ Case has a 3 x 3pin to 1 x 3pin power-board on the front of the case to reduce wires into the case.
+ Very sturdy.
+ Many anti-vibration/noise features on the case.
+ Plenty of space for anything and everything.
+ Long card support beam.
+ Side panels and front door are both lockable.
Cons: There was only one thing that actually bugged me. The top of the case had plenty of room for more fans. It used 140mm instead of 120mm. Rads are commonly found in the 120mm format.
- Top has 2 x 140mm instead of 3 x 120mm.
- Less watercooling orientated. Hell, you can't even fit a H-80 rad on the 120mm slot.
- Not very detailed specs or instructions. I had to ask about the fan controller wattage.
Don't complain about it not having LED's. The fans are already really low power, so just buy your own LED/nonLED fans.
I never really understood why the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD bays had openable doors on the front. Maybe it's so you can use the 3.5 bays if you have some card readers or something (even though the instructions say it's for Hard Drives). It's just kinda weird, but the whole part looks like it was very expensive and raised the price of the case more than it should.
Other Thoughts: As I stated before, Lian Li focuses on the case rather than the parts that come with it. Which is fine because I am sure most people have watercooling or high end aftermarket fans in mind. I went ahead and bought Aerocool Sharkfans for the front, Akasa Vipers for the top, and a Corsair High Performance fan for the back. With these on, the case has lots of air moving through the case.
Although I didn't think about it at the time, I should of gotten high static pressure fans for the front because of the steel mesh on the front AND on the case reduce the airflow significantly.
I did some research and it is very important to keep in mind: the fan controller included with the case has two 3pin ports that handle 6w per channel.
It is a very good case, but it is a case with more air cooling and SR-2 on mind rather than a high end watercooled gaming computer.
This review is from: Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: This case is perhaps one of the most well thought out high-end-micro-atx-portable-lan-party-gaming cases in my opinion. It holds practically everything a normal case would but smashed into an indestructible awesome blue glowing cube. It even holds today's largest graphics cards!
* Has a 23cm fan.
* Enough room for a 6990 or 590.
* No wasted space.
* USB 3.0
* Clear sides for bragging rights at LAN parties.
* Easily removable parts to work with.
* Can hold a hefty (3) 3.5" HDD's
* Even has places for SSD's
* Holds (2) 5.25" bays as well.
* Indestructible. (Not really, but you get the idea.)
It literally smashes a standard mid size tower into a mini one without wasting any space.
Cons: The cons are barely even noticeable, and should be looked over. After all, it is a mini case.
* Can't support two long graphics cards. (You can still have two graphics cards, just not long ones. It conflicts with the hanging 3.5" bay.)
* PSU directly above the CPU means limited cooler choices.
* PSU kinda does block out a small portion of the 23cm fan on the top.
Assuming your PSU has a fan on the bottom of it, then it really shouldn't be that big of a deal.
Other Thoughts: You know, it would actually be nice if it had a handle of some sort. It weighs a bit and it is a LAN party case after all.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: David W.
Date Joined: 12/10/10
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