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This review is from: Corsair CH-9000040-NA Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Pros: * The best word to describe the k65 is 'Minimalist" which is what I was going for. It does not have a 10-key, but the keys it does have are full sized. It has basic volume and stop/play/pause/FF/RW and a windows button disable, and that's about it for extras. The color scheme is black/gray and if it wasn't for the slightly off color WASD there would be nothing signifying it as a 'Gaming' keyboard. The back plate is a nice brushed metal finish, and the space bar is textured. The keys are not backlit, but the font is simple, bold and easy to read in most lighting. The thing overall feels sturdy, but not overly heavy.
* Mechanical Cherry MX Red switches provide smooth, linear key-press. Unlike my old keyboard where the keys have a initial high resistance and then a let off when the key is pressed, the Cherry MX Red switches have an even smooth resistance all the way down. They also register the key before the key is fully pressed, so if you want you can type by only half depressing the keys down.
Cons: Not back-lit
No USB or headphone inputs
WASD keys come in slightly lighter color with no replacements.
Other Thoughts: The front of the keyboard comes with a switch that will disable some of the 'advanced features' of the keyboard so it will work with older BIOSs. This sounds nice, but I didn't see anywhere in the documentation about which selection did what. The keyboard seems to work fine when I have plugged it into several machines, so its not really an issue, but it would be nice to have more documentation on what the button does.
The keys are full size and raised off the chassis for easier cleaning. From the chassis to the top of the key is about the width of my finger. My old membrane keyboard had low-profile keys, and was inset more so the top of the keys were only 1/8th" from the chassis. Its not a big deal, but it takes a little getting used to.
The right windows button is replaced with from what I can tell is just a right mouse button. I sometimes use the right windows button when locking my screen, but its no big deal to adapt to using the left.
I carry the keyboard back and fourth from work and its not too large or heavy. Its narrower than my 17in laptop but when you are using it, it does not feel like it. I do find that I like being able to keep my mouse closer to the keyboard, so it takes less time to switch between the two.
I do wish that it came with regular black WASD keys. They seem like just a gimmick to market it as a "Gaming" keyboard. The light grey keys do not stand out that much, so I am not going to complain about it too much.
Pros: Overall look of the case is great. Almost all of the case is a steel finish except for the sides on the front and the top, and the plastic is good quality.
The top "hatch" holds 2 120mm fans and is nicely designed and easy to use.
The front buttons give a nice click when they are pressed and look great.
Internally the bottom mounted PSU works well blowing air directly out the bottom and not back into the case.
There is foam behind the front mesh to prevent dust and sound.
Cons: Instructions were poor at best, but there is not much to do unless you intend to add the 3.5 external.
Mesh front ports were very hard to get off and I was only able to do so by bending it in half then pulling it out. Expansion card slots were also very hard to remove but they are more accessible so it was easier.
Other Thoughts: The 3.5in internal "screw less" assembly works well on some drives and were loose with some others. So I ended up screwing all of them just to be safe.
The way fans are added to the top "hatch" is not with screws but a plastic clipping method and works well for a average 120mm fan, but thicker or thinner fans will not fit.
The wires from the front ports and buttons were all long enough to reach to the bottom right corner of my motherboard with room to route nicely. There is a well placed hole below the Motherboard for easy fan replacement without removing the whole motherboard. The motherboard sits up just high enough to route some wires below it but not excessively.
Had to move the 3.5in drive up one or two to leave room for extra PSU cables since there is really no other room.
The metal felt thin at first (0.6mm), but the case feels solid when it is all together and the thinness helps keep the weight down.
This review is from: ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nice sound dampening back plate that is black in back.
Easy access and logical positioning of connections (PSU, SATA, front ports, fans)
Cons: see other thoughts
Other Thoughts: The stock cooler from the AMD Athlon II X4 620 was slightly loose, I was able to wiggle side to side even when clipped on. I am not sure if this was the MOBO or the Stock Cooler.
Didn't recognize RAM at stock speeds, but G-Skill is not on the tested list so not a big deal.