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This review is from: Rosewill RGB80 BR - 16.8 Million Color Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Pros: +Sturdy construction
+10-keyless, getting rid of the numpad in order to save real estate and, in my opinion, lead to an overall sleeker and economical looking board . It's only a preference, but if you do a whole lot of number crunching with your pc and/or can't stand using the top row numkeys, I would recommend getting a board with those additional keys or investing in a separate numpad for that purpose.
+Brown switches make for an awesome typing experience, planning on switching to browns from blues as soon as possible as of receiving this keyboard. None of that tinny/clacky chatter, just a nice smooth keystroke with a semi-soft bottoming. Tactile enough where I feel confident with my inputs, but smooth enough where deliberate/hard presses aren't met with the usual red/blue chatter and sudden drop.
+Lighting is par, nothing fancy here. Rosewill provides a software with which to customize different profiles for different purposes. By default you have 5 customizable profiles, the customization options entailing the color (for all keys), brightness, macros and key combos, disabling/enabling of keys, and game executable-based profiling (at least, that's what I gather thus far, although I honestly haven't attempted this yet myself, but the option is right there.) "PC Mode" is the default mode, which is separate from the 5 gaming profile slots, and it seems PC mode is void of lighting effects and customization, making for a sort of "stealth" mode for those who prefer just a straight up keyboard for typing in the light or prefer to have a plain old keyboard for normal use.
+Braided cable looks and feels good, gives the impression it will stand the test of time much like my old board (CM quickfire white/blue switches), which had only just begun to fray here and there but braided/laminate wrapped cables are always a plus in my book. Bare cords/wires are just a no-no in this day & age. Cable length is sufficient, although could be a bit longer (half a meter, maybe?) for those with setups where their keyboard sits a fair distance away from their tower. It's a standard length that should fit the needs of most average users/gamers.
+Included clear keycaps for QEWASD and the arrow keys are a nice bonus.
+Got it on a slight discount, which is appreciated given this was part of a long-delayed Christmas gift for the wife and the discount helped me scrape by with a few bucks left in the account. Thanks to Newegg & Rosewill for that!
Cons: -The "Gaming mode", "Caps-Lock" and "Scroll-Lock" indicator led's are not customizable and will remain blue. You can see this in the product images, and so long as you are a fairly savvy shopper and thorough in your research, this should not prove to be a surprise. I personally appreciate it, as it allows those indicators to stand out when using a color scheme other than blue. (We're using green, and the blue indicator lights don't offend our eyes.) Took half an egg off, though, as I don't see why these LED's couldn't also be made customizable. It would be a welcome addition if they were, some individuals are extremely adamant about color schemes and having their hardware match throughout. Minus half an egg on behalf of those people, and in my experience they are many.
-Software is functional and manageable, but could use some improvement in terms of UI and navigation. It took me a minute or so to figure things out, as I said it's not terrible, but it could certainly be made much simpler. It's just not a pleasing UI, and even the background window design is unnecessarily chopped and stylized. It's just a keyboard software, I don't want it to look edgy and "gamery", I just want it to be intuitive and do what it's supposed to. Needs some work, I took half an egg off.
Other Thoughts: -I'm happy to purchase and recommend Rosewill, it's great to see a company who's doing such a great job of competing with larger names, and I've been pleased with every product I've tried, because of this I will continue to support them. I've purchased network cards, cables, a few fans, and now a keyboard from Rosewill and their competitive pricing and quality is always what sways me.
-Always research your product thoroughly before purchasing. Allow me to list a few things out again, just to make sure potential buyers are informed about some of the biggest mentions:
***As far as I am aware, there is no way to customize individual key colors. It is ONE COLOR ACROSS THE BOARD. It says this right in the description/product images, so don't be surprised if you're one of those rainbow-color folks and you feel as though you've been cheated. You haven't, the image on the box may be a bit misleading, but it does say right underneath the product image on the box that "Only one color may be supported at one time". Just bear this in mind before you purchase.***
***Gaming mode, Caps-Lock, and Scroll-Lock keys that sit above your arrow keys will NOT be customizable color-wise, these indicators are always blue.***
***I'm not sure if the color customization is truly 16.8 million colors yet, but as I've read here and elsewhere Rosewill either has, or is planning to release a software update to address this. We personally don't need a super-specific shade of green, so this feature is kind of irrelevant for us at this time, but my wife enjoys the prospect of having the option should her preferences change.***
Overall I'm pleased, my wife is pleased, and I'm actually planning on picking this exact board up when I either get tired of my current keyboard or it quits on me. Great job Rosewill, you have my recommendation.
4/5 eggs for a solid board, at competitive pricing, that fit all of our must-have requirements.
Pros: -Great deal, got it for just under $100
-Just large enough to suit my needs
-Love the stand, coming from a fixed stand, and a very low one at that, having the flexibility to position the screen up high has made room for my studio monitors to tuck in underneath the edges. This has done wonders for space management on my desk.
-90* tilt for multi-monitor setups etc.
-Included both a VGA and DVI cable in the box, a nice legacy inclusion for those who may still be stuck on or prefer (for whatever reason) VGA input.
Overall build quality is very good, stand is quite sturdy and does not rattle, once it's together it all sits atop my desk as one solid piece, heavy vibration and desk knocks have not yet managed to throw the monitors adjustments off, which is a huge plus.
1080p is nothing to boast about anymore, being the standard, but I still include it as a plus considering the price I picked it up for. That particular discount is now ended, but it's still a very good monitor and on it's current ~30% off discount, I would still recommend the monitor if a simple 1080p flatscreen is all you require.
Cons: Nothing yet, plugged it in, booted up and everything was good to go. Required a bit of tweaking via monitor controls and then via GPU control panel, but after only 5 mins everything was good to go. Happy with the upgrade, despite this monitor being a bit smaller than my last.
Other Thoughts: Will repost review if anything comes to light, so far so good.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great little 1150 gaming board for those on a budget
+Green fit the theme nicely
+SATA port location is great
+On-board "Amp-Up!" audio is fantastic, great addition and a nice thing to see on a budget board, typically (in my own experience) these kinds of features are reserved for enthusiast and professional grade boards, but it's present and it works great.
Definitely a noticeable improvement in sound quality and clarity over your average on-board sound chip, very pleased. It's definitely not a novelty feature, it performs.
+Audio "path lighting" has got to be one of the neatest things I've ever seen on a motherboard, ever, and it looks awesome. I wasn't even fully aware that it would be so vivid and nice looking, I assumed it to be gimmicky so I had purchased this board almost outright disregarding this feature.
I was wrong, adds a nice green accent to an already black & green themed build. Excellent feature and I want to see more of this kind of thing on future board designs.
+Supports xfire/SLI if you have or want a dual card setup.
+Does everything I needed it to, if all you need is a solid gaming board without *most* of the frivolous bells and whistles, this is highly recommended. Watch for other reviews though, as it seems some other customers have experienced BIOS related issues and a few DOA boards.
Mine arrived fine though, and my 4690k slapped right in, posted first try. All is well some handful of months later and it's performing as it should.
Cons: -I'm really "not a fan" of the placement of the SYSFAN headers 1 & 2, it's just always awkward for me when case fan headers are in the center of the board. I like them at least somewhere near the side to aid in an easier wiring job as well as an overall cleaner system interior. I like the face of my board to be as free of cutter as possible.
-Input/output jacks are a real pain, especially when you're unfortunate like myself and your front panel inputs on your case are defective. Getting up in the dark to switch jacks or plug/unplug things, well... it would be nice if they were color coded. BETTER STILL! Add a little length of that audio path lighting to illuminate a small ring around the inputs/outputs! At the very least, illuminate the primary audio output jack please!
Other Thoughts: Took half an egg off for SYSFAN header 1 & 2 placement, it's just a pet peeve of mine that, although I was well aware of, still is worth complaining about. Put it near the edge, I don't mind cpu headers being centered as that's where they'll usually end up anyways, but case fan excess belongs behind the board, and when eventually the cables will have to cross the majority of the board to connect, it results in a poor presentation for systems that have display windows.
Also took half an egg off for lack of color coding on the audio inputs & outputs. I understand gold-plating and the purposes behind it, but there must be a way to either illuminate the jacks by color or something else to make finding the right jack in the dark a bit simpler.
It's a great budget board and I can recommend it, it would make a very solid board for someone's first build.