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Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sails Away from the Rest 10/13/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: Solid construction; excellent sound. Durable and worth every penny. Any serious gamer should be happy with this headset and more so because it will outlast several others.
I also like the cloth covered cord. I have 2 cats one of whom likes to chew on vinyl or rubber coated cords because they tend to have a thin film of animal fat applied to keep the cord from sticking to itself in storage. My cat has never shown any interest in cloth covered cords which, in a household with pets, adds to the longevity of the headset.

Cons: Now for some nit picking. This headset can be a little heavy and tight over long periods of raiding or other gaming that requires communication. However, it is a very, very small price to pay for the durability this headset provides. Best yet, I find that any discomfort disappears after a few minutes break without the headset and you will have one or more of those in a long gaming session anyway so this objection is a very small one indeed.
The volume and microphone mute control hangs just far enough below the headset that it can get bumped or compressed accidentally by and elbow against the arm of a chair, for example, and there you are shouting at a fellow gamer and wondering why he's not responding. That last issue could be solved by bringing those controls 6 to 9 inches nearer the headset.
One other minor issue is that the microphone boom is a little loose after nearly a year and tends to droop. This isn't so much a problem. It is at most a minor annoyance as the mice never droops below my throat and picks up my voice clearly.

Other Thoughts: This was the 3rd really good headset I bought for gaming and wish it had been the first. I owned several cheap headsets before this one which we adequate but when I decided to go for surround sound I looked for top quality. I had a great Turtle Beach sound card in my first computer and had a high regard for their products. That's why for my first 5.1 headset I bought a Turtle Beach Z6a. The sound quality was remarkable as expected with great separation of the speakers but the joint between the headband and the earpieces was weak and badly designed. That joint disintegrated after about 11 months. The headset was under warranty so Turtle Beach replaced it. The replacement lasted exactly 12 months and 15 days before that joint disintegrated again despite my treating the headset like it was made of thin Orrefors crystal. It was out of warranty so I replaced it with the Corsair and couldn't be happier. This unit has lasted almost a year now, shows almost no signs of wear or weakness. I highly recommend this headset as a first choice for a serious gamer.

RAZER Anansi MMO Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Gaming, Si! Typing, No! 07/24/2014

This review is from: RAZER Anansi MMO Gaming Keyboard

Pros: The programmable gaming keys are excellent, a real boon to any serious gamer. I find the back lighting pleasant: not too bright or too dim and the color adjustment has a broad spectrum and is easy to use. The on-screen programming in the Razer Synapse UI is very simple and intuitive. For gaming I couldn't be happier.

Cons: As happy as I am with this keyboard for gaming I absolutely detest it for typing. I find it virtually impossible to find a correct, constant typing pressure. I'm not a super-fast typist but the number of keystrokes that fail to generate a character on my screen would slow down my typing to a snail's pace regardless. Keys will fail to engage and activate their character if pressed lightly or hard and sometimes in between. Capitals seem to have the worst problem which may relate to the fact that the lighting color changes when one presses the shift key. That's just a conjecture but the near certainty of a dropped initial cap has to have some cause. As an example, I typed the "I" that begins the second sentence here 3 times before it registered.

Other Thoughts: I got this keyboard as a gift from a very dear friend after my cat upset a mug of tea in my old keyboard. I've had a Razer Naga mouse for several years and can't say enough that's good about it. I also am a storyteller who tells several stories about the trickster spider, Anansi so I was primed to love this keyboard on several levels. If it were simply a game pad it would have a 5-Egg rating. I am a very serious gamer so the dedicated keys are a serious help. Unfortunately the problems with typing are so frustrating that I could not recommend this keyboard to anyone. I wish it were otherwise. I really do but when it takes minutes to type a few simple sentences due to the dropped letters 2-Eggs is a gift.

RAZER Anansi RZ03-00550100 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Gaming, Yes! Typing, No! 07/15/2014

This review is from: RAZER Anansi RZ03-00550100 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard

Pros: programmable keys are easy to assign with on-screen software;
the back-lighting is excellent and the adjustments are easy and intuitive;
well organized as I would expect from Razer; for gaming this is a very nice keyboard

Cons: Typing with this keyboard is an exercise in frustration. The keys require significant, positive pressure to register especially when using the shift key. The back-light color changes when the shift key is pressed. That's a clever feature, however, it may be that the change of color causes a delay that accounts for the difficulty with using the shift key when typing. That is just a conjecture though. If the software included a sensitivity adjustment for the keys this would be an incomparable keyboard.

Other Thoughts: I have owned a Razer Naga mouse for several years and love it. If I weren't having much annoyance with typing I would be equally ecstatic about this keyboard. I now have this keyboard, the Razer Naga and, my main gaming keypad, the Logitech G13. I play World of Warcraft regularly and now have more programmable keys for macros and spells than I could wish for. If only I could type quickly!


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Display Name: Robert A.

Date Joined: 04/30/11

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/06/11
  • Last Review: 10/13/14
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