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Pros: I bought a corsair K70 (read swithes) as my first mechanical keyboard. The second week I bought CoolerMaster ultimate with brown switches for my office use.
This is elegant, solid, sturdy and the keys feel superb! I haven't had a typing experience ever like the one you get from this keyboard.
The keys are just the right size.
Cons: None really. Except that it would be even better if the keys were raised like Corsair's.
Also; would have been nice to get a USB port.
Other Thoughts: In mechanical keyboards, the choices I narrowed down were:
(note, pro was crippled, only few keys lighted; how dumb; ultimate fixes that).
This is the only model in CoolerMaster lineup that I considered. All others seems half baked; with illogical key placement or half-hearted lighting.
This is the only one that gets all the aspects just right.
Aesthetics wise it is a notch below corsair K70.
I have compared these two in detail in corsair K70 review. But the short summary is that, either model is good. It seems a bit more solid than corsair, but corsair is more 'better' looking.
As far as switches are concerned, both red and brown feel excellent. Brown switches have that slight tactile feedback which makes it a better choice for typing. I would go personally chose brown for office and go with aesthetics (hence corsair K70 + read switches) for a home setting.
Pros: There are keyboards there is Corsair K70. It is simple, beautiful, functional, and just plain amazing!
Looks alone would be a reason to get this keyboard. Pros are:
no space wasted
media keys, specially the volume knob
Red lighting on black
Legs to rais on all 4 corners (other manufacturers! how difficult was it to think t
that were not enough ,the feel of the keys
Cons: None, if you must be nit picky, then I would say the metal paint may wear off at the corners; and one key had paint chipped at the edge so that a speck of led light would peek through.
Other Thoughts: My first mechanical keyboard after my Microsoft natural ergonomics one died after 10 years of use!
Tried several cheap ones, realized that none is a match of that one; and finally decided to go for a mechanical one.
After lot of reading and outright disdain for blue switches (due to their noise) I had narrowed down to either Red or Brown switches.
since red led was only on red switches, I went with the red switches. Within an hour of using it, I realized that there is going to be no going back - so profound is the change in your typing experience. After one week of using I have bought another one - this time CoolerMaster Ultimate with brown switches.
Therefore here is a brief comparison of these two.
I like raised keys on corsair, but coolermaster seems more 'hefty' and solid.
I like Corsair aesthetics more than that of coolermaster.
Between red and brown switches, I think I like brown a tad bit more because of their slight tactile feedback. It really makes typing come 'alive'; as if the keyboard is 'actively' responding to your keystrokes - when it pushes back after the key press. On the red switches, the constant pressure is just plain comforting. If you are undecided on the switch type, go with the aesthetics
If corsair came out with a red led + black base with brown switches, I will buy that keyboard right away.
For brown switches I went with coolermaster this time, because I wanted to try another brand as well and really didn't want blue leds. (cooler amster ultimate with brown switches has white leds which are acceptable).
Having media keys is nice but coolermaster gives the same in Functions keys.
And one of these is
If you are a writer or a programmer, one of these two keyboards is going to be one of the best investment into your trade.
Those, for whom typing is their trade (writers/programmers), and who are hesitant to spend so much on a keyboard, specially when, like me, believe that keyboards really shouldn't cost more than $20, then I would say consider this an investment into the tools of your trade. Just like an SSD transforms the computing experience, mechanical keyboard (red / brown) switch will transform your typing experience.
There is a reason this review is so long. I just feel like finding more and more excuses to use these keyboards.
Pros: Very fast, very quiet and very very good value for money. The printouts are excellent.
I picked it up for $140; and even though I didn't need a color printer per se, I could not pass that option up.
And I am so glad that I didn't. It has already proven its utility when we had to take several color printouts for our son'
s school project.
The printer itself is neat and clean. Documents are stunning and photos are practically useable.
I think at $200 it is a very good deal; but for me, it was amazing value
In some amazing deal, I got it for $140. I had no need for a color printer; but I just could not pass up the chance to get one for $140. And soon after, my son's school project came up that required some color printouts; and looking at that usage; I realized that it was a
Cons: 1. Loading mechanism seems a bit convoluted but not an issue.
2. So far haven't figured out if it will print out on 4x6 photo cards. It probably would, but the point is that it is not apparently obvious how to make that setting. The documentation could be better.
Other Thoughts: 1. Coming from a inkjet, photo printer; you will be amazingly surprised to get a color printout so quickly!
2. They are cheap compared to inkjets; so you can actually test it to your heart's content.
3. Understand that this is not supposed to be a photo printer. Its quality just would not match that of a photo printer. That said, the pictures are 90% good enough. Unless you are creating a portfolio, you can use this printer to create printouts of photos with great results. After doing our son's school project, we consider this money well spent.
4. Another excellent use is for testing 8"x11" (possibly larger) printouts of photos on the cheap. That way you get to see which photos will eventually come out good. I find this use indispensable.