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This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown
Pros: - RGB Lighting
- High build quality (aluminum frame, black anodization, braided cord)
- Cherry MX Brown keys
- Surprisingly Great Wrist Rest
- Not everyone will agree, but I really like the media controls (particularly the volume roller).
Cons: - Even as a top shelf keyboard worth paying a premium for, the price is REALLY high.
- The lack of a USB passthrough can be a painful transition if you're coming from a keyboard that had it.
Other Thoughts: Having dealt with the linear actuation of Cherry MX Reds for a few years, I found myself a bit dissatisfied with them. I've never found the short distance or lack of actuation to be of a significant enough benefit in gaming for it to take away from my typing ability. That being said, the relatively short actuation distance was nice, and the force required was just about right. The Brown's are very similar in both ways (having the same distance and marginally heavier force), but they have the added benefit of a near silent tactile actuation that feels extremely satisfying.
If you're an older gentleman *straightens imaginary tie* such as myself, you may remember the legendary IBM Model M keyboards that had a tactile response that seemingly no keyboard has been able to match since. Cherry MX Browns are the closest I've come to them since those days, and that's really saying something.
As for the keyboard itself, I've owned several K-series keyboards over the years and love all of them. The aluminum frame is fantastic, the wrist rest is surprisingly comfortable, and the media keys (especially the volume roller) are some of my all time favorites. The main drawback of this particular model is that it doesn't have a USB passthrough, which if you're used to using one, can be a painful transition.
Pros: - It's definitely an effective cooler, keeping my OC'd i5 6600k at around 50C under full load
- Looks fairly clean once the cables have been properly hidden
- Fans are largely silent unless you actively increase their speed
Cons: - The pump is NOT silent, but it's manageable
- While it's understandable that it needs various connectors to accomplish what it needs to accomplish, it almost seems like they actively tried to make it hard to route all of them in the same direction in an effort to hide them
- Link software can be a bit buggy with fan speeds if you do custom profiles (I ended up sticking with the stock ones)
- Link cable is poorly shaped/positioned/implemented/seriously why isn't there a better way to do this?
- You can accomplish similar (or sometimes even better) temps out of more affordable airflow heatsinks, which will also run at nearly the same noise levels. While there's a higher level of temperature consistency out of water cooling heatsinks, it's hard to justify the extra cost.
Other Thoughts: This was my first experience with water cooling in a PC, and while it wasn't bad, I really haven't found anything that would keep me from just sticking with a Hyper 212 Evo or something similar next time around. I could see this having a place in an x99 build that will be running intense loads where you're looking for a more consistent temp, but outside of that, I don't really see the benefit in a budget build.
For the people who absolutely see the value in that extra 5-10 degrees, maybe want a little more consistency of temperature, or maybe are just going for a certain look, this definitely does the job. I can't say there's much if any benefit to using this on a locked i5 or lower, but if you're planning to get the absolute max overclock out of your i5 or i7, this might let you squeeze an extra 100 Mhz out of it.
This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: - Fairly simple design.
- Blissfully capless
- Read/Write speeds are fairly consistent
- Read speeds are fast enough to handle 1080p playback without issue
- Lifetime Warranty
Cons: - When the male end is not extended, it tends to rattle as you move it, which can be somewhat annoying.
Other Thoughts: I was able to get roughly 35-40 MB/s write speeds on this, which would be great for USB 2.0, but is a bit lackluster on 3.0. This is kind of a known quantity at this point though, and is part of the reason that 3.1 was actually developed, so it's really neither new nor surprising that the speeds aren't quite up to snuff. That being said, the read speeds are very acceptable, and I've certianly used slower USB sticks. I want to be clear that while the speeds are well below USB 3.0's maximum rated speeds, I was still able to transfer about 3 gigs of data in around 40 seconds, which I consider to be very acceptable.
As far as the lifetime warranty is concerned, be careful how you open the packaging, because the warranty registration information is on the inside of the back, and you do have to go to a silicon power website and sign up (while providing both the part and serial number) in order to activate it. It only took me 2-3 minutes to complete, but if I'd have just ripped the packaging in half and not looked for it, I wouldn't have seen it at all.