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This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black
Pros: - Feel is great,
- Steelseries Engine 3 is great, recording macros is simple, configuration changes are easy & UI isnt confusing for a first time user.
- Performed great during gaming sessions, macro's worked as mapped.
- Size is actually bigger than I expected, good for those with larger hands. Those with smaller ones may not appreciate it as much however.
Cons: - Plug & play was a nuisance because it defaulted to 800 CPI
- No gold plating on the usb connector
- Feels odd for left handers, would take some getting used to, but its designed for right handers.
Other Thoughts: - Price point seems about average... software is clean, plug & play is meh, steelseries build quality is excellent and usage seems practical enough.
I'd likely wait until this item was on sale to pick one up or recommend it for the reasons listed above.
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
Pros: - Worked superb on windows 10 64bit
- Software would not run unless I installed 3.5 .net framework d
- Extra, rugged, red colored swappable keys [Q,W,E,R,A,S,D,F,C,G] with an attachable keycap case.
- Programmable per key configurable RGB Cherry MX.
- Detachable full-sized wrist rest.
- 100% anti-ghosting.
- 125, 250, 500 & 1000Hz polling rate.
- 16.8M color back lighting per key for practically unlimited customization
- Aluminum chassis [one of my favorite features to be honest] its weighty, so you know its strong, durable & rigid. It will take quite a bit to damage this puppy. [Could be a selling point for those keyboard warriors who smash their keyboard from time to time]
- Display controller for multicolor animation
- Macro Playback
- Onboard memory
- Multimedia keys. and integrated digital LED volume display.
- 2 Year Warranty
- Gaming modes
- 6 Extra macro keys
- 3 Hotkeys
- Switch between customized keyboard layouts
- Foldable mouse cable holder
- Packaging was SOLID. It took a couple of minutes to unpack it all. Very different experience from past gaming keyboards I've purchased. G.Skill clearly took a lot of pride in this, and have gone the extra mile to make sure that this keyboard doesnt arrive DOA or in pieces from the shipping process.
- 3 LED Brightness modes
- Rubber feet at the bottom, this keyboard is not going to be easily moved or slide around during intense gaming sessions.
- 2 Meter cable, 2 usb connectors & a headphone / mic connector.
- I used a non-mechanical keyboard for years, and I acclimated to the difference in feel & response times in heavy gaming within a matter of hours.
Cons: - Price point does feel a little high, this keyboard is designed for the gamer, but most pc gamers have mid to high end pc gaming equipment.
- It's mechanical, so the keys do make a clicketyclack, this might be a downside for someone whose PC is in the same room as someone who is trying to sleep and make prevent that or wake them up.
- Some of the customizable colors are admittedly not as bright as some of the others on the backlit keys.
- Software could definitely use some fine tuning... with a keyboard like this, it should feel robust. However, in its current state it definitely needs some polishing.
- I haven't been able to come up with any cons significant enough to warrant removing any egg(s). Which is to G.Skill's credit more than anything.
Other Thoughts: - Size: 518mm long, 172mm, deep and 48mm thick. [With palm rest its 228mm deep]
- I think that a keyboard like this does appeal to the heavy mid to high end gamer, but at the end of the day it comes down to personal preferences.
- It took a little bit of time to sync the LED digital volume bar with my windows volume bar... (kind of OCD, but thats on me)
Pros: - 7 Year warranty
- Fully Modular
- 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
- 105c Japanese Capacitors
- 135mm thermally controlled fan with Zero-RPM mode
- Quiet fan when it is running
- Intuitive rear labels for first time builders
- Velvet PSU bag & bag for unused or excess cables
- Cables ties included
- The finished result post-installation makes for a very sleek and clean look.
- I cracked open the case to look at the components, the build quality is obviously very high indeed. Soldering was on point, and the layout seems well designed. Nothing seemed crowded or out of place inside which might have otherwise resulted in higher ambient temps internally.
Cons: - Doesn't come with individually sleeved cables for that sleek high-end custom gaming look (although you can buy a kit from Corsair's website directly if that's up your alley)
- I have one gripe and its this: the EPS, PCIE and ATX power cables are rather rigid and thick. It took some work to get the ATX cable into the motherboard. But... the above mentioned point can remedy this for about $80 USD.
- No LED fan, but that's a personal preference. Since the fan isn't really running anyway most of the time anyway it doesn't matter I suppose. :)
Other Thoughts: - It says that it is 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, but in my testing I used a 230v input, but it still exceeded 80 Plus Gold by a considerable margin.
- This is more of an FYI than anything: RMi series uses a Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan, whilst the RMx series uses a Rifle Bearing fan, same as the RM series. The latter is supposed to not last as long, and also potentially be a little noisier. The difference is marginal though, so I think it's still very much justified to buy the RMx series if you don't need the Corsair Link.
- The ambient temps in my home are around 22c and thus, even when my system is pulling ~600 watts the fan does not turn on. Seems like the PSU is not heating up that much even under load. But it seemed to be around 25-28c that I would see it turn on, but it was a low RPM setting. I am using a Corsair 900D ATX Tower and the 4 fans with a push/pull configuration in front of the PSU may be playing a moderate or significant role in that regard.
- The RMx 1000W has a total of eight PCIe connectors across four cables – ideal for a Tri or Quad card Crossfire/SLI configuration. (Unless you are using two R9 295X2’s that is – I'd recommend a 1500 watt power supply for that type of configuration though...)
- I'm usually pretty critical of price points, this one actually feels right considering the quality, features & performance. Although, if you can get it on sale - don't hesitate and pick one up.