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AZIO KB506U Large Print 5-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs It's okay and a tad sensitive. 02/12/2015

This review is from: AZIO KB506U Large Print 5-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard

Pros: Five colour, dimmable, dedicated calculator key, media keys. Shallow stroke (1/8" depth).

Cons: Shallow stroke (1/8"), keys are for fast typists and not heavy handed typists. Wrist rest is too short (depth wise) and it is more like a palm rest for tiny hands than a wrist rest for adults.

Other Thoughts: Even with the cross hatch pattern on the rest, I found my palms slipping off if I rested them on the rest. The colours only hold true at full power. Cyan and Yellow both look green at low levels. Red looks brown, and blue and purple only show up in low lighting. At max level, the colours look great.

Though I do love the BIG lettering, some of the keys are smaller than standard. The F1-F12 keys are 3/4 height and with their proximity to the media keys, I found myself accidentally pressing the media keys instead of the F keys. But at least the media keys have a rubberized coating so if I felt something rubber, I know my hands are too far up.

Someone mentioned the back light on the media keys do not show up unless you look down on them instead of an angle. That is not the case. They look fine especially when back lit. Some keys do not work depending on your default browser (Chrome -64b), the mail, and home key brings up your browser. Favorites does nothing.

There is a key to auto load WMP, but media controls like Play will not play from the keyboard unless you manually press play using the mouse first. When viewed from an extreme low angle some tops of the numbers look truncated. Meaning the roundness of the tops of some keys like the, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 0 seem flattened instead of rounded, but that is only because we are seeing the bottom lip of the key through the large lettering.

Bottom line, at full brightness the keys look great, but at half power or lower, the colour changes. Shallow keystroke only good for fast typist. Silent membrane keys (no clicky sound). Even typing this review since I got the keyboard this morning I notice the space bar finish is wearing down from its native matte coating to something a bit shinier.

First thing I did when I confirmed all they keys worked was to apply transparent protection key stickers on the keys. Hopefully this will provide some sort of protection over time so the keys don't wear off in the weeks to follow.

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Gateway Elite Multimedia Computer Keyboard - PS/2 - Brown Box
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Dedicated keys 02/09/2015

This review is from: Gateway Elite Multimedia Computer Keyboard - PS/2 - Brown Box

Pros: Dedicated: Sleep, Home, Search, Calculator, Mute, Volume -/+, Play, Reverse, Fast forward, and stop keys. Built-in padded wrist rest. Membrane keyboard. Risers (feet). Standard 105 key keyboard, lasted 8+ years.

Cons: After the 5th year I noticed the lettering on some keys were wearing off. Dust and dirt easily accommodates in the keyboard beneath the keys and the finish is finally peeling in other places. Placement of the sleep key.

Other Thoughts: I got this keyboard included when I purchase a Gateway computer. It is a bit on the noisy side as it's a membrane keyboard with a 1/4" depth of stroke. So if you are a light typist and expect to be flying across the keys, this keyboard won't do that. It is best for heavy handed typists who mash the keys and we can easily rest our hands on they keys without keys registering key presses. I've used this keyboard over the years for gaming and video processing, word processing and more and it has kept up with me. Only recently I noticed the left control key seems to be slipping and not quite registering the key stroke unless I mash it down. But hey it's been over eight years now and it is relatively still going strong. Love the dedicated keys and hard to find a replacement with dedicated calculator, media and a sleep button. My only one regret of this keyboard is the location of the sleep button. I've hit it accidentally while blindly reaching for the ESC key more than a few times while gaming. As for lettering wearing off; it was only after the 5th year did I notice the C key was disappearing. It is now eight years later and the A, F, C, V, N, M and > keys are blank (rubbed off). I have taken the keyboard apart to shake out the dirt and boy what a surprise it can contain in the crevices between the keys. The amount of dirt I collected was as if I were sawing wood directly over the keyboard. There are only 3 rubber (vinyl) feet underneath the front edge of the keyboard under the palm rest. My desk is a corner desk with a cut out at the front for sitting in closer to the corner where the monitor rests on a stand. This keyboard basically only rests on the outside two feet as the center hangs over the cut out in my desk. The reason why I brought that up is this is a VERY sturdy solid but light keyboard. Even when resting my wrists on the palm rest the keyboard does not flex in the middle. It is very sturdy! I can't find any newer back lit replacements keyboards I like with all the dedicated keys this one has, so I guess I'll get another one because I know it lasts.

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Patriot LX Series 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Kit With SD & USB 2.0 Adapter Model PSF32GMCSHC10UK
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Micro SD reader is handy

Cons: not as fast as it claims for all files

Other Thoughts: I used various test files including 5M MP3 files, 500M video files and 5G compressed files with Teracopy. A packet based file utility that replaces Windows copy/move function. On the MP3 and MP4 files it moved the files at a rate of 14M/s, but the moment I tried compressed files (RAR, Zip, 7z), the speed dropped to 768k/s on the move but the read/test portion ran at 17M/s. Teracopy first breaks the file down into packets then moves them similar to how a peer to peer system works. Then it performs a CRC check (can be turned off) to check the file was moved/copied correctly. The move/copy portion only ran at 14M/s for small files and less than 1M/s for large compressed files, but both read/test phase of Teracopy both ran between 14-17M/s.

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Display Name: David C.

Date Joined: 05/01/13

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  • First Review: 05/06/13
  • Last Review: 02/12/15
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