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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs Quality that Rivals All Other Mechanical Keyboards 03/19/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: G.Skill has been known for years for their excellent RAM kits, but recently they've ventured into the Gaming peripheral market, and the Ripjaws KM780 is an amazing first effort from this enthusiast brand.

G.Skill builds their line-up around the super popular mechanical Cherry MX switches; there are numerous which makes it a daunting decision for a novice, so I will do my best to simplify your decision-making process.

Do you want RGB Lighting? If Yes, you will want to go to the KM780 RGB section and this will cost you more money for this option. The default option on the KM780 MX line-up is RED ONLY.

What kind of switch do you want? The 3 offered by G.Skill are the 3 most popular for gaming, Brown, Red and Blue. Blue is the loudest and has an audible and tactile "click" that reminds many of old IBM or even typewriters. Brown has no "click" but has a tactile "bump" about halfway through the keystroke and will make an audible noise when the key bottoms out. Red has no tactile bump and has the least friction but still makes an audible noise when the key bottoms out. All mechanical keyboards will be noisier than rubber dome or chiclet style keyboards, so keep that in mind.

This review is of the Cherry MX Brown switches, which are the most popular because they provide some feedback when the key actuates. Personally I prefer the Red switches since there is less resistance when depressing the keys but this is all personal preference. There are many Pros of this keyboard that rival even industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech, I will mainly compare against Logitech since I am a self-professed Logitech fanboy.

+Amazing build quality. The keyboard is heavy duty and solid feeling. Ther keyboard has an industrial design with a beautiful brushed aluminum body. There's a G.Skill decal that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has bought their RAM kits and some nice piping trim along with some debossed accents on either side.

+Keys are flush to the body of the keyboard. This is a really nice feature and differentiator compared to Logitech, which have a "well" where all the keys sit. On the KM780, the switches are flush with the keyboard body and the keycaps are elevated above the keyboard body. This makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping your keyboard clean, especially if you have pets. Just a quick spray of compressed air will keep your keyboard clean!

+Braided and gold plated cable connectors. Really super high quality here, nice and long and wonderfully built.

+USB passthrough and Mic and Headset ports. There are cable inputs that extend the cable from the back of your PCs I/O plate to keep this all near the keyboard to keep your cabling nice and clean.

+Built-in Mouse Bungie- Again great attention to detail, Logitech used to offer stuff like this but have since stripped everything down. On one of the back rails, there is a little flip up clip that allows you to keep your mouse bungied which gives it some slack and reduces drag/resistance on the mouse itself. Great feature!!!!

+Wrist rest is enclosed. Its not completely solid, but it is finished on both the front and back and feels much more solid than many hollow backed wristrests. Texture is nice as well.

+Gaming keys. This version comes with gaming keys and a keycap removal tool that can be used to replace the standard key caps to help you find your FPS homekeys faster. Great for those who do a LOT Of gaming, although for standard users not sure how useful or desirable this is.

+Backlighting and key caps look excellent. Very clearly lit, all main function lights show up clearly on numpad and F keys. Remember, if you want something besides Red, you will want to pay the extra for the RGB.

+Standard media keys and 6 Gaming keys. No gaming keyboard is "complete" without these and both Corsair and Logitech, the originator of the Gaming keyboard have these features.

Cons: While the keyboard is excellent overall, there are a few cons that I found, nothing worth taking points off for.

-The software is not "universal" meaning the RGB and Red versions have different versions of software. The update did go off flawlessly however.

-The backlighting can be controlled, but the increments are not very granular and overall, the dimmest setting was still bright imo. From what I saw it only does 0/33/66/100 for intensity.

-While the wristrest is wonderful quality, it still uses the "pincer" style insertion which can break and it is built to be symmetrical which isn't that functional when your right hand is in the center of the keyboard when actually typing.

-The spacebar does not feel like the rest of the keys but most mech keyboards I have used have this same problem. There is just 1 mechanical key in the middle and 2 fake keys balancing it on either end. It would be nice if Cherry made a wider, more sturdy spacebar key.

-The gaming keys are comical imo, they are so exaggerated I could not see myself using them unless I ONLY used the keyboard for FPS gaming. The slopes of the keys are so extreme that you might bruise your fingers when typing WASD, its just weird imo. Obviously they are optional, I would be more inclined to use them for the "G keys" so my pinky knew instantly what they were hitting.

Other Thoughts: What can I say, I am incredibly impressed with G.Skill's first foray into the gaming keyboard market. They got pretty much everything right and even managed to beat some of the more well established industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech in some feature areas. Build quality is on par and maybe even better (the brushed alum is awesome!). Price is right as well, it is comparably priced against similar options from Logitech and Corsair.

Main thing is to do some homework first on the type of Cherry MX switch you prefer and if you want to pay more for the RGB featrure, and you should be all set!!!

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs Quality that Rivals All Other Mechanical Keyboards 03/19/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: G.Skill has been known for years for their excellent RAM kits, but recently they've ventured into the Gaming peripheral market, and the Ripjaws KM780 is an amazing first effort from this enthusiast brand.

G.Skill builds their line-up around the super popular mechanical Cherry MX switches; there are numerous which makes it a daunting decision for a novice, so I will do my best to simplify your decision-making process.

Do you want RGB Lighting? If Yes, you will want to go to the KM780 RGB section and this will cost you more money for this option. The default option on the KM780 MX line-up is RED ONLY.

What kind of switch do you want? The 3 offered by G.Skill are the 3 most popular for gaming, Brown, Red and Blue. Blue is the loudest and has an audible and tactile "click" that reminds many of old IBM or even typewriters. Brown has no "click" but has a tactile "bump" about halfway through the keystroke and will make an audible noise when the key bottoms out. Red has no tactile bump and has the least friction but still makes an audible noise when the key bottoms out. All mechanical keyboards will be noisier than rubber dome or chiclet style keyboards, so keep that in mind.

This review is of the Cherry MX Red switches, which are the best imo for fast typing and gaming. There are many Pros of this keyboard that rival even industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech, I will mainly compare against Logitech since I am a self-professed Logitech fanboy.

+Amazing build quality. The keyboard is heavy duty and solid feeling. Ther keyboard has an industrial design with a beautiful brushed aluminum body. There's a G.Skill decal that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has bought their RAM kits and some nice piping trim along with some debossed accents on either side.

+Keys are flush to the body of the keyboard. This is a really nice feature and differentiator compared to Logitech, which have a "well" where all the keys sit. On the KM780, the switches are flush with the keyboard body and the keycaps are elevated above the keyboard body. This makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping your keyboard clean, especially if you have pets. Just a quick spray of compressed air will keep your keyboard clean!

+Braided and gold plated cable connectors. Really super high quality here, nice and long and wonderfully built.

+USB passthrough and Mic and Headset ports. There are cable inputs that extend the cable from the back of your PCs I/O plate to keep this all near the keyboard to keep your cabling nice and clean.

+Built-in Mouse Bungie- Again great attention to detail, Logitech used to offer stuff like this but have since stripped everything down. On one of the back rails, there is a little flip up clip that allows you to keep your mouse bungied which gives it some slack and reduces drag/resistance on the mouse itself. Great feature!!!!

+Wrist rest is enclosed. Its not completely solid, but it is finished on both the front and back and feels much more solid than many hollow backed wristrests. Texture is nice as well.

+Gaming keys. This version comes with gaming keys and a keycap removal tool that can be used to replace the standard key caps to help you find your FPS homekeys faster. Great for those who do a LOT Of gaming, although for standard users not sure how useful or desirable this is.

+Backlighting and key caps look excellent. Very clearly lit, all main function lights show up clearly on numpad and F keys. Remember, if you want something besides Red, you will want to pay the extra for the RGB.

+Standard media keys and 6 Gaming keys. No gaming keyboard is "complete" without these and both Corsair and Logitech, the originator of the Gaming keyboard have these features.

Cons: While the keyboard is excellent overall, there are a few cons that I found, nothing worth taking points off for.

-The software is not "universal" meaning the RGB and Red versions have different versions of software. The update did go off flawlessly however.

-The backlighting can be controlled, but the increments are not very granular and overall, the dimmest setting was still bright imo. From what I saw it only does 0/33/66/100 for intensity.

-While the wristrest is wonderful quality, it still uses the "pincer" style insertion which can break and it is built to be symmetrical which isn't that functional when your right hand is in the center of the keyboard when actually typing.

-The spacebar does not feel like the rest of the keys but most mech keyboards I have used have this same problem. There is just 1 mechanical key in the middle and 2 fake keys balancing it on either end. It would be nice if Cherry made a wider, more sturdy spacebar key.

-The gaming keys are comical imo, they are so exaggerated I could not see myself using them unless I ONLY used the keyboard for FPS gaming. The slopes of the keys are so extreme that you might bruise your fingers when typing WASD, its just weird imo. Obviously they are optional, I would be more inclined to use them for the "G keys" so my pinky knew instantly what they were hitting.

Other Thoughts: What can I say, I am incredibly impressed with G.Skill's first foray into the gaming keyboard market. They got pretty much everything right and even managed to beat some of the more well established industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech in some feature areas. Build quality is on par and maybe even better (the brushed alum is awesome!). Price is right as well, currently this keyboard is on sale for $85ish and a great deal imo.

Main thing is to do some homework first on the type of Cherry MX switch you prefer, and you should be all set!!!

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WD Red 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent NAS Drives from WD, as expected 02/25/2016

This review is from: WD Red 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX

Pros: How much of the "RED" for NAS storage is just marketing is anyone's guess, but I've only had great experiences with WD Red drives in my NAS bays and these 4TB drives are no exception.

I placed 2 of these into my Seagate NAS Pro 2-Bay to upgrade the 4TB to a total of 8TB. The 4TB WD Reds are every bit as quiet as the other 2TB Red drives even though they have more platters. That is probably the biggest benefit of the Reds over 7200RPM drives, they run cooler and quieter than performance drives, which leads to longer lifespan and still providing good performance levels in SOHO NAS units.

The standard RED drives have a shorter warranty period than the "Pro" Red drives, 3 year vs. 5 year, so if you have really important data you may want to spend on the pricier drives. Personally, I use RAID5 on my 4-bay NAS and if a drive fails, I replace it instead of paying for a better warranty up front. So far so good, none of my NAS Red drives have failed, although some of my repurposed 1TB drives have.

Anyways, enough rambling, on to the performance numbers!

These 4TB Reds in RAID1 performed extremely well, I was getting 125MB/s transfers on the Seagate NAS Pro with these WD Red 4TB drives compared to 110MB/s on the Seagate included NAS drives. So a slight bump up there. For most NAS units, you will probably not notice the difference as you will be limited by the transfer speed of the NAS.

I'm really enjoying not having any mechanical drives in any of my PCs or client desktops anymore. Just local SSD storage and everything else goes to my NAS units in a closet and in the basement.

The drives were packed exceptionally well by Newegg. WD provides a cardboard box with molded HDD holders for the drive itself, and Newegg double-boxed these with air packet cushions. Both drives worked perfectly as expected.

Cons: None really, obviously price increases exponentially with every drive/bay you add to your home NAS, so if you are running a 4-bay or 6-bay NAS it can get expensive at $600 or $900 in hard drives!

But! That's the price we pay to keep our data intact!

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