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5 out of 5 eggs Good USB 3.0 seven port addition/extension option with IQ charging 04/14/2016

This review is from: Kingwin KWZ-700 Aluminum 6-Port USB 3.0 Hub +1 IQ Smart Charging Port for iPad Air/iPad/iPhone/Samsung/HTC/LG Smartphones/Tablet

Pros: 7 USB 3.0 ports.
Gets same down/up speeds as my built-in system USB 3.0 ports.
Offers an IQ charging port if using included AC power plug.

Cons: Included cables are a bit short.

Other Thoughts: I would like the USB(to system) cable to be a bit longer but it is not so short that it is a problem. Considering most devices have rather long cables nowadays they make up for the shortness of the KWZ-700's.

I use it mostly as a USB 3.0 extension for a couple external drives and a KingWin external drive dock(EZD-2537U3) that all sit on my desk a bit away from my PC.

KingWIn has exceptional customer service. Another device of theirs I have had a failed cable. They responded very quickly and graciously and sent this as an included bonus along with the replacement cables.

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4 out of 5 eggs Good option for turning regular hard drives and SSDs into external drives and for cloning disks. 04/14/2016

This review is from: KINGWIN EZD-2537U3 2.5" & 3.5" SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Dual-Bay SATA Drive Docking Station

Pros: USB 3.0
2x 3.5 or 2.5" drive dock
KingWin has exceptional customer service

Cons: Slower speeds than my other external 3.0 drive housings. Maxes at ~90MBs while the others hover ~120MBs.
Open to the air. While dock is open the connectors are exposed to collect dust and dirt. There should be a flap or a closable cover to stop this from happening.
USB 3.0 cable was malfunctioning and finally died after a few months.

Other Thoughts: To fix the open-air problem I have modified a 100pk DVD cylinder to fit over the dock's "wings" and cover the exposed ports.

Contacting KingWin about the malfunctioned/dead USB 3.0 cable was very easy and their customer service was very gracious and quick with a solution. Within a week I received a replacement package that contained 2x USB 3.0 cables, a new power brick and power cable, plus a 6-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 1 IQ Smart Charging Port(KWZ-700) for my troubles.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches
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3 out of 5 eggs Some very nice options for a Cherry MX keyboard though also some definite cons 03/24/2016

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

Pros: Very sturdy construction.
RGB lighting with multiple lighting effects available.
3 separate LED color profiles that can be saved to keyboard's onboard memory and accessed with 3 corresponding keys.
Cherry MX switches.
Audio & USB pass-through ports plus volume control built-in to the keyboard.
On the fly macro recording. Also the option to edit almost every key's function through software.
Lots of customization available for n-key rollover, polling rates, repeat rates, sleep settings.
Includes an onboard timer that will activate either onscreen display or lighting effects on the keyboard.

Decently priced compared to other high quality Cherry MX RGB keyboards.

Cons: The metal support bar that wraps around the outside adds two inches of unnecessary width to the keyboard and makes it look much less sleek/professional.

RGB LEDs:
Does not offer RGB(16.8 million color) lighting for static key LEDS. Lighting effects have to be turned on for RGB color control over the LEDs. While in static lighting mode only 24 colors are available. Even when using the lighting effects RGB color editor it is impossible to reach a "white" color. There is always a bit of pink glow showing through the keys. This is much more pronounced when using the 24 available colors for static key lighting. Whites, greys, some blues, and other colors all have the same pink glow showing through them. This makes it very hard to match existing system LED color schemes. Also, when using some of the available lighting effects such as Ripple & Reactive the background color resets to a default red between effects with no way to edit this default color.
This is a huge con since every advertisement and description of this keyboard I've seen states, "independent per-key backlighting in full 16.8 million colors".
When using the audio passthrough hitting certain colors with the lighting effects causes a high-pitched whine through the speakers or headphones. Does not seem to effect the microphone passthrough.

The G.Skill software seems to have a lot of unnecessary steps when editing LED preferences. This could be toned down to be much easier and much more accessible for users.

The braided and sheathed keyboard cable is very stiff and hard to manipulate.

The wrist/palm rest is way too short/small to be of any use. While attached, the curve of my hand rests just over it with the ball of my palm and my wrist still lying on the keyboard tray.

Other Thoughts: The metal support bar should have been totally hidden inside of the rectangular brushed aluminum body of the keyboard without the extended "wings" and front piece showing. The extra 2 inches of width leaves barely any room for a mouse on two separate keyboard trays in our home. Make sure you take note of the size when purchasing and measure against your own available space.

Many complaints about the false advertising for the RGB PER KEY lighting in the G.Skill forums are only answered with responses like, "we are currently working on improving the software". The advertisements do not change and the description here on Newegg and other retailers remains the same. Hopefully this is something G.Skill knows they will be implementing soon through their software and not an outright attempt at misleading customers.

I would much rather the key's switches were lowered into the inside of the keyboard's body instead of poking up through the way they do. Seeing the plastic switches and the LED glow showing around them is just aesthetically unappealing to me. I would rather the lighting only visible through the key's character etchings.

All of my cables are meticulously bent, folded, wrapped, velcroed, and tucked away. This keyboard's cable makes it a little more difficult than it should be to achieve due to it's stiffness.

The added mouse cable clip is a small but nice addition. Keeps my mouse in place according to where I may push the keyboard to.

The added "gaming" keys are a very ugly red color in my opinion. I like the shape and texture but think they should be a matching black, or almost any other color.

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