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This review is from: Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)
Pros: Bought this at a B&M store when it was on sale for $80 after MIR. I'd been using a generic Lenovo USB keyboard for months after killing my Logitech G110 with a particularly excitable glass of wine. I wanted something that was backlit, had dedicated volume control and media keys, and had decent software for customization.
I have an ASUS motherboard that never could detect my old G110 for accessing pre-boot stuff (BIOS or even the Windows "your computer didn't shut down properly, do you want to boot into safe mode" prompt). No problems with this one, which is a HUGE bonus for me.
The pass-through USB port is awesome. I haven't needed it yet, but if it's truly just pass-through, it should be able to handle devices that typically need a powered hub to work properly (like external hard drives).
The backlighting is much better than both of my old Logitech gaming keyboards (G110 and G11), so I am very pleased with that feature.
Cons: The only complaint I have so far (granted, I've only had this for less than a week) is that the pop-out feet on the front and back do not have rubber on the bottom. My desktop surface is glass, so the keyboard slides around like crazy with the feet extended.
The first one I bought had a bum spacebar - one of the plastic clips that holds the metal bar under the key in place was broken, so it would pop out if you hit the spacebar on the right half of the key. The replacement one has had no issues.
A less important issue for me is the wrist wrest. I have irritatingly sensitive skin (puns are funny!), and the texture of the wrist wrest seems to be a mild irritant on my wrists. I will probably remove it and use a gel or memory foam one instead.
Other Thoughts: The backlight isn't as bright as backlit mechanical keyboards because of how membrane keyboards are constructed. My boyfriend has a Razer mechanical backlit keyboard, and the backlight is really intense because (a) it's blue only and (b) there are individual LEDs under each key. With RGB or any variable-color LEDs, the brightness will be different because a single LED is composed of three smaller LEDs to allow for full RGB color selection. Not only that, but membrane keyboards are edge-backlit with a plastic diffuser to spread the light across the entire keyboard. The overall effect is less intense as a result.
Even with all that in mind, this keyboard has a brighter backlight than my G110, which was variable-color but not RGB. In a room with several lights on, the keyboard colors are still distinct and noticeable.
I'm a very fast touch-typist and tend to push down on keyboard keys pretty hard. I have had no issues with this keyboard in that regard - it's responsive, it can handle the way that I type, and it's not unnecessarily loud.
I don't use macros and profiles all that frequently with my keyboard since I got a Razer Nostromo keypad. I have read in other reviews that the software has some quirks, like no default profile and no way to customize a macro's steps after it's been recorded. These aren't deal breakers for me, but it is definitely something to keep in mind depending on your needs.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase. We'll see how I feel in a few months or next year, but so far I'm definitely satisfied!
This review is from: Antec Basiq BP350 350W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
Pros: Cheap, very quiet, did exactly what I needed
Cons: None, really. I wish it was modular but I'd have to shell out a bit more for that!
Other Thoughts: It seems like Antec revised this model - it has three SATA power connectors now.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The old Maxtor-branded Promise Ultra133 TX2 card I had refused to work in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise to create a software RAID 5. This was for a home server, so I didn't really want to spend the money on a real RAID controller. This card worked perfectly in Server 2k3 with the RAID 5 I had already set up prior to its arrival. The included driver installed without a hitch.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: It does what it's supposed to do. Excellent for adding additional IDE channels to a machine.READ FULL REVIEW