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This review is from: Logitech K400 (920-003070) Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
Pros: The touchpad is pretty nice and responsive. Having a left click button on the right side is great idea.
Cons: The keyboard is an absolute nightmare. I find it easier to type on my netbook keyboard then on this thing. The unit is very thin and light and feels like you could break it over your knee with ease, and I might just do that because....
The right shift key is in the worst spot. Try to type a capital letter with the right shift key and you will always hit the up arrow key unless you are thinking about it. This is because the up arrow key is in the spot that shift would be, and shift holds a spot the size of a regular letter key all the way over to the right.
The keyboard is not easy to use when it's in your lap ( where a keyboard like this usually is ). It again has no weight to it and as a result it will just bounce around on an uneven surface. This is a rare fail for me from logitech, I use many of their keyboards and mice, and I am usually impressed. Not this time.
This review is from: SteelSeries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard
Pros: After getting used to the gaming keypad on the left, I don't think I can go back to a plain WASD keyboard. It makes playing MMORPGs with a lot of skills easy because of the 2-row number keys. It plays FPSs equally well. I say "after getting used to" because at first use it does feel a bit odd and somewhat uncomfortable, but after a few days of feeling it out, it is very comfortable and my hand naturally falls on these keys.
It is also extremely durable and solidly built. Its very heavy, and after 6 months or so of regular use I don't see any fading keys and it still feels like new. The one thing I am VERY impressed with is it's resistance to liquids. My son spilled a FULL GLASS of water all over this keyboard while I was playing LOTRO (and in the middle of an important battle), I immediately turned the keyboard up towards me and the water poured out like a waterfall onto my lap. To my surprise it was still working and I kept playing for few minutes, then I unplugged it and turned it upside down and took a hair dryer to it. Plugged it back in and everything on this keyboard still works. I was amazed. Very solid product.
I have never used the software that comes with this keyboard, as I have no use for it (and I am on Linux), but I don't think the keyboard needs it to justify the price. I like that the keys for the gaming pad on the left are really just duplicates of regular keys all arranged in a nice fashion. It makes the keyboard workable out of the box and without any software.
The audio jacks and the usb ports are a great convenience. Usually your headset cords won't reach to the back of your computer or maybe not even the front. All you must do here is plug them in your keyboard and route the cords underneath it. I don't think the usb ports are powered (maybe because this keyboard requires a lot of power itself?), but I have my mouse receiver plugged in here and it works just fine.
Cons: This is clearly a gaming keyboards, and you will notice that when you do anything but gaming on it. It's not the best board to type on for some reason, but all keys you need are there and in their appropriate sizes (like backspace). One qualm is that the number keypad and arrow keys and home/delete/pageup/pagedown/insert and all integrated onto the right side of the keyboard along with some random shortcuts like "My Computer" and "Show Desktop". It is very awkward to use because num lock must be off to use your home/delete/etc keys. Now I don't use those very much anyway, but one thing about most BIOSs is the use of the DEL key to enter setup. Well, maybe I need to do some more research on how the keyboard works but it seems that when the keyboard is first turned on (when your computer starts), it has num lock already enabled, AND num lock doesn't seem to work during boot. This means I cannot press the DEL key to enter setup! I have to go get a different keyboard whenever I want to do this, though it is not very often. A serious flaw but one that I overlook.
All keys are backlit, except for the multimedia shortcuts at the top. Why? I would like to pause my music in the dark too! And aside from the 2 volume up/down keys, you really can't sense by touch here.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a wonderful keyboard and is well worth the price. This is the first product from steelseries I have owned. I now have a headset from them on the way. I think I will have some high expectations.
Why does every keyboard in existence have to have a "Windows" key on it? When it comes down to it, it is just another key (it's called the "super" key). I can't stand having a freakin windows logo on my microsoftless system. I think at least manufacturers should ship a blank key with their keyboards...instead I must take my dremmel and rub it off...
This review is from: Thermaltake AF0026 Smart Blue LED 120mm Fan with Speed control knob
Pros: Moves a lot of air. Has significantly reduced my case temps as well has video card temps (it is pointed directly at my 3 video cards). I have it at about 50% speed I would say. The control knob that it comes with is very discrete and can just lay on top of the fan. It is noticeably loud at max speed but at about half speed it is pretty good on noise. Came with screws but also soft-mounts. I chose screws. It uses a 4-pin molex for power instead of a 3-pin fan connector, which is just fine with me.
Other Thoughts: If you just are searching for a fan, and you are overwhelmed with the many many fans that all look alike, get this one. You will be happy.READ FULL REVIEW