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This review is from: Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP
Pros: I just found out about this kind of device a few months ago...I have to say it is amazing. No longer do you need a "landline". You don't need to be one of those suckers who "bundles" with TWC or Comcast and whatnot. If you have internet, get this device and Google's FREE Voice service and you have yourself a home phone number with voicemail and way cooler features then the phone company can provide you.
It was also pretty easy to set up. The set-up happens on your OBiTALK account page, and it can talk directly to your Obi device over the internet (no opening ports or port forwarding), even downloading firmware to it, its like magic.
I had to use a "trick" to get it to ring my phone when I got a call on my google voice number: You have to use google chat on your gmail account to call someone at least once. THEN you will be able to forward calls to "Google Chat" and that will let it ring on this device. Make a receive calls on a real number for free.
Its so small and it looks cool sitting next to my router on my desk. LED status indicators show power, network, and the phone line status
Other Thoughts: Google Voice does not allow 911 calls. You will need a simple supplement voip service to call emergency numbers, which this device will be able to handle (it can handle 4 different services). I got E911 service from Anveo for 80 cents a month.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch 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...
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