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Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs My LEDs were defective 08/11/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red

Pros: I normally use a keyboard with an LCD screen and this is the first time I have ever used a mechanical keyboard. I thought mechanical keyboards made a loud clicking sound but this one doesn't. This keyboard was surprisingly easy to get used to. I love the font on the keys and the mechanical style actually helped me type faster (or at least not as many typos) in some cases.

Software / lighting effects:
The software is also really cool. The different lighting effects are awesome! My favorite is the ripple effect whenever you tap a key. If you are feeling matrix-like, go with the rain effect to make the lights fall from the top of the keyboard in a neat waterfall style. There are about 9 different settings without any bad/annoying ones.

Tactile keys:
The tactile keys were surprisingly nice to have. I thought they were a little cheesy with a side of nachos at first but after using them, I wouldn't mind putting them back on whenever I'm going to play a game. They key removal tool works really well and I never felt like I was going to break a key.

Cons: Some of my LEDs were defective. I contacted Corsair's tech support but their suggestions did not work. My problem is about 7 keys are super bright and can never be turned off and about 8 of them have LEDs that never turn on. The rest of the keys work fine but it looks horrible with the defective keys. I created an RMA and sent it back but since keyboards are large, they require large boxes which requires large shipping charges. I paid $24 just to return a defective product!

Brightest light setting is too bright and hard to see the keys compared to lower brightness settings. Not huge con because there are several brightness settings to choose from.

Other Thoughts: This would be a cool keyboard if there weren't so many defective keys. However, I still prefer the keyboards with a screen and dedicated macro keys.

TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I love this card. It works well, is reliable, and looks cool. I have been playing games on this with no connection issues or lag for almost a month now. My wireless router is about half way across the house and it still gets about 75% signal strength using the 2.4GHz band. And with the huge heat sink on it, it is a very sturdy card.

Cons: I have not run into any problems with this yet. Only con is the price is quite high and there are probably ones almost as good for about half the price.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully this will answer some of your questions. If you are a gamer, you won't see a difference between using the 2.4GHz band and the 5GHz band. The main difference you will see is a stronger signal with the older 2.4GHz band.

DEEPCOOL N8 ULTRA BLACK Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Quiet
-Large fans
-Adjustable air flow
-3 out USB ports
-Quality build
-Fairly comfortable on lap (if your legs are under the feet)

Cons: If this is sitting on a flat surface, the intake towards the bottom of the fans is blocked. Therefore, only the top of the laptop (towards the monitor hinge) will get cooled. There is not a whole lot of airflow towards the bottom.

It's a little heavy compared to all plastic laptop coolers.

Sharp corners that I scratched myself on.

Other Thoughts: I like this cooler, however for $30 I feel there are better ones. I like the controls of this and it feels nice but like I said, it has sharp corners and the bottoms of the fans can get covered pretty easily.


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Date Joined: 12/01/10


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