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This review is from: NETGEAR GS305 SOHO Ethernet Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Switch
Plug and Play
Cons: None for me
Other Thoughts: Nice small switch that you can tuck out of the way.
Just plugged it in and it worked.
This review is from: Roccat Sova Mechanical Gaming Lapboard
Does exactly what it needs to do and does it well
illumination ( see below)
Other Thoughts: I’ll try to do a brief but comprehensive review as there are not many reviews to consider on this product yet. It’s been a long time waiting for a board like this. It’s not rocket science or any great technological leap it just took someone to get the design right and Roccat did a pretty good job here.
The board is very comfortable and works great sitting up, lying back, legs up, legs down. It has enough weight to stay put but not so heavy as to be uncomfortable. A single sturdy cord connects to your computer’s USB port (you just can’t do serious gaming with cordless). There are two USB ports on the Sova for your mouse and USB headset. Your mouse attaches to an included bungee to keep It from falling off the board. There is a raceway to stuff the excess mouse cord out of the way so you have a pretty clean set up with just one cord going across the floor. The mouse pad is slick and works very well. The mechanical keypad apparently uses TTC brown switches. Its illuminated (blue only) and very visible. The illumination is controlled with the Roccat’s Swarm software. The Keyboard has a nice feel comparable to my Cherry MX brown keypad but is a bit noisier which will be discussed below. I find the ten key-less board is the perfect proportion for gaming. The positions of the keyboard, and mouse are very comfortable. I've spent hours gaming and surfing from the comfort of my couch without fatigue. This is exactly what was needed and is why I give the Sova 5 stars.
Now for the caveats. There is room for a few improvements. First the mechanical keypad is quite noisy. More so than you may want in a living room environment. I have a another MX brown keypad so I know what to expect. The Sova's keys have a very defined hollow clank in addition to the click. It may be because the board is on your lap instead of a desk but If your up late slaying demons you may end up waking others nearby. I plan on trying some O rings to try to dampen the noise a bit. Also the illumination does not come on until you are in Windows (windows 8 at least) and the software starts. As you will likely be gaming in the dark it would be nice if the keyboard would light up on wake like the mouse. In a dark room it’s hard to type a pass code in then wait for Windows to start before the board lights up.
Audio jacks would be another great idea for those of us with analog vs USB headsets. Also cleats on the side or something to wrap the cord around when you put the Sova away would be nice. And then there is the price. $200 really? That’s like two good keyboards and a mouse. I understand product development, supply and demand and all that but maybe at least include a mouse.
In conclusion if you have the bucks to spend the Roccat Sova is a long awaited and well executed solution for enjoying your computer attached to a big screen TV in the living room. Hopefully Rocaat will make a few improvements on future releases and send me a complimentary board for making some suggestions.
Pros: Great price
Other Thoughts: I like the flat cables I think they look better, are easier to tuck under and behind things and are harder to kink.
I have bought a number of different Coboc cables from Newegg. They have all performed well and were all priced very competitively.