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Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX RGB Red (CH-9101010-NA)
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4 out of 5 eggs Good hardware, harebrained software. 09/02/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX RGB Red (CH-9101010-NA)

Pros: Mechanical, responsive keys
Lighted, multicolor keys
Windows key disable button
Volume controls

Cons: Not much rear lift
Poorly designed software
Requires software to be running for lighting

Other Thoughts: I've been using an old IBM model M clicky keyboard for most of my adult life. This keyboard seems to be good quality, but I miss the click sound my model M used to make. The keys aren't quite as stiff either, but still stiffer than most keyboards out there.

One thing that I really don't like about this keyboard is the lack of rear height adjustment. Granted, my model M didn't have much either, but this one practically sits flat even with the back legs down. I added a piece of 1/2 inch plywood under each leg and it feels much better. I've seen keyboards with different levels of adjustability and it would be nice to have that here.

Speaking of height adjustment, the front of the keyboard can be raised for anyone that actually wants to. There are two legs in the front that can be flipped down to raise the front about a half inch.

I dig the dedicated button that disables the Windows key. That can be configured to disable some other key combinations like Alt + Tab and Alt + F4, but no option to disable Caps Lock.

The volume and playback controls are pretty nice too. Volume works fine for me out of the box (Windows 7).

The lights work well, at least when you finally get the software to do what you want. You have to have the software installed, configured, and running all the time in order for the lighting effects to work fully. You can save static light colors, but not any effects to the keyboard's onboard memory. You'd think that such a trivial thing as lighting effects could be done entirely on the keyboard's hardware, but no, we're still installing proprietary software and running it in the background.

The software that Corsair provides is a real pain. It makes you save or cancel every single change you make. You can't do a couple things and save them all at once, oh no, you have to keep hitting save or cancel after every minor thing. I installed version 2.3.74 of the software, which apparently isn't compatible with most of the cool profiles available for download on the site since they're built for version 1.x. You need to scope out CUE 2 versions of profiles if you go with a 2.x version of the software as I did. They also make it nice and difficult to cycle profiles on the fly by assigning a key combination or something that you can just press. Instead, you have to load the software and switch profiles like you're in the dark ages until you figure out how to navigate the "Actions" to remap one of your keys to the function. Another thing that irks me is that you can't use a profile created in basic mode with advanced mode enabled. Really? So the pre-programmed effects that come with the software are suddenly useless if you want to use custom profiles. Genius.

The software just really feels like they wanted to make it more visually slick than functional, a big pet peeve of mine. I saw a screenshot on the Corsair website after clicking a banner in the software that clearly shows a key remap function, but it took me an hour to figure out how to access it. Maybe I expect too much since I've designed interfaces, but I doubt I'm alone. Seriously, throw some menu bars in, stop hiding things in fade-in menus and for crying out loud let me click around without having to save constantly! I don't want to even try to create my own stuff in this program anymore. If anything is holding this keyboard back, it's the lackluster software interface we're given.

This keyboard seems to have the hardware, but the software leaves much to be desired. Once you figure it out though, if you figure it out, you start to really enjoy the keyboard. I'm hesitant to give this 4 eggs, but 3 seems too harsh. Just plan on spending hours learning the software.

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Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Massive 10TB capacity
Large 256MB cache
Decently fast
3 year warranty
7200 RPM

Cons: Not for desktop use
No center screw provisions
Lose 1TB formatted capacity

Other Thoughts: So first thing's first: This is a NAS hard drive, not intendted for desktop use. NAS drives typically have some of the error correcting and prevention capabilites disabled as they're intended for RAID setups which should handle most of that. If you don't intend to use a RAID, don't buy this drive as you may lose data.

Second, the formatted capacity is not 10 TB, it is a little over 9 TB. This is because manufacturers still insist on defining a kilobyte as 1000 bytes instead of 1024 bytes like everyone else.


The drive seems to be decently fast for a mechanical drive. Certainly fast enough for most NAS setups and better yet with a RAID. I ran some benchmarks but my hardware is getting long in the tooth so I'll keep the numbers to myself and just say that it performed among the top of the mecanical drives that I've tested and exceeded my expectations.

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: 3 year warranty
Shockproof
Quiet
Thin
Sata III 6 Gbps interface

Cons: Slow compared to other SSDs
Questionable longevity due TLC memory
No included screws or cables

Other Thoughts: This isn't the fastest SSD out there, not even close, but at this price I'd say this drive offers tremendous bang for your buck. The drive is thin enough to fit into any 2.5" drive bay. It is made of the cheaper TLC memory instead of MLC or SLC and therefore its longevity is likely to be worse than drives using those types. This type of memory also isn't as fast, however, compared to a traditional hard drive, this thing flies. This would make a good drive to throw some games or other software onto, but I'm not sure I'd trust important files to it for the long run.

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