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This review is from: Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum RGB Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard
Pros: It is what it says on the tin; a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard. I've been waiting for a decent RGB TKL MKB for some time now and this seemed like the best option for the simple fact the LEDs are centered to evenly illuminate the keys. I find the Cherry MX alternative distracting.
I can legitimately feel my typing is faster than before this being my first mechanical keyboard.
Actuation is near immediate. Hair-trigger keyboard.
Extremely quiet for a mechanical keyboard.
Special little stand you can pull out for a phone/tablet.
Some nice presets for the RGB LED effects.
Cons: I prefer TKLs with the numpad. Since numlock toggles between the arrow/home/end/insert/delete/page-up/page-down keys and the numpad; I see no need for that section of keys on "standard" keyboard layouts since it's redundant to have those functions both as dedicated keys and toggles within the numpad having numlock off.
The hair-trigger nature of the keys means even accidentally grazing keys will actuate them. This can cause the obvious typos, and more than a few lethal mistakes in games if not perfectly accurate with your blind typing all the time.
Still quite loud compared to rubber-dome keyboards. Resistance is extremely low and for a heavy typist like myself it's near impossible to not bottom out loudly. Will be looking into possible means of silencing the bottom-out. Bottom-out is also SIGNIFICANTLY louder when you use the raised position with the back feet.
The phone/tablet stand is POORLY suited for phones since they all take USB/charging in the bottom and the sides have almost no bezel. This means the front lip of the stand will cover a significant portion of the screen in landscape mode on phones.
ARX Control has not worked for me once since my first test use of the software. Yes I am configuring it correctly; but it's failing to sync PC status and is perpetually loading. I've not contacted support regarding this.
There are few presets for the RGB effects. Breathing, RGB color-shift, vertical rainbow, and horizontal rainbow. You can also color-code individual keys. Breathing, color-shift, and static colors can be synced to the new G502 Spectrum mouse, but not the rainbow modes. You can manually sync color-shift on the mouse to the rainbow modes, but lining up the speeds and timing can be tricky since you have to visually gauge them.
Other Thoughts: Now the reason for the title of my review is because my unit came with a defect in the spacebar. There was a 4mm protrusion of hard plastic coming out the center of the key where the LED light glows through. There were also two small scratches on the front face of the key I did not notice until first seeing the LEDs light up. I used some wire-cutters to snip most of the plastic spike off as it was going to puncture my skin trying to break it off. From there I filed down the stub to be flush with the surface. It's still got a bit of a bump there and is a visible annoyance so I contacted Logitech Support on the issue. I figured I could quick-talk them into just sending a replacement spacebar - nothing else. Nope; we had to do the whole dance of providing the serial number and filing a formal RMA. The time between emails in this process was partially my fault so I won't bring up how long that took, but in providing my full USPS address I was told they can't send to a PO Box and needed a physical address; which was included. So I told them in my response; "Then remove the PO Box line, the physical address is already there." And two days later I get a box from UPS the size of my leg. No joke and I'm 6'4". Inside the shipping box are two massive sheets of large-pocket bubble wrap and a smaller box the size of my keyboard and weighed just as much. I'm thinking; "No... you didn't send me a whole new keyboard did you? You only do that for products under $100 MSRP..." yet when I open it I see a keycap set. A full keycap set. Wondering why it was heavier than a keycap set should be I dug underneath it to find... another keycap set... and another... and another... 4? 4. Four total full keycap sets. O.OREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Looks nice, feels well manufactured
I do like the wide variety of configurations available.
All configurations are in a single well laid out page.
Cons: The single biggest issue I have with this card is the raw frequency response range. Leaving EQ alone and disabling Bass Boost (on by default) everything seems flat from 500Hz to 4kHz. However there is a huge -6dB drop just 50Hz above and below that mid-range that remains flat all the way out from there. This means lows and highs are absolutely dead, near silent by comparison to the mids. Turning Bass Boost on doe not solve this in full as it only amps things up to about 250Hz and tapers off from there. EQ cannot fix this since no matter how you rebalance it you WILL have some nasty ear-piercing peaks and near silent valleys around these 450Hz and 4050Hz frequencies, which are often used. It sounds horrible and unnatural. Even the Xonar DG does not do this and sounds BETTER because of it!
Speaking of the Xonar DG... it uses Legacy PCI with no supplemental power. That's a maximum 25 watts. With its high-impedance amp enabled it is almost as loud as the STRIX which has access to BOTH 75 watts from the PCIe port and a 6-pin PCIe connector to the PSU. Six times the power available to the STRIX and it's only barely louder than the Xonar DG?! And before anyone claims it doesn't use the PCIe slot power - it does or there wouldn't be traces coming from the pins.
Last but certainly not least is the software. It's failed to install correctly about 33% of all attempts in an effort to figure out what's wrong with this thing. The drivers are NOT signed and require authorization from an admin. Best to run the installer as an admin too, but that's not stopped it from installing incorrectly. On top of that, many of the functions in the GUI do nothing at all. Particularly functions involving the mic input. On-board Realtek 878 handles my mic better than this piece of junk! And we're not done with the software... oh no... Even if it installs correctly functionality will quickly start disappearing or doing nothing, and you will start to notice popping and humming in the audio. Eventually there will be a noticeable second of "wake-up" time as sound sorta fades back in or in the case of video is delayed outright before pausing the video to resync it with the delayed audio.
All in all BOTH the software and hardware is broken by design and nothing about this soundcard is fit for purpose. If you are unlucky to have bought this card on the hope it being new meant it's better - it's not. The Xonar DG and likely every other Xonar card is better.
Other Thoughts: The reason I am re-reviewing this, and the reason for the title is because I got in touch with ASUS support. They claim the frequency response drop-off points are INTENTIONAL!!!
I would give this a 0/5 if Newegg allowed!
Pros: Utility software is nicely laid out in one all-functions page.
I like how many things you can control and tweak.
Looks sleek and feels high quality.
Cons: Sound leaves a LOT to be desired. From 500Hz down to 450Hz there is a quick drop -6dB in volume that persists all the way down to minimum audible frequencies. Same thing happens from 4000Hz to 4050Hz and stays -6dB going up from there. Tweaking the EQ can mitigate this but still leaves some annoying peaks and valleys around those frequencies. Since we're dealing with the same audio chipset for the entire STRIX line of audio cards; I have little doubt this is persistent across the entire series IF my unit isn't defective.
Software installation is as much a hassle as always with ASUS. It's drivers are not signed for Win7/64-bit, have failed to install correctly ~33% of all attempts thus far, begin showing signs of deterioration and audio issues within a day, and many of the functions do not change anything at all. ASUS tend to make decent hardware with some design caveats and oversights on occasion. But their achilles heel is always in software development. Eventually after a few years it matures, but most get it done better in the outset and fix it far faster. Even now UNi Xonar custom drivers are still superior for their older Xonar line than their existing software. Making my Xonar DG superior to this. Yes, this is a direct metaphorical slap-in-the-face for ASUS.
The inclusion of the 6-pin PCIe power input is actually a placebo. Don't get me wrong; it MUST be connected for the card to function. However I have tried the High Impedance modes for both this STRIX card and the Xonar DG. Since the DG is powered only off the legacy PCI (max 25 watts) you would think the 75 watts provided by the PCIe slot itself is enough; NOPE! Seriously?! Why? I suppose maybe it's not using the PCIe power, but that's counter-intuitive since it's easy and inexpensive to filter, and then it's fully dependent on the PSU's EMI noise and ripple if left unfiltered. What's worse is the high impedance mode of both cards are near identical in volume on my Sennheiser headphones. This had better be a defective unit; or ASUS needs to do a full recall and re-engineer the STRIX line. This is unacceptable for even on-board audio.
Other Thoughts: I'm honestly glad ASUS has shaken up and quickly dominated the PC monitor market. My ASUS 26" 1920x1200 monitor from 2008 lasted 18 months before display corruption, spent two weeks sitting at their repair center after repairs were complete, and lived another 3 years after until the same display corruption returned. While my current QNIX 27" 1440p has had no such issues since replacing it. Spectacular. Well done ASUS, well done... Considering every single ASUS product I've ever owned with exception to the Xonar has been faulty or died outright on me, I really need to stop buying them. But as much disappointment as I have for ASUS, I am still willing and able to be fairly critical with segregated objectivity and subjectivity in the above review in spite of that negative bias. I recommend holding off buying the STRIX audio cards until more reviews come out. I may have a defective card.READ FULL REVIEW