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Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX Speed RGB
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4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic keyboard for Windows gamers 05/25/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX Speed RGB

Pros: Fastest key actuation I've ever felt.

The switch itself has no feedback, but they keys still click when they bottom out.

Pass-through USB is NOT a hub just basically an extension. Will not add latency if you use it for your mouse.

Volume roller feels like it has some weight to it. Nice feel.

Open key design = easy to clean

One button disabling windows key and adjusting backlight brightness.

Corsiar software is great under Windows. Programming lighting effects is easy, and you can downloading effects made by other users

Two weeks of use, and no sign of wear on the keys.

Cons: There is currently no software solution for Mac or Linux users. The original K70 has an open source project called CKB, but it is not yet compatible with the "rapidfire" version. On my linux machine they keyboard just glows all red except wasd and arrow keys are white.

It took a good 30 minutes to get my linux machine to even recognize they keyboard. the OS wouldn't even recognize it, even in BIOS mode on the keyboard. I moved it to different usb ports, and then finally connected it through a USB hub. After doing that, now it works on any USB port.

Spacebar has a springy "twang" sound if you slam it like I do. It echoes for maybe a half a second.

Replaceable textured gaming keys are curved, so it only really works if you use the traditional wasd layout. I'm a esdf guy, so they don't really work for me

Other Thoughts: If you are a SteamOS or other linux user, you may want to look elsewhere until proper software is available. For everyone else, this is a fantastic keyboard if you are looking for 2 things: Maximum (minimum?) response time from key presses, and a whole lot of fancy lighting effects. The fancy effects are great for showing off to friends, but once everybody has seen it, I tend to just leave it on a plain back-light anyway.

These speed key switches are designed solely for gaming. It took about a week to adjust my typing so that I wasn't accidentally brushing other keys. The slightest touch can activate the switch. You can't "tap dance" on top of the keys with your fingers or you'll trigger some of them. The biggest issue I had was where typing had to be perfectly accurate such as passwords or the CLI of network devices that I manage. Not the ideal use for this board, but then again I don't think it was meant to be.

Overall, if you want a gaming keyboard that has the flashiness and general "cool" factor, this has it in abundance. The speed is great for gaming, just don't expect to get the full features if you're using linux.

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TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Best value in AC2600 right now 01/25/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: Mobile app allows basic config changes from a touch friendly mobile app. It logs into the device via the inside interface when you provide the username and password (no cloud access). I had two tp-link access points on my network and it detected both of them, so you don’t have to be directly connected to the device, just on the same lan.

Wall Mount works well

Wifi is faster than any one client device is going to use.

Parental controls make an attempt to filter content as well as usage times.

Basic and advanced modes in the web interface cater to both the “just make it work” type and the “I want to personalize every setting” type

Simplistic yet powerful QoS settings. You can categorize by MAC address, by switch port (wifi is considered one port, with a separate port for the guest wifi), or by application (tcp/udp ports)

Ping & Traceroute tools built into web ui

Cons: If you’ve never owned a full-featured 802.11ac router, it may be larger than you are used to. It would take up a lot of desk space if it was not hanging on the wall.

Dynamic DNS requires the device to be connected to the internet via the wan port. If you are using this as just a wifi AP and not your main firewall, you can’t use it as a dyndns client.

You can configure static routes, but you cannot configure the default route. As a standalone AP, the device won’t be able to access the internet (this does not affect any clients connected so long as they get their DHCP address from somewhere else).

USB3 flash drive connected to router averaged about 20 MB/s. Even factoring in the wifi, it should be able to do at least double that. In it’s defense, I have yet to test a wifi router that will get the full potential out of attached storage. Most are not even this fast.

Other Thoughts: Wifi and wired switch performance are excellent, the setup wizard is useful, the hookup instructions are well thought out and easy to follow. This represents the best value in AC2600 devices right now. You could pay a lot more, but you don’t gain anything more other than brand name recognition. The only real negatives I have are if you try to use the device soley as a wifi access point. It was obviously not designed for this application, however it does work if you don’t mind the negatives mentioned above. I don’t imagine this will affect 95% of users though. Bottom line, if you are looking for an all-in-one AC2600 wifi router/firewall, this by far the best value.

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SteelSeries Siberia V3 Single 4-Pole Connection Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
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3 out of 5 eggs Ultimate comfort, underwhelming sound 12/02/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia V3 Single 4-Pole Connection Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: Incredible comfort. By far the most comfortable headphones I've ever used

I appreciate the lengthy cords and splitter

noise blocking ear cups work pretty well if you are looking straight, like during gaming

Cons: I was somewhat underwhelmed by the sound. Maybe I was expecting too much due to the price. It's not that it's bad, but it certainly wasn't the "wow" effect that you would expect when dropping this much on a set of headphones.

I found the ear cushion seal was broken if I turn my head. I believe it is due to the anti-gravity strap pulling them up.

Friends complained that I was difficult to hear compared to my previous mic. After adjusting settings in teamspeak it was serviceable.

Other Thoughts: This is a solid gaming headset. It will serve you well through long gaming sessions. It's certainly better than the bargain basement options. My main gripe is that the entry price is a little too steep compared to the audio quality of the speakers as well as the microphone. Again, its' not bad, but you might get a better sound for your money elsewhere. If you're willing to sacrifice some audio quality to get supreme comfort, then this is a good option.

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