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This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
Pros: - Heavy and Solid
- Clean and Professional look
- Customizable backlighting
- Backlight level adjust button
- Good length USB cable
- Alternate keycaps for certain keys included
Cons: - Palm rest is very thin and attaches poorly
- USB ends are very big
- Numb, Caps, and Scroll lock indicators are a little bright
Other Thoughts: When I pulled this keyboard out if its box, I was shocked by the weight; this keyboard definitely stays where you put it. One of my favorite things about this keyboard is its clean and professional look. There is a backlit Corsair logo in the top left corner that is hidden when not lit, and chromed Corsair lettering above the number pad. The sides are a smooth plastic with some accent lighting (that is not RGB), and the areas under the keys are the same smooth white plastic found on the sides. This somewhat understated design keeps this keyboard looking classy. The backlighting is completely customizable using the Corsair software (which is pretty easy to use), but fancy lighting effects require the program to be running. Another feature that I like is the backlight brightness adjust key. Pressing this key cycles through four brightness level including off. It makes it very convenient to turn the backlighting off at night so that the keyboard doesn't light up the room.
Now for the bad things. Before I get to the palm rest, the indicator lights for the numb, caps, and scroll lock are a little bright and cannot be adjusted or disabled. The USB ends are also a little large; they don't fit well side-by-side in my motherboard USB ports. On to the palm rest. After picking up the keyboard, I had high expectations for the palm rest. Unfortunately, I was severely disappointed. While the material is fine and acceptably comfortable, it is extremely light and attaches terribly. The weight doesn't matter so much, but compared to the keyboard itself, it feels like a cheap knock-off. The attachment system is functional, but it is difficult to remove the palmrest, and without the palmrest, there is a sharp edge on the keyboard that be quite uncomfortable.
Overall, it is a good keyboard, especially for the price. Just don't expect much from the palm rest.
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
Pros: - Very solid construction and quality
- Good surround sound
- Control panel has nice volume knob and stays in place
- Nice rubberized plastic parts
- Cushions and padding is soft and compliant
- Soft backlighting that is not too bright
- Smoked windows to see into cans
Cons: - Decently heavy
- No height adjustability
- Too big - wide and tall
- Needs audio tweaking (equalizer, individual driver volumes)
- Could not get the software to work
- Very large volume adjust increments
- Mic mutes the highs
Other Thoughts: Let's start with the good. The build quality of this headset is solid. This is evident not just from the weight, but also the tolerances; there is almost no wiggle between the components of these headphones. The plastics have a nice rubberized coating, and the cushions and padding are soft. The multi-driver surround sound is very good; it is easy to place sounds when gaming. I prefer the in-line control unit on this headset far better than others. It is large and heavy enough that it stays in place on a desk, the volume knob is smooth and easy to click to mute, and only having two buttons makes it easy to use without looking. The backlighting inside the cans would go great with a red theme and is soft enough not be blinding even in a dark room.
However, even with all the good aspects, this headset will not become my daily driver. To start with, this headset is a little on the heavy side. Couple the weight with the lack of adjustability and the sizing for a head far larger than mine (and I have a big head), this headset quickly becomes unwieldy on the head. It almost feels as if you are attempting to balance a brick on your head. My other big issue is that audio quality is poor. While it can be easily fixed by applying an equalizer and by adjusting the individual volumes of the different drivers (mainly bringing the center drivers down), I still find it lacking. The individual driver volume settings are also reset if the main volume is touched which is a shame. Now, this may be an option in the software, but I could not get it to work on my computer. I emailed GSkill, and got a prompt response the first time, but a subsequent email has yet to receive a reply. My other minor complaints are that the volume adjusts in very large increments (not what I was expecting when I first turned the smooth-turn volume knob), and mic quality is not the best (highs tend to be muted).
Overall, I would not suggest this headset. While it has some nice features and is well built, the fitment issues coupled with the mediocre sound quality and decently large price tag really bring it down.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
Pros: - Grippy, but not sticky, rubberized coating on most of the mouse
- Adjustable and backlit macro keys
- Included tool for tightening macro adjust set screw is decent quality
- Macro keys are tactile and nice to press
- DPI buttons to select one of five DPI modes
- Corsair Utility Engine makes everything easily adjustable
Cons: - Soft rubber scroll wheel worries me of cleaning
- Poor instructions
- Braided cable is a little loose and frayed
- Macro 1 is too low to comfortably press
- Non-adjustable weight
Other Thoughts: Let's start with physical aspects of the mouse. Most of the grip surface has a nice rubberized feel, and most of the other plastic on the mouse is smooth and rounded. The scroll wheel, however, is a rather soft rubber, that I have found tends to grab every bit of dirt from your hand and the surrounding area, and securely place it in all the hard to clean ridges. I would have preferred the USB cable to be tighter wrapped, but it's definitely not the worst I have seen.
Now, on to the highlight of the mouse, the macro keys. Being able to move the macro keys based on preferred grip is wonderful. The only downside is that the instructions that detail how to move them are terrible. They even fail to mention that the set screw needs to be loosened before attempting to move the keys. Aside from instructions, my only other complaint about the macro keys is that my fat thumb finds it very difficult to press macro 1 due to its close proximity to the mouse pad. Other than those two complaints, the macro keys are wonderful. They are tactile and nice to press, the RGB backlighting is cool and very customizable, and their textures make them easy to locate.
Setting up macros and changing all the lighting and DPI settings on the mouse all takes place in Corsair Utility Engine. The software allows easy recording and creation of macros, and just about every option you would want. You can set whether the macro activates on button press or release, how you want the macros to interrupt each other, how or if you want them to be repeated, and more. Lighting and DPI are also easily customized using the software. DPI is where another one of my complaints resides; the default profile has the maximum DPI set to 9000 DPI, not the maximum 12000 DPI.
Overall, this is a good mouse. If you constantly find yourself lacking a comfortable macro mouse, the adjustability of this mouse might make it the one for you.