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This review is from: Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Blue Switches
Pros: The keys are properly responsive, the backlight can be set anywhere between dull and blinding, and the board itself is substantially built.
Cons: There's one LED per key, which means that the lower half of the key is only lit by bled light from the top. Not a deal breaker, but not good design.
The bottom row of keys is recessed farther than the others. This is probably meant to allow you to feel the bottom, but I find it disconcerting because my pinky hangs between the ctrl and shift key often, making the recession too substantial for my comfort.
Key response seems hit and miss. If you're quickly typing a letter, there's little issue. If you want to scroll through a document via the arrow keys you either move bit by bit, or scroll through a line in two seconds. It's not a deal breaker, but the difference between a single depression and holding a key down is pretty wonky.
Other Thoughts: The big question is would I recommend it. Put simply, at the 50 dollar price point I'd recommend it to anyone. At the 80 dollar price point this board is too minimalist for those looking for features, but doesn't make up for the minimalist design with precision controls and a good feel. It's not a bad product, it just doesn't seem to hit that sweet spot between performance and price.
All of this being said, the keyboard is a good product. We're not dealing with cherry switches here, so lifespan is going to be a factor in the eventual adoption of this board. Thermaltake seems to be confident in a 5 year life, and if so this keyboard is reasonable at the 80 dollar price point.
I can say that I'm reasonably happy with this board.
This review is from: ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: The feature set is good, the board doesn't get too hot, and it generally looks good.
Cons: One RAM channel was borked from the word go. Neither DIMM in channel B registered, but sticks themselves worked fine when switched between the B and C channels. That's a disappointing lack of QC.
I've opened a request for RMA with ASUS, so we'll see how this goes. Honestly, at this price point I'm expect cross shipping.
Another substantial point, the software installers are bad. I tried to install the AI suite III, and had to search the internet to figure it out. Apparently, you have to kill the initial process to get the thing to work. Seems like every other installer worked, but the much touted AI suite doesn't. That's a bit of a black mark in my book.
Other Thoughts: On the whole, it's good. Most everything worked, the advanced overclocking eventually worked (though it sets voltages dangerously close to acceptable limits), the BIOS is rather easy to mess around with, and everything is here. Assuming the RAM channels worked this would be a four or five egg board. Without that quad-channel RAM I'm rather disappointed.
Assuming that ASUS comes through with reasonable replacement I'll post a more glowing review. For now, two eggs is all I can offer. Not having access to one of the key features of the 2011 platform is pretty depressing.
Pros: The case does pretty much everything well.
You've got enough space to fit four fans (2x120, 1 for the cpu, and one 80mm provided on the side).
Despite the size, you've got decent air flow.
Fitting three total HDD/SSDs is a surprise, but the bigger one is fitting all of those drives and a full size optical drive.
Cons: Just a few minor complaints here. They shouldn't be enough to prevent a purchase.
The cover for the DVD drive is easily damaged during removal. You should work one side off first, to avoid stressing the plastic clips excessively.
The instructions are pretty much worthless. See notes below for my observations.
The default cable routing is less than ideal. You'll need to reroute pretty much everything to make sure that it doesn't get in the way.
Other Thoughts: Put simply, the case is excellent for the price. You can get quite a lot into the box, and it doesn't melt down. I'd recommend a buy to anyone who's looking for a good media center PC.
After installing the motherboard, run the front panel cables. They need to be rerouted from the default passage, and they're the biggest pain to get positioned.
Once the front panel wires are done, install that extra fan. It'll be difficult to fit in, but the extra air flow is worth it.
Install all the SATA cables next. Smaller ones are better in this case, and the longest ones you'll want to use are 6-8"
Install the HDD/SSDs, then make sure the SATA cables are tucked away.
Install the ODD, making sure to connect the SATA data cable.
Undo the rear power supply frame, connect it to the PSU, and fish the wiring into the case.
Install the GPU.
Connect the power cables, slide the PSU in, and use the side rails and a bunch of zip ties to secure the power lines.
I'd recommend a modular power supply. There's room to fit in four 6/8 pin power cables and everything else you might find on a 750+ watt PSU, but it's a tight fit. A few extra dollars are definitely worth it.
Display Name: Robert S.
Date Joined: 11/17/06
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