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5 out of 5 eggs Great Video Quality 06/01/2016

This review is from: IOGEAR GCS922U KVM

Pros: Video quality is excellent--greatly improved over my previous VGA KVM.

Supports gaming mice and gaming keyboards with 1 ms poll rate.

Switches quickly between computers.

Cons: Not a real "con" but rather a minor irritation--the computer see the monitor as disconnected with the KVM is switched to the other system. In my case this usually only causes displacement of a few desktop icons; however, switching to the other system while playing a 3D game can cause the game to lock up. Exit any games or 3D applications before switching from system to system.

Other Thoughts: This is a good product and a good value at its price, if it meets your needs. If you require the ability to switch while running 3D games or applications, you may need a different product.

TP-LINK TL-NC220 Wireless Day / Night Surveillance Home Security Camera Motion & Sound Detection 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Expansion
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Pros: Nicely designed camera, small, easily placed, with a long optional power cord extender. Very clear color imagery and night vision image is also clean and clear. The image quality is very good for the price.

Issues with very bad wifi performance and extremely limited range were largely addressed by the latest firmware update to v1.1.12, although an issue with frequent disconnects does remain.

Cons: While the latest firmware is a drastic improvement over its previous version, when connected by wifi the camera still has several spontaneous disconnects a day, and though it now spends more time online and available rather than offline, the unpredictability of when it will be accessible means I can't recommend it for anyone who is using it for security or any other serious reason.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully continued work on the firmware will resolve the remaining frequent disconnect issues. If they can ever get stable, dependable wifi performance, this camera would be a tremendous value at its price.

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX Speed RGB
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent keyboard, love the rapidfire switches 05/11/2016

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

Pros: I am a fan of mechanical keyboards--any mechanical keyboard, from the original IBM Model M buckling-spring keyboard, to the Cherry MX switches--if you do a lot of typing, any mechanical keyboard is far more comfortable to use for any length of time than even the highest quality conventional keyboard.

That said, the new "Rapidfire" switches are in a class by themselves. They are a low-force switch similar to Cherry MX Red, but with a shorter "throw"--1.2 mm to activate instead of 2 mm. That actually is a difference you can feel--these keys have a clean feel with no wasted motion. To me, they are the best switch for typing that Cherry has come up with yet--I even prefer them over the "blues" although these are a linear switch with no tactile or audible feedback.

The keyboard isn't silent but the sound of typing is very subdued on this keyboard. If it weren't for the brilliant RGB colors, this keyboard could as easily find a home in the office as in the gaming studio.

The keyboard itself follows the Corsair K70 design--when you have a winner, why change it? It's a full-size keyboard but not an overly large one, with an optional removable wrist rest, a volume adjuster, media keys, and a keyboard lock to lock out the Windows keys when gaming.

The RGB feature is very nicely done--the colors are vivid and striking. The predefined patters are pretty intense--it's easy to find yourself just getting hypnotized by watching the swirling colors.

The keyboard has a USB pass-through, which can be handy for thumb drives, etc. The cable is high-quality heavy cable covered in woven fabric--everything about this keyboard says "quality."

Cons: Corsair's software isn't easy to use when it comes to setting up your own lighting schemes. Prepare for a learning curve and some headaches. The good news, though, is that for most people the predefined lighting effects will probably keep you satisfied.

No other real "cons" noted, though I should point out that if you are in the habit of resting your fingers on the home keys when you type, you will probably get some unwanted keypresses until you get use to the new Rapidfire switches. They have a low activation force and it's easy to accidentally trigger them. On the other hand, that's why they are valuable for gaming: low activation force and shorter travel mean you can do ridiculously fast double-taps and the like.

Other Thoughts: To date, this is the best keyboard I have used for either typing or gaming.


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