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Pros: - Decent (accurately advertised) speeds:
On my low quality Dell Inspiron Core i3@ 1.8GHz with 6GB 1600 RAM
CrystalDiskMark at 1GB single pass:
458.7MB/s read and 127MB/s write speeds with Sequential
413.8 MB/s and 127.7 MB/s write speeds with 512K
- It's SSD, obviously
- Great price point for Speed+GB to reputation+price ratio.
- Includes bracket for fitting larger laptop HDD compartments.
- S.M.A.R.T status to know if anything is beginning to go wrong.
- Advertised life expectancy of 1.2m hours and 72TB of data written averaging 40GB per day for 5 years. I know this is only advertised by Crucial and is not tangible, tested consumer data but in light of relatively new technology and untested longevity of casual usage this is all we have for now.
Cons: No cons as of yet. I'm hoping there will never be any because data can be so precious...
Other Thoughts: I went with Crucial because, in part, of their company reputation and reviews combined with their budget price point. The HDD on my 6-month old Dell school laptop failed and I decided to take the plunge and give SSD a try. There is a noticeable increase in performance and with this price it didn't really break the bank. It's great for a laptop that might be banged around inside a backpack or some similar environment.
Some complain about the limited, foreseeable lifespan of SSD drives but in reality it should last you a very long time even compared to platter drives. Consider if a drive really does last for 5 years at writing 40GB per day. Let's say, hypothetically, you write 1GB or even 3GB per week depending on how frequently you use your device and if you're just browsing and doing normal/light computer activities. That would theoretically be equal to quite a long lifespan of the hard drive.
TIP: If you're thinking about taking the plunge and going with an SSD, seek out PCWorld's article titled "How to stretch the life of your SSD storage"
This article explains how to disable search indexing in Windows, disabling hibernation, etc. It also explains further what the mechanics of the SSD are with regard to its lifespan. If you're new to the world of SSDs as I was, it's a very helpful article
Sidenote: I do actually own this item and purchased it from a site with a membership 2-day free shipping program.
This review is from: Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)
Pros: - Love these colors! Whether your rig is lit with blue, green, red, or whatever color LEDs, this keyboard can be set to match the exact hue. Or if you're a female gamer and want a pink lighted keyboard. :) The software has presets for the primary colors and pink and purple. (See con #1)
- 54 Programmable keys with 18 keys in 3 group presets (see cons #2)
- Intuitive volume knob and media keys (not affected by con #2). For some reason I really love the volume knob. I almost wish my Corsair m90 scroll wheel was like it.
- Thick, sturdy composition. Despite the cons, the overall device is a solid and sturdy metal build. The brushed metal appearance is even sexy, I would say. It's heavy and seems to be of decent quality. But the cons disagree..
- Thick cable from the keyboard and dual USB plugs to your rig so the USB port on the keyboard (see con #3) isn't underpowered by splitting. This works well with my Corsair M60 and M90 mice, naturally. It seems it would survive a beating at the hand of computer chair wheels on a hardwood floor.
- Easy to use, all inclusive macro recording (con #2.).
- Great feel of the rubberized keys. They're not of cheap, slick, shiny plastic material. They are a matte, semi-sticky rubberized surface that is pleasing to the touch.
- There is a modest *click* when you press the keys but it's not too soft and not overly mechanical or binary. You do have to press relatively hard for a keystroke to register, however. (major con #4.)
- If you own multiple Corsair products then you'll find that the (Windows-only) software detects them all in one neat package. You can switch between each device easily and change settings all in the same Corsair programs. Go to coursair's official page for this keyboard on their site and there is a screenshot of the software and how it interacts with other Corsair products.
- Four legs to elevate the keyboard. Not only two in the back, but also two on the front of the device. Rubber feet for when the legs aren't flipped down.
- Wrist attachment has a comfortable, rubberized feel to it. It's not soft or memory foam, but it feels okay. I don't use it, however.
- Onboard memory and no ghosting issues whatsoever.
Cons: In short, this is a cheap, poorly constructed product.
1. Colors are cheap, off centered. I mean this as in the Delete key reads “Delet” with half of the last 'e' partially lit. I'm not too concerned with this because I don't stare and peck at the keyboard and I intuitively know where most of the keys are. But it's just cheap. Also the color is software-dependent so it is blank white in linux unless it's plugged into a Windows computer. A few times I've loaded linux and the color remained. But it's inconsistent.
2. As mentioned above, this keyboard is a Windows-only device. Wine will run the Corsair installer but not recognize the keyboard as being plugged in. I'm going to keep trying. No recording/playing macros, no colors, buggy functionality, etc. As I found out while writing this very review switching between macro groups in linux (Arch) navigates a browser back and forth. So I lost half of a review just verifying what I was even writing the review about. Boo! The Caps, Num, and Scroll lock lights also do not illuminate in linux.
3. The cable port on the back of my keyboard is wobbly and seems as though the entire port is poorly constructed. I haven't jerked on it or agitated it at all. Seems to be shoddy from the factory. The cable pertruding from the back is poorly embedded as well. It fits the theme of a cheap Chinese product, unfortunately.
4. The worst con of all...some keys don't work well. My 9 key has to be pressed very hard to register and I spacebar with my right thumb, which this keyboard doesn't really like. I only say this is the worst con because it affects the core functionality of the device. I've conditioned myself to thumb more towards the center of the spacebar and I'm hoping that issue with the 9 key will sort itself out in time. I'm not itching for an RMA.
Other Thoughts: First, I got this from a site where I pay membership for two-day shipping [and TV/movie streaming, cough cough.] No offense, Newegg, it's convenient. I give my word that I really own this keyboard and am typing this review using it right this second. Also I'm in the eggxpert review program so I feel committed to keeping consistent, detailed, objective, and balanced reviews regardless of from where or if I buy or am assigned. Take that for what it is.
With that said, I've purchased and been assigned Corsair products before and I have also owned other brands of mice and keyboards. I generally feel (felt) that they make functional, quality products. I did a lot of research to find what best suits me in a keyboard and I basically came down to two choices. Either a plain mechanical keyboard without macro keys, lighting, etc; or non-mechanical with more options (or double my budget for a fancier mechanical with options.) I also really wanted backlighting. In the end I decided that the K50 seemed to fit the bill since I'm mostly an MMO gamer anyhow. I read the reviews here and on blogs and took the risk.
It really is a promising keyboard with functionality. But the construction is so poor as I detailed in the Cons. I dual boot Windows for Steam games available only to that operating system but spend most of my time in Linux with taking computer privacy/security into account. With gaming moving to linux, I really hope Corsair catches on and devleops for other environments/platforms. PLEASE CORSAIR, READ THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE. That will affect my usage most, personally.
But for Windows gamers who don't have the Linux issue, I would say your biggest concern should be the quality assurance of how this product is manufactured. It is made in China and with my copy that is definitely noticeable. If this is within your budget and you feel okay to take the risk then do so, but that's my only recommended consideration for that userbase. Do your own research and read reviews of other keyboards. This is a very capable keyboard but the quality isn't up to par.
All in all, I don't regret this purchase, surprisingly. I do most computer gaming in Windows anyway and it types okay with the 9-key issue aside. But in hindsight I can say that I would GLADLY pay $20 more for an exact keyboard of better quality. Corsair defines it's reputation by it's reviews, as any prospective buyer may notice. But if this quality of product becomes a trend then it's only a matter of time before another tech company steps up to the plate.
Pros: - Plethora of buttons.
- Adjustable DPI (although look into the Corsair M95 for higher DPI and same buttons.)
- Meticulous control with the Corsair software.
- Different profiles for button assignments for different games. (also can change profiles on the mouse, itself.)
- Button assignments work across platform (stored in mouse's onboard memory) on. Windows 7/8/Linux
- Adjust DPI on the fly (and sniper button for super low DPI)
- DURABLE. (Sidenote: I have tripped on this mouse cord enough to bend it multiple times. Still have never had connection issues although I sometimes question the integrity of my front USB ports on my case that were inadvertently abused as well..)
- Heavy. You can really feel this thing in your hands. I recommend getting a larger gaming mousepad to really make use of this mouse. This may be a personal note but nothing is nicer than having a heavy mouse like this in your hand and being able to skim around a 14''x14'' mousepad.
- Stylish blue LED...that you can disable.
This is only an update review, so I won't ramble on.
Cons: Okay. If you've done some research you may have come across complaints about the scroll wheel. Well....it's partly true. I hadn't really noticed it before because it's so intermittent. If I bump it down one 'click' (very soft click. This scroll wheel has a heavy throw and doesn't click although you can feel the bumps in scrolling) there's about a 50% chance it will scroll erratically up and down a web page or at least scroll up hesitantly as if there is a 'dead spot' in it's scrolling.
If I try to scroll down or up normally and consistently it, again about a 50% chance, scrolls erratically in the opposite direction I'm scrolling in before scrolling in the correct direction. I find that if I scroll slowly and consistently, it is more dependable. But If i scroll quickly then it acts up badly.
it's not a deal breaker, really. But some may say if you get this mouse to go easy on the scroll wheel. I have to concur. The wheel feels so thick and sturdy it's easy to literally flick it down or up and it will spin for quite a few rotations.
Well, don't. At least not unless you want to risk these issues.
Other Thoughts: All in all I don't regret this purchase at all. The software is amazing (and interchanges with both my M60 and M90 with no issues.) The buttons have saved me many keystrokes and helped during countless PvP scenarios on WoW. The mouse has it's quirks but I like Corsair overall and they do produce quality, dependable products. This mouse has taken a beating between my scroll wheel antics and tripping over the cord and I expect it to live on.READ FULL REVIEW