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This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Speed
Pros: -Well made
-Cherry MX Speed keys
-Some interchangeable keys (with texture)
As with any Corsair product that I can think of, this one is very well made. I have used Cherry MX Reds for a couple years now and the switch to MX Speed is actually pretty nice – the difference isn’t huge between the 2, but I do prefer the MX Speed switches.
The media keys are the best I have used on any keyboard. They are positioned well and a great size – not so small that you can’t find them and not so big that they are in the way. The media keys are backlit as well. The volume wheel is great: it rolls easily but you can still feel it as it rolls so you know how much the volume is changing by feel without having to see it.
The interchangeable keys are a nice touch. They are a different color and a different texture, so weather you are a visual person or one who has to feel the difference, you will notice the different keys. They are grey and textured. The keys that can be swapped out are W A S D Q E R F.
It is always nice to have a USB pass-through on a keyboard as it just makes access to the USB port that much closer/easier. I do like all the backlight options. You can change the brightness, turn off the backlight, or even do backlight effects (such as pulsing lights) through the software.
While I don’t personally look at my keyboard much, it is nice to have the larger font on my keyboard. I think it looks nicer overall and it is actually helpful for teaching my young children the layout of a keyboard and how to type.
There are several other nice features as well. The wrist rest is one of the only ones that I actually use, it is comfortable to me and does not get in the way (and completely optional if you prefer not to use it). The design of the keyboard makes it exceptionally easy to clean – compressed air gets everything out as the keys are recessed into the frame like most other keyboards. The BIOS switch to make sure it will be compatible with older BIOS.
Cons: -Spacebar texture?
Honestly, it is hard to find a con with this keyboard. I personally like the texture of the spacebar. However, I can see some people wishing it were smooth like the rest of the keys or wanting at least the option to replace it with a regular smooth spacebar.
Some people may have trouble using this keyboard for typing. The keys are very sensitive. I personally have used it for typing a paper as well as gaming and found it great for both. When a friend used my computer (and this keyboard) he said that it was difficult to type. If you are not used to sensitive keys then this would likely be difficult to type on.
Other Thoughts: -Impressed
As the large “Pros” section may indicate: I am very impressed with this keyboard.
I have used Corsair keyboards for a while now. This one is an improvement over my previous model, my biggest complaint about that one was a lack of a USB pass-through which this keyboard has addressed. The larger font on the keycaps is a great change. They also made the logo on the keyboard a little smaller which makes it look nicer overall. Cherry MX Speed switches have impressed me with their minor changes from MX Reds.
The one future improvement I can think of would be to include a interchangeable spacebar for people who may not like the textured feel.
My cat thinks the box belongs to him. It is also even easier for him to hit a key on the keyboard when he thinks I am paying too much attention to the computer instead of to him. He approves.
It is a great form factor, it should not block any nearby USB ports and shouldn't be in the way when used on a laptop. The speeds are pretty good overall (minus some random drops I get mentioned in the cons). I was able to transfer files across my network at 41 MB/s (287 Mb/s) - this was on ac wireless using a USB 3.0 port. I have had wireless adapters in the past that are hot to the touch after a few hours of use. This one gets warm, but not hot.
Cons: -Minor performance inconsistencies
-Had to download driver for Windows 10 before it would work
I have had a few times where the wireless signal on just this device suddenly will drop to about half strength (it is within 10 feet of the router) with a noticeable, but not unusable, loss in speed. So far, I have not been able to identify a cause, but it is only this device - I have several other 5GHz devices that do not suffer the same problem. 5GHz only is not ideal for most people, but if it is what you are looking for then it isn't really a con. I never like when a network devices require that you download a driver to function. I could not get this device to work at all on Windows 10 without going to the site and downloading the driver for Windows 10. It wasn't a big deal to just download on another PC then put it on a flash driver and install it, but some people may not have that option. It is worth noting that the included CD was able to install drivers for Windows 7 and 8 machines, so this issue is only with Windows 10.
Other Thoughts: If it weren't for the performance inconsistencies then this would have been perfect. Even with the slight problem I still say it is pretty good - since it is still holding some signal and a usable connection when it does have the problem.
Overall, I still recommend the product and am using it to replace a slower adapter that I had on a PC in my house.
My cat who normally assists with reviews refuses to help on account of his new dog roommate - though he did manage to get his paw stuck in the empty box, so he must have been excited to see what was in there.
This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
Pros: -Great Range
-Alternate install media
The range on this is device is very good. It was able to access my wifi from the opposite side of my house (1400 sq ft), which most mobile devices are unable to do. The speeds were good and stayed consistent throughout my testing (see other thoughts). Dual band wifi is almost a must for me now, so it always makes me happy to see it on devices – keeping my performance machines on 5GHz band while my other devices stay on 2.4 seems to work very well in my house. I am glad it comes with an install CD as the plug and play feature did not work for me (Windows 10 - 64 bit).
Cons: -A little bigger than I would like
-Plug and Play did not work
This device is a great size to use on a desktop that you want to have wireless on – but for a laptop I think it is a bit too big as I could see it easily getting hit and either breaking or destroying the USB port. The Plug and Play feature did not work for me on Windows 10 – and seems to be a common problem. But they do include an install CD as well as a link to the download file so that it can be installed easily still.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great device. I am very happy with the range, reliability so far, and the speeds. During my testing I got around 24 MB/s on the 5GHz and 5 MB/s on the 2.4 (I do have an AC router, so there is no bottle neck there or anything). These speeds are more than acceptable for me and should work well for a large majority of people.READ FULL REVIEW