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This review is from: Corsair K95 Cherry MX RGB Red Mechanical Keyboard
Pros: Out of the box, without downloading software it’s very impressive (extraordinary after you do); it looks like it’d be at home at a strategic command center or NASA launch site.
It’s difficult to visualize, from the written description and the accompanying video on the product page how good this looks; it isn’t photogenic; it looks far better than it’s pictured. There’s something to be said about bringing a dead keyboard to life > breath of fresh air compared to what we’re accustomed to.
Marketed as a gaming keyboard, its way more than that; it’s stimulating in otherwise boring surroundings; no matter what your application/need, there should be no augment; this would be a welcomed addition. Folks who use keyboard's day in and out (likely) will appreciate the addition of a little spice to monotonous tasks. Example (default three) may sound tacky, it isn’t > keyboard stays dark until boot-up after which it turns red, enter the password; the color scheme changes; letter keys pulsate (@ approximate five-second intervals) between green and white and . . .
The flexibility of its multicolor displays will delight tinkers. Its luminescence and superior feel very well may make this a high priority want. I’d speculate in a work environment it would enhance productivity, awareness and moral. People are more aware of their surroundings than you’d think. Imagine the subliminal impact coupling this with a curved 4K monitor in a people/computer interface environment, i.e., hospital admission desk.
Things I’ve grown accustomed to like sticky/sluggish keys, unintended and repeated characters > problem solved. Planned for gaming double and triple taps translate well to rectifying key stroke glitches.
Cons: The accompanying booklet is overly simplistic; it’d be wonderful if a comprehensive quick-start manual was included.
In the absence of the aforementioned, here’s a preview> be prepared to be impressed > go to the manufacturer’s web site; download Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboard Software User Manual > support > FAQs > Where can I download the complete manual as a PDF for the Corsair Utility Engine Software? > (click on) you can download the full manual as a PDF here.
Other Thoughts: Putting aside bling and it being an excellent gaming keyboard, I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a top tier, quality keyboard with superb functionality. I haven’t seen anything quite like it. It rightfully commands a premium price > you get what you pay for here (a touch typist may have a different opinion).
Contemplating the purchase of something this unique/expensive likely will require some sort of rationalization. Keyboards are subliminal things, like a desk or chair, taken for granted. Look at it this way, the lowly underappreciated keyboard is used to unlock a door of sight, sound, imagination; keep records and act as a personal assistant; an essential tool isn't the place to be frugal.
The cylindrical volume control is especially neat; the programmable 18 G keys on the left have an impressive presence visually balancing the numerical key pad on the right. Its quality of this is superb; it has a substantial military-grade appearance, is relatively heavy, feels and looks right. Attention to detail is awesome, i.e., cloth sheathed cord and the way the wrist rest is affixed to the keyboard with screws. I’ve used a countless number of keyboards, none of which have come close to this.
I do a great deal work in a dark room where a lighted keyboard is essential; this is a delight to use. My old lit key board was a well-worn @*%$ with some of the letters wearing off and thin; I assume it won’t be a problem here. Its perceptible quality appears to be on a par with other Corsair products which I own; none of which failed.
Look at > The Practical Book of Color Therapy, by Simon Lilly (Author), Susan Lilly (Author); and/or the numerous books on the subject > then > speculate on the product's relevance.
Candidly, acquiring this was a stroke of unexpected good luck; I love it! Without a pointer to it, I would have never known it existed; it’s a joy to behold/use.
Pros: It’s about the same size as a USB wireless mouse adapter, don’t be fooled by its size (without the use of an external antenna) this is out-and-out miniaturization magic. I’ve used bulky USB Wi-Fi adapters and internal cards, which weren't as good as this; its range is expansive enough to be glad it has WPA2 security.
Don’t be deterred by its speed rating, residential ISP speed fall within its capabilities. In-house connectivity is something else; we’re talking about linking the Internet to PC connectivity is where this shines. The majority of ISP residential services aren’t symmetrical (upload south of 5 Mbps) a fraction of download speed, less than this’s potential (except in extraordinary situations).
OBSERVATION: Router TP-Link / Archer C8 1.0 > TP-LINK Wireless USB Adapter TL-WN725N > Windows 9 Professional (x64) (build 9879) w/ excellent signal strength, connection Speed: 72 Mbps. ISP speed: 65.50 Mbps (download) / 3.01 Mbps (upload), within the capabilities.
I’ve plugged mine into a vacant (front panel) USB port; a welcomed feature, it flickers displaying activity. Setup and configure security options are easy; w/ accompanying CD, intuitive, novice friendly.
Other Thoughts: This’s a product which should be marketed to supply a huge unfilled requirement, rather than being promoted to satisfy an apparently marginal demand. On one hand, most PC motherboards came without Wi-Fi capabilities; on the other, the majority of portable devices are Wi-Fi equipped. For some unknown reason, motherboard manufacturers ignore the requirement to include Wi-Fi into their products; I’d imagine, that’s because the majority of PCs are connected to the Internet by Ethernet cable; nevertheless, in today’s world, not having Wi-Fi capability is like not having a driver’s license.
Don’t confuse this with an adapter with those intended for high speed in-house data exchange, for that an ac class adapter is suggested; this is recommended as an inexpensive solution to transform non Wi-Fi motherboards to wireless network receptive.
This fills this need; when plugged into a motherboard, it virtually disappears, becoming an integral part of it. For any reasons, you decide to swap whatever it’s connected to, don’t forget to remove it (it’s a keeper); its presence can be easily overlooked.
Not show on the product page, its Windows 9 Professional (x64) compatible.
This review is from: Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP
Pros: I’ve been using one of these for years; the thing really works! For a while, it didn’t work with Google Voice, now, once again it does. For one reason or another over the years I had reason to call customer service, it’s amazing at this price point; customer service (support) is very good.
Be forewarned, as with other consumer electronics, they're not infallible, since you’ll grow dependent on your VOIP adapter, and they are relative bargains; be sure to have a spare; otherwise, you risk being without phone service while you wait for a replacement. I was farsighted and hand a spare, which I luckily had. Incidentally, afterward, I replace that spare with another.
I said the aforementioned, only as a precautionary measure; there absolutely nothing wrong with ibis adapter.
Updating software is as simple as keying in a few numbers after you hear the dial tone.
Using another VOIP service, ATT Uverse for comparison purposes, Google Voice is free (provided you have Internet service) Uverse isn’t; furthermore, OBI voice quality is superior.
Other Thoughts: For anyone who chooses an alternate carrier to Google's voice, I've used Phone Power, a three dollar a moth service while using Google Voice was in limbo; it was a great alternative; although I think, Google Voice is better. How can you argue with a free service which transcribes voice-mail messages into text and forwards them to your email inbox?
I am constantly amazed why folks, which should know better, continue to subscribe to tradition telephone service, I say, know better, I’ve told them, they listen but don’t understand.
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