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This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 270R CC-9011106-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: The Corsair Carbide Series 270R is a very sturdy, well-made, attractive mid-tower case. Corsair generally makes very nice quality cases with plenty of little extras that make a build easy and clean; don’t let the price point on this mid-tower fool you as Corsair still delivers a ton a features jammed in.
The 270R is able to accommodate ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX size mobos. The PSU case area is cleanly separated from the rest of the case interior and features a removable and cleanable dust cover on the bottom for the PSU bottom fan intake. The only fan included in the case is a single rear 120mm exhaust. Some people may balk at the lack of top and/or front fans but for the price of this case this is completely acceptable. The front features a removable and cleanable dust filter and can accommodate 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm fans. The top can handle 2x 120mm or 1x 140mm fans. The front and top can handle a 240mm radiator, and the front can also handle a 280mm or 360mm radiator.
Corsair does a great job with plenty of open spots and tie down points for clean cable management. There’s also plenty of room behind the mobo tray and side panel to allow clean cable runs without worry. Additionally, there are two SSD mounts behind the mobo tray as well to keep the main interior portion tidy.
Cons: There are no external 5.25” bays so if you want to run an optical drive you’re out of luck with this case.
Other Thoughts: The front panel is located on the side and features the standard fare - power and reset buttons, headphone and mic jacks, and 2x USB 3.0 ports.
This well-built mid-tower case is great bang for the buck! It's spacious and allows several options for water cooling and tidy cable management.
Pros: The Corsair K70 LUX RGB is a gaming keyboard that is designed towards gamers, though it can find use in every other situation in which one needs a solid, rugged, dependable keyboard without audible (click) tactile feedback. The Red Cherry MX mechanical switches are the “lighter” switches (they actuate at 45 centinewtons (cN) of force) ; resulting in faster actuation with rapid hand movements (common in gaming). An awesome feature that’s so simplistic and often overlooked on keyboards is the font size of the keys; with the K70 LUX RGB you get a pretty large printed font on each key that is very easy to see.
Every single key on the K70 LUX RGB can be assigned a unique backlighting color (16.8 million color choices) through the use of the included Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software. You can also have keys stay a static color, cycle through a range of colors at your choosing, cycle through colors in patterns (i.e. waves or ripples of color across the keyboard), or change colors and ripple/wave effects as you type. All of this is controlled through the CUE software. The included presets are nice and you can build custom effects to however you can imagine it. You can also dedicate any key(s) to macros. All of these setting are not just controlled through the CUE software but also sent and stored on the keyboard itself – yes, there is some built in memory on the keyboard to keep all your settings so you can unplug the keyboard, ship it to the other side of the planet, plug it into another computer and all your settings will remain – very cool!
The K70 LUX RGB performs exactly how a high quality gaming keyboard should. You get 100% anti-ghosting with 104 key rollover (if you can manage to press all keys simultaneously then all 104 presses would register). The housing is anodized brushed aluminum and sturdy and the detachable wrist rest is well placed and very comfortable. There are also some dedicated media controls in the upper corner of the keyboard – standard fare on keyboards today. There’s a volume roller key too that is smooth and works perfectly. The top of the keyboard features a pass0through USB port that you can hook up a mouse or wireless headset adapter, or whatever you want really. The spacebar and the FPS keys (WASD) have some extra texture to them so there’s more tactile feedback there and they’re easy to find without taking your eyes off the screen. The cable coming out of this thing is high quality and in a braided sleeve; a nice touch.
Cons: Wish it had some dedicated side or top keys that could be programed for specifics actions/macros. Not a con that will deduct an egg.
Other Thoughts: Works under Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. Due to all the extra features between the keyboard and the CUE software there are 2 USB connectors coming out of this thing. If you’re connecting this keyboard to your computer using USB 2.0 you will have to plug in both; if you are using USB 3.0 then you only need to plug in one of them.
If you’re looking for a solid gaming keyboard that will perform when you need it to and has virtually unlimited options for customization then the K70 RGB is the keyboard to get! You won’t be disappointed - Corsair makes quality stuff and I cannot think of a time over the past 2 decades that I've been disappointed by them.
Pros: The Netgear R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 (hereafter referred to as the R7800) is a simultaneous dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless router that uses the latest, and fastest, Wi-Fi standard - 802.11ac. It is also is 802.11n/a compatible in the 5GHz band and 802.11b/g/n compatible in the 2.4GHz band. The R7800 is, as of this review writing, the flagship 802.11ac WiFi router offered by Netgear; including nice features such as, multi-MIMO support and beam forming (supported by 4 external detachable antennas), gigabit Ethernet LAN connectivity, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a speedy 1.7GHz dual-core processor to easily manage a speedy multi-device environment, and 256B of RAM to keep multiple connections moving quickly. Simply stated: There is a lot of hardware horsepower inside this thing!
The multi-MIMO support offers multiple 802.11ac or 802.11n streams to several devices simultaneously. There is no issue moving a ton of data across your network with no bottlenecks. Streaming HD content or moving large files to several devices from the Internet, or from another device within your network, is a cake walk for the R7800. The 1.7GHz dual-core processor easily manages a multi-device environment and ensures that bits are routed to their appropriate destinations.
Setup could not be easier. Simply take out of box, attach the 4x external antennas, power up and connect Ethernet and you’re up and running. The standard myriad of user options is given: set SID names, passwords, encryption, MAC filtering, guest network, etc. Moreover, Netgear offers a feature called Dynamic QoS on the R7800 that will automatically sense traffic that latency and bandwidth intensive and automatically prioritize the routing of that traffic. I must say that it works pretty well – I hit the R7800 with 3 instances of general HTTP traffic and music streaming and powered up a SmartTV to stream 1080p to it and there were zero issues.
Cosmetically, the R7800 is slick and looks good out in the open on a desk. The case is matte black and does not attract fingerprints. It’s not overly large but still solidly built, and has good weight/heft (it won’t be sliding off your desk). The standard bits of front LEDs and indicators are all there and are not overly bright – you can also shut them off altogether by a sliding switch on the rear of the unit (awesome feature if this thing is in a media room or TV cabinet). The rear features 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, Internet Ethernet port, the always tiny reset button, the LED on/off switch, and a rocker switch for power. One side has both USB 3.0 ports and the other has the eSATA port.
Netgear built this thing to be OpenWRT capable so you have an option for 3rd party firmware if you desire (seriously people, install and use OpenWRT, it will turn this consumer-grade WiFi router into an enterprise capable router that generally costs $$$$).
Cons: The price – but really you get what you pay for. People balk at a $200+ WiFi router, but the features and performance you get cannot be matched by cheaper routers out there. This certainly does not warrant the loss of an egg in my reviewing opinion.
Other Thoughts: In my network testing I was able to achieve nominal 802.11ac speeds to several devices - roughly 1710 megabits per second (Mbit/s), and nominal 802.11n speeds (5GHz band) of 834 Mbit/s. I moved large multi-gigabyte files across both the wired and wireless interfaces with no problems while simultaneously streaming HD video and audio content. This is THE router to get if you are apprehensive about setting up your own QoS, are not familiar with how to setup and manage it properly, or are brand new to QoS and want something that is smart enough to work straight out of the box. The R7800 does a great job in simplifying this often confusing technology for the layman.
In the box you will find the R7800 router, the 4 detachable antennas, a power supply, one Ethernet cable, and a quick install guide and DVD (not needed though because setup is so simple).
Miscellaneous networking rant: Note that there is a significant difference in the networking world when talking about measuring bandwidth by using Mbit/s or by measuring it by megabytes per second (MB/s) (one megabit per second is 1,000,000 bits per second, while one megabyte per second is 8,000,000 bits per second; or 1 Mbit/s = 125,000 bytes per second). These units of measure matter when talking bandwidth speeds not only for your home network, but also for advertised speeds from ISPs, phone carriers, data plans, etc.