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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

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Most Favorable Review

Nice Keyboard. Suitable for adults, but kids like it too...

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard Backlit Red LED Cherry MX Red (CH-9101020-NA)
Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard Backlit Red LED Cherry MX Red (CH-9101020-NA)

Pros: It appears the K70 LUX is an updated version of the K70 keyboard. The "lux" at first made me think it was a premium version, but that's a red herring. The list price of the Lux is ten dollars less than the original k70... The best I can tell, the lux has the newer key cap font -- bolder more modern, similar to the strafe -- and an updated logo at the top of the keyboard. This keyboard rocks. The cherry red keys work flawlessly, and the aluminum top plate and braided usb connector cable gives a feeling and look of quality. At first, i didn't think i would like the wrist rest, but after using it a bit, I think its great, so it will stay installed. Note, the connection to the keyboard is flimsy and not well engineered. Mine actually broke right off the bat. Luckily, a piece of duct tape is a quick fix and will probably last the life of the keyboard. There are media keys above the number pad, and a very nice volume scroller. The num,cap,screen lock lights are small white LED's, and there is a windows key lock (which can be programmed to lock other things as well). This is a modern, well-built mechanical keyboard that looks great and could easily be used in a corporate environment (if not for the characteristic sound of the cherry red keys). Other pros include adjustable polling rate (1, 2, 4, 8 ms) and a BIOS compatibilty setting. If you're not gaming, slowing the polling rate seems to improve the accuracy of my typing. The BIOS compatibilty setting is needed when booting your computer into BIOS, since the keyboard may not be recognized otherwise. The scroll lock light flashes to remind you that you have engaged the BIOS switch, so you remember to reset it. The gamer features (key rollover, etc.) are also helpful for the touch typist. Be warned, if you are used to typing on a cheap laptop keyboard, it may take some time to acclimate to this. It just takes a little time and practice.

Cons: The cherry red keys have no tactile feedback - just a very smooth stroke until the key bottoms out. This is the most popular key for gamers due to the quick action. The light action has made my initial typing attempts a bit rough, lots of misspellings. After a few days, I'm getting used to it, and am comfortable that it will be just fine. The CUE software continues to be un-intuitive but incredibly powerful. You can tweak the keyboard lots of ways, but you'll have to invest in learning how to use the software - macro options are pretty impressive, but i spend several hours tweaking and refining them as I began to understand how to use the software better. The version I chose has red led's only, but are individually controllable for a number of built in effects. Once over the initial cool factor, i settled on just a uniform back-light - about 30% for all keys. Once saved to the keyboard, the hardware lighting button cycles the intensity 0-10-20-30% That gives a nice subtle backlight allowing the keys to be read in a darkened room. Because of the placement of the under-key lighting, keys with multiple markings (like the 1! key or 2@) are "flipped" see the picture above. This means, for example the 1 is above the !, which is flipped from a standard keyboard. However, the ! is still the shift character, so if you, like me, occasionally look at the keyboard to find special characters, you might have a touch of confusion. So why do they flip them? Because they wanted the lit portion of the key to be the normal character, and the LED's are towards the north of each key. I'm probably not explaining it well, so look closely at the picture and you'll get the idea.

Overall Review: OK, this is odd. Not only does the keyboard have the typical flip out feet to angle up the keyboard by lifting the top, it has feet at the bottom part of the keyboard to raise up that, too. Don't know what that's for. Maybe you do. A good mechanical keyboard is a fun to use. Somewhere between the heyday of teletypes and iPhones, a bunch of great keyboards were made, its nice to see a re-emergence, even if driven by gamers. This isn't the only kind of great keyboard out there -- some of the early think pads had the best notebook keyboards I've ever used, so for sure there are other approaches. This keyboard may just last through multiple desktop upgrades. Who knows, it 10 years, you might be able to get more than you paid for it by selling on online. Red vs RGB. I prefer the single color LED for a couple reasons. For one, the key switches themselves are black (rather than clear) which looks better when you see the keyboard from the side. Second, all I really want the lighting for is to be able to see the keys in a darkened room. If you're like me, RGB and animation is fun for 10 minutes and then I loose interest. YMMV.

Most Critical Review

Decent, but let down by the software.

Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, Black, Key Slider Mechanical Buttons, 12000 dpi, Multi color
Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, Black, Key Slider Mechanical Buttons, 12000 dpi, Multi color

Pros: First off, what this is. Its a gaming mouse specifically for games where lots of buttons is a good thing. Many folk will choose this to use with complex software applications like Autocad, solidworks, etc. where programming the buttons can make you more productive. Things I really like: Large, programmable buttons with a gazillion options, lots, RGB color. Dedicated DPI buttons with color indication (you'll probably want to dim this as its a bit bright) you can instantly switch from fast mouse movements to precision. Very nice connecting cable is cloth wrapped, a feeling of quality.

Cons: Corsair software (corsair utility engine) is still confusing although full featured. Programmable buttons require software be running (only the lighting scheme seems to be able to be stored in the mouse). But a slight lag when logging in to your computer can be annoying, the mouse noticeably stutters while the drivers kick into gear as computer wakes from sleep. And of course for what this mouse is all about, the thumbuttons. I think the fact that the buttons can be adjusted forward and back is great, and the buttons seem to be of very good quality. The neg, for me, is that although they are textured in a way to help you feel the difference between keys, its fairly subtle -- and you thumb is not your most touch sensitive finger.

Overall Review: Designed for games with lots of keyboard buttons to push (like WoW), but for the same reason this is a great mouse for use with applications like photoshop, autocad, etc. and other programs that use the mouse for drawing and selecting, allowing the user to keep her hand on the mouse. Great for that. I'd like to see more responsive software (or macros that are stored in the mouse itself) and better tactile cues on the thumbutton array. Otherwise, not bad, but i'll wait for V2. Or maybe just the next software/driver rev. :)

K70 PRO got back. Bye bye lux.

CORSAIR K70 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, CHERRY MX Brown Keyswitches, Black
CORSAIR K70 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, CHERRY MX Brown Keyswitches, Black

Pros: Why did I take a picture of the bottom? Someone had to. See what I did there? My favorite new features first: PBT Doubleshot keycaps are a massive improvement over the now shiny ABS/Laser etched keys on my old K70 LUX. They have a nicer texture and should resist becoming shiny better. They are also molded thicker so have noticeably more substance to them -- you can feel it when typing. Nice. Nice. Nice. The now standard bottom row (improvement for modders who swap keycaps) includes a slightly smaller space bar. And guess what? The new space bar is quieter -- this is the most used key when typing text, so it makes a big difference. There are two-level legs so you can set the tilt flat, medium and high. And there are very good rubber feet (much larger than the K70 LUX). The wrist rest is magnetically coupled to the keyboard. The old K70's rest used plastic snaps, which over time have broken. Easy solved with a piece of duct tape under the keyboard, but hey. The magnets work. The cable is detachable (standard usb c to usb a), cloth sleeved and much thinner than the original. 50 profiles can be stored in hardware so the iCue software doesn't need to be always running (unless you want it to be.) Can record keyboard macros in hardware! And, there is a special switch on the back for eSports competition compliance. It disables things like those macros so you can't cheat as easily. Nice pro feature, even if I may never need it. I can pretend. Same awesome brushed aluminum deck, and that really nice volume roller. All in all a nice set of improvements.

Cons: The cable port is not recessed deeply under the keyboard, so the connector plastic is exposed. Not a big deal unless you want to route the cable under the keyboard (there are routing channels, ironically), or if you just don't like the look. The wrist rest is larger than the K70 LUX and actually works well for me, but its more flat rather than curved. Easy to get used to I suppose, but different. It does have a nice texture to it and works well. One thing noticed, though, the bottom is not perfectly flat, and flexes up about 1mm in the center (where my right wrist normally rests). Result is it feels spongy in the middle. I suspect a production quality issue rather than designed that way. Finally, a shiny plastic section where the RGB backlit logo appears (when summoned) has replaced the embossed Corsair (with pirate ship) logo on my K70 LUX. The design is questionable, as its the only shiny thing on the keyboard. I always get nervous when devices have shiny bits, that they will be easily scratched. On the positive side, the backlit logo makes a pretty cool ghost ship you can program to fade in and out :)

Overall Review: All in all, a great new keyboard that will replace my aging K70 LUX well. The K70 PRO has some really impressive features (especially for eSport competitors and aspirants) and is built to a high quality. Its a great gaming keyboard, everyday keyboard and everything in between, all the while looking gorgeous. Several reviewers mentioned some ringing from inside the case when typing hard and fast. I heard it also, although its not nearly as loud as I imagined from the review. It doesn't bother me and I don't notice it in every day use. (I'm not a super heavy touch typist.) That said, it is real and is a bit of a let down for an overall excellent piece of kit. As always the iCue software is getting continuous improvements and has lots of options for setting up the RGB. One of my favorite features is the ability to dynamically change colors according to the temperature sensors on your motherboard. Very cool. Pretty much a no brainer if you have other Corsair RGB stuff. Aside from a few minor issues this is a very nicely featured keyboard, and a worthy successor to the OG of mechanical gaming keyboards. Four eggs.

Latest version of CX-M

CORSAIR CX-M CX650M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR CX-M CX650M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

Pros: Latest refresh (3rd gen?) of the Corsair CXM power supply line, redesigned case (beveled edge, updated branding.) Why you buy this rather than the cheapest 650: Includes modern standby support. Semi-modular really does clean up the case. (I replaced an older non-modular). Long cables. (The case am using in is bottom mount, fan facing up which often requres require longer cables, see photo.) Everything reaches fine. Plenty of modular cables included. I think its nicer looking than the last version. Great for a "blacked out" build. Large, quiet "rifle bearing" fan, which is an upgraded version of the sleeve bearing in the earlier model, apparently. Theoretically last a bit longer. 5 year warranty. Reliable brand. 650w is a sweet spot power wise, enough headroom for a decent video card without overkill. 80+ Bronze indicates good power efficiency balanced with value.

Cons: Modular cables are all black "ribbon" style, without cloth covers. I guess if you like cloth covers it may be a con. Fan is pretty quiet, and spins up as needed. It doesn't, however, stop completely when idle as Corsair's more expensive power supplies do. Since this is newly released (or in this case, redesigned) it's too soon to tell if this will be prone to early bathtub curve failures. Corsair is a reliable name.

Overall Review: This is being used as a replacement for an older supply that was on its way out having served in multiple builds over 7 years. It's a nice upgrade from the non-modular supply it replaced. (Case looks much cleaner now (see pic, in this build only need a total of 3 cables: MB power, CPU, and 4xSata.) Newer power supplies also seem to be more efficient at low power -- since most of the time it will be idling at 10% or lower, so its a benefit compared to what it replaced. I think if you are looking for a 650 and are doing a mid range "stealth" build, the all black design could work well for you. As another reviewer said, look for discounts, and maybe watch the other reviews to see if any early quality issues rear their ugly head. I have had good luck with Corsair products, so I'm not worried. Will update.

Latest RGB improved.

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN16GX4M2Z3200C16W
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN16GX4M2Z3200C16W

Pros: Individually controllable RGB Leds Cleaner look from top than earlier versions of RGB ram -- see attached video. Timings specifically to take optimize on AMD makes a tweaker happy. Very bright at highest setting, so can compete with your other lights. I'm coming at this as a user of Corsair's earlier Vengeance RGB from a few years back -- see video. There's a lot to like that's improved, like the look, the controllability of individual LEDS, etc.

Cons: Corsair CUE software is getting better all the time, but still there are confusing bits. If you stick with it you will be rewarded by lots of configurability and insight, and a single place for all your corsair gadgets. I only got two. I think to look best, you need 4 all the same., which also gives you more options for patterns. As you can see in the video, mixing and matching doesn't look all that well. YMMV.

Overall Review: This is great RGB and great RAM. I think my favorite setting will be temperature driven color. You can choose 3 colors for three temperature levels (default is green, yellow, red), and you can choose from any of the temperature sensors that iCue can see -- CPU, motherboard, ram, drives, etc. How cool to watch your computer turn red, and hearing the fans speed up like a jet takoff running some CPU intensive rendering or benchmarks.

10/17/2021

Cooking with science!

Rosewill RHAI-19002 Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, 1500W Electric Induction Cooker with 15 Temperature Settings, 15 Power Levels, 8 Preset Modes
Rosewill RHAI-19002 Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, 1500W Electric Induction Cooker with 15 Temperature Settings, 15 Power Levels, 8 Preset Modes

Pros: Six Month Update: Still works great, why didn't you buy one? Love it. Large, easy to clean surface. Heats quickly.

Cons: All of these have fans to keep them cool while and after cooking. This one automatically turns on/off as needed. However, if you turn it on/off without cooking anything the fan runs for a little while even if it didn't get hot. Could be a little smarter.

Overall Review: Love it. Nice to have an extra burner. Portable too.

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Second order from flytec....

How can I possibly complain. Good product, good price, good seller... Note, these guys generally sell complicated stuff for folks who know what they are doing and what they need... so keep this in mind when reading other folks reviews.

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Great Seller..

These guys are the real deal, selling semi-professional, wisp, carrier level stuff at a good price and great shipping.

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