Joined on 08/31/05
Great multicolor LED full sized mechanical keyboard for a reasonable price
Pros: - Blue switches feel great to type on, especially on this keyboard. - True multicolor LED with so many modes I lost count of how many exactly it has builtin. - Multimedia and LED controls hidden as secondary functions of many keys so you don't have extra keys or a larger than necessary keyboard to hold more keys. - Good strong sturdy USB cable and the connector goes in snug and firm. - Appears to work fine without the need for any specific software to be installed.
Cons: - While this keyboard is truly multicolored in that the LED behind any given key can change colors unlike another keyboard I have, they are fairly dim even at maximum brightness.
Overall Review: If you don't mind the LEDs being a little dim even at maximum brightness, this is an excellent full sized keyboard that is true multicolor and has MANY builtin LED lighting modes and these are by far the best blue switches I have felt yet, crisp feeling, almost too loud, almost. It is an excellent full sized keyboard but without the extra size needed to house the extra typical multimedia or gaming key functions. Also did I mention already the feeling of those blue switches is REALLY nice.
Great concept, poor execution (reviews mostly right)
Pros: ULTRA compact. And when I say ultra, I mean this thing makes "ultrabooks" look huge. Runs Linux (though there are caveats). Intel Atom CPU surprisingly responsive. In theory more versatile than a Chromebit or some Android based stick as it will run general purpose programs (dependent upon the availability of system resources, more on that later).
Cons: Only 1GB of RAM, 2GB would have been a usable minimum with 4GB being actually usable. Only 8GB internal storage, 16GB should have been the minimum. Older Ubuntu 14.04 and not easily upgradeable to say 16.04 Believe it or not, requires custom drivers for the WiFi/Bluetooth module and even the sound that are NOT part of the vanilla kernel. Poor WiFi and Bluetooth performance.
Overall Review: This particular version, the one that comes with Ubuntu preloaded, has SEVERAL cons, some pretty bad. 1GB of RAM was a lot 10 years ago, today, 2GB is barely enough, especially when you factor in the constantly bloating web browsers and even more bloated websites and the fact that technically 64bit OS and programs require slightly more RAM for the same tasks than what is required in a 32bit install doing the same exact thing. Doing almost anything causes this thing to swap out like crazy, and forget about web browsing, the swap usage will spike and it will go into swap death and become completely unresponsive almost in the blink of an eye. 8GB internal SSD (or mmc based flash in this case) is already too small at 8GB, but is way worsened with the fact that you don't get all 8GB dedicated to the OS, 1GB is used for swap and at least 2G are partitioned off for the requisite OEM factory restore software (which in this case just reinstalls the custom Ubuntu 14.04 installation should you hose it up, which I sadly did, trying to recover some free disk space). Speaking of the custom older Ubuntu installation...this is because the WiFi/Bluetooth module and the sound require custom drivers that are not in the mainline kernel and from what I've read will never be. This means you can forget about installing any other Linux distribution including my preferred, Fedora, any of the BSDs, or even just a newer version of Ubuntu, such as the recent 16.04 LTS release. To me this makes this thing unlikely to be usable for too long, as being without software updates renders any computer useless in my opinion. Though this thing can barely get any use with it's ridiculously low specs as it is. The only redeeming factor is that while it does come with a really low power Atom CPU, this appears to be the only part of this unit that doesn't actually suck. It crunches through almost all of the tasks I throw at it that are regular lightweight desktop tasks with relative ease (no it does not compare to my i7, but as long as I'm not encoding MP3s or bzipping large datasets I don't really need my i7 for everyday computing). When this thing starts to crawl it is almost always because of swap death running out of available RAM, and if you think you can just expand the storage by adding a microSD, be sure to buy a REALLY fast one, because I used an older 16GB microSD that was class 4 rated without me realizing it and that actually WORSENED the slowness because the internal storage is actually reasonably quick as well. I still find this thing useful as the ability to run generic Linux software has made me want to have a laptop again, as Android doesn't really allow that level of flexibility. For instance I can connect to my work network via VPN and remote desktop into my workstation and work all day long on this thing quite well because that task doesn't require a lot of RAM. But at least I have all my toolsets available to me, or they are just a quick install away if I can just make it work with such limited RAM and disk resources. A quick word about the WiFi and Bluetooth. While I would say I was mildly disappointed that the WiFi was 802.11n 2.4GHz only and not 5GHz capable or even better 802.11ac, at this price point I expected that. What I didn't really expect and I later realized others reviewing this product noted the same behavior is that the WiFi and Bluetooth appear to share either the same processor, antennae or both. So any time I moved my Bluetooth mouse, my network traffic would actually stall, that sucked royally, but whatever, that is mostly a nit pick. To sum up, I really liked this idea, especially the fact that it runs Linux, but I can't help but be disappointed by the poor overall execution. And while the most egregious failures can be overcome by simply buying the Windows version that comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and just installing Ubuntu to it, you can't overcome the other failures. Like employing a custom WiFi/Bluetooth stack and even Sound!!! that require custom drivers not in the kernel. This spoils the overall value of the product and makes it barely usable for even dedicated tasks much less allowing the usual level of customization and personalized setups that Linux users are typically accustomed to.
Cool little wireless LED mouse
Pros: Wireless Builtin rechargeable battery LED Quality charging cable
Cons: I dunno if it counts as a con, but it feels REALLY light and like if it was cheaply made... But otherwise it works fine and does everything it says it's supposed to do.
Overall Review: I bought this for my daughter and it appears to do everything it's supposed to do and seems quite worth the price I paid for it.
Cool little light colored tenkeyless mechanical LED keyboard
Pros: I chose it for the light colors it sported. Nice for my daughter who likes pastels and pink and lighter colors. The LEDs are actually quite bright! Nice! The keys feel soft, but still sport the "blue" clicky feeling, quite nice. Nothing super fancy, all the main keys are there minus the numpad. Seems built well enough.
Cons: Ok, only con I can see so far is that the "media" keys or any key with a secondary function has no such label on it, and to know which key does what with the function key you NEED to refer to the little manual pamphlet or make a note and stick it somewhere on your desk near your keyboard otherwise you will NOT remember which keys adjust the volume or similar things. That sucks, but oh well.
Overall Review: If you don't mind the one con I mentioned earlier, then it's a perfectly fine tenkeyless mechanical LED keyboard for a decent price (when purchased on sale).
Excellent little 60% keyboard
Pros: Keys definitely feel like some variant of the "Blue" keys. Very clicky but not TOO loud. You can also tell they are somewhat low profile compared to a regular mechanical keyboard. The LEDs and colors are definitely bright enough and vivid enough, not somewhat muddled or subdued compared to my prior 60% LED mechanical keyboard. The included USB-C cable seems to be sturdy and of good quality compared to my last 60% LED mechanical keyboard. Bluetooth connection appears to be solid and stable, easy to access and pair. A couple of other things I will note about this keyboard is that ALL of the secondary functions are already labeled on the keys and almost all of the keys have a secondary function. My prior 60% LED mechanical keyboard had a main function key and a secondary function key giving many keys a secondary and a tertiary function. Because of that and the flexibility to program which keys had which secondary or even tertiary function which often would not have a corresponding label "preprinted" onto the key would make remembering which key and which function key combination was necessary to access any of the hidden keypresses or functions difficult. That is not the case with this keyboard. Also my prior keyboard lacked any dedicated arrow keys necessitating the use of a "magic" function (as they called it) wherein tapping certain keys in the lower right hand corner double as arrow keys but holding them down would enable the main function. This made holding down the arrow keys impossible as the keyboard would register the main function and not the "magic" arrow secondary function. This keyboard does not have that problem, it has dedicated arrow keys in the lower right hand corner as well as a dedicated Del key which is nice. I also really appreciate that when you press down the function key, the currently selected profile, Bluetooth pairing profile and lighting keys light up differently to show you which one you're currently on and to remind you of which are the red green and blue LED adjustment keys. A nice touch. Also there's a red mini led on the Caps Lock key that turns green which means the builtin battery meant for Bluetooth use is fully charged.
Cons: Not real cons, but I will say that coming from my prior 60% LED mechanical keyboard, I will need some getting used to this keyboard, because of the aforementioned Pros of having a dedicated set of arrow keys as well as a Del key, this makes the lower right hand corner of my keyboard have much smaller keys where traditionally some of the keys would be larger. So I often find myself hitting the up arrow key rather than the shift key because now the shift key is the size of a regular key, not something I'm used to. Also there's no Ctrl key on the lower right hand corner so shortcuts I was used to like Ctrl-PgUp/PgDwn to switch through browser tabs now requires two hands rather than one...again, just something I will need to get used to.
Overall Review: I definitely would really recommend this keyboard if you're looking for a simple 60% mechanical LED keyboard that is also Bluetooth and Mac compatible. Really easy to use, definitely usable without any accompanying software without having to sacrifice any functionality as it was well thought out from the beginning. And yes, before you ask, I am using this with Linux! (even the Bluetooth works in Linux).
Dodocool was a pleseant transaction
I was able to buy the two items I purchased from them on a pretty good sale and they were shipped out in a timely manner. They arrived intact and exactly as the seller described them to be. Very pleased with my transaction and look forward to transacting with them again in the future.
Excellent transaction with this seller.
I do not recall if I've ever done business with this seller, but my experience this time was excellent. I got the exact product I wanted. Even thought it was listed as refurbished, it looked like it was new. Also I got all the accessories it should have come with if not more, I was surprised with just how much it came with. So I feel they did an excellent job of satisfying my purchase expectations.
Excellent transaction, great price with great shipping.
Excellent transaction, great price with great shipping. All things considered with the poor shipping that's been experienced lately with NewEgg during the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a pleasant surprise! Thanks again.