Joined on 07/16/06
This is a quieter (but not silent!) mechanical keyboard
Pros: The RK-9000RE is a *quieter* mechanical keyboard. It has all of the benefits & feel of the awesome Cherry switches, but without the clickety-clack of the Cherry blue switches. (I have a Das Keyboard too so I can do a direct comparison between the red & blue switches.) I really like: * The matte finish. * That the cable(s) disconnect from the back of the keyboard. * The small footprint of the keyboard. * It's built like a tank. * Mechanical keyboards are the end-all-be-all of keyboards. * NewEgg frequently puts these keyboards on sale. (see Other thoughts below)
Cons: * It does not have the oh-so-lovely clickety-clack of the Cherry blue switches (it's not supposed to though). * Once you go mechanical, you will never, ever tolerate using a squishy membrane-based keyboard again. * People will give you funny looks when you blather on endlessly about how great mechanical keyboards are.
Overall Review: Watch the price on the Rosewill keyboards. Some will have free shipping while others don't. Also, NewEgg will put a $20 gift card with one of the keyboards, and sometimes even put one of them on sale for $80. Be patient for the good deals & be ready to pounce when you see those bargains become available.
Does NOT have a 230W PS!
Pros: I fell for this case's oh-so-attractive price. Opening the box, it didn't look so bad, until...
Cons: ...I opened the case. The power supply is only rated for 200W max! (I bet that's why it's called the A100SC.*200*) While I didn't need a whole lot of juice for the components I planned to put in it, I did want more than 200W. And it cost me $20 to ship it back to NewEgg's RMA dept. :(
Overall Review: Being cheap can be expensive!
Easy upgrade to an already fantastic system
Pros: I already had two 8GB sticks in my system. Noticed a drop in the price for these & decided to fill all available slots. Dropped them in & were automatically picked up in the BIOS.
Overall Review: I got exactly what I wanted at a better than expected price. RAM installation is as easy as it gets.
The perfect compliment to protecting my new gaming rig & work laptop
Pros: - More than enough plugs (12 total--6 on battery, 6 on surge only) for my gaming PC, 2 monitors, speakers, docking station, & work laptop - Easy to read LCD display (that can be turned off easily) - Easy to install & use monitoring software (requires included USB cable) - Monitoring software can automatically email you alerts when there are power outages, automatically (& gracefully) power down the PC running the software before the battery runs out - Monitoring software can even show you how much power all connected devices have consumed & even a rough estimate of the cost for electricity!
Cons: - Monitoring software can get a little "chatty" in that if there is a brief power outage, it will send 3 emails: 1 to say that the battery is discharging, 1 to say that the battery is charging (when power has been restored), & 1 last one to say that battery is fully charged again
Overall Review: I wanted something to condition the power & absorb any excessive voltage that might cause damage to my gaming rig but have enough battery that it could sustain brief power outages if I was in the middle of working or gaming for a few minutes until power was restored or shut everything down properly. I still have plenty of (surge only) plugs for other non-essential equipment if I need to. And the monitoring software has a lot of great & easy to use features.
Geez, 1.5TB for $100!
Pros: * Massive capacity in a format that never changes in size. * (Unscientific) seems faster than the WD 3.0Gb/s SATA drive it replaced in the same system. * No problems migrating my data from my old drive & swapping into my PC.
Cons: * Drive chatter is slightly louder than my old drive. * Heavy drive. Seriously, I don't know if I've ever picked up a 3.5" drive that weighed this much.
Overall Review: The cons are nit-picky at best. Seriously, this is a phenomenal drive for a very attractive price. WD makes excellent drives & this one is just another example of that. Newegg (& UPS) did a bang up job in getting the drive to me quickly. Thanks Newegg!
Worth every penny
Pros: * Noisy, clicky keys that provide amazing feedback & feel--I can type slightly faster because of this! * It's not quite as durable as the old IBM keyboard, but it's still got quote a bit of heft to it.
Cons: * Some folks may not like the matte black keys & the shiny black frame. But your hands will not care. * You're going to want one for all of your PCs *You are going to have a hard time using lousy membrane keyboards anymore. * Needs a security lock because your friends are going to try to steal yours after they use it. * The USB ports are on the right side--anything plugged in is surely going to get in the way of your mouse. I wish the ports were in the back. (It's a bonus they're there at all.) * Extremely nitpicky: the font of some of the punctuation keys are italicized, when all other keys are not.
Overall Review: You might cry over the expense of the Das Keyboard, however, I can assure you that it will be the last keyboard you will ever buy.