Joined on 07/22/04
Great For Gaming And Typing
Pros: Build quality. Ease of typing. Great back lighting.
Cons: The only thing I don't like in this keyboard is the Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock indicator lights, which are a bright white and not included in the lighting custom lighting settings. A few drops of transparent paint will fix this.
Overall Review: I've had Razer peripherals for years. After my replacement mouse started suffering the double-click of death and the keyboard started getting overly mushy (non-mechanical), it was time to replace them. My old Lycosa keyboard was great for gaming, but not so much for touch typing. I abandoned Logitech many years ago when they tried to reinvent their keyboards into bastardized versions of conventional layouts. I'm glad I gave them another chance. With their need to turn the keyboard industry on its head now over, they have embraced the ergonomic normal again. This keyboard is a joy to game on and on which to type. Keys are semi-clicky and have great action and sound. The software takes some time to get used to it, but it works almost flawlessly once you set it up to your liking. All the extra function keys work perfectly as well. Installing the software and drivers was quick and simple. Logitech is still pushing updates for their software too. The back lighting is very well implemented and has customization zones, meaning you can combine colors into zones and not to individual keys. The backlighting is achieved through clear plastic injected into each black plastic key, so the characters won't become deformed from paint or coatings rubbing off. The keyboard layout is “normal” and takes no adjustment period to familiarize or adjust your muscle memory to get up and running.
Update: Look Elsewhere
Pros: Worked OK for a few months before issues arose. First up, the on/off switch began to malfunction. Opened up the keyboard and re-affixed the USB cord. A month later, the "J" key would fail to register more often than not. Threw it in the trash after I bought a different brand KB.
Cons: cheap, unreliable construction with failing internals.
Pros: Short and sweet... RAM arrived quickly and packaged well. Installed into older system and was recognized correctly by the mb. While expensive, the price is reasonable when compared to other sellers. Great investment to keep my older gaming rig humming along.
Overall Review: Great for keeping my older gaming rig relevant.
Good Solid Printer
Pros: Able to setup network and internet/remote printing via iPhone/Android/remote pc. Color accuracy is great. Print, scan, copy functions work great. Have not tested fax functions yet. Photo print looks fantastic when using photo paper.
Cons: It does seem to go through ink cartridges fairly quick. We've been ordering ink from Inkwow to cut down costs when Wally World doesn't have our preferred cartridges in stock. I will admit, that my school teacher wife does do a lot of printing.
Overall Review: If you can find good deals on refurb ink or generic ink cartridges and your do a lot of printing, them try this one.
Great All Around Mouse
Pros: This is my second Imperator. My first one lasted about 6 years of heavy gaming abuse. I bought this version after purchasing a few other brands and found them lacking. One of which was from a reputable company that was just a P o S. The brand second was good, but seemed more suited for work rather than gaming. This current Imperator has lasted a few years now of heavy gaming and work-related use. I use both palm and finger tip grips and sometimes a mixed grip. Any which way I use it, it is always precise and comfortable, even after hours of smiting my enemies or experiment videos. The adjustable position buttons on side are a great option. The whole body is plastic, but the sides feel slightly different than the rest of the body. I've never experienced any issues with buttons or pointer errors with this mouse. The construction feels solid and the braided cloth cable is great for flexibility and is of sufficient length to be used with large installations and with large desks.
Cons: The mouse may be a little light for some people, as I prefer a slightly heavier mouse. I did, however, become accustomed to the weight after a day or so if usage.
Overall Review: I would suggest using the Razer Synapse application for managing your Razer peripherals, as well. It makes adjustments easier and managing game profiles so much easier. On the fly DPI adjustments are a great feature for use in gaming and fine pointer adjustments for work.
Oftentimes, when I order from Newegg, I tend to only purchase certain products that are shipped directly by Newegg itself. In this case, I was limited to who had this item in stock. BuyVPC, of whom I've never heard, was the only seller and shipper of the product I ordered. The package was shipped and arrived in good time, was well packaged and contained exactly what I had ordered. I'll be found business with them in the future, given the chance.