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PatricePerreault

PatricePerreault

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Most Favorable Review

An interesting keyboard but definitely not worth the original asking price.

EVGA Z15 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Linear Switch, RGB Backlit LED, Hot Swappable Kailh Speed Silver Switches 821-W1-15US-KR
EVGA Z15 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Linear Switch, RGB Backlit LED, Hot Swappable Kailh Speed Silver Switches 821-W1-15US-KR

Pros: - Hotswap sockets. Defiintely a plus for me. - Nice RGB that can be somewhat controlled without any silly software. - Media keys are a nice addition. - Included switches are quite nice. I got the Speed Silver ones and they are very quiet. - Standard bottom row layout.

Cons: - No pass through hub. - ABS keycaps with cruddy "Gamer" font. - Included keycap and switch pullers are tiny and cheap. - The extra switches are not even the right kind as far as the Speed Silver variant goes.

Overall Review: My daily driver is a Ducky One 2 Rosa with MX Blue switches and I got this keyboard as a spare. I was attracted to the hotswap sockets in particular. So far it is quite a nice keyboard to type on, especially for the 50$ price I paid. However for the 130$ MSRP, it needs to improve many things before becoming highly recommended. First however I want to praise it for what it does well in my opinion. I am pleased to see a standard bottom row layout which is something Corsair has not been doing and it made finding replacement keycaps for their keyboards a complete pain in the rear. The RGB also does not require the software to get some of the effects to work. Holding down the FN key will show you all of the options you can do with the keyboard. I don't really use macros so I cannot vouch on those. The Kailh speed silver switches are a dream to type on. They are not as scratchy as my Cherry MX blue switches found in my One 2 and the fact that I can swap them out for a different kind of MX switch on the fly is amazing. I've tried some Speed Bronze and Thick Jades and I now know I have to mod my One 2 with the jades. That's issue, it hasn't made me want to switch away from my One 2. I'd rather mod it than permanently switch to the Z15. The main reason for this is mostly the keycaps. They are cheap ABS plastic and if they are anything like Corsair's, they will quickly built up a shine. Heck I can already see it as I am typing this. The lack of a passthrough is also disappointing. I do think this keyboard is on the right track when it comes to providing a lot of features for the price. However I also expected higher quality keycaps as even RGB boards of this MSRP are starting to have PBT keycaps. It's also a pain to see that the accessories are inside a vacuum sealed bag rather than a proper reusable bag. The keycap and switch pullers are just going to be in the box with zero protection after opening it. The spare switches are probably going to fly every where in the box. As a matter of fact, the spare switches are not even the same. They include Speed Bronze switches rather than Speed Silvers. Ok so if eight of my current switches need to be replaced I can have some totally different ones? That is just odd. So for a 130$, there are so many better options like a Ducky One 2 or the Razer Huntsman but it is definitely recommended for 50$. That is quite tough to beat and it has a 3 year warranty. The hot swap capability for 50$ also make significantly better value than the Glorious GMMK or cheap Royal Kludge boards with Outemu switches.

Most Critical Review

It's an ok keyboard but too loud and high pitched for me.

AUKEY Mechanical Keyboard 6 Color LED Backlit Gaming Keyboard Blue Switch Full N-Key Rollover Durable & Water-Resistant KM-G6
AUKEY Mechanical Keyboard 6 Color LED Backlit Gaming Keyboard Blue Switch Full N-Key Rollover Durable & Water-Resistant KM-G6

Overall Review: It's very loud with a ringing ping noise and somewhat unevenly weighted switches. Good build quality otherwise with very little flex.

11/18/2021

A good monitor with some flaws and a high price.

AORUS FI27Q 27" 165Hz 1440P QHD G-SYNC Compatible IPS Gaming Monitor, Built-in ANC, 2k Display, 1 ms Response Time, HDR, 95% DCI-P3, 1x Display Port 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
AORUS FI27Q 27" 165Hz 1440P QHD G-SYNC Compatible IPS Gaming Monitor, Built-in ANC, 2k Display, 1 ms Response Time, HDR, 95% DCI-P3, 1x Display Port 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0

Pros: -Great colors -165hz refresh rate - Slim bezels - RGB is not super bright and doesn't glow awfully on my wall.

Cons: - Suffers from a varying amount of back light bleed depending on the unit you get. - Cannot have 165hz mode enabled with HDR due to lack of DP 1.4 - Didn't want to detect my 5700xt at first until I unplugged and plugged it back in. - HDR is not really HDR. - High price compared to better competition.

Overall Review: In general, this is a pretty great display with great colors. Putting it on the stand was quite easy and it doesn't wobble. It also feels quite solid. I really enjoy the 165hz mode on games that support it. It's also decently bright for SDR content. As my secondary monitor, I quite love it and it quickly replaced my old TN BenQ monitor thanks to its much better display and refresh rate. However, there are some things that brings it down a notch. If you're looking for a display to play in HDR at 165hz, or HDR at all, then avoid this monitor or monitors around this price point. Most do not have proper dimming zones and aren't bright enough to give you the full experience. The most you'll get is 10 bit color depth at 120hz, which is definitely not HDR. My LG monitor also only displays the 10 bit color depth at 165hz with no dimming zones. This is very disingenuous from all the monitor manufacturers and this HDR nonsense needs to end. The other flaw that may affect you is back light bleed. My unit is not that bad at all but others have reported some pretty darn bad cases of back light bleed. It is worse than my LG (Photo has the LG on the left and the Gigabyte on the right) but about the same as my old BenQ TN display. I can live with this but for the price, I was expecting close to none. The OSD is also a bit of a pain. If the screen has no image on display, the entire thing times out even if you're in a menu and shuts off. Annoying but not the end of the world. Overall, I would only recommend this monitor if you can find it at a discount. You can find other similar monitors at a lower price. It's not bad at all in fact it's pretty darn good but I think it could be a lot better. I personally would recommend the LG 27GP83A or B over it, however you will miss out on the USB 3.0 hub if you opt for those instead.

Pretty easy case to build in, but sharp.

LIAN LI TU150 Aluminum ITX Case - Silver Color - TU150A
LIAN LI TU150 Aluminum ITX Case - Silver Color - TU150A

Pros: -Small but big enough to fit in a few storage devices a GPU -Cable routing through the top of the case. -Opening the case is very easy thanks to the use of tabs rather than screws. -Spring-loaded handle for carrying purposes.

Cons: -Sharp panels. They can scratch your table or cut you if you aren't careful. -No included fans, you have to get your own. -Can only fit an SFX PSU.

Overall Review: I was a bit surprised when I got to build in the case. It's much roomier than I expected, even after the itx system has been installed inside. You can route your cables through the top of the case if needed, which is awesome and helps keep your cables organized. All the panels come off with ease without any tools and can be snapped back on just as easily. You can also install a few additional sata storage devices, which is always appreciated. However, I find the aluminium panels to be extremely sharp. I feel like I could cut myself on them, which I have done in the past when working on another Lian-Li case: the O11 Dynamic XL. I also suspect this case won't be a good match with the new 3 slot GPUs as it can only support a maximum of 3 slots due to the DTX form factor. It seems like a 3 slot RTX card will have its fans up against the bottom of the case, obstructing airflow. 4 slot GPUs are most likely completely out of the question. The SFX PSU might also deter some people from getting the case depending on how much power you need. Despite those short comings, it is an awesome case to build in and it still leaves me with enough room for storage expansion or even a GPU.

10/23/2020