Date Joined: 05/02/09
Pros: - TKL footprint
- good switches (blue)
Cons: - weird ten-key configuation
Overall Review: I did like the feel of the CM Storm but I never could get my long-ingrained muscle-memory to understand how to not hit the wrong keys when I went to navigate.
The TKL footprint was nice (I can stand having my mouse pushed out by a ten-key that I don't use) and it does actually contain a ten-key, but the compromise might affect (as it did me) those who are used to standard TKL layouts.
I wanted to like/use this keyboard, but I ultimately boxed it back up and put in on my shelf. YMMV.
Pros: - works with Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit
- works in metal trailer
Cons: - none (not free?)
Overall Review: I got this card so I didn't have to buy a USB wireless adapter. Works well.
Pros: - low power requirements
- dual DVI
- VGA adapter
Cons: - may not run more graphic intensive games
Overall Review: I'm developer, not a gamer so all I really need is a decent video card, not the latest/greatest. The power consumption of this card was definitely a contributing factor for my purchase, and if I want to add another for SLI pairing, I can add a later date.
Pros: - micro ATX
- LED status on-board
- physical reset buttons
- great looking mobo
- cost effective X58 / SLI mobo
- works great
Cons: - only supports 12G for 6x DDR3 slots (4G sticks too expensive now but doesn't allow for future upgrades)
- back eSATA / 2x USB takes PCI opening
- two-pin power LED, case has three-pin (not a 'con' general just with my build)
Overall Review: My build:
- i7 920
- 12G OCZ 1600 DDR3 (6x2G)
- 2x WD Black 1TB hdd
- Sony SATA DVD
- Gigabyte Wireless PCI
- EVGA 9600GT low power vid
- OCZ modular 700W psu
Pros: - light
- mobo tray
- great thermal characteristics (aluminum)
- as small as it can be without causing insanity during build
Stock fans work great, but I swapped out for Noctua fans/Scythe controller system due to my own paranoid SFF thermal concerns. Built as a developer workstation (IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, large ontologies, AI/inference engines, Scala, etc), not a gaming rig, but the vid card seems to be capable of gaming/visualization if necessary.
Great case. I'll probably use it again (or another Li Lian) on my next build.
Cons: - slight learning curve on best way to cable (use cabling kit)
- power LED from case three-pin, but two-pin on mobo
- couldn't figure a simple way to add filters to front fans
- only low-profile CPU heatsinks/fans work (the i7 stock works just fine)
Overall Review: Build notes:
- HDD connection is at back of case; need at least 16" SATA cables
- Case comes with two (2x) 180/180 16" SATA ribbon cables (if you have more than two SATA devices, make sure you buy more cables (see below))
- DVD external can't use a 90d SATA if put on bottom facing right, but can if move to top slot
- SATA mobo connection can use 90d but less "bump out" if use 180d (straight)
- Bottom line extra buys: 2x 16" round SATA 90d/180d (hdd), 1x 10" SATA 90/180 (dvd)
- Modular PSU recommended
- i7 920
- Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop 64-bit
- 2x WD Black 1TB HDD (RAID 0)
- Sony SATA DVD Burner
- EVGA X58 mobo
- Gigabyte Wireless PCI
- OCZ modular 700W PSU
- EVGA 9600GT low power video card
- 6x 2G OCZ DDR3 1600 (12G RAM)
- Noctua fans (2x 120mm, 1x 80mm)
- Scythe fan controller/temp
- ThermalTake cabling kit
- SteelSeries G7 kb
- SteelSeries Ikari laser
- Sennheiser HD 280 headphones
- ASUS 2ms 23" monitor
Pros: - exceptional quality
- minimalist black/white design
- key responsiveness
- great "feel"
- gold-plated contacts
- no lost key strokes (gaming or speed typing)
- flexible (wristrest overlay and stand-alone minimal keyboard)
I'm a software developer and I bought this after spending a few months researching keyboards for responsiveness and overall exceptional typing experience and performance. I'm more than happy with the keyboard, it lives up to my expectations.
Typing is a pleasure. The key response is great and reminds me of the cherry switch IBM keyboards of the 80's with less travel and a little less noise. My typing rate is very fast so the gold-plated contacts work great (no dropped key strokes like I get with stock keyboards).
As others had said, this is a HEAVY, quality-built keyboard and you can either use the optional wrist stand (fits over the sleek keyboard) or use just the minimal keyboard footprint.
Cons: - typing is loud (even when not typing angry)
- small backspace key sucks
- bright white LEDs (could be good or bad)
- no backlighting
- pricey (but worth it)
Typing is rather loud. I learned how to type on a mechanical typewriter so I punish the keys but even when you go softly, it's still loud. I wound up moving my 7G to work and picked up a Logitech G15 gaming keyboard (great keyboard with backlight and the LED display) for my shared sleeping quarters as to not disturb my hooch-mates. However, I prefer to work on the 7G than the G15.
I wished SteelSeries made a 7D model (for 'D'evelopers) with a standard, two-key width backspace key and standard one-key height, two-key width enter key (hope they can hear me in Denmark). It would be a great new market (developers/writers in addition to gamers). Then I'd be in heaven...
Overall Review: I know dropping ~$140 for a keyboard is something most sane people don't do, but if you're a gamer, software developer, writer, student, or anyone else who types all day (or all night), this keyboard is definitely a worthy investment.
The best keyboard I ever, or will ever, own (save for the mythical 7D). If you have the cash, this is definitely the best keyboard on the market under $150.