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Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Joined on 10/11/12

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Most Favorable Review

So Far, Excellent

ASUS Membrane Gaming Keyboard for PC - TUF K1 | Programmable, Onboard Memory | Dedicated Volume Knob, Aura Sync RGB & Side Lighting | Detachable Wrist Rest | Spill-Resistant | Highly Durable | Black
ASUS Membrane Gaming Keyboard for PC - TUF K1 | Programmable, Onboard Memory | Dedicated Volume Knob, Aura Sync RGB & Side Lighting | Detachable Wrist Rest | Spill-Resistant | Highly Durable | Black

Pros: * Works without drivers * Types smoothly and accurately * Keypresses are quiet * LEDs are independent from installed software * Magnetic wrist rest connection

Cons: * The only dedicated media control is the volume knob * No USB pass-through * Uneven lighting on many keys

Overall Review: The one thing that separates this keyboard from most other gaming keyboards I have, is that it works properly even before the drivers load. This has been one of my biggest gripes with the more expensive gaming keyboards. If you need to change BIOS settings, or select an OS while dual/multi-booting, a keyboard that requires drivers to work at all (I'm talking about you, Steelseries & Corsair) is pretty well useless. Now for the rest. The keys respond very nicely, and quiet, and accurately. I'm very surprised (and pleased) that, unlike my Corsair K70 Lux, every keypress is recognized...and no stuttering. The volume knob is the second best I've ever seen on a keyboard--the first being the one on my K70 (which is amazingly well-thought out, and only requires one finger to accurately adjust the volume). The lighting is much better than I expected, too...but nowhere near perfect. The keys that have more than one character printed on them tend to have areas that are dim. All I really need, is simple back-lighting, but I can't claim not to love having many bright colors. The fact that the lighting isn't dependent on installed software, makes for a more pleasant experience. Much less important to me, though, is the method of attaching the wrist rest--I nearly always type with the keyboard on my lap (my chair is too low for a desk--it's the original Gamepod, designed to fit in with other living room furniture) So, overall, I wish I'd been using these sooner. Of course, I have some concerns about the complaints some people have, about having theirs break down within a few months of purchase. If I recall correctly, though, I paid for an extended warranty, to be on the safe side. It's a good idea, if you have any reason to believe you might have such a problem, especially if there is any evidence you might get ganked in case of failure. Just my two cents. If I do end up being disappointed in this device, I'll definitely modify this review.

11/12/2020
Most Critical Review

It Works

ORICO 6619US3-BK SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" and 3.5" HDD, SSD [8TB Support]
ORICO 6619US3-BK SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" and 3.5" HDD, SSD [8TB Support]

Pros: Hard drives plug in nicely, not loose or wobbly. Stable when sitting on flat surface

Cons: USB cable attachment very, very loose, falls off with the slightest excuse. Door has a large gap, which is fine if you're keeping a 2.5" drive in it, but if no drive is in, allows too much dust to settle on the contacts.

Overall Review: It weighs very little, which means it can shift too easily for my comfort...if it had a bit of weight, I'd be a bit happier. If I had known about the USB cable being loose, I'd have bought something else.

10/29/2018

So far, the best keyboard I've used in the last five decades

Redragon K580 VATA RGB LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Macro Keys & Dedicated Media Controls, Onboard Macro Recording (Blue Switches)
Redragon K580 VATA RGB LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Macro Keys & Dedicated Media Controls, Onboard Macro Recording (Blue Switches)

Pros: It's thin, it's light, and no sharp corners or edges. Keystrokes register better than anything I can think of that I've used in the last couple decades. While still making some sound, not nearly as loud as my other mechanical keyboards. I didn't really need RGB lighting effects, but they're very good--better by far than the couple of RGB keyboards I've had before. EIGHT spare switches! I really hope this doesn't mean I'm going to need them anytime soon. The macro key design seems good enough I'll actually use them--I usually don't bother for one reason or another. I'm especially pleased with the vol/brightness control--I loved it on the Corsair keyboards (which had problems in other areas), so it was a major selling point. Almost forgot--the detachable cable. First corded keyboard I've seen that has a detachable cable. Obviously done to make it cheaper to have other models using the same case, that are wireless, but that's not an issue at all. Including a keycap puller, and a keyswitch puller was an awesome move. The stickers were a nice addition, though I'm far from being a kid--I've picked up stickers like them for most of my life, and still don't have anything I especially want stickers on that won't be gone in a few years.

Cons: The port for the cable is on the left side--my computer is almost always to my right. It would have been nice if they'd put another on the right side. The included "manual" is worthless, and the downloadable one is a poor-quality scan of a printed one (but different than the one in the box), turned sideways. I figured out a way to fix it, then OCR'd it. Still not a very good manual, information is missing. I'm not sure if this is a pro or con, but the short travel of the keys means that just barely touching the wrong key will trigger it. As annoying as that is, it does force me to type more carefully.

Overall Review: Not knowing anything about the company, I was a bit unsure of the design and quality control, but the keyboard (and mouse) was within the price range I'd settled on, and the features are everything I was looking for and more. Overall very solid feel, not too heavy and not too light. Unless something goes horribly wrong, and too soon, Redragon may just turn out to be the brand I've been looking for. Not that I'm in a hurry to replace the mouse and keyboard on my primary system--but, if I could justify doing so, I'd be tempted to get the keyboard that I nearly ordered--which can be used wired or wirelessly. Just have to wait until my K70 Lux dies...and I don't see that happening soon. Unless you have a good bit larger budget than I have, I'd suggest giving this a try.

12/11/2022

Laptop Loves It

Team Elite 32GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Laptop Memory Model TED432G2666C19-S01
Team Elite 32GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Laptop Memory Model TED432G2666C19-S01

Pros: It's easy to install (what RAM isn't?), and it works. What more can I say?

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought this for my ASUS Vivobook. It fits (of course), and it functions. It has better specs than the stick that came with my laptop. I can't think of anything else to say about it. The specs for my laptop states that the maximum amount of RAM that can be put into it is 16 GB. Untrue, of course. It's not at all uncommon to find that the stated limits of a particular device are lower than they actually are. I'm just glad I'd learned this many years ago...

10/23/2021

Niiiiice!

Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C
Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C

Overall Review: I actually intended to put this in the desktop I'm building, but due to technical difficulties, I don't know when it'll be up and running. So, since the 512GB SSD in my new laptop is a bit small for my purposes, I swapped them. Now I have enough space for dual boot and lots of games. The only thing that would make me happier, is if I could afford an even larger one.

12/28/2020

Not a Gaming Laptop, But Who Cares?

ASUS VivoBook 17.3" Full HD Widescreen LED Flagship Laptop | AMD Quad Core Ryzen 7 3700U | 12GB RAM | 512GB SSD | USB-C | HD webcam| HDMI | Windows 10
ASUS VivoBook 17.3" Full HD Widescreen LED Flagship Laptop | AMD Quad Core Ryzen 7 3700U | 12GB RAM | 512GB SSD | USB-C | HD webcam| HDMI | Windows 10

Pros: * Large screen * Lightweight * Has number pad * FOUR USB ports * Quiet * Cooling vents are in back

Cons: Missing necessary hardware for mounting 2.5" drive.

Overall Review: I hadn't expected to find myself buying a new laptop this year, but my ancient ASUS is busy trying to die (keyboard no longer works, touchpad only works partially). I also hadn't expected to be satisfied with one that has neither an Ethenet port, nor an optical drive. Both of these things, however, were easy to get around, by ordering a USB hub that has Ethernet...and I already had an external Blu-Ray drive. By not having a HDD, or an optical drive, it isn't heavy, and isn't especially sensitive to shock. When not under enough load to require the fan, it's silent, not just very quiet, like it is when the fan is running. It's a bit of a shock, to make such a large leap forward, but a very pleasant one. Overall, I'd have to say that this is worth every penny. Sure, there are things I'd like to be a bit different about it, but, like they say, you get what you pay for. Those features that I'd like to have, would've brought the price to the point where I couldn't afford it. As long as you don't expect it to be a desktop killer, I can't see how you can justifiably complain. * After using it for awhile, I've found that two games, which have failed to run on my desktop this year (despite having worked perfectly last year), work just fine on this laptop. I don't know what the problem is, but at least I can play those games (which weren't free) again. ** When I eventually took the HDD from my old laptop out, and tried to install it in this one, I found that neither the ribbon cable, nor the drive mounting hardware is included. Just because a drive wasn't sold with it, doesn't mean the hardware necessary for one should be missing. I had to spend extra money, and had to wait extra time, just to be able to install one. This is something that should be very clearly mentioned before a customer orders it. This is the first time I've bought a computer of any sort that was missing hardware that was essential. I'm also having trouble getting the laptop to recognize its new drive, but that's probably just the cable come loose...should have fired it up before closing the case again. Not in a hurry to go through that process again, so we'll see what happens when I get around to it.

12/28/2020
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Why Did Mine Ship from China?

I ordered my SSD cooler at the beginning of November, and it shipped from China. Now, when I look at that page, I see it ships from the US. When did it change? I needed it weeks ago, which delayed building my new desktop, apparently, for no good reason. Other than that, my experience with their products has been good. I didn't have to wait three weeks for the other items, either.

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11/25/2020

INEXCUSABLY Improperly Packaged, Inner Box Damaged -- DON'T BUY FROM THEKEYKEY

The idiot who packed my item, placed its box in one corner of the outer box, then filled in the gap on two sides with air pillows. There is no excuse possible for this. Even if my new CPU/cooler is intact, I can promise this--I'll never buy from TheKeyKey again. No one who cares so little about their customers can be trusted in anything relating to business. Even the tiny box containing the CPU itself is damaged. That's a box within a box within a box...and it's damaged, because someone doesn't CARE. If either the CPU or cooler are broken, I bet it'll be difficult to get a refund or replacement...wouldn't you?

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