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MasterKeys Pro S Mechanical Keyboard with Intelligent RGB, Cherry MX Brown Switches, Multiple Lighting Modes and 80% Layout
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs One of the best tenkeyless RGB options available. 12/14/2016

This review is from: MasterKeys Pro S Mechanical Keyboard with Intelligent RGB, Cherry MX Brown Switches, Multiple Lighting Modes and 80% Layout

Pros: Cherry MX Brown switches. Light, tactile, and consistent.
RGB backlighting that does NOT require software to configure. Yes, the software gives you much more control. But once you save the lighting profiles to the keyboard, you don't need the software.
It's a very compact and clean design. You can have as gaudy or as professional of a lighting setup as you want. And the straight edge at the bottom makes it very easy to pair a palm rest of my own choosing.
Build quality seems robust and durable.

Cons: A more robust cable retention system would be appreciated. The micro USB connection on the keyboard is definitely the weakest point, and the most likely to fail first. I don't know if the right angle connector is supposed to help with this, but I would have liked a solution similar to the one found on the Pro L keyboards.

Other Thoughts: Nitpick 1: The bottom half of each key is noticeably dimmer than the upper half.
Nitpick 2: I'm not a fan of the design of the included keycap puller.
Nitpick 3: No included instruction manual. You have to go online.

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Ergotech FDM-PC-G01 Freedom Arm Clamp for PC Single
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent build quality and usability, but a few quirks. 02/24/2016

This review is from: Ergotech FDM-PC-G01 Freedom Arm Clamp for PC Single

Pros: Arm and joints have correct tension to stay stable, but move when desired.
Clamp has padding to protect the support surface.
Excellent finish and packaging.

Cons: - The inclusion of only 15mm and 30mm screws, paired with 5mm and 10mm spaces, is confounding. A 20mm screw set would have been a perfect addition.
- Cable management clips are brittle and easy to break.

Other Thoughts: I'm using these arms with Dell P2414H panels, which are a little under the specified minimum weight. I also needed to get a pair of washers, as the rounded plastic panels would push against the VESA bracket when I used 5mm spacers, but the 15mm screws wouldn't find the threads with the 10mm spacer (it didn't fit into the square area left by the stock monitor stand, and the 30mm screws were much too long). I ended up using a few metal washers from home depot to make the 5mm spacer a 7mm spacer, so I had enough clearance, and the 15mm screws could still get sufficient thread engagement.

My other gripe is the brittleness of plastic used for the cable management clips. One of them just broke after I inserted a relatively fat DVI cable. Either be very cautious, or use thinner cables.

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iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-RED 1x5.25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Works well enough, but tolerancing is poor 01/21/2016

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-RED 1x5.25" to 1x3.5" SATA/SAS 6.0Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Locking mechanism
Different colors
Indicator LED

Cons: Poor fit in 5.25 bay
Poor SATA backplane attachment

Other Thoughts: Size wise, it is a very tight fit in the 5.25" bays of my Define R5. Additionally, some of the screw holes are out of alignment, which forces me to use slots instead of holes to secure the cage on one side. The means the cage is only prevented from sliding in and out by friction on one side, and the holes on the other. The SATA backplane also came loose during initial installation, when I was plugging in the cables from my PSU and motherboard, with what appears to be a poor fit between the screws that secure it in the back. I expect better from a company that makes server gear.

All that said, the backplane has yet to come loose with normal use, and the fit and finish on the front are quite nice. The actuation on the locking/removal bracket feels smooth, and the whole things works. I'll update this review if I start having issues.

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Jihsiang Y.'s Profile

Display Name: Jihsiang Y.

Date Joined: 04/07/11

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 06/11/14
  • Last Review: 12/14/16
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