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This review is from: New Dell Inspiron 1525 1526 Laptop DC Jack Board 48.4W006.011 4W006
Pros: - Works as well as the original
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: Some of the details on the board looked slightly different than the original but it worked just fine. I got a message that the power supply capacity couldn't be determined but I'm assuming that was damage to the power supply cable from when the original board broke. Could be the new board that's not working, I suppose, but the laptop is not worth enough for me to buy a new power supply too and find out. I really only use it plugged in anyway. But power and USB work fine otherwise.
My original board broke, glad that Dell made this a small and cheap part to replace. It required removing a bunch of stuff including the motherboard to change though.
This review is from: Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xB - Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Backlight
Pros: - Adjustable brightness backlight
- USB hub
- Headphone and microphone jacks
Cons: - Headphone jack causes a buzz on my speakers
- LED brightness does not control the Caps/Num/"Gaming" lights in the upper right
- Media function keys require two hands
- No way to control the backlight with software
Other Thoughts: Glad I decided to buy this keyboard, it's been great for typing and gaming. I like the Blue switches.
The backlight is really nice to have, with 3 brightness levels. I mostly use the low setting at night and the medium setting when the room is brighter. Turning the brightness above the bright setting goes into the "pulse" mode, slowly changing from off to bright and back to off over 11 seconds.
I only have a few minor gripes with it. But overall, for the price, it's a great keyboard.
I wanted to plug my speakers into the keyboard, but when the backlight is on, it causes a buzz in the speakers.
The Caps Lock/Num Lock/"Gaming" lights in the upper right are always on "high" brightness. This isn't an unreasonable way to design it, but when I turn the backlight down to low or completely off, those lights become distracting.
My old really cheap Logitech keyboard had dedicated buttons for media control, which were nice to have. This keyboard requires you to press the function key, which is to the right of the space bar, and then one of the F1-F6 keys, which are in the upper left. I can sort of reach most of them with one hand but it's awkward. I don't use them enough for this to be a big deal but it's annoying.
I use Linux primarily, but I did look at their software docs and there doesn't seem to be a way to drive the backlight with software. I checked with "xev" and the brightness keys don't send any events to the OS. Couldn't find anything online about the keyboard receiving events for it. It would be neat to have it go into the "pulse" mode when the computer is idle. But I realize that kind of thing is out of the price range for this keyboard.
Other Thoughts: This flash drive is very handy to have around. Plenty of space for most files I need to move. It's also very fast on USB 3.0, just copied a few movies off of the drive at over 80 MB/s.
The drive has a bit of weight to it, which makes it feel solid and durable. After a year and a half I've had no issues with it.