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The best (and most balanced) mechanical keyboard for gaming, programming, and typing: The Corsair Vengeance K70 with Cherry MX Red Switches

June 5th, 2014 No comments

I do a lot of programming, gaming, and typing, and recently grew tired of my Logitech Wave K350 Cordless Keyboard. I had considered getting a mechanical keyboard but didn’t realize just how much of a difference it would make in my comfort and performance. The Corsair Vengeance K70 turned out to fit the bill perfectly. I picked it up on Amazon for a cool $125. After 2 weeks of use, I feel that I couldn’t have spent the money any better.

The finish and feel of the keyboard is wonderful. It has strong workmanship, no flex, and feels nice against the hands. It also looks great, with a full set of red LEDs with a customizable arrangement. More importantly, the typing feel is incredibly snappy. If you’re transitioning from a rubber dome keyboard, you will make more typos as you adjust to the change in pressure required to trigger a keystroke, but I found a significant improvement after a meager 2 days of use.

A note on the choice of switches: I tried mechanical keyboards with black, blue, brown, and red switches, and found the reds to be an excellent balance of typing feel and noise pollution. Even the fairly quiet red switches are substantially louder than a good rubber dome keyboard like the Logitech K350 (I would guess about 3 times), but it’s not loud enough to really be a nuisance unless you’re in very close proximity to light sleepers or other people working. There is the choice of purchasing a set of o-rings that would reduce the noise. I believe that the reds aren’t the best choice for typing or gaming performance, but I found that they struck the best balance among the choices and are the best choice for non-specialized users.

The keyboard also features regular playback buttons: stop, back, forward, play-pause, mute, and a realllllly slick metal volume wheel. Incidentally, you should also consider the K95 version with programmable buttons. I opted against getting the K95 primarily because of my existing space and hand positioning. I have also developed some potentially bad habits regarding where I rest my hands while thinking, which would no doubt be a nightmare if I constantly brushed them against programmable keys. However, I might have been able to work around that problem and enjoyed the benefits of some text macros that would speed up my programming, as well as some hotkeys to launch a lot of frequently-used applications (like calculator, Wolfram Alpha, and so on – all possible on my old Logitech Wave’s top-side buttons).

I can’t reiterate my recommendation to purchase a mechanical keyboard as soon as possible if you’re a hardcore computer user. My typing speed has increased somewhere between 10 and 20 percent (from 100 to 110-120 WPM), and the amount of effort to produce a keystroke has also gone down, increasing my comfort at the keys substantially. The gaming experience hasn’t been particularly special, though my Logitech K350 would ghost quite a bit, which would get annoying in key-intensive games like Battlefield 4 (where I’d simultaneously be reloading, moving forward, strafing, and spotting). This has FULL-KEY rollover, so that hasn’t happened again. Overall, the comfort and speed I’ve gained from using this keyboard means that even directly, the cost of this keyboard will pay for itself.

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Cameron Cove Apartments in Davie, FL

June 17th, 2010 1 comment

Pros: Good location, good maintenance, nice view from lake-facing units

Cons: Flea infestation problem, thin walls, ugly unit, high rent, noisy neighbors

Overall: Only live here if you really need something close to NSU

Rating: 3/10

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Fresh Market in Aventura (North Miami Beach), FL

June 9th, 2010 No comments

Pros: Great ready-made food, nice environment

Cons: Lines can get long; they sometimes run out of my favorite items; regular supermarket stuff can be expensive/lacking variety; short hours

Rating: 9/10

Fresh Market @ 18295 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, FL

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Steve’s Custom Window Tinting – North Miami Beach, FL

May 20th, 2010 No comments

Price: $133.50 after tax for Llumar tints

Pros: Fast, affordable, nice tints, nice job, good service

Cons: Lack of indoor, Brick & Mortar establishment

Rating: 9.5/10

Overall: You can honestly do really bad for tints in Miami, but you’ll be relieved if you get your tints from Steve.

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Costco – Sunrise Energy Bars with Omega-3 (Whole Grain 100% Natural)

May 7th, 2010 20 comments

UPDATE 7/24: These can now be purchased online!

Price: $6-7 for 32 bars (28g each)

Pros: Nourishing, not too bad-tasting for an energy bar, very cheap

Cons: somewhat odd perfume-y taste initially; can be upsetting on a totally empty stomach

Rating: 7/10

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SimpleHuman KT1000 Stainless Steel Grocery Bag Dispenser

August 27th, 2009 No comments

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Price: ~$14 including shipping.

Pros: Immensely practical; nice aesthetic design

Cons: Adhesive is very fussy and fails to hold up to proper use

Overall: There’s not much in the way of criteria for bag dispensers… if you want to buy the best in grocery bag dispensary, get this simplehuman unit (unless you absolutely need an adhesive wall-mounted dispenser).

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Opti-Free Replenish (TM) Rewetting Drops

June 14th, 2009 No comments

 

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Price: $7/10ml retail; as low as $4.20/bottle if you buy in higher quantity online

Pros: Solves many problems that crop up when your contacts are still in your eyes; primarily fixes dryness, but can also break up protein and help remove debris

Cons: Big price tag for a small quantity, especially if purchased retail; may not function well when stored under hot conditions

Overall: Rewetting drops are a must-have for anyone who wears contacts for long periods of time, and Opti-Free’s line of products almost always deliver. It wouldn’t be a surprise if these were the best rewetting drops on the market.

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Romano’s Macaroni Grill: A Standard Chain Disaster

February 15th, 2009 No comments

Rating: 2/10

Pros: Better than Red Lobster; won’t make you throw up on site; you can draw on the table with crayons

Cons: Most dishes are bad, desserts are terrible, restaurant is very noisy… just a few minor drawbacks for a restaurant, you know?

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Sex and the City: The Movie

July 5th, 2008 No comments

Ups: Fan addiction satisfaction; some chuckles

Downs: Droll plot development; terrible lack of realism in an un-entertaining context

Final score: 3 props/10

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The Red Lobster: A Unique Experience

June 30th, 2008 No comments

Pros: I’m not dead. Red Lobster did not kill me.

Cons: Tap water residue flavored lobster; bland, unseasoned dish; retarded prices; hair cooked into biscuit; I feel sick

Score: 1/10

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