I’ve been attempting to modernize my personal gaming environment with a few new add ons for the gaming rig. Not everything can be a winner. Those Sennheiser PC166 headphones I was so happy about? Dead. Developed a bad crackling noise in the right ear plus I’m not sure the microphone was ever loud enough. The new 22″ Samsung LCD? It’s crap. The 204B blows it away for color rendering. The 226BW makes everything look ‘fluorescent’ and washed out. It’s crap. Those extremely high NewEgg ratings? Also crap. Don’t trust them. I was lead to believe that the 226BW was better than the 204B because of it.
I got the Logitech G11 keyboard in yesterday. It’s pretty to be sure. All the keys seem to be in their proper places. It makes wonderful clicking noises and I can see what I’m doing in the dark. It’s free of many of those annoying ‘media’ keyboard buttons but I do miss an extra scroll wheel. In it’s place are 18 programmable buttons in a nice accessible configuration.
The problem with these G keys is that they suck. They might be a bit small to use for WASD, but I’m still getting used to that. My biggest complaint is that the damn things are simply software emulated keys as far as I can tell so far. I have to map each one of the 18 keys to a corresponding existing key in software. So G1 is maybe Q. G2 is maybe W. That’s real lame. Maybe there’s a way around this, I just don’t know. But I don’t have 18 new keys, I just get the same old keys moved around to a new location.
Otherwise it’s okay. Key feel is a bit harder than the old wireless MX models I have. Keys might be just a bit smaller too. At least things are generally in the right places, such as the insert and delete keys, slash/pipe, etc and the backslash is the right size. It does have some spare USB ports (woo) though I’m not sure they are USB2.0 at the moment. Also there’s a handy switch that disables the Windows key for gaming. Not bad.
I also got my lovely Yamaha HTR-6030 receiver in the mail yesterday. It replaced the dying Optimus. A lot has changed in ten years when it comes to receivers. Even this amp, which I got for dirt cheap, sports excellent features such as DTS, coaxial and fiber digital inputs, all sorts of DSP modes, and more inputs than I could dream about using. Gone are my beloved bass, treble, balance knobs and some front inputs take their place. Considering I just needed something basic to power my full towers this has definitely made me a little happier. No complaints here so far but time will tell. It always does.
*waits for the UPS guy to bring his replacement gaming headset*
I’m really annoyed at NewEgg. Even if they send me a shitty defective product, I have to pay a restocking fee if I’d rather have my money back. So I had to exchange the headset. I know Sennheiser is typically a quality brand so I’m not too worried about a one time defect. This LCD that I’m not loving? I can’t exchange it no matter what at the Egg. At least if I got it from a retail store I could return it for an upgrade. They’d probably make more money in the long run.