Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L Review

"Did you just say that?" my friend turned around as she gave my other friend the dirtiest look on her face yet. "Yes," my other friend replied before pausing for a brief moment. "Wait, what did you think I just said?" "I thought you just said, 'Let's undress'." Suddenly, we all burst into laughter before my other friend could manage to respond. "I said, 'Is that Andres', not 'Let's undress'." Well, at least he had an opportunity to clarify. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If an intended message is transmitted with error, brace for the unintended consequences. This happens in real life, and it very well happens when you are using your computer, too. Whether you are trying to send a message telling your roommate to buy some beer only to end up getting some beets instead, all the way to tapping in the right WASD inputs (And God forbid, the Windows key) while blowing up your opponents in a game of Call of Duty, it is of crucial importance you own a good keyboard to get the job done right. Nowadays, we all know backlit mechanical keyboards are the way to go. While there are many mechanical keyboards in the market today, Cooler Master stands out as one of the best manufacturers that consistently delivers on quality, design, features, and competitive pricing. Last month, we took a look at the MasterKeys Pro M, an excellent 90% layout keyboard with Cherry MX Brown keys designed to appeal to office users and gamers alike. Today, we will take a look at the MasterKeys Pro L with white LED backlighting. As its name suggests, it is very similar to the MasterKeys Pro M, except this is the 100% layout version. Will it deliver on everything as promised? Read on to find out!

Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris Review (Page 1 of 4)

If you take a look back at 2016 and the trends in the consumer computing world, you will notice one big thing being custom colors and RGB. Previously, we would have seen three categories of products when it came to color schemes. One was an all-black look. There might have been some streaks of different accent colors, but predominantly the product would be black. Second would be a very bright color, whether red, blue, or green plastered all over the place. Finally, there would be a white version, which is pretty much the same as the first option, except in white. However, people never seemed to be satisfied, whether they called the monochrome products as lacking in creativity, or they did not like the bold color choices. Fast forward to today, and manufacturers are now producing products with rainbow lights, allowing users to pick what they want. Whether this was to quiet the complainers or not, this is now the current trend. At first, it started with LED strips for case lighting. Then, peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets were given the touch of color. This explosion continued into the computer, with motherboards, graphics cards, memory modules, cooling fans, and even storage options being blessed with the RGB effect. If there is anything that could have been given the colorful treatment, it probably has already been produced. One thing that has been overlooked, however, is the humble mousing surface. Today, we look at Corsair's answer to this with their MM800 RGB Polaris in our offices for review. Armed with fifteen zones of RGB lighting, this mousing surface is another colorful product, but I have to wonder if it is any good. How will it perform, and more importantly, will the lights make me better at games? Read on to find out!

Office 365 outstrips Salesforce, Box as top enterprise app

From InfoWorld: Among enterprise apps, Microsoft Office 365 is tops, Slack's growing fast, and platforms like Salesforce and Box are here to stay. But Slack's explosive continued growth isn't guaranteed.

These conclusions and more come from enterprise identity management firm Okta, courtesy of the third edition of its Businesses @ Work report, which aggregates in-house business app usage statistics from its customers.

Microsoft kills Cache, its note-taking experiment with Evernote-Google Keep aspirations

From PC World: When Microsoft launched its Cache note-taking experiment last year, we hoped it could become Microsoft’s version of Google Keep, if Microsoft devoted enough resources to it. Sadly, that’s not the case.

In a note to users, Microsoft said Thursday that it would shut down Cache at the end of February, and would no longer market it as a standalone service.

​Uber pays $20M to settle FTC claims it duped drivers

From CNET: Uber has agreed to hand over $20 million to settle claims that it misled drivers about how much money they could expect to make working for the ride-hailing service and how much it cost to buy or lease a car through the company.

The charges were brought by the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of Uber drivers. The FTC will now distribute the $20 million to drivers affected by Uber's reportedly bogus claims. Additionally, Uber is now prohibited from making false, misleading or unsubstantiated statements about drivers' income.

Microsoft buys Simplygon to simplify rendering VR and AR models

From InfoWorld: Microsoft is betting that less is more in 3D design, with the acquisition of the Swedish developer of a 3D data optimization system, Simplygon.

Simplygon takes 3D models in a number of formats, and reduces the volume of data used to describe them by taking out some of the detail—somewhat like reducing the size of a JPEG image file by increasing the level of compression while leaving the resolution unchanged.

LinkedIn gets a desktop makeover

From CNET: After more than a year in the making, LinkedIn's desktop redesign has arrived.

If the makeover, which launched Thursday, looks a lot like the professional network's overhauled sleek mobile app -- well, that's part of the master plan.

The professional network wants the overhauled home page appearing on desktop computers to not only resemble, but be in sync with the mobile app, which has seen a 50 percent increase in usage since getting its new look in December 2015.

New $29 Pine64 computer takes on Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3

From PC World: Raspberry Pi's new Compute Module 3 has serious competition coming its way from the maker of the Pine64 board computer.

The new SOPINE A64 64-bit computing module is a smaller version of the popular US$15 Pine64 computer.

It was announced the same week as the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, which is a smaller version of the popular namesake board, was released.

At $29, the SOPINE A64 roughly matches the price of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, which ranges from $25 to $30. The new SOPINE will ship in February, according to the website.

HTC hopes $10m VR fund will help save the planet

From CNET: HTC is offering a $10m fund for creators to produce virtual reality content that highlights key sustainability issues around the world.

The VR content, which will be playable on the Vive headset, is designed to "improve awareness, education and lead to action," HTC states. It will aim to help meet the United Nations' sustainable development goals by 2030.

FTC charges Qualcomm with anticompetitive chip tactics

From InfoWorld: Qualcomm strong-armed some phone makers into accepting unfavorable technology licensing terms while giving Apple a break in exchange for exclusivity, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

The company used its dominance in baseband processors, which manage cellular communication in mobile devices, to force vendors to pay elevated royalties for Qualcomm technologies, the FTC charged in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court.


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