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Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR Review

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a new VR experience located in Downtown Disney. We were able to grab tickets on pre-sale last year before they sold out, and this morning, after months of waiting, was our turn to don the suits, helmets, and blasters and recover the Imperial intelligence.

Here's a quick story synopsis from the official Secrets of the Empire website:

Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team's orders.
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This is Why I Can’t Get Into VR Right Now

There are plenty of small reasons why VR bugs me, but none of them really matter when compared to the biggest reason of all.

VR tech is evolving too quickly.

Right now we starting to see a surge in VR. Suddenly it went from being that gimmick that 12 people owned to being super hypy and all over CES. Now it's growing even more as VIVE announces their "Pro" headset... as if the $600+ price tag of the non-pro wasn't discouraging. 

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Does Anyone Have a 3D Printer?

I’m curious if any of you have a 3D printer. Graev and I have been talking about getting one for a long time. Greav is super creative when it comes to designing and making things, and I just like neat gadgets.

We’re trying to figure out which one to get. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t done my homework. Graev has decided he wants to wait for some new one coming out in a bit that’ll cost like $600-700. I’m leaning toward one of the lower-end ones for $160 to see if it’s something I like, but I also don’t want to get a piece of crap.

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My New Keyboard I Recommend

My old keyboard finally gave out on my the other night. I can't say I was sad to see it go. It was a wireless Logitech keyboard that had uncomfortable keys, wireless connectivity issues, battery consumption problems, and was really loud.

I decided to be really picky and scrutinize my next keyboard purchase.

I already knew I didn't want a mechanical keyboard. I don't like the clicking, and I think they're too loud and expensive.

My criteria were clear: (1) Comfortable keys in feel, travel, and size; (2) Full size keyboard, (3) quiet keystrokes, (4) wrist rest, (5) Generally pleasant apperance, and (6) Definitely not wireless.

I found all of those things in the Corsair K55 Keyboard.

The K55 is the low-end keyboard from Corsair. They call it your "first step toward enhanced performance," but I think this can easily by my final stop. It's really comfortable to type on -- probably the most comfortable keyboard I've owned, and has all of the features I want.

There are a few additional features that aren't important to me, but you might find them appealing.

RGB Backlit
The keyboard has the ability to light up different colors. While gimmicky, it does look neat. What I really appreciate about the feature is that it doesn't require any software at all. The keyboard itself has internal software that allows you to set the colors yourself via keyboards using the function and F keys, as well as a light button at the top to commit your choices to the keyboards internal memory.

You can have the keyboard strobe different colors, or set a single color you find pleasant. I've settled on a nice purple color.

G Macro Keys
Down the side there are six "G" keys which are programmable. Again, no software necessary. Simple press the record button on the keyboard to begin recording keystrokes. Once saved, pressing a G key can execute an entire macro.

There are a few minor critiques I can make.

Pressing Escape
I find the inclusion of the macro keys down the left side of the keyboard confuses my fingers. I'm used to quickly pressing escale by sliding my hand up and left to quickly press that top left key. Although there's a clear separation between the G keys and the rest of the keyboard, I'll often hit G1 instead of Escape. Simple fix: Map G1 to Escape!

Audio Controls But No Calculator Button
This is incredibly dumb and picky, but I always find those sound control buttons an absolute waste of space. I will never use them. Ever. But I did use my calculator button that brought up my calculator on my old keyboard. 

As you can see, minor critiques.

Overall, an incredibly solid keyboard for a fair price. Last check it was $48.99 and Amazon's Choice. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a keyboard with my same criteria.

Pros

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    Quiet keystrokes.
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    Great feel and travel.
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    No software at all.

Cons

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    Inclusion of G keys confuses my muscle memory for the escape key.
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    No calculator button.
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