... first mechanical keyboard so I don't know how much better or worse than this one is to others
7 January 2015
Summary: This is my first mechanical keyboard so I don't know how much better or worse than this one is to others. It works as intended, but I'm not blown away with the difference between a mechanical keyboard and whatever came with my work computers before.
Summary: Cherry keys. Apparently, Cherry is a company that makes certain colored mechanisms that power some mechanical keyboards. I think different colors mean different things. For instance, mine are light-blue. I have also seen red and brown but I don't know how they compare. I picked this up for three-quarters of one-hundred bucks. For someone who wants a "cheaper" mechanical keyboard, this is a fantastic buy.
Pros: Springy feel. Click-clacky sound. USB hub, microphone, and headphone jacks. "Lighter" key presses than a Model-M. Very slight shimmer/pearl dark gray "piano" finish. I'm a person that loves to walk through Ikea and touch all the items on display. This passes my test. Double-size BKSP key, ENTER key slightly larger than double-size and on one row, and a weird 1.5-key-sized pipe key. This is how all layouts should be. Fantastic legs. These things are double-wide and hav...
Cons: Picky personal preference warning: All of the keys are kind of shallow in reference to the body of the keyboard. This means they have less travel. It is especially pronounced in the arrow keys and the INS, DEL, HOME, END, PGUP, and PGDN keys. If all keys lay flat, how do I differentiate? I like tall keys I cannot lie. Blue LEDs for the scroll, mouse, caps lock indicators. Why do these things still exist on computer parts? Windows key only on the left side. For all of ...
Summary: I was in the market for a mechanical keyboard to take to work, since I would be carrying it around in a backpack every day I didn't want to spend more than $80 or so. I took a chance on this one for the price and the fact it had a USB hub and audio jacks. I use headphones at work all day and a USB powered headphone amp (FiiO E6 if your wondering) so having a USB port to plug in both my wireless mouse receiver AND the headphone amps USB charger and audio plug was a huge...
Summary: You can buy a couple rubber feet at the hardware store. I have a feeling this beast will be with me for quite a while.
Pros: keys are top notch blues. Standard Layout. VERY sturdy The cord is thick and rugged, the chassis of the kb takes the "twist test" very well.
Cons: they shouldn't even have attempted legs on this thing. They are just plastic tabs with slits for bending to snap in the sockets. Feet broke within a few weeks. the headphone 1.8" 'green' jack only works in mono probably from the cheap jack construction. So dont even bother with it, but the headphone jack works fine.
Summary: I've been using this keyboard for a few hours now, and I'm absolutely amazed at how much nicer it is to use this compared to the stock Dell keyboard I've been using for the past three years. The keys are crisp and clicky, and it feels like there's much less strain on my fingers with this keyboard as I'm not "bottoming out" the keys in order to register a keypress. NOTE: When I pulled this out of the box, it seemed like every key was set at a different height.
Summary: My 4/5 rating was comparing it to other keyboards. Compared to other tactile mechanical keyboards, I'd give it a '3'. That said, it's FAR superior to 95% of the keyboards out there today with their mushy feel. If I could have justified the $250, I'd have purchased a Stellar Prime, or if I could get my time machine working properly, I'd go back and pick up a Northgate Omni Key 101. But with the time/space continuum what it is...
Pros: Clicky tactile feel.
Cons: Too much play in the keys. They feel a little cheap. The front of the keyboard is lifted too high off the surface. I'm thinking of putting some sort of riser there. The "feet" are hard plastic, so it slides around easily on a smooth surface. It should be fitted with rubber feet to keep it in place. The springs on the keys should be stronger. But I'll probably get used to that ultimately.
Good, but there's a reason it is cheaper than comparable mechanical keyboards.
5 April 2011
Summary: I just got this thing this morning, so here are my initial reactions: First of all, the outer casing of the keyboard bulges up in the middle, which makes some of the keys feel as if they are set lower in the keyboard than they are. This is most noticeable to me above the arrow keys. It feels strange right now, but I'll probably get used to it. The keyboard casing is really glossy on top, which I'm not a big fan of, but that's minor.