Summary: As an engineering student, I'm always using Excel (2008) for school. I ordered this product so that I wouldn't have to keep switching from the trackpad to the number keys, which was always a little tedious. It came in the mail today, and I immediately plugged it into my 13" Macbook (late 2008), and started testing it out. It worked in every program, except Excel! Every time I would enter a number into a cell, it would immediately delete the entry.
Summary: I've had about 4 of these. Only two are still fully functional. The tilde key stopped working on two of them, and the feet broke off another 2. Overall I like this keyboard and its sound and function, but it definitely has some issues. I doubt I would buy another one because of the amount of malfunction I have experienced for the price, but I am using one right now and really like them when they are fully functional.
Summary: Seems like the reviews are either really good or really poor. For me the keyboard has been a dream. I bought it for around $59 about a year ago and in that time ive have multiple friends return their blackwidows(only other mechanical anyone i know has). Its sturdy and after a year of extensive use has stayed sturdy and springy like the first day I bought it. If I had to pick a negative it would probably be that the letters on the keys darken relatively quickly.
Exact same keys as Filco and Das at half the price
29 December 2011
Summary: This is a great keyboard and has genuine Cherry MX Blue keyswitches. I was worried about buying this keyboard after reading some reviews but I knew I could always return it if I encountered problems and it exceeded my expectations. I've only had one problem since I owned it, and it was that the S key was put on wrong. I was quickly able to reposition it and it hasn't caused any problems since.
Broken After 2 Years of Light Use - Poor Build Quality
INTREPID "IntrepidNY", Amazon
25 August 2011
Summary: I own 2 of these keyboards. The Caps Lock would no longer work on one of them after 2 years of light use. I took the keyboard apart and found that the solder connection was bad. I traced the lead and soldered a small insulated wire from the bad solder point to an adjoining point. It works again. The quality of the soldering on the board was poor as others have noted. Also, the keyboard leg broke off on both of the keyboards! I repaired them with hot glue.
Summary: After about 10 months with this keyboard, several keys no longer functioned. Sent several emails to the manufacturer - did not receive any response. For durability and support, a definite do NOT buy rating.
Second Mouse of this type, last one was 4 years old.
24 May 2011
Summary: Mouse works excellent, especially with laptops that don't have a separate number key pad. Last one I had lasted about 4 years. It was damaged in my bag during travel to Russia. I hope this one lasts as long.
Summary: I bought this to use with my netbook when working on the road. It is standard 10-key size, which is important to me. That does make it slightly awkward when using at a mouse, but only slightly. I was used to the difference in about 3 minutes. So far it's a great product for what I need.