Summary: This keyboard is generally not bad for the price, however two really big gripes that I have with it relate to key layout (I wish I would have known this prior to purchase, but I didn't have the foresight to look closely at the layout): 1. Left windows key has been replaced with "function" key that CANNOT be re-mapped (it is hardcoded into the keyboard). I frequently use my left hand to hit the windows key for certain shortcuts such as show desktop.
This would be a great keyboard if the layout were standard
Craig M. Kelley, Amazon
6 March 2014
Summary: I love the feel of the keyboard, and it's fine for gaming, but the right side of the main key area is non-standard. The right shift is smaller than normal, to make space for a pipe (|) and backslash (\) key. It reminds me of old typewriter layouts, and I often hit | when I mean to type ?. The "return" key is L-shaped, and easy to hit by accident.
Summary: i didnt realize when i bought it but the short shift and enter key make it awkward to type on and really just annoying. ive since learned much more about cherry keys and black are not exactly the best for gaming. for the first few weeks of using it i noticed my forearms would get fatigued and fingers hurt if i used it too long. if i had to recomend a keyboard id say to find cherry brown,red or blue in that order.
Pros: -heavy resistance if your looking for it as these are black cherry keys, -very sturdy, -clean design
Cons: -non-standard layout, short shift and awkward enter key, -the large keys (shift, tab etc.) have gotten squeaky and unresponsive but i fixed that with some wd40.
Summary: Pros: o Cherry Red switches activate cleanly and the noise is considerably less than with blue/brown/etc. o Compact o Works out of the box with no drivers necessary Cons: o Plainly stated, the key placement is something I do not like. The "Steelseries" function key is not rebindable.The pipe/backslash key is underneath the enter key -- something you really have to get used to. o it's a bit high.. there's no palm rest.
Summary: I used a 1995 keyboard for over 10 years without problem. That samsung keyboard went to the dishwasher at least 3 times after all kind of incidents. I regret that 15$ keyboard. After a year of use my I key is slack, it can now rotate and can be nudge to the left or to the right. There is no windows key on the left. This is extremely annoying. I've remapped Caps Lock on it but it doesn't feel natural. Otherwise typing is good with compact design.
Pros: Nice keypress feeling
Cons: Keys are cheap and fragile, Botton left is a "Steelseries touch", not a windows button like every other keyboard on the planet for pc
Summary: Was really looking forward to using this keyboard, but didn't notice the layout changes Steelseries decided to make. I'm not a huge gamer, but was just looking for a good mechanical keyboard I could get locally. Unfortunately while this keyboard feels great and the price was right, I will be returning it. The layout changes make it pretty much unusable for my daily use.
Pros: - great switches and feel, - solid construction, - small size
Cons: - moved key and thus unusable right-shift, - stupid SteelSeries key cannot be remapped to Windows key
Summary: A lot of the advertising listed above talks about the "better tactile feedback" that this keyboard gives, but that is potentially misleading. The Cherry MX Black switches used in this keyboard are considered "non-tactile" switches. (See the great guide at [...] for a good explanation of switch types.) Generally, tactile switches are considered to have a "click" or "pop" feel to them as they are actuated, after which the key resistance drops.
Summary: Full disclosure: I've not used this keyboard for very long, having just opened it and started to use it. The keys feel very nice, both in their construction and in their action - but that's why you're looking at a mechanical keyboard anyway, right? Anyway, I went for this model rather than their newer 7G keyboard because (a) with the 7G they made the poor decision to use the World's Smallest Backspace Key (patent pending), and (b) it's a lot more expensive.