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Fantastic mechanical keyboard with a suitable price tag
on 8 April 2014
Delivery was prompt to say the least - it arrived 3 days earlier than expected. Came with no damage to the packaging whatsoever.
The keyboard itself is outstanding. Having used a standard rubber dome keyboard for the past few years, this is a certainly a significant improvement. This mechanical keyboard uses Red Cherry MX switches which I find to be perfect for gaming and very comfortable when typing for long periods of time. This being quite a light key switch, you will find yourself making the odd typo - however if you are a proficient typist, this shouldn't be a problem after a few hours of practice with this keyboard.
I had my doubts about this keyboard initially, for it does not use full height keys, however this by no means detracts from the keyboard's typing nor gaming experience. I have no problems with this; in fact it may even be the reason why you don't need any sort of palm rest with this keyboard. I have had no wrist pain.
If you find yourself in need of a keyboard with a palmrest, you can buy one for this keyboard off Amazon from here for £17: http://www.amazon.co.uk/CHERRY-Palmrest-Handballenauflage-MX-Board-G80-3850LYBDE-2/dp/B00GUC2A4Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1396957696&sr=8-2&keywords=cherry+mx+palmrest
Concerning the build quality and design, it certainly seems to be ticking all the boxes. It has a nice weight to it, and it has a very nice finish. The USB cable plugs in very conveniently to the back of the keyboard which allows me to reposition my keyboard if it is not in use when I am using my desk for something else. The rubber grips on the feet and the back surface work very effectively. The key font seems to be rather standard which is a good thing - this is something that put me off the Cooler Master Storm keyboards with their odd looking fonts. There are some media keys should you need them - they haven't gone overboard with it like many other keyboards of a similar price. Cherry has limited to volume controls and a home button which is all that anyone really needs these days. If you were looking for a backlit keyboard, you may want to do some more browsing because this keyboard is not backlit - the only lighting is on the windows keys and number lock as far as I know. To be honest though, you wouldn't be missing out really, back lighting is overrated and in my opinion, detracts from the appearance and makes it look a little tacky. I own a backlit keyboard and it doesn't help if your typing in low light conditions - just turn on the light or a lamp or something!
Cherry certainly lived up to my expectations when I received this keyboard. Honestly, I can find no fault with it. Unless you are a professional gamer or may not be so confident typing, this is the keyboard for you. That being said, if you play RTS games like Starcraft, you may want to go for another mechanical keyboard with perhaps Black Cherry MX switches because on these Red switches, you may find yourself fumbling a little bit. But if you are just a casual gamer who plays a combination of FPS and RTS, this keyboard is perfectly fine for you. You don't want to go spending an extra £50-£100 on a keyboard that would perhaps only marginally improve your gaming experience. Also, for those who only need a mechanical keyboard for extended periods of typing, I would highly recommend this keyboard for I find myself typing for much longer without fatiguing.
The price tag is really low for a keyboard of such good build quality and performance. Not surprising - the keyboard being made by Cherry who are always making top notch keyboards. Do yourself a favour and seriously consider buying this keyboard.