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Spongy keys detract from the chiclet style and awesome back-lighting
on 8 February 2016
Spongy keys are the main driver behind my low score here.
I bought this keyboard because I love the feel of laptop & Apple-esque keyboards - I find them effortless to type on - but until now there was never a fully-featured and multi-coloured backlit variant for those of us who like to mix up our general web and typing use with some late night gaming. Hats off to Razer for attempting to fill this niche.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned effortless typing experience isn't mirrored here. The Deathstalker keys are 'spongy' - requiring almost as much effort to depress as the chunky old-school 90s style mechanical keyboards most hardcore gamers like (and which I'm trying to get away from!) The lack of a satisfying light-click tactile response came as both a surprise and major disappointment for me, and it means the search for a comfortable, backlit, low-profile keyboard I can use for both gaming and for surfing/writing goes on.
If you're not bothered by the feel of the keys then there is plenty to like here - individually lit keys (i.e. no light bleed), three zone lighting and all the colours of the rainbow to suit your mood, and the wrist-rest looks smart whilst not being too intrusive if you don't use such things. The cable is cheap though - lacking the more durable braiding you expect to see on premium keyboards. However there's no getting away from the feel of the keyboard for me, the mushy keys ruin it.