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Not bad, not stellar, overall good.
on 25 January 2014
This is certainly an interesting keyboard, and the most customizable I have used - and I really like the modular aspect. There are a total of five interactable parts: QWERTY keyboard, number pad with the cursor keys, the "EYE" OLED display with shortcut keys, four side buttons, and a left hand palm rest with a thumb wheel and a button. There are also two palm rests, one for the keyboard and one for the numpad. The keyboard/numpad/EYE/side buttons all slide securely into each other, and should then be held in place by the provided hex screws (however I cannot screw the EYE in place, the screws won't bite), while the palm rests and thumb wheel attachment clip into place. You can attach the EYE to either the top left of the keyboard or the top of the numpad, the thumb wheel to the left of the keyboard or the bottom of the numpad, and the side buttons to the left of the keyboard or the left of the numpad (if the numpad isn't attached to the keyboard) - so there are plenty of configuration options. Only the thumb wheel section relays data as part of the connections, for all the other components,there are mini-USB cables provided, and the main USB connection to the PC is via the EYE.
Speaking of which, the EYE is not quite as useful as I was hoping. The OLED display features a clock, an app launcher, volume control, microphone level control, keyboard brightness, three countdown timers, and a stopwatch. I haven't configured any apps, and I only really use the clock (and occasionally the stopwatch). On the same panel there are media control keys, 1-9 keys, three buttons to switch between profiles, backlight toggle, and Start-key-disable toggle to prevent those infuriating in-game mispresses. The unit is overall solidly made, attaches easily, and all the buttons have satisfying clicks. The keyboard and side buttons backlight can be set to any RGB colour, whereas the EYE has only white backlit buttons.
The software is necessary to do pretty much anything besides use it as a basic keyboard - for example, the thumb wheel does nothing without the software running and a profile selected. The selected profile is not remembered between reboots, so you have to pick one from the system tray icon each time your machine starts. There doesn't seem to be a way to set the media keys function, and it can be a little bit crashy, which will take out the OLED display functions.
The keys are membrane rather than mechanical, but they still feel quite good to type on. The only real issue I have with the keyboard is the C1-5 keys around the cursors; I find that even though they are markedly lower than the cursors it makes finding them a bit more difficult, I think this is mainly because of the angle of the keys - the lower end of C2 is a very smooth transition into Up. The space bar is a funny shape but this doesn't impact use as far as I can tell.
Good key feel
Very modular and flexible
Many extra buttons to do whatever you like
Thumb wheel can be mapped as a scroll wheel, and can be in an up or down position
Nice custom USB cables included
Goes together well and feels solid
Advanced functions rely entirely on software (shortcut key mappings, thumb wheel) - the hardware doesn't remember anything
Shortcut keys around cursors can be awkward
Software can be easily crashed by a misclick (trying to launch an empty app shortcut for example)
Superfluous design features not to my personal liking (decals, sloping 'lump' above F-keys)
I bought this keyboard for £80 from ebuyer, and have been using it for over a week. It is a replacement for my old Razer Reclusa. I would say it is worth the money I paid for it - I really like that I can take it apart for travel, and the flexibility of simply unplugging the bits I don't want in a given situation. I recommend it if you can find it at a sub-£100 price.