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XArmor U9BL-S issues, need recommendation?

post #1 of 29
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So after 2 weeks of owning the XArmor U9BL-S, i'm having 2 issues. The LEDs under the 4 and 5 keys are already dying and the Wrist strap was slightly cracked out of the box. Today it decided to snap in two when I was typing. As such, i've decided to get a replacement or a refund.

I'm thinking about just getting a DAS, because they are known to be some of the best of the best. I'm still not sure if I should just keep the XArmor, my only main issue with the XArmor is that the backlight isn't stored in the memory so I have to manually turn it on and off whenever I shut down or start up my computer.

Main one i'm looking at (brown switches):
http://store.daskeyboard.com/Das-Key.../dp/B003F7OZ6U

Keyboards I won't consider:
Razor Black Widow (because it just has too many problems)

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Mechanical keyboards only.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/4/11 at 7:51am
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post #2 of 29
I have a U9BL and don't particularly like Blues, and I don't care much for the backlight. I decided to get a keyboard with Browns instead this time and I've set my sights on the Zowie Celeritas. I would get a Das but I hate shiny surfaces.
post #3 of 29
I think the only viable alternate option is to wait a month and see how Mionix Z60 performs in the real world.

Other than that modding the Xarmor with a knob would be a pretty easy mod, for anyone has a minimal knowledge on soldering, I already planned to do it.

I will share the scheme when the mod will be finished.
Edited by The Solutor - 5/5/11 at 3:25am
post #4 of 29
I would probably go for something else, probably a Das or Majestouch-2 filco or Ducky if you don't need backlight. Otherwise like The Solutor, wait for the Mionix. You could also get a Deck if you can stand the font and price tag.
post #5 of 29
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I would probably go for something else, probably a Das or Majestouch-2 filco or Ducky if you don't need backlight.
If he want a non baclit keyboard can just turn off the Xarmor.

Fixing two failed LEDs buying a non backlit keyboard is something like using a guillotine to cure an headache. It works, but...
post #6 of 29
What exactly are you looking for in your keyboard? Specific feature set?
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post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by The Solutor View Post
If he want a non baclit keyboard can just turn off the Xarmor.

Fixing two failed LEDs buying a non backlit keyboard is something like using a guillotine to cure an headache. It works, but...
Well his wrist rest snapped and something tells me his just not impressed with it.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by Xibal View Post
Well his wrist rest snapped and something tells me his just not impressed with it.
The wrist rest can be broken easily if the locking mechanism is not correctly understood.

Btw, the wrist rest of filco, das, whatever is unbreakable just because inexistent, like the retroillumination.

I'm sure that the Ford model T had never a single problem to the electronic ignition, the anti theft system, the automated gears, the trip computer and so on, while even Ferrari, Porsche, BMW sometimes have one of those components broken.

So why the model T is not sold anymore ?
post #9 of 29
It doesn't meet the modern day ancap ratings

The OP stated the wrist rest snapped in 2, too me that's pretty much down right in half from slicing the Xarmor logo in half. I dunno how he managed that though since when i put on the wrist rest, I knew it was fragile so i took that extra precautionary to get it to snap nicely into those grooves
Edited by Xibal - 5/5/11 at 3:50am
post #10 of 29
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The OP stated the wrist rest snapped in 2, too me that's pretty much down right in half from slicing the Xarmor logo in half.
We need more infos about this.

I've read about another user broken the wrist rest's clips while removing it, and I can understand that the clips can be easily broken if the correct way to do it (not too intuitive I admit) is not fully understood.

But a a wrist rest broken in two, sound more like as a result of a moment of rage of the owner...
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