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Switch to Switch, X-Armor, Filco, Leopold (Updated with pictures)

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I posted about buying an X-Armor U9BL-S a few days ago. I've been debating a return, mostly because I've been wary of some initial road bumps (some uneven rubber coating along the edges of the casing, some misaligned letters).

My main concern is durability; is this keyboard going to last more than the year warranty?

This recent post covers many of the issues I worry about:
http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/1...mendation.html

The main reason I got it was because of the backlighting. I don't hunt and peck, but it's nice to have for the times I lose my footing. I type in the dark and for some reason having a giant black space in front of me gives me a headache, so it's mostly for comfort.

I'm wondering if it's worth giving up this comfort for a "better" quality keyboard, like a Filco or a Leopold (as much as the Deck seems to be high quality and have backlighting, I think the font is ugly as sin so I won't be buying that).

For those of you who have typed on both an XArmor and a Filco or an XArmor and a Leopold, is there a real difference in typing comfort, or hell, even the way the keys feel when you press down? How would you describe it? Should I just stick with what I have because I probably won't notice the difference (I hear filco's keys are cheap too and people end up switching those out).

I'm working off of cherry browns, but comments on the other switches are welcome.
Edited by OddsRatio - 5/10/11 at 1:29pm
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I just received the same keyboard a few days ago and truth be told, I enjoy the Xarmor. I have not noticed any uneven coating nor the misaligned letters you mentioned.

I do love the back lighting but hate to always set it at every start up. Why couldn't they have spent the extra time and put in some kind of memory. I game in the dark and having the back light is truly useful and having it blue matches with my blue theme in my room.

The media key is nice but the idea of pressing function and then F1-F6 and not have have any macro keys is a little tiresome. I miss my Logitech G15 media keys.

The cherry browns are nice. Not too loud. Its just right. I'm still readjusting my typing and have to get used to the mechanical switches.
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I do love the back lighting but hate to always set it at every start up.
In another post someone said that we have to make compromises because there's no perfect backlit mechanical keyboard; I think that sums up my feelings, too. The logitech I was using remembered the backlight settings and I do miss that a bit.

Also, it might be because I'm getting used to typing on this, but I expected it to feel a little more "springy," more of a pushback from the tactile bump.
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you can get a deck their boards have black or clear switches
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Good luck with your return, they wouldn't honor mine. Only a replacement. They claimed XArmor doesn't allow any company to give refunds for the keyboard, only replacements.

If I had to do it all again I would of went with the deck, which I would of went with in the first place if it wasn't out of stock 364 days of the year.
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
Good luck with your return, they wouldn't honor mine. Only a replacement. They claimed XArmor doesn't allow any company to give refunds for the keyboard, only replacements.

If I had to do it all again I would of went with the deck, which I would of went with in the first place if it wasn't out of stock 364 days of the year.
Yeah, that's part of the issue; thinking about shipping too, I'd be eating about 40-50 dollars on the restocking fee. It's not DOA, but the damn quality of the spraycoat really irks me. Other than that, I really do like the look and feel. I almost went with Deck. It's so, so ugly.
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Final Update: I rarely have a product that jerks me around as much as this one. Found a paper sticking out from under the stem of my "N" Key, so I'm sending this back pronto.

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So I've redacted most of what I said so as not to unjustly scare anyone away from this board. I think one of the monitor wipes I initially used left a streak that I just couldn't get off the board. Polished it up with some light detergent and it looks like new. The rubber on the casing looks like it picks up pretty much anything. I am a moron and I will readily admit it.

I might have still been happy with a filco, but maybe when the Rosewills come back in stock I will try those out. Otherwise, I've really grown to enjoy this keyboard. It very much feels like a "buddy."

I'll still be a little vigilant about the leds, but then again, nothing lasts forever and I can always switch out the keycaps if they start to go out.


I felt bad not being able to corroborate my comments with photos, though I hate to add fuel to ripster's fire. I'm just posting the uneven rubber coating along the F-Keys and by the Arrow Keys.

Note, this isn't finger oil, as I rarely touch the top of the board and have wiped it down with a warm damp cloth and a little soap (I tried to blow some of the lint from this cloth with compressed air, so that's what's on the board).

Is this worth sending it back? This just seems like bad basic quality control for a company with a low production volume.

Edited by OddsRatio - 5/12/11 at 7:53pm
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