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A lot of people give the xarmor (ione) bad rep, which may be justified, but the price of it can't be ignored when someone asks about a budget keyboard.

You can get the U9-PLUS (non backlit) in either blue or brown for 79.99 + s&h on amazon from ergo geek.


A lot of the negativity I hear about with this keyboard had to do with it's back lighting, and if it isn't present in the first place on this model, it eliminates some of the issues, right?

The other option would be the razer black widow, which is right around the same price range but also gets bad rep.

I personally ordered a u9-plus mx cherry blue and it will be my first mechanical keyboard. I can't wait.
Edited by gl0ry - 5/28/11 at 10:09am
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does anyone make a ergonomic mechanical?

Ive had MS Ergonomics for a long time and i cant even type on flat keyboards anymore.
    
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does anyone make a ergonomic mechanical?

Ive had MS Ergonomics for a long time and i cant even type on flat keyboards anymore.
http://www.trulyergonomic.com/
I don't know of they're any good, but they're ergonomic and mechanical.
post #14 of 51
I wouldn't recommend buckling springs for gaming as they require a heavy press to type on. I'm not saying that it's implausible to play games on a Model M, but MX switches are much lighter in comparison and will be much better for gaming.

MX browns are great all-rounders to start off with, although they feel more linear than tactile to me. Blues are very fun to type on if you like the noise and if you aren't disturbing anyone else in your household. Reds are very light switches and pretty much feels like typing on a cloud. I don't have experience with other switches so I can't tell you my personal opinion about them. Which switch is right for you is pretty much subjective and I suggest you find a way to test each board out before you make the purchase.

As for the brand.. that's also pretty much subjective. For your budget, you can get a Das which will come around to $100 with a student discount. However, if you don't like glossy fingerprint-magnet finishes, then I'd suggest to stay away from Das. I would highly recommend to stay away from iOne boards as numerous owners have experienced many problems with them. Leopold tenkeyless keyboards, which are very solid starters can be bought from elitekeyboards for $109 plus shipping. If you do decide to increase your budget, I would go with Scrappy's recommendation of a Filco. Filco is highly regarded by mech kb enthusiasts.
Edited by ChoboGuy - 5/28/11 at 1:48pm
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I would highly recommend to stay away from iOne boards as numerous owners have experienced many problems with them. .
What problems other than back lighting and complaints of it feeling cheap have you heard of?

And in all honesty the current price tag IS cheaper than most of the top keyboards by a significant margin so it's fair to say that the build quality isn't going to be as high.

I've also heard the problems where the space and alt got stuck with each other, which happens on the razer ones as well. (Apparently they're from the same OEM).

I'm asking this for my own knowledge since I ordered one.
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What problems other than back lighting and complaints of it feeling cheap have you heard of?

And in all honesty the current price tag IS cheaper than most of the top keyboards by a significant margin so it's fair to say that the build quality isn't going to be as high.

I've also heard the problems where the space and alt got stuck with each other, which happens on the razer ones as well. (Apparently they're from the same OEM).

I'm asking this for my own knowledge since I ordered one.
The wrist rest breaks incredibly easy, many have reported that a lot of keys are actually floating around in the box and some stabilizer issues if I remember correctly. It's one of those things where if it is 100% right out of the box, you should be alright.
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There has been many various instances in which the LEDs in the Xarmor boards became dysfunctional and also many complaints about the build quality (wriststrap snapping):
http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?1...Bites-The-Dust

I'm not sure whether if Xarmor has fixed these problems with their new batches or not but even then, their prices are in the same range if not cheaper than many other much more reputable brands. Take a look at their website.. would you really want to splurge out $130 on a keyboard from a company that looks as sketchy as that?
I did not hear of other issues other than the dysfunctional LEDs and build quality. I did not realize that the Xarmor was 50% off, which makes the board MUCH more reasonably priced. However, the OP's budget allows him to buy a board from a much more reputable brand (Xarmor doesn't even exist anymore) with solid customer service. The extra $20-30 is well worth the investment..
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However, the OP's budget allows him to buy a board from a much more reputable brand (Xarmor doesn't even exist anymore) with solid customer service. The extra $20-30 is well worth the investment..
That is a fair assessment, however, filco's aren't only $20-30 more. From my research they usually carry a price tag around $120-150.

The OCN Ducky's are $110 without shipping added in and those are on ABS keys with pad printing, meaning the letters rub out extremely fast. You're talking $140-145 + s&h for quality.

And Das brand keyboards are just as expensive unless you catch a sale or some sort of discount as you already mentioned.

Anyways, I don't disagree with any of the statements, but like I stated before, in a thread titled "Budget mechanical keyboard" it's hard to ignore the bang for your buck on both the xarmor and blackwidow keyboards.

This is of course assuming the keyboards aren't defective.
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If I get my Sennheiser PC 350s sold on here then my price will go up to around $130. Tenkeyless does not matter for me. It can be either or.
Wait until you sold that Sennheiser, save up $9 more and get .
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Wait until you sold that Sennheiser, save up $9 more and get this one.
Thats if anyone buys it.
    
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