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I actually wouldn't mind the LED setting being reset. Is that the only setting that it loses? (does it have anything else to lose ?_?)

Thanks for the side-by-side with the Deck. I would have probably picked up a Deck already if I could remap the FN key + F-keys to media keys, but from what I've read that's not possible because the FN key doesn't send anything to the PC, it's just internal for the LED settings.

Can you comment on the build quality aside from the issues with the power-off resetting that you're having compared to the Deck?

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Aesthetically the only thing that gets your attention are the keys themselves, as the chassis is very compact and minimalist. It has a matte finish that won't collect fingerprints. The build quality is fine. It feels solid and doesn't creak when you apply pressure or anything. It's not especially light, but lighter than the Deck Legend or Black Widow Ultimate. It has a tendency to slide around a little bit if you have the legs on the bottom extended, but this may depend on the surface it's on. The escape key is still off centre like the older 9008, but I don't care about that.

It's very nice to type on overall. I'm using brown switches. The keys move straight up and down without wobbling much or kinking, even the space bar and other long keys. In this regard it is much superior to anything else I've used. All the keys offer the same resistance to being pressed, even the bigger ones with multiple 'switches' underneath to offer additional support. The font is nice and neutral looking. It's not fugly like the Deck or borderline unreadable like the BWU. The surface of the keys is smoother than the Deck, but not as smooth as the BWU, which is good because I don't think they'll collect grease and become slippery.

The backlighting can be brighter than any other keyboard I've seen. The keys are obviously very high contrast when lit at any level, but unlit they're poorer than the Deck. The secondary symbols barely illuminate despite what my earlier pictures would suggest.

I've had it apart and it looks well constructed internally. The solder joints all look sound. If this is something you'd consider modding there is space available to add bits and pieces, and the PCB is clearly labelled with the name of each switch and component.

Having to keep reapplying your LED settings is a bit of a deal breaker. For me, resetting the LEDs to how I want them at each boot (and possibly resume from sleep/hibernate as well, depend on the system) would require 8 key presses. 1 press for Fn, 3 to select the lighting layout, and 4 to select the brightness level. I'm certain that I'll eventually stop bothering to repeat this procedure until I really need the lighting on, at which point I'll have to stop whatever I'm doing which will annoy me. Also part of having a backlit keyboard is showing off. It's not going to do that well when it's not lit at all by default. I have it connected to a USB powered KVM I had spare to get around the problem.

If you don't care about the LED settings being lost all the time, it's HIGHLY recommended.
Edited by IronChef - 10/21/11 at 11:18am
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What is the default brightness level for the LED's? I wouldn't mind having to manually turn them on every time I turn on the computer, but I don't want to have to adjust the brightness every time.
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The default brightness is off. As in completely off. The dual mode keys, like Caps, are always lit when in the on state, and don't appear to change brightness when you change the rest of the keys. NumLk (depending on BIOS/OS) and 1x/Calc are the only keys lit from a cold boot before playing with the settings.

Cycling through the LED layout options goes Off, WASD/Arrows/Esc/Space, Ten Keyless, Full, Fade. Getting all the LEDs lit requires cycling through most of the other options first. Then you have to select one of five brightness levels, starting with off.
Edited by IronChef - 10/21/11 at 11:13am
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Seems like a pain everytime you turn on the computer but certainly no a big deal for me. I can't wait for this thing!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Apokalipse;15352961 
Mine arrived today from mechkeyboards (well, it's 12:09 now so technically it was yesterday now)

It's nice. I like the feel better than the Deck Legend, and it's also smaller.

I went to rearrange the keys to a dvorak layout, but realized the top, middle and bottom key rows have different angles though. So I'm hoping I can get some keycaps for dvorak specifically.
I guess I can live with QWERTY for now.

Lucky. Mine is yet to arrive. I have to wait 10 business days because I'm in WA. mad.gif
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WA? in the US?

mechkeyboards has a little sign that says they only ship to AUS?
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Originally Posted by Herpderp818;15398585 
WA? in the US?

mechkeyboards has a little sign that says they only ship to AUS?

WA - Western Australia wink.gif
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The LED thing requires are more complex circuit to store profiles in the keyboard.

Personally; after a few months of use (and still using the board) I'm not bothered by it. Might be a deal breaker for some, but I really don't see that much of an issue as I don't ever turn my computer off but I do turn the keyboards lighting off at night.
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Having a docked laptop as my main (only) home machine and preferring to suspend it when I'm not using it kind of makes this a deal breaker. \: The Logitech illimunated I had been using didn't have this "reset" issue, and it's pretty old.

Maybe it'll be addressed before a tkl version is released. At any rate, I can't buy this knowing I'll have to reconfigure it on resume or reboots.
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