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Just got my WASD keyboard here are my first impressions

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I've been wanting to go back to a full sized keyboard. WASD looked like the best option. I'm not big into a flashy keyboard so I went with white "lasered etched" keycaps with their classic lettering. It just hit my door step. Well, I have to say that this thing is as heavy as a Filco this is no aluminum plate like the Ducky uses. It feels like I'm typing on a Filco. The keycaps are also very similar. They have the same finish and the same sculpting. One thing that I did notice is that the bottom of the WASD key had a marking saying "R1" underneath the key and in the exact same spot my filco keycaps have the same marking.

I do have a few gripes, thankfully nothing too big. First of all when I heard laser etched I was expecting Unicomp style lasered keycaps. These are your typical lasered with inkfill caps. They do look very good though. Hopefully the lettering holds up. One other thing is that the cord is very short. Luckily I had a usb extension kicking around. The case isn't exactly as stylish as a filco. It looks like a unicomp spacesaver to me. The last thing that I noticed is that the keycaps are a bastard to pull. I'm not looking forward to swapping these out.

All in all I'm very happy with this keyboard so far. I'll be sticking with this one. For $120 there isn't a better option imo. I would take one of these over a Rosewill at the same price.

Here are a couple of quick pics with my crappy camera.





I'm glad to hear that I was wrong. No ink fill here. These are exactly the keys that I was hoping for.
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Originally Posted by wasdkeyboards View Post
I just wanted to clarify that the laser etching does NOT involve an inking process. The laser "burns" the plastic and gives a color change in the material. What you will notice though, especially is you have large letters or symbols, is that the surface of the key where the laser hits will feel slightly different.

I've scratched at these things with a knife and you need to get relatively deep to start scratching it off. It will definitely never happen under normal use.

Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 10/11/11 at 2:46am
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post #2 of 9
Looks great, i plan to buy one soon.
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post #3 of 9
Unicomp keys are dye sublimated. Yours look lasered with NO infill to me.

They should hold up much better than your typical black lasered key with infill.
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Originally Posted by ripster View Post
Unicomp keys are dye sublimated. Yours look lasered with NO infill to me.

They should hold up much better than your typical black lasered key with infill.

Thank you for the clarification on the unicomp keys.

I had assumed that the WASD keys were inkfilled due to the raised lettering. I don't have a camera good enough to capture it.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 10/10/11 at 7:16pm
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post #5 of 9
Is the cable sleeved? That looks beautiful, man.
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if they offered tenkeyless I would be all over it.
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Is the cable sleeved? That looks beautiful, man.
yes the cables are sleeved. wasd calls it braided.
Edited by minimodman - 10/10/11 at 7:45pm
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post #8 of 9
Same concerns as most people. They are Filcos(similar components) underneath, that's why they are so well built, on top of the extra care WASD gives them. It's my favorite board right now. I may add a set of doubleshots later from GH.
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post #9 of 9
Nope, definitely lasered, no infill.
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