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post #1 of 37
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Well it was late, wine had been flowing and I saw a cheap (£60) mechanical keyboard and had an impulse buy on amazon.

Only after I checked out user comments and quite a few seem to be negative.

I've only used it quickly on my work computer but it seems ok. Don't like the gloss but I can fix that with a quick mod by making it brushed.

So any user impressions? Things I should be looking out for?

Also on my work computer the keyboard respond until I downloaded the software from Razer.
As this is the keyboard for a new build at home do I need to find another keyboard just for installing windows and setting bios?

Thought keyboards were pretty much plug and play...
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I think its a damn good board for the price. Try find another cherry blue board for £60 and there's not much choice around!

I own a filco and paid £110 for it a few years back, and i've used my brothers blackwidow, and can honestly say they are both great. My only gripe with the blackwidow is that its physically larger, but that isn't really a problem or a reflection on its quality.

So enjoy!
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post #3 of 37
I actually love mine...Enough to have a stock in the office closet.

Genuinely, while Razer has it's "issues" IMHO, this is the best product they've released to date...
post #4 of 37
My brother has it and it's alright, I can't stand the macro keys because they're in the way but if you're used to it I guess it's fine. I like my filco better though, probably because of the brown swtiches
post #5 of 37
I just bought an ultimate for 99 bucks, there are some differences that you may want to take into account if you have never had a keyboard like this before.

First it is loud, the stealth is better but i think we have black switches so its loud.
Second, there is no gap between the caps and A keys, which can be annoying for gamers.
Third, The escape key isnt at the very edge of the keyboard, which may cause you to have to look for it.
Fourth, The CTRL key and the M5 key often can be confused.


Lastly, it will just take some time to learn how to use it, then these problems can be "buffed" out.

These keys are also very tall so.

Hope this helps!
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post #6 of 37
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Cheers for all that, I feel a bit better about it now.

Any thoughts on it not working until drivers installed?
The only other thing I can think off is that it didn't go through a boot sequence with it plugged in.
Really don't want to buy a cheap keyboard just for the initial stage and the only only keyboards I have are apple ones.
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post #7 of 37
Just asked my brother, he says his blackwidow works fine in BIOS etc and has no troubles with it, so not sure why you ran into problems but at least it should be fixable!

edit- The problem could just be Legacy USB support is not enabled in the BIOS, check that if it's still not working when you need it. (although this will require a keyboard that is working...)
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Buyer's Regret (Buyer's Remorse versus Post-purchase rationalization) is a classical case of cognitive dissonance.

I'd just walk away from keyboard forums and decide for yourself.
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I like my blackwidow it's just really loud!!
 
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I'd just walk away from keyboard forums and decide for yourself.
Agreed.

The Keyboard forums demonize the Razer [anything] so just wait until it arrives and give it a test run.

I myself loved my BWU and the Stealth Edition which I'm using now
    
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