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Poll Results: Which is the best value?

 
  • 16% (6)
    FILCO / $160
  • 29% (11)
    LEOPOLD / $109
  • 32% (12)
    WASD / $120-140
  • 21% (8)
    DAS / $120
37 Total Votes  
post #11 of 45
One thing you might want to consider is stablizers for each board. Some have costar and some have cherry style stablizers so that might also factor in your decision.

I wont say one is better than the other but there is defintely some people who prefer one over the other.
post #12 of 45
I'm a fan of cherry since they are easier to replace larger keycaps lol
post #13 of 45
I love my Filco. Ping!!!

Seriously though. Leopolds have squeaky stabilizers.
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post #14 of 45
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Seriously though. Leopolds have squeaky stabilizers.
Yeah, you'll never hear anyone complain about squeaky stabilizers on Filcos.
/sarcasm
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post #15 of 45
Filco - OEM from Costar - Premium
Leopold - OEM from unconfirmed - Value for money
WASD - OEM from Costar - a lil extra for customizability
DAS - OEM from Costar - not worth anything unless you like gloss.

Filco are still my favorite althought MJ2 are worse than MJ1.

IMHO, You cant go wrong with any of these.
Edited by squarebox - 10/20/11 at 10:42pm
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post #16 of 45
I was in your same boat and ordered a semi-custom WASD yesterday after a few days of research.

I went with WASD because the quality seems on par with Filco, the guy that runs WASD obviously cares about his craft, and the fact that I could somewhat design my own keyboard for $119. I decided not to go nuts on customization, but it felt cool to create something rather than just buy something off the shelf.

He is fast too, I placed my order in the morning and he shipped it in the afternoon.

Hopefully the keyboard is as good as the buying experience.
post #17 of 45
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jpm804 View Post
One thing you might want to consider is stablizers for each board. Some have costar and some have cherry style stablizers so that might also factor in your decision.

I wont say one is better than the other but there is defintely some people who prefer one over the other.
Let's talk more about these stabilizers. I've heard them pop up many times, but have never seen definitive facts, only opinionated "feelings".

From what I gather there are a few different stabilizers used- a "red plate" (Costar?) and the cherry. They have different feels and also change the difficulty involved with removing keypads.
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post #18 of 45
I just registered to say that I'm actually on the same boat as the OP right now.

It is a good thing I read this thread because I was just going to pick either DAS (blues) or the Rosewill RK9000.

Just to throw additional info on the Rosewill RK9000 (in terms of newegg pricing), right now it is priced at $99 + $20 gift card. I'm NOT sure if it will work but if you create a NEW account and put the coupon code "NEWCUSTOMER10" it will give you an addition $10 discount for purchases over $50.

That would make the RK9000 to be $89 - $20 coupon (I shop at newegg all the time anyway) down to $69.

Again, don't quote me on this as I just used the coupon on my last purchase (2 weeks ago). Some people reported it still works and some don't. Also, if you think this is funky business, the newegg customer services rep SUGGESTED I create another account to get the $10 coupon. So no guilty/cheating feeling on my end.

However, after reading this thread, I forgot about the DAS and was amazed what WASD was. I never knew it until today.

A have a few questions though as I'll purchase today or tomorrow:

1) Would you choose a $69 Rosewill KB over WASD (semi custom $119)

2) Does the WASD "engraved" or "lazer" keys wear out as well? I've heard stories that letters gets erased in time. Does the WASD KB also encounter this issue?

3) Can you put WASD keys to a different keyboard like the RK9000?

4) What stabilizers does Rosewill RK9000 use?

Any other suggestions are also welcome.

Thanks!
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post #19 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by keplenk View Post
1) Would you choose a $69 Rosewill KB over WASD (semi custom $119)

2) Does the WASD "engraved" or "lazer" keys wear out as well? I've heard stories that letters gets erased in time. Does the WASD KB also encounter this issue?

3) Can you put WASD keys to a different keyboard like the RK9000?

4) What stabilizers does Rosewill RK9000 use?

Any other suggestions are also welcome.

Thanks!
1. Their quality is pretty similar, so really the choice comes down to if you want to pay the extra to get the keyboard customized the way you want. Only you can make that decision.
2. Neither would wear out easily. Generally the ones that wear out are pad printing. If the engraved keycaps are infilled the infill can wear out, but WASD doesn't infill their keycaps.
3. Yes. Cherry MX keycaps are interchangeable.
4. I believe the Rosewill boards OEM is Costar, so Costar stabilizers.
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post #20 of 45
Quote:
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1. Their quality is pretty similar, so really the choice comes down to if you want to pay the extra to get the keyboard customized the way you want. Only you can make that decision.
2. Neither would wear out easily. Generally the ones that wear out are pad printing. If the engraved keycaps are infilled the infill can wear out, but WASD doesn't infill their keycaps.
3. Yes. Cherry MX keycaps are interchangeable.
4. I believe the Rosewill boards OEM is Costar, so Costar stabilizers.
Thanks for the info.

I think I'll just go with the WASD. I'm just thinking if it would be better to go the laser prints or engraved.

I just have a quick question about the engraved letters -- will it give a rough feel on the keys? If yes, what intensity? Is it too rough or just a light rough feel?

Or generally, what negative effects using engraved keys over laser printed keys gives?

After knowing the answer to this, I'm actually gonna buy now. It's already in my cart

EDIT: Oh are there any DISCOUNT codes out there?

Thanks!
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