Originally Posted by LegitSticks
Is there a mechanical keyboard that has green backlighting? I can't see a Ducky Shine with green backlighting.
As the above poster pointed out 'Deck Legend'. Back lit keyboards start with Deck, and end with Deck with the best quality. Unfortunately, people don't like the looks of their font.... as it is often compared to Lord of the Rings font, and strays away from the norm. Their boards are also unnecessarily big, and don't match up with the slim line Filco's out there in looks. But, overall there is no back lit keyboard built better than a Deck right now. If you can tolerate the things I just said, and are willing to pay about about 30 dollars more than the Mionix you will get - a lot more. Including keys which are dye sublimation (check some overclock mech guides to get an explanation on that process) which is way superior than any other process done for back lit keys (unlikely to wear out for a very very long time - if ever), the keys are also PBT plastic as opposed to ABS for the Mionix (and all other back lit boards to my knowledge also use ABS plastic). The board itself is also made of PBT plastic (I believe), and is of super high quality built like a tank, makes the Mionix board look cheap. The difference in LED quality is also huge, and you are talking about .... I believe 1 dollar per bulb with the LED's put into Deck's (some ridiculous price). It's just that Deck makes these boards from TG3 Electronics, and they put them together in the U.S.A, and on top of that make very little profit. Reports are said that they make like 5% profit per board.
I actually tried a Mionix, and sent it back the next day. The board itself is made out of ABS plastic I believe, and is the same board that WASD (California custom keyboard company doing well now) uses. I thought the board seemed cheap. But, a lot of people like the design, and quality of the board because they buy WASD boards. I thought it was cheap in appearance, and the difference between ABS plastic with keycaps, and in the casing is huge to me. Filco uses a PBT plastic casing (I believe, which is one of the best IMO), but their caps are ABS. If you are looking for a back lit board with the most quality parts in it.... Deck is by far 1#. Back lit to me is an over-rated feature. In any back lit board the lights will basically go out over time. Deck even though they use great bulbs, they also will suffer from bulbs going out. The difference also with Deck is their customer service in the U.S. They offer a 30 day no questions asked take back policy. They also can fix your board, and it has a warranty for 1 year I believe. But, after that if you have a ton of lights out and want to take it in years later... you can do so and get them all fixed. So it's a awesome company.
I wouldn't go anywhere else for a back lit board. Although, for me I prefer a lighter switch. Unfortunately, years ago people were pushing for Deck to carry brown switch boards, and they opted out for clears. That was a big mistake on their part. They probably don't care though since they sell so many boards anyways. But, if their boards came in brown, blue, and red switches they would be much more of an option for people out there who like light switches. The boards though are of awesome quality, and you definitely get what you pay for with a Deck. You pay more, but you get a lot more in comparison to a Ducky (even though it's not out, it won't match the Deck in quality), Mionix, Xarmor, are all second to Deck. I opted out of a Deck based mainly on their key switch selection. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with a Deck keyboard. Good luck!
Remember that PBT caps are often seen as superior (and actually are in durability, but most consider the plastic better for overall feel as well), and no other manufacturer out there carries PBT caps for their back lit boards. That includes Ducky, Mionix, Xarmor etc.. I think that is really something to think about when buying any keyboard. What type of plastic is the keycaps, and the board? Is it PBT? That to me is the deal breaker with any board on the market today.Edited by Trueepower - 11/23/11 at 8:58pm