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Do it and don't look back! here is my video on my keyboard

I will never buy another membrane keyboard again:thumb:

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Originally Posted by glakr View Post

So,
I just got this today, so have not had time to play with it ( Which is killing me, I am at work ). But I plugged it in and the backlighting looks really good and even across the keyboard. Keys feel solid. Can let you know more tomorrow on what it actually feels like and post a pic of the custom backlight colors.
May be one to look at as I think it meets all your criteria..
Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8/X9. Only diff is X8 is mx browns, X9 is mx reds and LED colors.
I ordered the semi-custom which allowed me to specify different LED colors for WASD, ESC, and arrow keys. Default is all blue LEDs on the X8 which I ordered, backlight default is all red on the X9 I believe.
It does have media keys, but it's not a separate button. I think it is a fn key combo so that may be the only thing not exactly what you are looking for.
Cable is nice braided, gold plugs. Seems really solid.
Here is a link
Also, hint if you decide to buy it, like them on Facebook for a 10% off code.

hows that keyboard working out Im consider having one made they said they could build one with Cherry browns and red LEDS
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short story: Monday I ordered a Battlefield 3 Black Widow Ultimate and a Spectre Mouse from Razer as a bundle Deal for 99$. Seeing as though the BW Ultimate is reg 129.99$ anyways I figured this was a pretty good deal (maybe I could sell the mouse for 20 or so even....)

However during the course of the day as I spoke to more people online about the value of this deal more and more stories came forward about the hit and miss with Razer quality. Couple that with the fact that the back lighting on the BF BW Ultimate board is Orange and not changable I decided to kill the deal. (I currently use a G510 which you can set the back lighting to any colour so I assumed all lit keyboards were the same)

I spent a decent amount of time after that doing some better researching on the different switches a mechanical keyboard can offer and the pros and cons of each switch. I had my list of "must haves" and decided on getting a Corsair K90.

I'm on it now and here's my 2 cents:

Sitting here with my first mechanical keyboard the K90. Just opened it 10 mins ago.

My thoughts:

Looks:

Very nice, I`m a bit fan of the aluminium however visually speaking the boar looks unbalanced because the G keys do not have the same base. IMO the best way to solve that would be to make the G keys detachable. This would allow people to have some separation in there and also would allow for a minor degree of customization.

This is my first go round with a mech keyboard and thus far I am a fan of the Cherry Red switches. The 45g activation for me seems ideal and very smooth. Also due to the low activation force required I feel this make the keyboard much quieter since you don`t have to hammer on the keyboard.

In comparison to the G510 I have I would give the nod to the K90`s back light. This is largely in part due to the subtle reflection off the aluminium since there is no shroud around the keys. The only critique I have is that on the top row number keys (not the key pad) - the numbers are less lit than the characters (!"/$%?&*..etc). Personal preference I would have switched this. Had 1-0 lit brilliantly and the rest subtly. oh just another though... how about a line horizontal across the space bar for some back-lighting to shine through there too?

The finish on the keys is something I`ve never felt before and neither good nor bad, just different. But I do like the key font used.

A couple points which did make me stop and go "Oh...?" was that the ESC key sits more sunken into the board than the ~ key. Actually all the F keys are too but it was the ESC which I noticed almost right away. As well there is very little separation between INSERT HOME PAGE and the PRTSCN SCROLL LOCK PAUSE BREAK buttons. I would have liked to have seen more separation here akin to a regular keyboard as I worry this will cause a number of mis-hits when I am coding.

A heads up about this "mechanical" board - in order to keep costs down (100$) the entire board does not use mechanical switches. All Macro, Fkey and the, PRNTSCN, HOME, INSERT...etc use regular dome switches. Oh - I agree with the effort to key the costs down with the use of Dome keys, but I do wish the INSERT HOME...etc and those keys would have been mech too (for coding)

One final thing - and bear in mind this in now 15mins into owning this - the media keys on the top right of the board don't seem to be easily accessible because there is no shroud and so they sit behind (underneath?) the top keypad row.

Overall a very good first impression. Quite happy right now and looking forward to breaking this in!

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