Originally Posted by Bion
I too am looking to buy a mechanical keyboard and from what I've read I'm contemplating between customized Max Keyboards and the Ducky Shine. With the 20% group discount on the Max's, both would be around the same price. However, the Max nighthawk is a rebranded Xarmor
and I've heard that their quality wasn't so good so I don't know about that. The Duckys have a solid reputation while the Max offers more features. Hopefully if Max has quality control under control their keyboards won't have any problems. Max is a new company so hopefully their boards are better than xarmors ( monoprice.com also rebrands the same board
[nighthawk] and their qualtiy is pretty good so...).
Max keyboards are not rebranded Xarmor. Qpad, xarmor, iOne, Max are all very similar. However, out of those 4 Max and Qpad are of way higher quality. Just the build of Max/Qpad is way better than Xarmor/iOne.
Don't think for a second Max Keyboards are crappy boards. They're built very sturdy and have gold plated connections, braided cables, on-board memory, and get fantastic reviews. Heck, Xarmor and Max even have different color circuit boards.
Ducky's are good but I don't like Cherry stabilizers.
Not to mention Max customer service is superb. Heck you even get a 10% discount for liking their facebook page if you don't do the group buy. I didn't have $120-150 to spend on a Max, so I went with a Quickfire Rapid. But I wish I went with a Max in some ways because it has a lot more features.
But... Quickfire Rapid w/Reds + this
for me.*Disclaimer, I might not be completely correct on all of that but it's what I've read on various forums, such as CustomPCReview. I know for a fact though that Max is higher quality than XArmor, but very similar to QPad. I don't know a ton about Ducky's, but a lot of people on GH don't like them. The Shine is good though, no doubt.
*Edit* Kokin, that's one nice looking board.