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Originally Posted by madkillav2 View Post

The new Logitech G710 has Cherry MX Brown switches and looks nice!

It looks nice until the backlight craps out. Which is happening exceedingly quickly to quite a few buyers. Hopefully Logitech can get this sorted.
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I have the Trigger and it feels quite nice to type and game on. The backlighting is pretty even and red is a nice subtle color in the dark and is still nice to look at in the daytime. The Trigger also has 2 USB ports but no power pack is supplied with the keyboard (the port is there). By default there's no real Windows key and you would need to install software to activate it and the Trigger has on-board memory. Lastly, I like the rubberized feel of the keyboard casing and palm rest.

Before looking at the Trigger I was interested in the Quickfire Pro. The Pro has NKRO but is switchable to regular 6KRO if you run into problems during the boot process (from what I read) and the keyboard is only partially backlit and has no macro keys (if you need them).
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post #14 of 30
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Are you sure that you aren't confusing it with the Xarmor U9BL? The Nighthawk X8 looks identical externally, but the internal components are completely different - at least that's what I discovered during my research before buying an X8. My personal experience with the X8 has confirmed so far what I read during my research. I've heard plenty of good things about the Ducky as well, so I don't think you have to worry about build quality from either.
One thing that you might want to consider with the CM Storm - the secondary functions on the keys are not backlit (i.e. the symbols on the number keys or the punctuation keys). This may not bother you, but I've seen friends get backlit keyboards without the secondary function backlighting, and they considered it a serious drawback. YMMV.
In any case you should at least add the X8 to your list for consideration - unless you've discovered something about it that I completely missed. tongue.gif

Would you mind providing some references as far as this research goes? You're the second or third person I've seen state this on OCN, but it seems to only come from new members who post about nothing except the quality of Nighthawk keyboards. I'm not accusing you of anything (merely suggesting the possibility). Without something to back it up, I would say it is reasonable to assume the opposite—that compared to the other options, Nighthawk keyboards are of inferior quality like all the other keyboards by iOne.
     
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post #15 of 30
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The new Logitech G710 has Cherry MX Brown switches and looks nice!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126299&Tpk=logitech%20g710

Seconded, I have one (since launch) and it's great, no problems thusfar thumb.gif
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post #16 of 30
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Would you mind providing some references as far as this research goes? You're the second or third person I've seen state this on OCN, but it seems to only come from new members who post about nothing except the quality of Nighthawk keyboards. I'm not accusing you of anything (merely suggesting the possibility). Without something to back it up, I would say it is reasonable to assume the opposite—that compared to the other options, Nighthawk keyboards are of inferior quality like all the other keyboards by iOne.

Sure. I don't take umbrage at you exploring that possibility; after all, I did just recently begin posting (been lurking for awhile), and I've posted nothing except about my keyboard so far. Yet it was my positive experience both finding Max Keyboard and buying the X8 that motivated me to finally post. I'm not sure why it was this particular piece of my computer build that did it; I have a fairly new computer with an overclocked i5 processor. I found my Noctua NH-D14 fan that cools my processor through my research on OCN. I could rave about it as well. I love my CM HAF X case - plenty of good things to say about it.

Maybe it was that I already knew something about each of those other components before using OCN as part of my research, whereas I knew next to nothing about mech keyboards before coming here and reading the guide followed by lots of other threads.

If you want somewhere to start with references, I would read these:
Amazon NH X8 Reviews

Then search for "Max Keyboard" on these forums and begin reading posts. Without digging things up again, I don't have specific posts to point out other than I formed an opinion based on the aggregate of what I read over a couple weeks of investigation; if there's something specific you want to know about, perhaps I'll look things up again. Keep in mind that there are a couple of keyboards that look identical to the NH X8 which cause confusion. My understanding is that the internal build quality of Max Keyboards is completely different from these other look-alikes; this is just based off of what I've read - I have not torn my keyboard apart to confirm that Max Keyboard really uses red double-layer circuit boards and that every LED has its own resistor, for example.

I do know that in the week or so that I've had my X8, I've really enjoyed using it and am completely happy with my purchase. I've done some initial testing to ensure that there are no dead keys and that there's nothing obvious to warrant an RMA. So far, so good. I also can say that the customer service I received from Max Keyboard was excellent.

I'm also willing to hear if someone has evidence that the build quality of Max Keyboards really is inferior; as an owner of one, I'd like to know. So far, I haven't seen evidence of that (besides confusing it with inferior look-alikes) both during research and personal use. If I ever got the opportunity, I'd like to try a Ducky Shine I or II just for comparison purposes. If I had to get another mech keyboard and couldn't pick the NH X8, the Ducky is probably what I would buy. It also gets rave reviews from what I've read.
Edited by TechMesh - 11/12/12 at 11:20pm
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In this review the reviewer is not impressed from the quality of the Max NH (4:30) -

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post #18 of 30
He's very positive about the Nighthawk X8, he just mentioned that it's not build like a tank as is the Steelseries G6v2 and that the plastic feels a bit cheaper. So doesn't mean it's completely worthless, you just can't toss it around tongue.gif
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I just noticed that Max Keyboards claim the NH X8 to be full NKRO over USB. AFAIK the USB is physically limited to 6KRO so how could it be?
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post #20 of 30
Have you checked the Rosewill RK-9100, its backlit, has MX Browns and as far as I know its a rebranded Filco, it's on sale here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201053 . It's fairly new so couldnt find many reviews/videos. I'm trying to upgrade from my Razer Blackwidow Ultimate with blues and this and the Ducky are the main contenders at the moment but I'm leaning towards the Rosewill because it's way cheaper. Hope it helps.
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