Originally Posted by ChaoticKinesis
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