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post #6951 of 14567
thought you guys might be interested in a Avant Stellar GT60MNIKEY Mechanical Keyboard listed on eBay.

you can order a brand new one from CVT for $199.

if you haven't noticed by the model number it's a Northgate Omnikey Ultra clone.

even though the Keycaps are pad printed it does come in solid black, has a windows key and NKRO through it's native PS/2 cable.

I believe they are Simplified Alps in White (Fukkas)
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post #6952 of 14567
The deck has arrived yesterday to my location, and so far the experience with it has been extremely positive.

The keyboard is extremely compact yet has very proper and comfortable key spacing, the keys feel very solid and produce a pleasant mechanical sound when typing. The keyboard only turned out to be slightly louder then my previous rubber dome keyboard, generally it is loud enough to hear the pleasant clicking but quiet enough for it not to be irritating.

In general the keyboard feels extremely solid and durable yet clearly intended for easy modding. The layout in general is very pleasant, I am already highly enjoying the tilda key at the lower left, the DEL key at the lower right, and the windows key in the upper right corner due to it no longer having a capacity of getting in the way.

With the combined opinion about the layout and the spacing of the keys, I would say that the ergonomics are virtually perfect while managing to place themselves in a very comfortable compact package. It is actually interesting that my Sidewinder X6 felt generally more cramped to type on while being a much larger keyboard then this one.

The LED lights are also very pleasant, I enjoy using an option that is a few notches dimmer then the brightest one, apparently this wonderful little peripheral uses industrial grade LED's which appear to have a capacity for lasting virtually as long as the mechanical keys in it.

The typing and gaming experience in general feels significantly more solid and responsive then a rubber dome, the keys are certainly harder to push and require a more defined amount of force, but in my opinion this ultimately only improves your accuracy in the end while also making your operations more concrete.

While significantly better switches for typing appear to exist such as the tactile and clicky MX blues, even these switches are significantly better then a rubber dome.

I have absolutely no complaints about this keyboard whatsoever, it genuinely appears to be an elite peripheral with a strong defined character, except possibly the fact that you have to adjust the brightness of it every computer session instead of doing it once and then forgetting about it, but that is so microscopic of an issue that I barely consider it to be one.

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post #6953 of 14567
lol your mouse pad is twice as big as your keyboard

edit: three four times
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post #6954 of 14567
oh right I forgot the Deck 82 doesn't have a buffer to remember the last brightness level like the Deck Legend.

any problems without a wrist rest?

glad your happy with it.
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Lol @the mouse pad. My mouse pad is almost exactly the same size.

Big mouse pads rock.
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post #6956 of 14567
how come you didn't use the skull & crossbone keycap?

you should turn all your lights off and take a couple pictures of the Deck 82 at the lowest and highest levels of illumination.
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post #6957 of 14567
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmnop View Post
oh right I forgot the Deck 82 doesn't have a buffer to remember the last brightness level like the Deck Legend.

any problems without a wrist rest?

glad your happy with it.
I am actually absolutely satisfied without a wrist set so far, my wrists somehow feel perfectly comfortable without one.
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post #6958 of 14567
nice.
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post #6959 of 14567
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmnop View Post
how come you didn't use the skull & crossbone keycap?

you should turn all your lights off and take a couple pictures of the Deck 82 at the lowest and highest levels of illumination.
Highest brightness with room lights off:


Lowest brightness (off) with room lights on and flash on:
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I've got my "Ricercar" MX SPOS.
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