Originally Posted by Sniping
I don't see the point of this post. Didn't you say before that no characteristics of the Blackwidow besides the comestics surpass that of the Coolermaster keybaords? If that's true, wouldn't that mean that he should've bought a Coolermaster keyboard instead of the Blackwidow because it's better? Since he didn't, that might suggest that he may be uninformed. If so, then there may be a better option for him. What if he doesn't actually need a full size or backlighting? AFAIK no one has said that they prefer a normal keyboard over an ErgoDox. As tp4 tells all new members looking for keyboard suggestions on GH, the current layout of keyboards is extremely outdated, and it really is. The ErgoDox is superior in every way in terms of functionality, design, layout, programmabilty etc. Black keycaps and red acrylic, and carbon fiber vinyl with Retro DSA are two combos of red and black. Keyboards like the Shine 3 aren't cheap at all either. If we use your QFR theory again (Why get any other keyboard if you can get a QFR instead) then you're paying $100 for backlighting on a Ducky.
Either way, until you give a suggestion, there's no reason why you should be hating on my advice when you haven't given any input yet.
Take it from a Topre owner that if you had $250 to spend, spend it on an ErgoDox. I would do anything for that layout, it's just so....right. Again, instead of complaining about my post, why don't you explain it for him?
Your entire argument hinges around 3 assumptions:
1) He unaware of what he wants
2) He cares about ergonomics enough to sacrifice looks and justify increased cost.
3) The Ergodox is actually "The holy grail of all keyboards" and no one could possibly prefer any other design.
Now, here's a little reminder - "I'm basically wanting to get one just to match the color scheme of my case, which is red and black. Currently considering getting a Ducky Shine III or a CM Storm QuickFire Ultimate, whenever either release."
Sounds to me he clearly prefers full size keyboards and, and wants a new one specifically for the looks (to match his case). That pretty much knocks #1 and 2 off the list.
So, is the Ergodox the only keyboard anyone in the world should ever use? No, no it isn't. It's just a keyboard you happen to like. Just like other people happen to like Maltrons, OrbiTouch, etc even though you probably think they're terrible. Well, there goes point #3.