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I've concluded that MX browns are right for me, now it's time to figure out which board is right I singled out these two because of their aesthetics and price mainly. From what we know about Xarmor quality and such, would you guys recommend getting the Das Keyboard S or the Xarmor U9 S (backlit) which is coming out someone (early I hope) in February, as I found after emailing the Xarmor team? Thanks!
post #2 of 7
What about a ducky DK1008? Same switches and only costs ~100$
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I have an engineering sample of the U9-S, and I've used the Das.

Das -
Pros:
- Looks nicer
- Tighter tolerances
- Better keycaps
- USB/AV passthrough
Cons:
- More expensive
- Requires constant polishing

U9-S -
Pros:
- Cheap (MSRP is going to be in the $80 range)
Cons:
- Mediocre keycaps


I have my step-dad using the U9-S ES. About the same as the retail model, except with the top housing half from a U9BL, and no NKRO (since it's a single layer PCB; retail model should have NKRO). It's pretty much the basic, barebones mechanical keyboard with MX browns, no frills or anything out of the ordinary, and acceptable build quality. Only real thing I can charge against it is that the laser process used on the keycaps isn't very good, you can feel the lettering very distinctly and there are reports it wears quickly.

Das keycaps also wear quickly for some reason, but feel much smoother, and there's no wear at all if you get the blank version. It looks nicer, but it won't stay that way if you don't polish it daily. The USB passthrough is convenient occasionally, but only occasionally. The Das feels a bit more solid due to tighter construction tolerances and a thicker steel plate.


Otherwise they're very comparable and the biggest difference is price.
post #4 of 7
I've never polished my Das and it looks fine. After you set it up in front of your PC, your hands don't really touch the keyboard base, so you'd just have to dust it when it gets dusty.
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Do you think the U9GBL will suffer from the same problems as the U9-S? I mean this is a mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers like the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate and Steelseries 6Gv2.
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post
Do you think the U9GBL will suffer from the same problems as the U9-S? I mean this is a mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers like the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate and Steelseries 6Gv2.
The only real criticism of the U9-S (aside from being feature bare, since it's entry level) are the lasered keycaps; and the U9GBL will use the same keycap process as the U9BL and U9BL-S, which is completely unrelated and is actually quite nice, though longterm durability is unknown.
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Okay so now I understand that the build quality of the entry level MX Brown keyboard offered by Xarmor is generally inferior to the Das S. However I was not aware that the entry level was constructed differently from the backlit version in ways other than, obviously, the lighting. Of course I'm willing to shell out a little more money for a sturdier keyboard. So would anyone, but Phaedrus especially, be able to compare the quality of the U9BL/U9BL-S, which, from what I know now, are identical and different from the entry-level U9S, to the Das S?
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