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I've got a spare $100, and decided to buy a good keyboard. Currently looking at the Razer BW, but I want to know the cons.

List cons or just things you don't like please, or you can recommend me a better keyboard from here, around the same price.
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I bought a Blackwidow Ultimate from a local store. Some of the keys were inconsistent in that they did not have as solid of a tactile click as other keys. Returned that one and ordered one from Newegg as the store did not have any others in stock. The one I got from Newegg felt horrible - nearly all the keys lacked a solid click and felt mushy. Unlucky with two lemons, or poor Razer build quality? Hard to say.
post #3 of 38
This place in Australia sells Filcos.

Expensive though, unless the Australian Dollar is worth a lot less than I think it is.

EDIT: Checked the currency converter. $130 US for a Filco plus shipping is a damn good price.

The Razer Black Widow has quality issues, the Filco is a better built product, available with the same switch types.
Edited by ch_123 - 2/20/11 at 5:11am
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This place in Australia sells Filcos.

Expensive though, unless the Australian Dollar is worth a lot less than I think it is.

EDIT: Checked the currency converter. $130 US for a Filco plus shipping is a damn good price.

The Razer Black Widow has quality issues, the Filco is a better built product, available with the same switch types.
What kind of quality issue's? I've been debating on buy a Bwidow and have looked around and havent heard of anything to much.
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There's been a few threads on this recently if you look back on the Keyboard forum... Switches going funny en masse, controllers dying, stuff like that.

The company that makes the Blackwidow for Razer, iOne, has been known for QA issues with other keyboards they make.
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Cons? Quite noisy due to the Cherry blue switches, if your used to a quiet board I'd avoid it.

Only has 5 macro keys, but I don't really use them so dunno if more is really required.

Has media controls but the downside is they're activated with an FN key and used on the F keys.

So you hold FN and press F1 to mute, for example. Effective but not as simple as a dedicated button.

Hope that helps with your decision, I love mine. I can see why people go mechanical, but I wouldn't be sad to use a regular keyboard again.
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I have one. Types nice, but looks really tacky.
post #8 of 38
You could step up to a g19. The LCD helps and like 14 macros help for mmo games.
    
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My keyboard has a screen on it



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post #10 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by theodorou View Post
You could step up to a g19. The LCD helps and like 14 macros help for mmo games.
Someone had to mindlessly mention a logitech POS didn't they.
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