Originally Posted by hal515
Hold on let me find the video, some chick on youtube was showing off her Xarmor.
I recently got myself the new version of this keyboard (
I was looking into getting a new keyboard, and was really loving the idea of a mechanical keyboard, but wasn't willing to give up the back lighting that I loved from my Sidewinder, so at first I thought that the BWU was the ONLY back-lit mechanical keyboard, so I remember seeing one at my local micro-center and picked one up. In short I was quite disappointed, I thought that by dishing out the extra cash for a mechanical keyboard I would be getting a very sturdy looking and feeling keyboard, but I was wrong. The keys themselves felt alright, satisfying to type on, however the overall build of the keyboard just felt cheap and weak. It wasn't until I read up on the durability of these things that I decided to just return it, because tbh, if I'm going to pay over $100 for a keyboard I have to LOVE it. So I kept looking after I returned the thing and found the U9BL-S, the shipping and processing from amazon was a little grueling, because I kept on reading on like this was such an awesome keyboard, and it wasn't shipped by amazon so I had to way about a week and a half for it to finally arrive. But when it finally did, ever since I opened the box I felt satisfied. First things first, the keyboard was quite heavy, and felt solid as a rock. Additionally, I have a relatively narrow keyboard slide out shelf on my desk so a lot of the "gaming" keyboards out there are extremely wide and restricted my mouse space. However, this one fir perfectly, there's exactly enough room on there for the keyboard and my mouse pad. So, after plugging it in I realized that the keyboard only works through PS/2 (the USB cable is only to power the back-lighting and run the USB hub on the keyboard), which i originally thought was kind of a bummer, but it really isn't a big deal as I see practically no ghosting or delay for when plugging in directly though PS/2 without the USB adapter, also this is also how the board supports NKRO.
In conclusion, it's a very sturdy board with VERY bright back-lighting (however, this is customizable with five levels of intensity (including off)), and cherry brown switches which don't make too much noise but are still very satisfying to type on. The entire board is also textured with a smooth matte finish. Not just the keys, but the flat parts and wrist rest too. The only things that this board doesn't have that the razer does is the macro keys, but I personally could never find a use for those things anyway.