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I currently have an XArmor U9BL and after a few months of use have decided that Blues aren't for me. I also got a Cherry POS board for work that uses Browns and I love them, so I want to replace my U9BL at home with a keyboard with Browns.

I've narrowed it down to the XArmor U9BL-S and the Zowie Celeritas.
I don't want a Das (glossy = ew), the Filcos are impossible to find and expensive, the Overclock.net Ducky is out of stock, the Leopolds are tenkeyless and I don't want that, and the price of Decks is a joke, so I can't think of any other options.

Because of a rather crappy experience with XArmor's customer service, I'm nervous about continuing to encourage them, which leaves me with only the Zowie.

Does anybody want to weigh in on anything? I'm open to other options, I just can't think of any

Edit: I'm also considering the Das again even though I don't like the glossiness. Mainly I'm concerned about the quality of customer support -- I think Das has a pretty good reputation there, while I can't really find anything about Zowie either way (but I can't find any contact info for them on their website other than a street address, which I don't like). Would a Das be worth the extra $15 despite my dislike of glossy surfaces?
Also, just looking at pictures, seems to me like the Zowie is more compact than the Das, and I like compactness. Am I mistaken?
Edited by Shub - 5/4/11 at 7:29pm
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I've narrowed it down to the XArmor U9BL-S and the Zowie Celeritas.
I don't want a Das (glossy = ew), the Filcos are impossible to find and expensive, the Overclock.net Ducky is out of stock, the Leopolds are tenkeyless and I don't want that, and the price of Decks is a joke, so I can't think of any other options.

Because of a rather crappy experience with XArmor's customer service, I'm nervous about continuing to encourage them, which leaves me with only the Zowie.
I'm really.. really leaning to recommending the Zowie just because you are not the first to have the to experience XArmor's joke of a CS department.

Actually, upon a bit of searching here and on other forums.. no real issues with Zowie CS, and actually seem to have excellent support with their mice RMA's [which should translate to their keyboard department as well]

Love how Razer and XArmor use the same OEM iirc, yet Razer's CS is tenfold better [in my experience, Oliver always has me covered ^^]

Take the Zowie and run from XArmor's CS
    
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how do you know they are from the same OEM, as far as i'm concerned its all rumors nothing concrete, no spokesman what so ever
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the zowie celeritas is simple, high quality and i can recommend it if you like the cherry browns and dont need backlight or macro keys
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Indeed I don't need backlit keys or macro keys. I never use the backlight on my current U9BL, when I got it it was just the only keyboard that had all the features I required. If I get the Zowie I'll miss the wrist rest which the XArmor comes with, but I don't absolutely need it.
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how do you know they are from the same OEM, as far as i'm concerned its all rumors nothing concrete, no spokesman what so ever
It's pretty obvious. http://www.ione.com.tw/2009/Product/6A_SC-M10%20BL.asp
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Love how Razer and XArmor use the same OEM iirc, yet Razer's CS is tenfold better [in my experience, Oliver always has me covered ^^]
Doesn't look like a Razer to me.


iOne is not a brand to be proud of. That's why they renamed it Xarmor. Then shut down the website.
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Doesn't look like a Razer to me.


iOne is not a brand to be proud of. That's why they renamed it Xarmor. Then shut down the website.
My $5 iOne mouse works good, they should stick to cheap products.
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Not sure about das cs, i've heard it is excellent. But, I absolutely love my das keyboard, I couldn't imagine my computing experience without it at this point. The only time I will part with this thing is when it croaks, and that will be a long time from now.
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