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Mechanical Computer Keyboard - XArmor U9Plus Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard with Wired USB Port

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B004VU17E8
  • Item model number: XArmor-U9Plus
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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It feels like an expensive product.
Jared J.
It makes nice clicking sounds when I type, which I enjoy.
DC
These are happy keys and your fingers fly as you type.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Video Nerd on September 7, 2011
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I love computer peripherals but hate paying a ton of money for them. Since I edit video for a living, I've gotten accustomed to upgrading my computer more often than most and spending well over a hundred bucks (starting point) on anything from headphones, to mics, to camera accessories, to software. However, when it came to purchasing a new keyboard, I was daunted at the prices associated with mechanical keyboards.

After doing a ton of research, I found the following.

Razer's Black widow is overpriced and poorly constructed.

Das Keyboard is a dream to type on, but the USB ports are on the right side (right by your mouse hand), there are no multimedia controls, there are no mic / headphone inputs on it, and it costs around 140.

Thermaltake's Meka G1 is a really well built beast but uses Cherry Browns, had no real multimedia functions, and has no left hand windows key. This was a killer for me as I use the windows / command key all the time in my work. Again, over 100 dollars.

I read a few more reviews and came to the conclusion that the XArmor was in the sweet spot of features, build quality, and price. It feels phenomenal to type on and its often overlooked that the body of the keyboard is covered in a beautiful matte non slip / non stick rubberized material. This is in stark contrast to other, super shiny, fingerprint prone keyboards.

Also, it comes with four stylish bright orange keys (and a key remover) designed to replace the WASD constellation used in FPSes. It is a great choice that no competitors to my knowledge provide!

When I removed these keys, I noticed there seemed to be LED diodes beneath, but they are not wired... Maybe I could solder them power?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By neocpp on August 20, 2011
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Let me start by saying this is my first mechanical keyboard in forever (I had an IBM Model M a long time ago, and have since been through many other keyboards). It feels much better than the rubber dome keyboard that came with my last desktop, but it is substantially noisier. The switches, while heftier than the rubber dome, also have a lighter feel than the Model M. While overall I am happy with the purchase given the price, there do seem to be some strange design decisions. First off, you need 2 usb ports (or a USB+PS/2 port) in order to use the keyboard and usb hub. If you want to use the passthrough for headphones and the microphone, you have to plug in 4 cables. Although I understand that some people will want to use the ps/2 connector, if they made a USB-only version of this it could cut down on the number of cables. Secondly, if you take off the keycaps (there is a tool included for this), you'll notice that there are actually LEDs in the base of the keys. Although I haven't gotten them to work, I suspect with minimal effort you can turn this U9Plus into a U9BL (the backlit version of this keyboard), since the hardware seems to be there.

Pros:
Mechanical switches give better tactile response
Fairly cheap for a mechanical keyboard

Cons:
Noisy when in use
Lots of cables to plug in if you want to use all the features
Not immediately obvious on how to use function keys (its LSHIFT+F1 for mute, LSHIFT+F2 for vol-, etc)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jared J. on December 26, 2011
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Like many others, I've been on the Mechanical Keyboard fence for a while now. I've read about the cherry switches and how they give you a great "tactical feel". I've seen forum goers gushing over their sleek keyboard designs and their slightly faster than average response times. There was no question I wanted one. But the biggest question for me (and likely the same for you too if you're reading this review), is a keyboard really worth $100?

Short answer is, yes.

I was not disappointed when I typed out my first string. I was weary on whether or not I would actually feel a difference. There is absolutely a clear difference between a mechanical keyboard and a regular dome keyboard. The feeling you get is great and very satisfying. There is an obvious clacking noise, but for myself it just adds to the experience. This may be a problem if you share a office or room with someone. The jury is still out on whether or not it will make me a better typer, though I have already found myself missing less and less keys.

The keyboard itself is very nice in design and structure. It is very heavy (or at least the heaviest keyboard I've ever held). It has a nice soft texture and feels great when typing. The print on the keys are big and bold. It comes with an optional wrist pad made with the same material that feels wonderful. This keyboard feels far from cheap.

Some of the more popular mechanical keyboards are marketed toward gamers. They come with tons of macro keys and are generally designed to look cool and different, but in the end come out looking ugly. This board is the complete opposite. It is a classic keyboard through and through with zero additional keys. You will not look out of place using this board in your office.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sukul Kumar Baul, Jr. on October 13, 2011
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I bought this for my wife after she read an article on the benefits of mechanical keyboards. She is a environmental attorney, and spends A LOT of time at her computer sifting through documents and writing memos. I tried the XArmor U9Plus Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard with Wired USB Port out for myself, and it is REALLY nice! From my experience, it is like the transmission on a Harley Davidson Night Train. HD transmissions have a very agricultural feel to them. There is nothing fancy, nothing slick to them. Gear changes are felt and heard. With this keyboard, every keystroke is felt and heard as well. For tactile people, this is a very comfortable keyboard.
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