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Best Value in Mechanical Keyboards
on September 7, 2011
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? If anyone knows the answer to this question, please let me know!
Lastly, if it's not obvious from the screen shots, the keyboard comes with a nice wrist rest covered in the same material.
All and all well worth it and a wonderful companion to my Razer Death Adder!