First, I will also confirm that this model with the black keys has white backlighting, and is not blue and red as shown in the pictures. I actually prefer the white backlighting, so that helped influence my purchase. Now for some quick details:
- Small form factor. It's a small compact layout, but still has arrow keys and del, ins, PU, PD. I had a 61-key keyboard for a while, and realized after I didn't have one, that I use the delete key a lot more than I thought. Having to use the function key to initiate a delete command really slowed down my typing. With a separate delete key, this keyboard makes logging into my workstation (ctrl+alt+del) easier, and also doesn't slow me down when typing or working with PDF document mark-ups. Also, it's the perfect size for setting on top of, and replacing the keyboard on my 14" notebook!
- Good Construction. The lower part of the case is plastic, but the upper plate is metal (aluminum?) which gives it rigidity and weight. It's not super heavy, but the rubber pads are large enough that the keyboard won't slide around on the desk. The back of the keyboard has 3 dipswitches that change up a few keys, and lock the windows key. I flipped the middle switch, which swaps the location of the Windows key and Fn key, so I can easily hit F1 through F4 with one hand.
- GATERON Brown switches. I think this was the only keyboard I found in this price range with Gateron switches. I've had a few mechanical keyboards with various blue and brown switches from 3 different brands. Gateron browns are my favorite out of all I've tried so far. They feel a bit lighter than the "C"-brand browns, but have a bit more of a tactile bump at the start of the keystroke. They feel very smooth and are fast (like red switches), but have that nice little positive bump that you don't get in linear switches like reds & blacks. They don't make a click sound during the keystroke like blue switches, but they do make a lower pitched clacky noise when the key bottoms out the switch. So expect some noise when using this keyboard, but Not as much as with blue switches. Personally, I love it :)
- Keycaps. The keycaps are double-injection molded (probably ABS material). They have a light sandblast texture and feel pretty nice actually. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the font used for the letters and numbers. It's a modern typeface That makes some characters look kinda weird (especially the 8 and B). that's really the only thing I'm not crazy about on this keyboard, but it's not a dealbreaker for me.
Overall, considering the price, this is a fantastic keyboard!