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Good Keyboard, Not for Everyone
on September 18, 2015
The headline says it all. I really like this keyboard, but it is absolutely not for everybody. I think one of the many reasons I like it might turn others off. So, please bear that in mind when I list my pros and cons. Also, I am reviewing the *Chroma* version.
- I uses this primarily for gaming. I don't do a lot of typing on it. If I am working from home or will be doing a lot of typing, I have a wireless ergonomic keyboard that I hook up. The membrane keys are really quiet, but as you can see below in the cons, do take some getting used to.
- Chroma - I have a Chroma Deathadder and I love I can match up the spectrum. This is obviously not reason along to buy it, but from a completely superficial standpoint, I like it.
- Spaced Keys - Again, I'm weird. I prefer keys that are spaced wider apart. I don't necessarily have big hands, but using mechanical keyboards where the keys are spaced really close together were difficult for me. I think for a lot of people this could be a con, so keep that in mind. The keys are spaced like that on a Mac keyboard. For my tastes though, it's perfect for gaming.
- Great Lighting - You can set the tone to any level you want, but I find the lighting to be even and very good.
- Works Well With Software - Either you like the Razer software or you don't, but the software for me was easy to use and I like that I can set profiles across different games.
- Secondary Key Options Are Also Lit - Unlike other Razer keyboards (and some other brands), all the options on the keyboard have back lighting. For example, secondary functions like the * sign above the eight or the media FN options are lit. This was a big plus for me.
- Keys Can Be Tough To Press - Membrane keys take getting used to, especially if you're coming from a mechanical keyboard. Keys seem harder to press even more so than other membrane boards, but I got used to it in about a day. If you're doing a *ton* of typing, you might want to consider something else.
- Extremely Bright Caps Lock Indicator - The indicators for Caps Lock, Num Lock, etc., are ridiculously bright with no way to adjust (they're a bright wight). Not a huge con, but I do sometimes find it distracting. I feel like I should be using it as a fog lamp to guide lost ships in from sea.
- Wrist Rest Is Not That Soft - I was hoping for a little softer wrist rest. It's not a brick and I haven't really noticed any discomfort, but for some it might be a little too hard. I wish they made it more "spongy"
- Pricing - For the Chroma, I think it should be about $10 or $20 less.
- No Dedicated Media Keys - Thanks to the excellent lighting it's easy to see which keys to press for media needs, but I think having no dedicated media keys on a keyboard like this is a drawback.
Again, for my tastes and needs, I really like this keyboard. It is by no means perfect and most certainly not for everyone.