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Dezimator X Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

Dezimator X Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

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With 109 key layout, N-key rollover, and 1,000 Hz report rate, EpicGear’s DeziMator X keyboard is built for PC gaming. In addition to 4 customizable gaming profiles accessible through dedicated GUI software, the DeziMator X offers five macro keys and fully programmable backlit keys for added ambiance Read More

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Sep 11, 2015
I agree with most of what Under_Score96 says, I'll add my own notes underneath here
Generally these switches seem about equivalent to Cherry MX quality and consistency out of the box.
Greys: A decent linear switch with a bit less sandiness than the Cherry linears but not as smooth as the Gateron yellows I have used. The 50g actuation gives the switches a decent debounce, apart from that not much else to say.
Purple: Decent clicky switches, slight inconsistency in tone of the click but no more so than the MX Blues I have in a board at the moment. A few of them feel like they're lighter than the others but I haven't rip-o-metered them to confirm it. Would be a decent budget clicky switch.
Oranges: Like clears, these have a satisfying bump and debounce, I would probably buy a batch of these to build into a keyboard at some point - and wonder what they would be like lubed and with heavier springs, ergoclear style.
I was planning to build these into little left-hand boards for gaming but I'm having difficulty with the cases at the moment, as the laser cutter I planned to use to chop out the stencils is refusing to work and doesn't seem likely that the issue will be resolved soon (ancient drivers not available anymore). Once I get these built into boards I'll put some info about how they are in regular use. I'd like to echo the other users by saying that I would be willing to both purchase these from EG for builds, if they were made available., and would consider buying a board if some of my hangups are addressed, namely the design was less "gamer-y" and made more subtle, disassembly was simple for repairs and a nice-to-have would be something that could work with a custom controller a-la the Ghost Squid and CM QFR XT
Since a selling point is the sturdy metal construction, something like a Noppoo Lolita style would be awesome.
Under_Score96
316
Aug 27, 2015
After a bit of playing around with these switches and comparing them to their Cherry cousins, here are my impressions:
Grey (linear): A nice, lightweight linear switch. These switches are extremely smooth and lack the 'graininess' that usually accompanies Cherry Reds and Blacks, which is a nice touch. I prefer these to their Cherry counterparts.
Orange (tactile): These have a very noticeable tactile bump with what feels to me like a slightly higher actuation point than Cherry Browns and Clears. It's like a cross between the two, in that the bump is about as pronounced as a Clear, while having a similar actuation force to a Brown. Unfortunately, I do think they feel a bit plasticky with a fair bit of graininess above the actuation point. They're definitely not as premium feeling as Clears. I would not personally recommend these switches over their Cherry counterparts.
Purple (click): These are my favourite of the bunch. My current daily driver is a Ducky Shine 4 with Cherry Green switches and these come close to beating them. The Purples are much smoother than Orange and this, coupled with an extremely pleasant clicking sound, make for a near-perfect typing experience. If EpicGear produced an alternative with an actuation force as high as a Cherry Green, they could very possibly be my favourite switches of all. I'd recommend these over Cherry Blues, but not Cherry Greens out of personal preference for a high actuation force. If you're looking for a lightweight, clicky switch with no noticeable graininess, you found it here.
In conclusion, if EG produced a keyboard with their Purple switches that didn't come in a package that looks like the brainchild of an axe murderer and a toddler, I'd take it into serious consideration. Also, I'd likely purchase a keyboard with a firmer version of the Purple switch.
P.S. Thank you to EpicGear for providing us with these sample kits. I think it's a great way to get your product out there. You've turned an overwhelmingly negative response into a positive learning experience for your potential consumer base.
Under_Score96
316
Aug 26, 2015
Received my switches today. Will update when I have impressions.
AzuReverie
31
Aug 18, 2015
omg Epic Gear please make a keyboard that isn't huge and "gaming branded" with those orange switches and I'll be infinitely happy
asneakyfatcat
120
Aug 17, 2015
Just recieved mine in the mail.
Overall I am really enjoying these so far. My only complaint is that the way the plastic in the LED slot sits it looks like it may be impossible to fit these switches with SIP sockets. Other than that, the orange switch migth be the best switch I have ever used. I am extremely suprised. If epic gear tones down thier designs and starts using these switches they might become a huge player in the world of mech keyboards. - - - First Impressions:
clicky-tactile(purple): Feels slightly better than a cherry MX blue, probably due to the higher activation point. They also seem to be slightly quieter compared to the blues in my keyboard though that could be because they are not mounted yet.
Linear(grey): Not much to say, it's just a smooth well constructed linear switch.
Tactile(orange): Amazing, this is the switch I have been looking for. Feels like a slightly stiffer mx-brown but with a much larger tactile bump. The only switch I have tried that feels similar is an mx-brown where I replaced the spring with a black spring, but even that did not have this much of a bump. EPIC GEAR THIS IS THE SWITCH I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR! PLEASE CONTACT ME SO I CAN GET 24 MORE SWITCHES TO BUILD A KEYBOARD OUT OF THEM!!!!!!!
I also plan on posting a full review of these switches to reddit in 1-2 weeks time, will post a link to it when it is complete
Pacwageo
354
Aug 17, 2015
Just received my review kit. My initial impressions....
The linear switches are pretty darn smooth! As much if not more so than stock linear Gaterons. When I opened up a switch I found a lubed slider. No wonder it was smooth!
The tactile switch felt a lot like lubed ergo-clears. In the few switches I've tried so far there was a small amount of ping coming from the spring when it would return to its resting position after actuation. Other than that, these seem to be nice as well.
The clicky switch was much firmer feeling than Cherry and the click sounded more sharp. Despite being lighter than Cherry the switch feels like it returns faster too. These switches appear to have a bit of ping to them as well.
I'll write up something more thorough, with pictures, soon.
hotsteamyshower
19
Jul 29, 2015
Still haven't gotten an email from massdrop...
mendacities
10
Jul 27, 2015
So... nobody bought this, it would appear...
jeff.oh
30
Jul 25, 2015
looks mlg 420 danK
EpicGear
20
EpicGear
Jul 25, 2015
Dear Community,
12 members were mentioned in earlier discussion will be contacted via email by Massdrop staffs.
sincerely, Team EpicGear
Pacwageo
354
Jul 27, 2015
Another keyboard enthusiast can just as easily use an imgur account, do a review and tear down with pictures, and post it on reddit. I actually plan to do one better and post my review on reddit, gh, and here. I have their cherry counterparts and dozens of other switches to compare these against.
asneakyfatcat
120
Jul 27, 2015
awesome, can't wait to do a review.
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I agree with most of what Under_Score96 says, I'll add my own notes underneath here Generally these switches seem about equivalent to Cherry MX quality and consistency out of the box. Greys: A decent linear switch with a bit less sandiness than the Cherry linears but not as smooth as the Gateron yellows I have used. The 50g actuation gives the switches a decent debounce, apart from that not much else to say. Purple: Decent clicky switches, slight inconsistency in tone of the click but no more so than the MX Blues I have in a board at the moment. A few of them feel like they're lighter than the others but I haven't rip-o-metered them to confirm it. Would be a decent budget clicky switch. Oranges: Like clears, these have a satisfying bump and debounce, I would probably buy a batch of these to build into a keyboard at some point - and wonder what they would be like lubed and with heavier springs, ergoclear style. I was planning to build these into little left-hand boards for gaming but I'm having difficulty with the cases at the moment, as the laser cutter I planned to use to chop out the stencils is refusing to work and doesn't seem likely that the issue will be resolved soon (ancient drivers not available anymore). Once I get these built into boards I'll put some info about how they are in regular use. I'd like to echo the other users by saying that I would be willing to both purchase these from EG for builds, if they were made available., and would consider buying a board if some of my hangups are addressed, namely the design was less "gamer-y" and made more subtle, disassembly was simple for repairs and a nice-to-have would be something that could work with a custom controller a-la the Ghost Squid and CM QFR XT Since a selling point is the sturdy metal construction, something like a Noppoo Lolita style would be awesome.
After a bit of playing around with these switches and comparing them to their Cherry cousins, here are my impressions: Grey (linear): A nice, lightweight linear switch. These switches are extremely smooth and lack the 'graininess' that usually accompanies Cherry Reds and Blacks, which is a nice touch. I prefer these to their Cherry counterparts. Orange (tactile): These have a very noticeable tactile bump with what feels to me like a slightly higher actuation point than Cherry Browns and Clears. It's like a cross between the two, in that the bump is about as pronounced as a Clear, while having a similar actuation force to a Brown. Unfortunately, I do think they feel a bit plasticky with a fair bit of graininess above the actuation point. They're definitely not as premium feeling as Clears. I would not personally recommend these switches over their Cherry counterparts. Purple (click): These are my favourite of the bunch. My current daily driver is a Ducky Shine 4 with Cherry Green switches and these come close to beating them. The Purples are much smoother than Orange and this, coupled with an extremely pleasant clicking sound, make for a near-perfect typing experience. If EpicGear produced an alternative with an actuation force as high as a Cherry Green, they could very possibly be my favourite switches of all. I'd recommend these over Cherry Blues, but not Cherry Greens out of personal preference for a high actuation force. If you're looking for a lightweight, clicky switch with no noticeable graininess, you found it here. In conclusion, if EG produced a keyboard with their Purple switches that didn't come in a package that looks like the brainchild of an axe murderer and a toddler, I'd take it into serious consideration. Also, I'd likely purchase a keyboard with a firmer version of the Purple switch. P.S. Thank you to EpicGear for providing us with these sample kits. I think it's a great way to get your product out there. You've turned an overwhelmingly negative response into a positive learning experience for your potential consumer base.