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View Full Discussion I've used mine daily at work for a week now, and I'm going cross post some impressions from a reddit thread.
Overall, I like it. I upgraded from a Ducky Legend because the DSX had everything I was looking for:
I think the build quality is "pretty good". The case and plate are very substantial, but my feet are not uniform and the PCB does not include offset LEDs for the locks (even though the included keys were obviously meant for them).
As long as you know that this isn't really a $200 keyboard, it's a $100 keyboard in a $100 case, I think you'll be happy with the DSX.
If there was a black or dark titanium version, and tactile grey switches were an option, I would happily buy another one for my home.
Here's a manual scan: http://www75.zippyshare.com/v/pcXCWvtz/file.html
YES it would be really FINE if Tactile Grey switches were offered here as well.
Who knows, maybe the next GB might have that ; )
I rather enjoy your explanation of this product, saying "As long as you know that this isn't really a $200 keyboard, it's a $100 keyboard in a $100 case, I think you'll be happy with the DSX." I think that is a pretty accurate description to be honest. Well put.
I'm legitimately curious as someone who also got this keyboard in the first drop who also purchased a mechanical keyboard for the first time what about the keyboard portion makes it worth $100.
I'm assuming it has to do with the PCB layout/design, lighting, etc. but I'm not really sure what on a keyboard has what value (this is my first mechanical so to my untrained eye/hands it looks/feels way better than any keyboard I've ever had). I guess I'm just asking for future reference. The tipping point for me on this one was primarily the case and the keyboard having the full layout with a numpad.
Also, how do you feel about the thick caps over the backlight on this board? Obviously it blocks light through the key, but how has it been working with the set you put on the board?
I'm not a fan of backlit keys, so the dim glow from under/around the keys is great for me. Cranked up, the light does begin to bleed through the red and yellow caps. I would honestly prefer it if only the locks had LEDs if it meant the keyboard would cost less. I'd prefer an option to buy it "barebones" without keycaps if it were cheaper too.
I use the $100 price as a "standard" reference. That is to say, there's nothing super impressive about the board itself. It's a standard Ducky PCB in a fancy case.
This is my 9th mechanical, and I'm very happy with it.
Interesting. Thanks for the perspective.
Yeah I'm getting some thick key caps to replace the stock ones as well so I'm interested to see how it will turn out (which I quite like but this set is the one I said I'd buy if it came out).
I owned several mechanical keyboards, to be honest the difference is not that noticeable.
I have flico, ducky and vortex keyboards, and if you are not looking for the perfect keyboards, they are going to serve you well, so long the key size are normal, the size (full size in your case)
One suggestion is to upgrade the keycaps though, it does make a big difference in typing experience.
Brand > Material > Switch type > No LED/single color LED/RGB > Layout.
KB community has some snobs... Like certain brands aren't up to snuff, or certain switches are crap, etc etc.
But TBH with you after buying a bunch and missing out on ALPS ATM, they're kind of all the same.... It ends up being a personal preference thing just like how your choice of switch becomes a personally one.
As far as keycaps goes, the community pretty much as spoken and everyone seems to favor PBT. But again not all plastic are equal.
can always get the board and send it out to be modded for the switches you want. I know people who can do that if you're interested.
Hi! Sorry to reply to such an old comment, but I just got a Ducky DSX on r/mechmarket and was wondering if you still have a scan of the manual. The zippyshare link is no longer valid.