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Aug 15, 2014
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Edit: Originally, I recommended this keyboard, but unfortunately, I can't at this point. I've had steady problems with the wired connection, to the point where now it will only work while wireless. I don't know if this is a software issue, a faulty connector, the cable, or something else. I'm hoping to get it working reliably.
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I've just got mine, so a few comments/observations, but please keep in mind that this is only my second mech. keyboard, so I am not by any means an expert.
I ordered the backlit model with MX Blues. To comment on some of the things mentioned already in this thread, I didn't have any trouble with the feet being uneven. With or without the underside stands kicked up, I don't have any wobble at all--it sits sturdy and flat on my table. The keys do rock a bit, some more than others, but I don't think I'd even have noticed if I weren't looking for it, and the problem definitely varies from key-to-key, with the most obvious ones as of the moment being the <Tab> and <Cap> keys. It's definitely not as noticeable as in the prior video, and I don't feel any disturbance in my input as a result. The longer keys, such as the <Shift> and <Backspace> are very sturdy; it seems like those medium-size keys are the ones with the most noticeable issues.
I'm not sure where the idea that you can't turn off the backlight while the keyboard is plugged in came from. Perhaps it was true on an older model, but not here. The light does reset back to its brightest setting if you plug and unplug it, but there are four settings for the backlight when plugged in, including the off position. Of course as it has been confirmed already, there is no way to operate the backlight while wireless. The LEDs are a bit uneven, but no more so than other backlit keyboards I've owned (Corsair Vengeance K70 and Logitech K800).
The cord is a bit unreliable, as it has a connection about 8 inches from the base that doesn't always stay firmly attached. Of course, I so far haven't had an issue while the board is stationary, but when I lift it up to look at the underside or reposition, it can come loose. At least, I think that is what's happening--I did have to restart my PC once to get the input to register, and I think it was due to the cord disconnecting and then not reconnecting for some reason. I am hoping that it's a software fluke as this occurred shortly after plug-in, possibly related to my accidentally plugging in the wireless dongle next to my USB 3.0, (my K800 had trouble functioning in the vicinity of the 3.0s, I'm told it's not uncommon) but if I have further problems, I'll update here. I'm hoping the wireless is reliable; I notice a slight bit of latency with the input, so I'll probably wire up when gaming, but this is expected.
Keys register nicely; no problems so far. This is my first unit with MX Blues and I really like the tactile feeling. (Reds are great too, but I thought I'd try this for my inevitable increase in typing). The unit also came with the keycap puller, as promised, as well as the silicone cover, which fits snugly and is a big plus for me, as I don't know where else I could get one that matches this layout. Keycaps feel good though, so I will most likely only use the cover as a protector when not engaged in typing. I was expecting good things from the layout, and it really is nice (good having all the functionality in a small space without sacrificing most key sizes). The only thing I don't like about it so far is the position of the <Home> and <End> keys--I wish they were switched with <PgUp> and <PgDn>, but this is a small caveat.
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It will be a great product if I can get it working properly while plugged in.
Aug 15, 2014
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