This is my story ....I was looking for something to replace my aging 2001 w/white alps when I came across the Xarmor. Since I am somewhat of an impulse buyer , I pulled the trigger from Amazon grudgingly after some indicision..........while waiting for delivery I discovered this forum and immediately wanted to cancel my order after reading some of the posts regarding this keyboard. I couldn't cancel my order so I waited to take delivery with a return shipping label already printed and waiting in hand. When I actually received the Xarmor, curiosity took the best part of me and I opened the package and plugged the keyboard in .......after a few days I decided to keep it. This is why......it had all the features that I needed. This was hard to accept b/c I really liked all the other keyboards that I saw mentioned on this forum......however none of them came close to putting all the features that I was looking for together in a single package. Deck ...I love the Alibaba letters on the keycaps and the lighting, Filco tenkeyless ....is just awesome, Das ...is probably built really well....but guess what ....NO USB.....OMG USB on a keyboard is HUGE and 2 USBs is even HUGER. Wireless mouse in one port and flash drive in the other.....no brainer, it's such a relief not to have to plug into a slippery external hub or my computer case...that alone sold me on the necessity of this keyboard....but wait ....headphone jacks .....on a keyboard ....useful or superfluous.....USEFUL!! OMG headphone jacks on a keyboard totally set me FREE........seriously, I can't even begin to describe how awesome it is not have to deal with plugging in and out of my speakers everytime I wanted to put my headphones on ....and to top it all off blue cherrys and lighting ...........WINNING!!
I am so glad I didn't listen to the Trolls on this forum and stuck with this keyboard..........BUT WAIT, do they make valid points regarding the build quality and such? Not in my opinion....OMG the keycap is made of inferior ABC plastic and here is a pic to document it.......yeah, okay get a life. But what about the rear stabilizer on the SHIFT deflector modulation key.......uh what about it, it's fine. Okay, but the LEDs...the LEDs .....will my LEDs go out.....absolutely not, as with all electronic equipment there is a lifetime guarantee that nothing bad will ever never ever happen to your keyboard in the whole wide worldest. Anyway, I've had this keyboard for about 4 months and I love it. Everything worx as it should. Maybe in the 5th month of it's life it will explode ....I don't know, but if it does I will buy another .....cause I can....HA!
If you want a feature rich keyboard that is designed for the practical person and won't break the bank or suck up your time trying to track it down from some shady Japanese website in China, than you can't go wrong with this keyboard. It's simple yet elegant ......for instance, a little subtle nuance.....while I am alone in the dark with my LEVEL 8 lit XARMOR kicking @ss in LEGO Pirates, I noticed that my WASD keys stand out ....yeah those orange WASD keys they include have a 3D effect against the blue background....it's like totally trippy.....and made me ponder weird things like if linguists could find jobs .....or if bucklingsprings do trully buckle instead of give.
Now ...that I said all that .....I do see room for improvements and my demands are as follows .....tenkeyless... pronto......different colors... cause I am of that persuasion........get rid of the lame cheese grating platform....or at least make it functional......no really those 3 displays for num,cap and scroll lock have to go ...what were you guys thinking...who dropped the ball on that one? That is such a waste of real estate....I am proposing a change of design (see pic), I would so love to see something like that ......placing the USBs and Jacks on the back is lame. Get a clue people ....why do you guys think cases are coming out with power buttons and USBs on top of the case ....DUH! Think about it and make it happen! Bottom line....good job on this design ...it's not revoutionary, but it is somewhat visionary. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/200/myxarmor2.jpg/
When is the FILCHCO NINJA TENKEYLESS coming out ....I so want it