Hi guys, picked up my order, thanks to a speedy dispatch from WASDkeyboards...and then pigeon mail over here --went and picked it up myself "early"?!?!!? ..and a nice hefty $80 customs lol aanyway!
/uk mail rant
I mentioned previously I never owned a mechanical keyboard but just wanted to share my experience for anyone interested
Keyboard is so-solid
really sturdy and the multiple grips make it unlikely to move on a (clean) desk. The pivots at the back of the keyboard (to prop it up) aren't as necessary with this keyboard due to it's nice slant, although they do slightly reduce stability ofcourse but very little and they are designed in a nice notch wheel system so wont collapse randomly anytime soon.
The sound made by bottoming out which i am ofcourse still doing - is really nice and soft - no problem! If you don't bottom out the sound is even softer of course. This is with the cherry brown switches with o-rings.
(layout) First 5 minutes or so i was making a couple more mistakes while typing due to (different + longer then my previous very strange kb) and because it is more sensitive to register a key. Sometimes i'd throw my fingers around while typing (getting in position) on the previous keyboard and it doesn't register because you still need to push down - mechanical is more sensitive so you learn to position fingers more accurately and slightly hover higher more with the palm.
I haven't missed the (smaller than british) enter key yet (just now as i typed this sentence actually
) but still just been using it for an hour or so. The spacebar feels nicest to hit right in the centre, with my large hands the thumb hits more centre-right but easily adapted.
I sort of wanted two keyboards, one for gaming and one just designed in classic colours, but short on desks and multiple computers at the moment so i will begin with the gaming key colours ...and with gaming it is function over style for me but i like it! anyway here is a (bad iphone) pic:
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Character visibility in low light is pretty poor on all keys except black, medium light brings out the laser markings on the other colours although the brightest white key needs high light.
The key shape is nice, slight dip in the middle and slightly raised on the outer edges to help your fingers not slip off - not that they are slippery. they have a nice feel to them. You can feel some of the larger character etchings on the keys - which doesn't really make muchhh of a difference..nice to feel on some keys, others not. The one good thing is that if the colouring isn't enough, the Caps Lock button can definately be felt as different to the tab and shift since you can feel the longer text markings!
It is still pretty light out here but the 3 lights over the numpad have no problem imprinting their classy blue bright light in your retina so you know the second the caps lock is on..ping! 2nd light
i might tone it down nastly later
WASD logo looks a lot better than i thought it would after reading people saying the very thing im typing now! and seeing it in images. Its like a discreet shade of grey and even the arrowkey logo looks good
Very pleased overall with my purchase and i know importing it to uk isnt the smartest thing atm but damn i love that i have it. sort of like my arcade stick (hrap3)...but anyway! diffinately recommend WASDkeyboards prompt shipping, precise to the letter
and quick response to an email i sent after they dispatched. Satisfied customer with top notch product.
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PS nice touch on the usb and cable
& the strange key came out really well btw, i know it doesnt seem like it in the pic(s)