Pro Backlit Macro Gaming Keyboard - Magnetic Wrist Rest -Cherry MX Red- Orange Backlight
Combine the accuracy and feel of a mechanical keyboard with the convenience of LED backlighting and you have the Pro Backlit Macro Gaming Keyboard from Monoprice!
This 92-key USB keyboard features Cherry MX Red key switches, which have a 45g actuation force and are rated for over 50 million keypresses. Each key is backlit using red LEDs, which can be adjusted for brightness as well as behavior. The LEDs can be set to be always on or turning on and off with either a breathing or heartbeat pulse pattern. Additionally, the backlighting can be set to dim or turn off after a specified period of time
The software included with the keyboard allows you to program up to 5 sets of 27 macros each. Each macro can have up to 400 key sequences, including time delays inserted between keypresses. Each macro can be set to repeat its programmed actions once or anywhere up to 255 times in succession each time the assigned macro key is pressed. It includes 5 dedicated macro keys and 512KB of internal memory to store macro functions, so you can take the keyboard with you to use on other computers without having to install the software on the guest PCs. Macros can be recorded and executed on the fly without leaving your game or application software.
The included software features voice and light notifications for feedback during programming. Additionally, it has a customizable timer function with voice countdown, which can be used to remind you of timed actions within your games. The wheel on the upper left of the keyboard can be used to control audio volume as well as backlighting brightness.
The keyboard features an aluminum body with a wide, magnetically attached wrist rest for ergonomic comfort. It connects to your Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, or Windows 8 PC using a detachable USB to mini USB cable. The included cable is 70 inches long and features a fabric covered jacket and gold plated connectors. The cable can easily be replaced with a longer mini USB cable if the distance to your PC is greater than the included cable would allow. The keyboard also features a USB 2.0 port for connecting your mouse, flash drives, or other USB devices.
The keyboard measures about 5.2" x 15.0 x 1.3" (13.2 x 38.1 x 3.3 cm) and the wrist rest measures about 3.1" x 15.0" x 0.6" (7.9 x 38.1 x 1.5 cm).
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|Rating: (10 out of 10)||Reviewer: Davejr from Kansas City, MO|
1/21/2015 9:07:32 AM
|Great little keyboard|
|Pros: This is a great little keyboard! Sure it doesn't have a number pad, if you want that then buy the more expensive one that has it. The back-light is awesome! It is nice to be able to see the keys on the keyboard without having to worry how much light you have. Also the mechanical keys feel great. I am old school and to me there is no replacement for a good ole mechanical keyboard!|
Cons: The "extended layer" feature I have yet to figure out. Maybe a little bit better documentation and CD with the software would be nice, but to be honest, I contacted support and they directed me right to the download with no trouble at all
The info that i put in the Pros should be enough to qualify for a review. :)
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|Rating: (1 out of 10)||Reviewer: Chris from , |
12/18/2014 10:50:31 AM
|Suffers from Wonky Software|
|Pros: Keyboard is pleasant to the touch, heavy enough, pleasing to the eye. Typing is nice and it works well for games because of the Cherry Red switches. I also like the hub which my Mouse is plugged into and the volume scroll wheel which far too little computers or keyboards have nowadays.|
Cons: Did not include the driver disk even though the manual mentions there is one.
Downloaded drivers are confusing
Still don't know what the layer switch does
Announcer voice is terrifying
So this is a pretty nice piece of hardware that more or less fulfilled my needs and for a pretty good price. I got the keyboard during a sale, so it only cost $79 dollars. Pretty good price. When I plugged it into the computer, it worked straight away without any real issues aside from the fact that the backlight defaulted in the heartbeat or breathing mode or whatever. Wasn't sure what it was, but I was never a fan of this in any keyboard so I looked for a button to change the light settings... And there wasn't one.
Fair enough. It probably needed to be set through some driver software.
Here's where things took a downturn for the worst. I downloaded the drivers from the website because even though the manual mentions that there is a driver disk in the packaging, there simply isn't one. It MUST be downloaded from the website. Well, not too much of a problem I guess. So I went online and downloaded the software then installed it. Things seemed to be going fine and it installed correctly. I changed the backlight settings and things seemed to be looking good.
Then I tried changing a key setting. Specifically, I changed the left Layer Switch key to the Windows key. Seems like a simple enough change and I did that because my previous keyboard had a function key (which I like having since that provides shortcuts, but this keyboard doesn't have one) where the Windows key in on this keyboard, to the right while the Windows key was to the left. Upon changing them around and applying the settings, I suddenly found that now ALL keys on the keyboard became disabled or lost their bindings or something. Not sure, but basically it stopped working. This was rather alarming. Fortunately, this can be solved by changing profiles to another default or if you want to do things the hard way, uninstall and reinstall the drivers. Still, even if the quality of the keyboard is great, this means little when installing the drivers actually makes the functionality WORSE than before. Not only that, but these problems seem to have been affecting other users for quite awhile now judging for the reviews and it's pretty clear that nothing has been done to address these issues aside from an automated RMA message which also fails to solve anything because the real issue doesn't lie within the hardware.
The driver disk isn't included even though the manual mentions it is, the drivers themselves are confusing to use, instructions do not adequately explain how to work the keyboard and I still don't know what the layer switch key does aside from mess with my backlight settings. Someone needs to make a better manual in text larger than 4 point font and get a developer on making this software actually usable and simpler to use. A simple switch of keybindings should NOT completely disable my keyboard. A shame. The keyboard itself gets a high rating, but the software issues and the fact that it seems nothing has been done to address the issues that have already been pointed out makes my rating a one.
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|Rating: (6 out of 10)||Reviewer: Anonymous from Santa Clara, CA|
11/20/2014 3:11:56 PM
|I really wanted to like this keyboard, but....|
|Pros: Good key sensitivity
Feels good to type on
No keypad means a narrower keyboard - nice if you need the space
Cons: No adjustable height in back - causes lower keys to be hit inadvertently
After a couple of months, the finish is definitely wearing off the space key
No keypad - annoying if you need one
I originally purchased one of the larger, more expensive keyboards (monoprice 9181) which I really loved using. Sadly these keyboards seem to die shortly after the warranty expires, so I decided to take a shot on this lower priced model, hoping to get the the same feel as the other, hopefully with a longer life span.
I was disappointed. The keyboard has no height adjustments in the back. This caused me to inadvertently hit keys on the bottom while typing. I solved this by (easily) prying off three keycaps on the bottom. I don't really use the windows key anyway.
Now I've started to get a large wear spot on the space key (where my left thumb hits it). This is means the black paint is worn off, exposing the translucent white plastic underneath. This hasn't affected performance yet. It just looks bad (and is getting larger).
I really expect better when I pay this much for a keyboard. When these keyboards work, they are just great. But they don't seem built for the long term.
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|Rating: (3 out of 10)||Reviewer: James from , |
10/14/2014 2:11:21 PM
|Too buggy, not worth it.|
|Pros: Decent build quality, good form factor.|
Cons: Leds kind of shine through under the keycaps It looks cool from the top, but with it in front of you you see the leds.
Too buggy to be used as a keyboard.
I do not see the point of the 'layer switch functionality'. It really doesn't add anything to this keyboard. I'd ignore it completely, but instead it serves as added complexity that gets your keyboard into an unusable state.
Right now, if I hit the layer switch key then only the F keys, Macro keys, and 1-0 keys light up. While it's in this mode, typing the number 4 inserts " fw2.16
" and typing the number 6 inserts "78uiiiiiiiiiii ".
Sometimes it even gets into this mode without me touching the layer switch key. I don't get it, but it has already sent out IMs for me while I was typing them, and just in general seems unusable.
I RMA'd the first one I got, but this replacement is doing the same thing already, I may try for another but at this point I think it's just poorly designed and that any replacement will behave the same.
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|Rating: (9 out of 10)||Reviewer: Anonymous from St Paul, MN|
9/8/2014 12:13:25 PM
|Great Mechanical Keyboard Bad USB cable|
|Pros: Solid keyboard build and design.
Floating keys facilitates cleaning.
Progammable macro keys
Small Form Factor with no wasted space
Cons: Did not come with driver software, or information of where to get the software
USB cable is poor quality and failed on me after 2 months
Key caps are of lesser quality
Software is VERY slow to load
I have three other mechanical keyboards the Razer Black Widow ultimate (cherry blue), Corsair K90 (cherry red) Logitech G710 (cherry Brown). I prefer the cherry red switches the most. I was looking for a good mechanical keyboard to fit into my racing simulator set up. I didn't have much space and the Razer Blackwidow keyboard that i was using was just too big bulky and heavy for me. I also preferred the cherry red switch over the more tactile cherry blue. Switches are obviously a personal preference, but I definitely feel a difference when gaming.
I had a few requirements for a keyboard. This keyboard was the ONLY keyboard that met all four of my big requirements
1) Had to be compact.
2) Had to have backlit keys.
3) Had to have Mechanical switches (cherry Red or Brown)
4) Wanted to have "floating keys" layout
I LOVE the floating keys approach on the Corsair series keyboards because it makes cleaning so simple like on my K90. I also wanted keys that were backlit because that makes typing in the dark much easier. I needed it to be a compact design. I would have been fine with or without arrow keys and macros.
So the downsides to this keyboard that I have after using for a few months. The USB cable provided did not have the adequate bend fatigue protection at the mini USB plug so it failed after two months. Now I move my keyboard around quite a bit so if you plan to have the keyboard in a more static use case, then this shouldn't be an issue. regardless, the USB cable is less than stellar. The keyboard does not come with the driver on cd or a place to dl the software. This was remedied with a search online, but this is inexcuseable for a $100 keyboard. The key caps are of OK quality and they come off pretty easily. Speaking of the software, it is very clunky and runs very very slowly. I also wish that there was an option for me to leave the backlight left permanently on. The backlight turns off after a set amount of time.
I really really like this keyboard. I wish that the USB plug was recessed inside so that the plug is not exposed. This is the only major critical design flaw. Having the plug flush on the outside exposes the plug and socket to damage that a recessed design would not suffer from. This would have also remedied the issue with the lack of flex support on the plug. I'm using a cheap cable i found from some other device and it's working fine for now, but it's an eventuality that it will also fail. Typing on this keyboard has been wonderful and keeping it clean has been very simple. I would wholeheartedly recommend this keyboard to anyone and I think the floating key design should become the norm.
If you want a compact mechanical keyboard with backlit keys that's easy to maintain, then there really is no other choice out there at the moment.
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