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Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/2 Port USB Hub and Headset/Mic Jacks- Cherry MX Black
Get the edge on your competition with this Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Monoprice!
Our primary form of interaction with our computers is through the keyboard, yet it is the one device that most of us take for granted. We blithely go on using whatever cheap, mushy feeling keyboards that came with our PCs. Yet, the difference between an ordinary membrane type keyboard and one with mechanical switches is astronomical.
Membrane style keyboards typically have a minimal travel distance. To register the keystroke the key must be completely depressed, yet instead of a positive feeling of bottoming out the key, it produces a mushy feeling with no tactile sensation of a full keypress. Because of the requirement to bottom out the key to get it to register and the lack of tactile feedback, a membrane keyboard can result in greater hand and finger fatigue and can even contribute to carpal tunnel issues.
On the other hand a mechanical keyboard uses physical switches for each key. The switches have longer travel, yet can register a keystroke without requiring full depression, depending on which type of switch is used. This allows gamers to "double-tap" more easily and allows for faster typing. This keyboard uses the industry leading Cherry MX Black switches. The switches are gold plated to prevent corrosion and have a life cycle of over 50 million keypresses, which is 5-10x more than that of a conventional membrane keyboard.
The Cherry MX Black switches are among the most popular for serious gamers. If you are the type of gamer or typist that tends to hit neighboring keys, the high actuation force of the Cherry MX Black switches (over that of the Cherry MX Red switches, for example), means that the stray keypresses are less likely to produce a character.
Another advantage of this mechanical keyboard is that it supports "N-key rollover". Each switch is individually monitored so that each keypress is registered properly, even though other keys are being actuated at the same time. Typical membrane keyboards and most mechanical keyboards with a USB interface only support 6-key rollover (maximum 6 keys registering at a time), but this model supports 64-key rollover, which allows for complex gaming combos as well as faster touch typing with fewer errors.
The keyboard features a soft-touch, rubberized surface for maximum comfort. An attachable wrist rest helps ensure that your hands are at the proper angle for efficient typing and reduces fatigue and stress related issues.
The keyboard includes a 2-port USB 2.0 hub along with convenient connections for headset/speakers and microphone. It connects to the computer through the USB interface and features a long 58" cable.
Note that the keys produce an audible click when they bottom out, so this keyboard is noisier than your typical membrane keyboard. However, many gamers and typists actually prefer the audible feedback and find it to help maintain faster typing speeds.
- Uses Cherry MX Black switches
- Gold plated switch contacts
- Switches rated for over 50 million keystrokes
- 2 mm keyswitch actuation distance, 4 mm full throw distance
- Requires 60 grams actuation force
- Blue LED lighting for the keylock indicators
- Includes 2-port USB 2.0 hub
- Convenient connections for headset and mic
- Cylindrical shaped keytops
- Soft-touch rubberized surface
- Includes attachable wrist rest
- Includes media key functions for controlling playback of multimedia content
- Includes 4 high-visibility orange keytops for replacing the WASD gaming keys
- User's Manual (Feb 10, 2012)
PROS: Mechanical Keyboard!
CONS: No Backlight!
As for other comments that the keys fade? I haven't seen that, and I have worn letters off my fair share of laptop keyboards and USB keyboards, but even if all the keys were blank, it wouldn't affect my usage.
Fantastic purchase, highly recommended.
PROS: This is the best keyboard I have ever used
PROS: Great keyboard, responsive keys, great for gaming.
CONS: Dead after 6 months!
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about the issues experienced with PID 9180. Unfortunately, it appears as though you may have received a defective keyboard. If you would like, I can help setup an RMA for a replacement. We offer a one year warranty for this product and obtaining a replacement would be of no additional cost. If you wanted to proceed with the RMA, please provide the order number and I can get that started right away. Apologies again for any inconvenience and hope this helps!
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on the keycaps started wearing much quicker than I expected. I don't know if they made any design changes since the initial release of this keyboard, but if they haven't they need to look at using better ink / bonding of the lettering so they don't wear so easily.
PROS: Good switches
USB Hub was useful
CONS: 2.5 years for a keyboard at this price level is an unacceptable lifespan.
Warranty is only 1 year
PROS: Good weight, well balanced keys
PROS: Excellent response, quality components.
CONS: Outer case feels a bit cheaper constructed, wrist pad a bit short.
Only thing I'd improve is to add a volume knob (not up/down buttons, a knob is far superior) with a dedicated mute button. I don't use the pause/play/ff/rew buttons.
PROS: - LOVE the tactile response and the improved typing speed.
- One backlight LED per key - no dim keys as in cheaper backlit keyboards.
- Nice long USB cable (and mic/spkr extensions that I don't use)
- Comes with tool for popping off keys, also comes with 4 "blank" orange keys
CONS: - No dedicated media buttons - have to hold Fn key and press one of the F keys to access media controls (volume up/down, mute, skip, pause, etc).
PROS: Keys aren't as heavy as I thought it'd be (especially was concerned from the other reviews)
Actually like the orange keys.
For the sale price I got it, was an awesome purchase
CONS: NONE so far!
High build quality
See it's features
Basic function keys for volume and skipping songs
CONS: It wasn't free, although I got it at 40% off on Monoprice's anniversary sale.
PROS: Fully Mechanical
Four Extra Colored Keys
Included Palm Rest
Feels Great to Use
CONS: A bit heavy