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Select Series - Full Size Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard
Continuing to bring value in professional grade products, Monoprice has refreshed its line of mechanical keyboards. This new series provides performance profiles for both mechanical RED and BLUE switches.
It has full NKRO, so you will never miss a beat when ducking behind cover or providing covering fire. There is no need to break the bank to experience the pleasure of mechanical key switches; enjoy professional grade performance at half the price of other keyboards!
Monoprice gaming keyboards are designed for competitive play, crafted with high quality components and materials, and offer the great feel and responsiveness you need when victory is essential. They deliver incredible responsiveness and precision to elevate your game to the next level.
Our expertly designed anti-ghosting technology provides flawless control even when you're pressing multiple keys at once. Monoprice mechanical keyboards have individual switches with dedicated diodes, so every key press results in an input and is 100% ghost free without tradeoff or compromise.
The stiff suspension chassis and the laser-etched keys are made for durability so they won't degrade over time.
- Professional Performance: Mechanical keys switches built to last. Red and blue switches catering to either light or heavy touch preference during use.
- Ghost busters, never miss a key stroke! 0 Input latency and no ghosting on keystrokes.
- Super fast typist? Large hands? No problem! You have the ability to depress up to 10 keys at once and register each keystroke.
- Full size keyboard.
- Premium cable breakout: Fully braided cable.
PROS: Good entry into mechanical keyboard
CONS: Enter key is something I need to get used to
PROS: Gateron Switches
The clicks and the clacks feel so satisfying
No flex or creak from the board when stressing it
CONS: No Manual
Enter Key takes some getting used (Not a real con but I certainly prefer ANSI over ISO keyboard layouts)
The font certainly takes some getting used (I rarely look at the keyboard anyways)
Gaming keyboard advertised but it does not use a braided cable.
Mac users will be happy to know that the printed media functions work but if you want to have spaces, expose, dashboard you'll need to set those up either in system preferences or with a keyboard remapper like Karabiner. If you want the official mac layout function keys, you can do this with Karabiner and a set of Mac function key caps from WASD. But see below about F8 if you chose to go that route.
One small annoyance: Function + F8 turns on a "Game Mode" on the keyboard, but does not send any message to the operating system. So, if you like mapping function keys to default to system commands like dashboard, expose, etc... and act as function keys when the Fn button is pressed, you'll only be able to do one or the other for F8.
All-in-all, a very good keyboard at a really great price.
PROS: Great feel
CONS: Strange backslash and pipe key location for an otherwise ANSI keyboard
Not all function keys (F8 in particular) can be mapped to have two roles when the FN key is pressed
PROS: Good solid crisp keystroke returns, sounds and tactile just right. Seems solidly built, very pleased, especially when compared to my $120 das Keyboards (which I know has lots of fans but feels cheap and flimsy to me).
CONS: I really don't like what I refer to as the "Klingon" font, the idiot who designed it should be sacked (but after a week I got used to it). The keyboard is physically great, but the font is the weirdest I've ever seen on a keyboard.
I'm using it on Ubuntu Linux and it was plug `n play - even the upper function keys to control speaker volume and media players work. I'm still getting used to the unusual shape of the Return key, but I think this too shall pass.
But overall, very satisfied with the purchase.
PROS: Great Value
Satisfying feel and sound when typing
I think I can type faster with this keyboard
CONS: Enter key not my preferred shape/location
This keyboard has blue switches that are nice and "clicky" but does not have a braided cable as described in the product page.
PROS: Seems solid enough to weather any punishment. Great price and no backlighting (didn't want any). Great for office use.
CONS: Weird font and keycap design. Has an indicator light for gaming mode but without instructions in the box I can't tell if there's a way to enable it.
Despite its generic Cherry MX Blue knockoff switches (Outemu brand), the keyboard seems relatively sturdy, and the keystrokes feel consistent. There isn't a metal backplate, but for the price I didn't expect one anyways. The layout is standard except for the enter key, which is in the European ISO layout rather than the ANSI layout more common in the USA. This can take some getting used to, although I haven't had too much trouble since I like the slightly larger target for my pinky.
The cable is long enough to thread behind my desktop, so that's not a problem. It's not braided, but, again, for the price do you really expect it to be? I have yet to see if the connections will last without fraying. I don't plan on moving the keyboard much, so I'm hoping it'll last a while.
Now, the bit of the keyboard that was a bit iffy was the keycaps. On most keys, all four corners have small raised bumps which are nice to help you feel the key, but can lead to a little bit of sensory overload if, say, you're trying to find the home row key bumps on the F and J keys. Monoprice includes a key puller, but you'll find that the included keycaps are a little flimsy-feeling and made of thin plastic. This never presented as a problem unless I tried to pull them off, and I can't feel the flimsiness during regular usage.
Unfortunately, if you or the people around you are annoyed by the loudness of MX Blues, you won't be able to fix that with this keyboard unless you spend a little more extra money than you might think. Because of the thin stems on these keycaps, O-ring modifications won't have an effect as the key will still bottom out and make the "clacking" sound. If you want to make that mod, you'll need to buy an entirely new set of keycaps.
All in all, this keyboard was a wonderful purchase and a good way to see if I wanted to use mechanical keyboards for work and daily use. There are a few issues, but for the price I didn't expect a perfect keyboard. Don't expect the level of quality/design from a Corsair, Rosewill, or Razer with real Cherry switches. Instead, buy this keyboard with the mindset that, despite a few small issues, it's a cheap, decently durable and reliable keyboard. And hey, the money you save can go towards a nicer one in the future!
Sturdy for the cost
Great entry into mechanical keyboards
No issues with QC, or major design flaws
CONS: Lower cost means lower quality in several aspects, mainly build materials
Keycaps included are a little flimsy and do not support O-ring modification
PROS: High quality with great touch for general use at a price that makes it a best buy. I have a very nicely equipped Hp Elite minitower and this keyboard just blows their away.
CONS: Gamers, look elsewhere and expect to spend more, sometimes lots more.