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Select Series - Full Size Red 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.
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The construction of the keyboard is rather good despite the use of basic plastics for the body, this keyboard is extremely difficult to bend under any sort of intentional force, with a nice heft to it that gives it a much more premium feel than its appearance might indicate. The rubber feet are adequate for holding it in place, but the prop feet in back have no rubber feet, so if you type with those in use, be aware that your keyboard may shift a bit. They key caps have nice tactile bumps on their corners, making it easier to feel when your finger is deviating from one key to the next. This is a welcome and VERY understated feature that blends in to what is ultimately a very clean-looking design. Ergonomics are standard fare for a keyboard, with no undue stress points noted during use. The cable, while not braided, has ample length to it and is very easy to maneuver for cable management I'd like to have seen routing to have the cable come out in different spots for different layouts, but it's not a deal-breaker since the cable comes out of the center rear and is very easy to manage otherwise. The "lock" lights are a gentle shade of teal, and are extremely relaxing to look at without distracting you.
My version came with the Gateron Red switches, a brand that I was not at first familiar with but that everyone should pay attention to. These are identical to Cherry MX's on paper, yet after using Cherry and Gateron switches one after the other, I can confidently state that the Gateron switches felt better in general, with actuation being even and consistent across all keys with travel distance that's not overly long. The only key that gave me issues (and still does), is the Space Bar the rebound springs at either end of the Space Bar are too heavy, requiring far more force to hit the Space Bar than to hit any other key on the keyboard, which still leads to missed spaces between words when typing. Gaming, on the other hand, is a joy since the weighted Space Bar makes sure you really want to hit it for a jump or whatever action you use it for.
The only real oddity about the keyboard is the "half ISO" layout, which sees an ISO-shaped enter key, but with an ANSI left-hand size of keys. When typing in-game or just for general use, this oddity gives the keyboard more of a learning curve than I feel is necessary, though again it's not a deal breaker. Just expect that you will need to get used to an ISO-style Enter key.
At its full price, it fits right in with other entry-level mechanical keyboards and is definitely one to consider. At its present sale price of 50 USD, however, this is the ONLY Red-switch keyboard I can recommend for anyone who really wants to get into mechanical keyboards without spending ALL of their money to do so. It may not have the fancy features of the more spend-y keyboards out there, but when it comes to that quintessential Red switch typing or gaming experience, this one should definitely go on your short list of considerations.
PROS: Great price, excellent build quality, Gateron Red switch feels better than Cherry MX on competing keyboard, nice key caps
CONS: Strange half-ISO layout may be awkward to get used to for some, no braided cable, cable cannot be removed, does not do the dishes for me, pop-out feet lack anti-slip surface
The keyboard comes in a simple box and includes a key remover. The cable is a decent length with a gold plated USB connector. Full size keyboard with red switches. I used this keyboard to game with in various games from MMORPG to FPS games. Very small non-intrusive MP logo just above the num key but aside from that the design is simple and nice.
** This product was provided by Monoprice free for review purposes. **
Build Quality -
The full length keyboard is very solid, has a great weight to it and feels sturdy. The keys feel like good quality red switches.
As I mentioned before I used this keyboard to play games. The function keys works really well and allowed me to control music via Spotify. I used the keyboard every day for at least 5 hours and I could not get use to the layout of the enter key. It is placed in such a way unlike any of my other keyboards so when typing I’d always miss the enter key every time and or hit the backslash key instead. It could have been just my keyboard but the space bar however felt a little stiffer than I’m accustomed too.
The red switches on this keyboard have the quality of higher priced keyboards, while using this product it did not make me miss my higher priced gaming keyboards. This keyboard is sturdy and feels well built. The placement of enter key and stiff spaced bar made typing at any length a struggle for me because I am not accustomed to the key format. However this is a really nice full size keyboard with red switches and function keys.
PROS: Solid Build Quality
Red Switches feel good
CONS: Enter key placement
Stiff spacebar actuation
I bought it looking for a cheap mechanical keyboard and was pleasantly surprised.
PROS: -Switches feel great
-No key LEDs
CONS: -The enter key (This is what I was worried most about with the keyboard, and it actually doesn't even bother me. That being said, it's still worth noting as some people may not want it.)
-The font (Yet again, doesn't bother me and is pretty tame for a mechanical keyboard, but some people may still prefer a more standard key font.)
a) Keys are very smooth and its pleasure to type
b) Red switches are really good and less noisy compared to blue
a) Weird carriage return key
b) I used Apple keyboard before this where my wrist rested on my desk. This keyboard is quite a bit elevated and my hands and wrists needs to be raised to type. Extended typing becomes painful.
c) Space bar isnt that great and as smooth as other keys
PROS: As above
CONS: As above
i will not be purchasing this again. (purchased 4/2016)
9 months ago
1) Keycaps are terrible, with non-standard keycap profiles - more flat and rough than the more traditional concave and matte/smooth finish found on many other mechanical keyboards at this price point.
2) Stabilizers on larger keys (spacebar, enter, shift, backspace, etc) are Costar style "wire", and a poor knock-off/implementation at that. The stabilizers are designed for the awful stock keycaps, and vice versa. This means that if you are at all interested in swapping keycaps, all of the large keys have to stay stock, since the majority of keycaps are compatible with Cherry style stabs.
3) Spacebar is reinforced with two additional springs that are very loosely mounted underneath the keycap on loose posts. This makes the spacebar very stiff and does not register smoothly due to the bounce/pushback of the springs.
If you intend to use this keyboard just as it is with no modifications or changes, it is alright for the price I got it at ($28), but it is not worth it if you have any intentions of the most basic customization by swapping keycaps, etc. Many other better options out there with backlighting, springs, compatible with replacement keysets, etc.
9 months ago
9 months ago
PROS: Feels good to type on.
Seems to be good quality.
CONS: Don't like the shape of the enter key.