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Enthusiast Backlit Full Size OUTEMU 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. The refreshed backlit series comes with either RED or BLUE switches, multicolor and multipattern lighting options, and with braided cables to complete the look. 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. The MP Backlit series has over 90 LEDs that provide outstanding illumination even in bright light.
- Professional Performance: Mechanical keys switches built to last. Red and blue switches catering to either light or heavy touch preference during use.
- Full LED illumination means you will never be left in the dark: Some keyboards support backlighting with fully dimming support, each key switch has a built in LED.
- 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.
- User's Manual (Nov 18, 2015)
Questions and Answers
PROS: Great keyboard with a nice weight to it. Seems to be of a good quality.
CONS: The information on the Monoprice site is inaccurate. Specifically, the description shows "Premium cable breakout: Fully braided cable" which is incorrect, it is not braided. Also, the 5th picture of the keyboard shows various LED colors which is not the case, there is just the one white color. The instructions for the keyboard were completely wrong, luckily a quite chat with support got me an email with the correct directions.
The keys feel good under your fingers. It's a bit louder than my old (non-mechanical) keyboard. The keys feel like they are raised a little bit high, but I got used to it fairly quickly.
The keyboard is a good size. There could be a little more space between the Ins key/arrow keys area and the main keys.
The backlight is a nice extra. There are a few different levels of brightness and they lighting can be turned off entirely. When you're in a dark area, they labels on the keys don't show up well unless the backlight is on. There are a few fancy lighting settings, but most of them are just a novelty. The lighting does turn off automatically if you don't touch any keys for a while.
There is an instruction sheet on how to adjust various options, like the lighting. I found the lighting options were not correct. But it was fairly easy to figure out. The sheet indicates that FN + Ins toggles through the different lighting modes, but it seems that each of the keys Ins, Home, PgUp, Del, End, and PgDn are all tied to the different lighting patterns instead.
The keys are louder than a cheap keyboard. I don't find it annoying. There is a bit of a squeak when I press the spacebar.
Also, the description is misleading - there is no detachable, braided wire. It's just a standard USB cable. I didn't measure, but I'd guess it's a 6ft cable.
PROS: - Solid keyboard and well-priced
- I like the keyboard layout (might be a con for some).
- Backlighting can be shut off.
- No extra 'sleep' 'wakeup', 'power' keys
CONS: - No braided cable
- The spacebar squeaks a bit
- The instructions seem to have incorrect information
PROS: great backlight
nice lighting options
CONS: have to go online for correct lighting instructions
no braided cable
annoying enter key
That issue aside, I actually had to return the keyboard because the switches were far more sensitive than I was expecting. I was expecting the relative keypress sensitivity of Cherry MX Reds, but these switches will register a press at the slightest touch it felt like. This became a problem for me as I would make so many typos and trigger so many accidental shortcuts. just from the edge of my hand hitting something it shouldn't or my finger being slightly off it's aim. The switch resistance feels about the same as Cherry MX Reds, but the sensitivity to register a key press was MUCH greater.
If you have no issues with extremely sensitive switches, this is a fine keyboard
CONS: occasional key squeaking
switches were more sensitive than I expected.
The backlight effects are fun and built into the keyboard (no software needed). The steady backlight is quite useful in low light situations.
PROS: Great keys
easy control of backlight
CONS: weird enter key
As others have said, I have a few squeaky keys and the odd shaped enter key with misplaced " \ " key make for more than a few typos and accidental sends, but a minor complaint. The minimal key depression to activate takes a lot of getting used to, you do not need to slam these keys, but you can, if that's how you roll.
I do recommend this keyboard, at least for those looking to try out the world of red and blue switches, it's a solid gateway keyboard.
Well lit, with great brightness control
CONS: Weird Enter key shape
Some squeaky keys (my space bar)
Too many light modes. (You may want lots of fun lights, I just want the full-lit mode.)
PROS: Decent build quality. Feels very substantial. Removable palm rest is a nice touch, as are all the flashy LED modes. I wasn't aware I was getting all of that when I placed the order. Red keys are drastically different than I was expecting. Very light touch required. I am used to using genuine Cherry MX Blue's for the last 5 years and these reds are very quiet and take a LOT less force. Probably a good thing, once I re-learn how to type on this keyboard (and it's funky enter key, see CON's).
CONS: Squeaky keys. NOT MULTI-COLORED. It's WHITE ONLY. Also the cable is NOT BRAIDED. It's smooth rubber. Kind of a strange OSI type of Enter key/ back slash key and ANSI everything else. Not sure why they went that route. The font used is pretty awful as well. I would have preferred something a bit less "game" specific.
The layout is great, Very fast to get used too for typing or gaming. Gaming on this keyboard is very fluid while switching to other keys for movement. it does have anti ghosting and 10 key roll over like it says, Only if I had more than 10 fingers to test it more. Input isn't delayed as I've had problems with other keyboards in the past.
The backlight has about 10-15 minute timer before turning off on its own, Can be a little annoying if you're using a controller for a game like driving then want to switch to keyboard/mouse for shooting in the dark. As for the backlight its self. it has many options like, breathing, snake, wave, lighting up what you press, ripple and a few more. Having the backlight full on does have a small hum to it tho and I tested this on two keyboards as well. Other than that. It's a great keyboard.
PROS: Nice backlighting and many options. Keys feel nice, and not too loud.
CONS: Not fully braided cable as it says, it's only white colour on the backlight.
My only complaint, and it's a small one, is the placement of the backslash.. It is to the left of the enter key, instead of above, and it's taken a few weeks to get used to it. I will get used to it as I use it, but it was noticeable when I first started.
PROS: cool LED features
red mechanical switches, for quite typing
nice solid feel to it
CONS: placement of the backslash key
PROS: Good clicking keys
Controllable lighting patterns
CONS: Enter and Backslash keys in the wrong place!!!