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EVGA Z12 RGB Gaming Keyboard, RGB Backlit LED, 5 Programmable Macro Keys, Dedicated Media Keys, Water Resistant, 834-W0-12US-KR
as of 2022-09-15 8:38 am
|Item model number||Z12|
|Item Weight||3.19 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||18.5 x 5.96 x 1.38 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||18.5 x 5.96 x 1.38 inches|
|Date First Available||September 1, 2021|
I think this keyboard is great. It feels solid when typing, makes a satisfying sound when keys are pressed, and has really nice lighting effects, compared to my old NPET RGB keyboard. I'm not an overly greasy person. That being said, the plastic material is, surprisingly, not getting smeared with skin grease as I expected, given the type of plastic it is. Not all keyboards fare as well, -- lookin' at you, Dell and Lenovo -- but after a week or so of using it about 6+ hours a day, I can't see any smearing or discoloration.When I received the keyboard, the box was pretty beat up. The inner boxes looked fine, but at least two keys were 'popped off' and freely floating inside the bag with the keyboard. I was able to pop these back on with prior knowledge of mechanical keyboards. However, as a point-of-fact, my wife has very little IT experience and had no idea how to reseat a popped-off key. I can imagine if this happens to others with the same skill level as my wife, they may need to search online for how to reattach the keys.Outside of that, I'll echo what others have mentioned here in other reviews. The placement for the macro keys is annoying. If you're a proficient typist, then you've liked developed a technique to cheat and find the home-row by sliding your hand from the edge of the keyboard to the shift/ctrl etc. With this keyboard, you will die, fall off things, and time stuff incorrectly in every single game you play as you frustratingly hit a key that doesn't do what you expect it to. If you attach actual functions to the macro keys, you'll likely end up in worse shape if those macros open or close apps or processes.I have no idea why the macros had to be placed on that side. Most of us game, which is what this keyboard is marketed to, with a mouse in our right hand and our left hand on the left-most portion of the keyboard. Why EVGA decided to put the macro keys on the side you place your hand over the most, is beyond me. It would have made 100x more sense to put it on the right side, and not just for the reason of accidental pressing. Let me explains:If you've ever bound any key on your mouse (such as a forward/back button) or used the mouse/keyboard for work tasks, you'll likely have used your mouse-thumb to hit enter or something similar on the keypad. The macro keys would have made a lot more sense on that side, allowing for quick taps of your macro keys with your mouse-hand, ensuring the placement of your left hand was always in the right spot. Just like cupholders in cars, I am pretty sure these designs look good on paper but suck in real-world practicality.Not wanting to admit defeat, I am going to keep the keyboard and either try to find a way to prevent macro keys existence by removing them, or look for a 3D printable option to prevent accidental use. If I find a way to workaround it, I'll come back here and post an update with my method.This is a good keyboard. It feels nice, it sounds nice, the colors are fluid, and the construction feels solid. The placement of those macro keys prevents this from being a 5-star, in my book. Oh, and if you use a standard keyboard at another location, prepare to be frustrated for the opposite reason -- getting used to the hand placement with the macros on the left, only to have your hand be off with your other keyboards.
This keyboard actually is really good. I have never bought a gaming keyboard so its new to me. Lets start with the quality. This thing has some weight lol, no kidding never had a heavier keyboard but i do find that because of this it does not scoot around when using it normaly or gaming like my logitech did. The buttons are also not placed the same as your typical keyboard, they are moved closer to gether im assuming since its a gaming keyboard they do that because it takes less time to press a button which would be a good thing for gaming so i cant knock it for what its designed for but if you are like me it will take a small adjustment to get used to. As for the quality of material im going to give it 5 stars despite being plastic and my reason for doing so is because this keyboard feel good. no joke despite the plastic its a very very solid design and still feels premium. The only thing i knocked on this keyboard for is the brightness. Now dont take it wrong this keyboard for me is plenty bright and adds the option in the software to adjust brightness. Why im not giving 5 stars is because i dont think its maximum brightness is quite enough to satisfy everyone. I say this because the letters are transparent and do light up to the color of the lighting but it is very dim in comparison to the parts you can see under the buttons. Like i said its good for me but not everyone and it certainly is good enough to see in the dark. Just my two cents and im sure most people will be more than satisfied with this keyboard especially as a gamer because it has actually made me perform better in my shooter games.
Like the mouse you can program this keyboards extra buttons to open programs.... But...The place where the special buttons are located are near keys I use often like Ctrl, Shift, Caps and Tab. I'm used to going all the way to the edge to find those keys without looking down. But I found myself pressing the special keys from time to time wondering why I can't copy and paste... It's because I'm holding down the special key and not the Ctrl.Annoying. But now imagine you program those key to open a program or the browser.... Yeah...Still it's one of the sturdiest keyboards I've ever used. It also weighs a ton compared to other keyboards I've used in the past. The parts don't feel cheap and the keys have some bounce. Though they can be kind of loud. But I like it.If you have to beat up someone use this I think it will do Maximum Crit Damage!
Corsair K70 RGB PRO Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX RGB Red Switches: Linear and Fast, 8,000Hz Hyper-Polling, PBT Double-Shot PRO Keycaps, Soft-Touch Palm Rest) QWERTY, NA - Black
as of 2022-09-15 8:38 am
|Item model number||CH-9109410-NA|
|Item Weight||2.53 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.48 x 6.54 x 1.57 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||17.48 x 6.54 x 1.57 inches|
|Date First Available||May 5, 2022|
I'm going to start by telling you that I'm not a gamer, but I prefer gaming PC hardware because it tends to be more customizable, have more options available/larger selection, and lasts a lot longer. I am a developer and work in the IT department of a large organization, spending over 50 hours per week at my computer typing code, documentation, emails, etc., so my machine is important to me.I needed a new keyboard and just wanted RGB so I went on a hunt and asked some gamer friends for recommendations on what to look for. Based on my "likes" for keyboard feel, they recommended the Cherry Red switches (in addition to a few others). I was able to test some at a local PC store and decided that the Cherry MX Red from Corsair was by far my favorite. Then off to Amazon for the right options/layout and price. I prefer a keyboard with a bit more angle and a deeper key. As non-gamer, I didn't need the customizable hot keys, but I absolutely insist on a separate number pad for when I'm doing calculations. that led me to this layout (non mini, non low profile, no gamer keys off to the left).This keyboard feels great. I actually find that I make fewer typos when using it than on my prior keyboard. It's amazing with the right amount of give and take in a key will do for you.I will say that the keys are a little more sensitive than I'm used to so I occasionally get a double hit on a key or if I'm resting my left hand while I type some right hand letters, a left hand key might slip in the mix. I'll get used to it over time but it is something to note. The included wrist rest is a must to get the right angle on the keys, and I wish the back prop supports were a bit longer, but I'll make it work.The RGB lighting effects are amazing, even without the proprietary software. It worked plug and play out of the box, but the description is wrong - it says you only need USB 2.0. You need at least one 3.0 port for the keyboard itself, but the passthrough USB can be 3.0 or 2.0.I love that it came with a few replacement/alternate keys for the main gaming keys (wasd and fderqw) that are textured plus a key remover. You won't need the key remover, though - I had 4 keys that had popped off in transit and I had to replace them. No damage but I had to pop them back on.The volume control wheel is more helpful than I would have thought, and it's even intelligent enough to adjust the volume on the remote machine when connected and using an RDP session but adjust the local machine settings if you minimize the RDP session and return to your local workstation.I've only used this for about half a workday so far and already I'm in love. I would absolutely buy this keyboard again and am considering getting a full set of replacement keys for when I eventually wear the paint off these (as I tend to do, no idea how!)Long story long, this is a great RGB keyboard with a smooth keystroke and just enough click to let you know it's mechanical. Corsair got this one right.
If you go on r/MechanicalKeyboards you'll see corsair keyboards getting a lot of flack for being overpriced for for their quality but honestly I don't really see it, I think the quality is good enough, it's no tank but for something that will just sit on your desk the whole time it really doesn't need to be. The mk.2 seems to be sturdy enough, the top is a fairly thick piece of aluminum, about as thick as I would expect a keyboard faceplate to be at least, and the whole thing is fairly ridged overall. The bottom of made of plastic and I see people complain that it's too thin but if you're not using your keyboard to bludgeon your enemies then it should hold up just finr. My biggest gripe with this keyboard are the keycaps, they're light, thin and laser ablated so they're likely to wear over time. Corsair offers a doubleshot version of these same keycaps, but they're another $50 so if you're set on getting those then this starts to become a nearly $200 keyboard. That being said, I think that if quality had to be sacrificed somewhere to meet this price point then the keycaps are the most logical option as they're the only part of the keyboard you can easily modify yourself if you want and I really don't see them as a huge problem until they actually start to wear. This keyboard comes with another set of WASD and QERF keys with a textured surface that won't wear so if you mostly use those it's probably not a huge issue. I suppose only time will tell how bad these keys wear.I was looking for several things in a keyboard, I wanted an aluminum top plate, a minimal, clean look, RGB and I wanted it to be mechanical and this keyboard meets all those things.I really like the brushed aluminum, it doesn't take on finger prints, it looks really good and it adds some good heft so full points there. The switches protrude out of the faceplate so there is nowhere for dirt and dust to fall in to and get trapped, this makes it really easy to clean with one of those compressed air cans so if you like to keep things clean then that is a huge plus. This is a really good looking keyboard, it doesn't overdo it by trying to look all gamery and wouldn't look out of place in an office or anything (with the RGB off at least), though you can see the pictures for yourself so whether you like how it looks is really up to you.The RGB is fully customizable on a per key basis but if you want all the fancy effects then you always need to have the corsair iCUE software running in the background which I'm not a huge fan of. You can save three RGB profiles onto the keyboards internal memory but the effects are a bit more limited if you chose to rely only on that. You can still set each key to any color you want and you can use some effects, but the effects can't be as elaborate as if you have the software running in the background. This isn't a huge problem for me because I don't really want much more than static back lighting anyway but its something you should be aware of. I guess each key can be readdressed to do whatever you want and you can make macros, but this particular model doesn't have any dedicated macro keys. These aren't really features that I've needed to use and so I don't particularly care about them.I got the version with the cherry mx brown switches because up to now I've been using a keyboard with blue clones and I wanted to try something different. I miss the clickyness of the blues but I like the feel of the browns well enough, I only wish that they were more tactile because the tactile bump isn't super prominent and isn't very sharp. The browns are a lot less noisy that blues but they're still nowhere near silent. Most of the sound just comes from the keys bottoming out so it could be made just a little more silent with some o-rings but I don't like the feel of the o-rings as much. I considered returning this key board and getting the version with the blue switches for a little while but I've grown to like the brown switches, but it's all subjective. A lot of hard core mech keyboard enthusiasts don't really like browns but I don't have much experience with other switches so I can't say too much about that.The dedicated media controls are nice to have I suppose, but I only ever find myself using the volume knob. The wrist rest is just solid plastic but it has a soft texture and is definitely a plus, I haven't used one up to now but I don't think I could go without one in the future as it makes typing so much more comfortable. The USB passthrough is a nice feature, I use it for my wireless mouse dongle so that it's closer and the connection is more reliable but I imagine that it would be really convenient for a wired mouse as well, there are some routing channels on the bottom of the keyboard for the wire to keep things tidy if you do use a wired mouse . I don't think the passthrough wouldn't be ideal for something that you would remove and insert frequently because it's on the back of the keyboard which makes it awkward to get to in my opinion. The USB cable is braided and really thick which gives it a pretty premium feel. It's also super long so you shouldn't have much trouble getting it to where you need it to go. It's pretty ridged so if you move the keyboard around a lot on your desk that might be a bit of a problem.This keyboard really needs to be packaged better, Amazon just ships it in the box that the keyboard comes in and there isn't any foam or anything in that box so the only thing between the top of the keyboard and the boxes that will inevitably be dropped or stacked on top of it during shipping is a piece of cardboard. Because of this, my keyboard came with some of the keys knocked out both times, I replaced my first one because I thought it came broken. The first one's volume wheel was really loose compared to the second one I received, I don't know if that was a manufacturing defect or from rough treatment during shipping but it would be nice if Amazon just shipped it in another box with some proper packing material.
I bought the K70 MK.2 with CherryMX Red switches variant. The product was delivered without Amazon packaging. Maybe they couriered it in bulk. When I opened the box, to my horror, 30 to 40 percentage of all the keys were detached and some keys got scratched. I know that mechanical keyboard keys are somewhat easily removable but while shipping auto removal of keys of a new keyboard worth of 14.5k INR is unacceptable. The box was also damaged a bit while shipping. I had to fix the keys of a new keyboard. Overall I do not have any complaint from the quality of the keyboard. It is a beast. You can go for the keyboard. I blame Amazon and also the seller for this horrible courier service. Really disappointed.
SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL RGB Gaming Keyboard – Tenkeyless Compact Form Factor - 8-Zone RGB Illumination – IP32 Water & Dust Resistant – Whisper Quiet Gaming Switch – Gaming Grade Anti-Ghosting
as of 2022-09-15 8:38 am
|Item model number||12167|
|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||14.84 x 7.44 x 1.85 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||14.84 x 7.44 x 1.85 inches|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Date First Available||October 12, 2021|
This is my review of the SteelSeries Apex 3 corded keyboard, with number keypad. I do not game, and I have a Windows 10 desktop computer.I've been computing since 1985, and this is easily among the best keyboards I've used, both professionally and at home. I almost wish my Perixx keyboard had broken sooner.PROS:1. Nice weight, with very nice rubber footing. The keyboard's tilt stands are nice and solid (exceptional quality), and include the rubber footing. There are three options for cord routing under the keyboard.2. The volume control knob is well made, easy to use, and provides a tactile feedback. Each click of the wheel bumps the volume by two steps. It takes me four quick turns of the wheel to go from zero to full volume. Clicking the knob mutes and un-mutes the volume. I find it intuitive and easy to use.3. A single click of the media button will play/pause, and it works fine with iHeart, YouTube and other online media. A double-click forwards to the next track, and a triple-click goes back one track.4. Typing is supreme. The keys have a slightly firm feel, with just the right amount of tension that reminds me of the high quality keyboards of yesteryear. I find myself typing faster and with less errors.5. The keys are not completely silent, but the keystrokes are soft and muted. There are no audible "clicks", and it won't wake the household at night. It's easily among the quieter keyboards, but I can still hear gentle keystrokes as I type.6. The overall construction is excellent. While it's all plastic, it's not noticeable in normal use. There's no unusual flexing, rattling, etc. The keys are well set, with not even the slightest rattle if you shake the keyboard. The key caps have no perceptible side-to-side play in normal use.7. This is a membrane keyboard, with a spill-proof design. But if I didn't know better, I would swear in court that it's a mechanical keyboard. It's that good.8. The keyboard remembers settings, even after unplugging it and then plugging it back in. Note that I am using the Engine software with custom settings applied.CONS:1. The indicator lights (num lock/caps lock, etc.) are very poorly placed just above the number keypad. I have to sit forward over the keyboard to see the lights, or I have to tilt the keyboard back. I wish that was thought out better, and hopefully a future revision will fix this irritation.2. The zone lighting (ten in all) works well, but it is not as good as individual key cap lighting. The key characters are not as bright as I prefer, and the light spill is slightly distracting. In reality, it works and it's easy to get used to it. At this price point, it's easy to forgive.3. The preset keyboard profiles do not have any single-color patterns. You have to download and install the software to achieve that. BEWARE that in the Engine software, you must FIRST select the zones that you want to adjust, or nothing will happen.4. The keyboard lighting goes off when the computer is shut down (this is good), but not when the computer sleeps. I don't use hibernate or any other sort of deep sleep, so I don't know how that will work.5. There is no USB extension port.All of the dual function key characters are oddly reversed. For example, the special characters on the number row are on the bottom half, and the numbers are on the top half. The numbers are the default, and the special characters require using the shift key as normal. I don't understand the thinking that went into this.I don't use the palm rest, but it appears to be as high quality as the rest of the keyboard.In all, the cons are minor. The keyboard looks and feels so good that it's easy to overlook my dislikes. It oozes quality, despite the low price. If I could, I'd rate it 4.5 stars.
As many before me, I crashed my great lighted KB which I had loved for 4 or 5 years. It was always doing great till one day it died! There are many things in reference to computers that can be hair-pulling, but loss of the KB ranks right up there, especially if you have no replacement to grab! I didn't, and I hate the virtual KB available in Windows.I am not a gamer, just a slow typist and need those lighted keys! OK, here is my likes: 1) The absolutely stunning lighted base and each lighted key! Great night light to find my way to the head in the middle of the night! 2) The keys are over-sized a bit (shaky fingers) and the letters are large and exceptionally legible. 3) Tactile feedback reminds me of the old IBM clickable keys, which I really loved, not being a touch-typist.I purchased this one in May of '22 and was so happy using it that I purchased a second as a spare, as I damn sure don't want to have to use the virtual KB again!This KB feels like it is well-made and with the revolving (brightness adjustable) colors is kinda' neat. Oh, I am 76 years old and I've not played a lot of games. The only ones I recall are Star Trek (with asterisks launched) to shoot down Klingons, Mission Command, and those great text-based D&D-type text adventurer games, so this one is great for what I need!Hopefully my Apex 3 TKL RGB KB and I can last beyond 80, but if one of us doesn't, I'll have a spare for my kids (53 & 46)!Thanks to the manufacturer for a fine product!Alan Arnold
I am a software developer, and having a keyboard that can withstand the banging of the keys is critical to the overall productivity. In other words, don't have a keyboard that's flimsy, and I have used other blue switch mechanical keyboards in the recent past. Hands down, SteelSeries Apex 5 FTW! The overall build quality on this keyboard is amazing and really durable. If I use the lightest of force, I can type well, and even if I use some heavy force to the point where I'm slamming on the keys, the keyboard withstands the force, and does not even bend!The one con that I have against this is that they don't have the Low Profile keycaps, but overall the switches are great, and provide a nice clicky feel, and it lets me know that I'm actually typing away. SteelSeries, if you read this, you have done an amazing job, and also the OLED screen, is amazing to be able to give you insights into your game, or even the computer that the keyboard is connected to. Finally with the keyboard itself, I really don't like the fact that the black key caps can easily pick up oily substances, but I can always swap out the key caps when I need to