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The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid uses genuine Cherry MX keyswitches which are the most common and generally considered the best switches available for keyboards. This means a few things: First, the durability and quality testing are top notch. LinusTechTips took a tour there, and was extremely impressed. They go through vigorous testing, and are the highest quality keyswitches available. Second, because they're standard Cherry MX switches, they are interchangeable with custom keycaps. Down the road, if you prefer you can get your own custom keycaps which totally change the look of your board. From a minimalist design like this to a custom image like this, or even different shaped keys like this you can modify them to your hearts content. See More
Cherry MX switches come in a variety of options which are differentiated by their colour. This keyboard is available with 4 different switches - blue, brown, green, and red. Each has it's strengths and unique feel. Blues are commonly thought of as the best switch for typing as they have a tactile bump and click when they activate. Reds are better suited for quick activations and double tapping and are also quieter as they don't offer a tactile bump or a click. Brown switches offer the same tactile bump as the blue switches, but don't click. Green switches are a heavier blue switch which means it has a click and bump, but takes more pressure to activate the key giving it a different feel. Different people prefer different switches, and it's great that you have a decent selection when looking at the QuickFire Rapid. See More
Not only is the cable detachable, but it has cable routing as well. If you want, you can swap out the included braided cable for a longer/shorter/different coloured one that suits your setup better. Also, if you brake the cable (or your pet does), it's cheap to get a new one and very easy to do. Cable routing helps organize your cables in a more pleasing way. Instead of having the cord come right out the middle of the back, you can have it go on either side of the back which can help make your setup look cleaner. See More
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This is an affordable board, therefore it lacks some of the more premium features found on more expensive boards. It doesn't have any macro capabilities which can be useful for heavy users (macros are recorded key sequences which can be activated with a single button press - these can be used in games to automate some tasks, or in other programs to get repetitive tasks done quicker). There's also no USB passthrough option. Some keyboards let you plug your mouse or a USB key right into the keyboard, which helps keep cables looking tidier, while being more accessible. See More
Backlighting is common among high-end keyboards, but the Leopold doesn't have this feature. While most users looking for a mechanical keyboard will be able to type without looking at the keys, sometimes the special characters can still be hit or miss. In the dark, it might take a few tries before getting the intended special character. See More
The practical design of this keyboard is typical of high-end mechanical keyboards, only differing in the details. The matte black chassis has rounded corners and a simple design. This keyboard uses Cherry MX switches, common among keyboards that cost significantly more than the Leopold. See More
With a retail price of $96.86, this keyboard is considerably more affordable than most ergonomic keyboards on the market. It doesn’t have the same caliber as more premium keyboards, but it’s a top option for those on a budget who are looking for a good ergonomic option. See More
The 4000 keyboard is designed to be more comfortable to type on than regular rectangular keyboards. Its key rows curve to match the human hands’ angled resting position, eliminating the wrist strain that happens with regular keyboards. This is an important factor in reducing the risk of injury. See More
The 4000 keyboard uses the same traditional rubber dome switches found on common keyboards, unlike the mechanical switches found on many other good programming keyboards. Rubber dome switches are inconsistent and always need to be bottomed out with each key press. They are also not especially durable, lasting about a quarter of the time their mechanical counterparts last. It should be noted this switch option is one of the main reasons why this keyboard is so affordable. See More
This keyboard has hotkeys for things like media control, zoom or launching applications. The function keys also have secondary functions, activated by an F-lock key. Some of them are customizable via a companion app (for Windows and macOS) that ships with the keyboard. See More
Our hands naturally rest angled when in front of us, and this keyboard has been built to conform to that instead of us awkwardly trying to straighten our hands on a regular flat keyboard which puts strain on our wrists. The split in the middle lets the keyboard be angled to best suit natural typing position. The keyboard is also curved into a 3D dome shape, which also helps reduce strain and make typing more comfortable, because this design puts the keys where your fingers naturally rest. See More
The switches used are scissor switches, which are similar to the ones used in laptops. They provide shallow keystrokes which don't provide the same feedback as a mechanical keyboard. These keys need to be bottomed out in order to activate, which means some strain on your finger's joints as they are constantly hitting the bottom of the stroke. Scissor-switches are also known to be less accurate than other keyboards. The key-tops are flat, and it's much easier for fingers to go wandering while mechanical and rubber dome keyboards often have recessed key-tops that help to keep your fingers in the right place and hit the keys dead-center every time. See More
This keyboard connects to your computer or laptop wirelessly. This offers many benefits: • Clean look (no cables to get tangled or droop around your desk) • Flexible use (range is much longer than a wired connection so you have the flexibility to move the keyboard around) • Doesn't require ports (especially if you have a laptop, the number of ports are limited. A wireless keyboard doesn't require a port, which frees an additional one up for another use). See More
The numberpad is detachable, which means that you can move it out of the way when you aren't using it. This allows for more ergonomic mouse use, as then your mouse hand isn't reaching way past the keyboard straining your shoulder (like in a ten-keyless design). However, if you are going to be number crunching, the numberpad is going to be very handy. See More
This keyboard uses the Kailh switches instead of the more common Cherry MX switches. Kailh switches are made in China instead of Germany where the Cherry MX switches are made. The Kailh switches don't last as long, and the quality testing isn't as vigorous as Cherry's. The switch naming scheme is very similar, however Kailh switches are typically heavier than the comparable Cherry switches. See More
Other than brightness levels (and lighting modes for the RGB model), this is a basic board. It doesn't support macros, and there are no profiles you can adjust. This will be fine for most users, however heavy users will miss these features. See More
There are two switches to choose from: Kailh blue or Kailh brown. The blue switches offer a bump at the activation point as well as a click, while the brown switches offer a bump without the click. These switches are slightly heavier than the corresponding Cherry MX switches, but are similar in the way they act. See More
The bezels of the keyboard are small, and the design of the board is minimal instead of gaudy gamer-focused designs. It has a volume roller in the top right accompanied by the mute button which makes the board feel more premium than it's price point would suggest. The keys also appear to be floating - while most keyboards have their keys recessed behind the casing, these ones aren't. this leaves their side exposed, and makes for a more unique design than other boards. See More
Unless you often use the number pad, it's actually better to not have one. It puts your mouse about 3 inches closer to the keyboard which is a more natural position for your shoulder, making it more ergonomic to use for long periods of time (especially when gaming). Because it's shorter, it's also easier to fit into a backpack or bag to bring to or from work/LAN parties/home etc. See More
Chinese knock-off switches quality varies a lot between manufacturers - some knock-offs provide a similar switch to Cherry's MX line of switches, while others have many issues. The switches used in this board are Zorro, and there is almost no information online about them. Based on Amazon reviews, it seems like these switches aren't as high quality as Cherry MX switches and the stems are a bit wobbly. Your mileage may vary. See More
The Zorro switches used offer a tactile bump as well as a satisfying click which signifies when the key has been pressed (activation point is about halfway down the keystroke). These work similar to the extremely popular Cherry MX blue switches. The feedback (both physical and audio) lets you know when the key has been pressed far enough, which lets you type faster as you don't have to press the key down fully. It also lets you know if you mistakenly hit a key, as you'll hear one too many clicks and can correct the typo before typing more. See More
This keyboard offers colourful lighting, and a number of lighting modes from reactive (which lights up the buttons you press) to pinwheel or linear movement. You can also program which keys you want to light up, and create your own custom lighting mode. See More
This keyboard uses the Outemu blue switches which are clones of the massively popular Cherry MX blue switches. There isn't much information available on these Outemu switches, but they are made in China and likely aren't help up to the same standard that the German made Cherry switches are. See More
While the keyswitches aren't the popular Cherry MX switches, they are still mechanical switches: more specifically Outemu blue switches. These switches are made in China, and work similarly to the Cherry MX blue switches. They offer a tactile bump and a click at the activation point (about half way down) which is not only satisfying to hear and feel, but also provides more accurate and comfortable typing. See More
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