Keyboard Geekery, Part 2

Now that I’ve received the XArmor U9W keyboard that I mentioned in my last post, and had a chance to use it for about a week, I thought I’d post a follow-up review for anyone who might be interested. =)

(FWIW, I’ve added this review to the product page on Amazon as well.)

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I’ve been drooling over the Das Keyboard Model S Professional Silent Keyboard for a while (and the original Model S Ultimate, before that), but I wanted to find something a little smaller, and wireless. The XArmor U9W totally fits that bill, and I love it. =)

Pros:

  • Cherry MX Brown keyswitches
    (I’d love to see this model with the Blues, but my coworkers appreciate that I picked a keyboard with the browns instead, and the feel is just as good, IMO.)
  • Relatively compact size
  • Solid feel
  • Wrist-rest included is quite nice
  • Itty-bitty USB wireless receiver
  • Solid signal (haven’t had a missed/dropped key yet)

Cons:

  • The mini-USB cable included only provides power, but doesn’t charge the batteries or carry any data. (Not really a big deal, since the point of this keyboard is to be wireless anyway)
  • The transmit (Tx) light that flashes every time you press a key. (I think I might just put some electrical tape over it, since there’s no way to turn it off)
  • The Num Lock light turns off when the keyboard goes to sleep (Again, might just put electrical tape over the whole lighting area and use on-screen notifcations instead.)
  • No USB ports included (Not really a con, but notable in comparison to the wired Das Keyboard).

Summary:
If you’re looking for a great, (relatively) inexpensive, and wireless alternative to the Das Keyboard Model S Professional Silent, this is it. I’m very happy with my purchase. =)

Keyboard Geekery

Ok, I’m hooked. I’ve been using the Kinesis Advantage at work for a couple days now, and both my typing speed and accuracy have improved.

As much as I love this keyboard, I can’t quite justify the price ($299), but I’ve been really wanting to get a keyboard with mechanical (clicky) switches for a long time, and I finally found a good compromise.

A huge part of the appeal of the Kinesis keyboard to me is the feel of the keyswitches, which happen to be Cherry MX Browns. I had looked in to getting the Das Keyboard S Ultimate Silent, which has the same keyswitches, but wanted to get something less expensive, and preferably wireless.

It just so happens that there is exactly *one* keyboard that meets those criteria, the X-Armor U9W, which I just picked up on Amazon. 

 

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the product page on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/XArmor-U9W-wireless-mechanical-keyboard/dp/B004S862FW

…and here’s what it sounds like:
http://geekhack.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=12493&d=1284500440
(same switches, different keyboard)
Yep, I’m a *huge* geek. =)