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OCZ Sabre Black 103 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Wired Standard OLED Gaming Keyboard

  • 103 Normal Keys
  • 9 Function Keys
  • USB Wired
  • OCZ
  • Black
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Chris B.
  • 8/24/2010 12:53:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot supported, demand refund

Pros: Very sturdy to type on. It is comfortable like no other keyboard. The keys have a good feel, until their surfaces wear smooth.

Great if you're going for a blue LED color scheme and black hardware.

Cons: Thread 75487 on the OCZ forums "When can we expect a driver update..." has an OCZ tech saying that they have discontinued this product and will never be supporting windows 7 x32 or x64. After being backed into a corner OCZ is offering refunds tentatively. If you got this keyboard for the OLED keys in windows 7, find this thread using google ( without " marks ) and demand a refund directly from them.

It is not newegg's fault OCZ rebranded a product and refused to support it, I suggest going straight to OCZ and standing on them for a full refund for this keyboard.

Other Thoughts: It's an awesome idea. It was advertised as accepting .ico files ( it does not ) and letting you type text labels for the keys ( nope ) as well as having some degree of driver support. You'd think a product launched from 2008-2009 would have windows 7 drivers. It does not.

It isn't entirely OCZ's fault. This keyboard is really another company's product sold under the OCZ name. However, OCZ made its bed with this company and now they get to sleep in it.

Get a refund if you paid full price for this product. For more than a benjamin I expect at least a year of driver updates.

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  • C. G.
  • 8/19/2010 9:17:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsOCZ's swan song in my house...

Pros: Plenty of Pros in XP...

Cons: You have Win 7... YOU FAIL!... Ever paid over $100 for a Keyboard that only has basic functions? If you have Win 7 and you buy THIS Keyboard you will have. It has NO VALUE whatsoever. In fact since I've had it plugged into my Win 7 system (waiting for Drivers that by OCZ's own admission will never come) the OLED keys won't shut off, and the system will not work on my Netbook that HAS an XP system.

Other Thoughts: What I thought would have been a nice feature has disappointed me to the nth degree. I will NEVER AGAIN buy another OCZ product. This is the final straw that broke the Camel's back. Stay far far far away from OCZ. You'll be much happier going elsewhere.

I wish I could recoup not only the cost of this Piece of Excrement keyboard but the time invested sticking up for it and using it. T_T

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  • C. G.
  • 7/29/2010 12:35:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsDon't get this Board if you plan upgrading your OS.

Pros: Not going to mention the Pros since I'm the last two reviews. The Keyboard is still a solid keyboard...

...well I guess I could point out that you can easily clean under the keys as the top half of the board comes off as a single unit with the keys securely held into place. So if you happen to act quickly after a soda spill you can rinse it off and let it dry and it performs as it's supposed to without skipping a beat.

Works perfectly with XP.

Cons: My con isn't a nitpicky Con. Still no driver update for Win7.

Support Forum Sucks.

High dollar keyboard that only gives me basic keyboard options at this point.

Other Thoughts: Here it is in a nutshell. I bought this Keyboard knowing that it didn't work with Win7. I did the homework on it. It only had drivers for XP and Vista. But I was using XP and so made the purchase in good faith that most likely there WOULD be a driver update in the future since OCZ is still selling this input device through Newegg. I mean c'mon how many people are still buying XP and Vista?

Well I finally upgraded to Win7 and now my OLEDs' don't work. Oh they look nifty all lit up. But it's a bit like taking the braindead blonde to the Prom. Looks good but nobody home. I can't even get into my Macro because the KB doesn't recognize 7 so basically I got a $12 KB for over $100. Are we kidding or what?

Forum Support is NIL, I posted "When can we expect a driver update" on the General Support forum. This is my 3rd time back to it. No replies but me (x3) and 40 views.

It's infuriating to see a perfectly good product so under-supported. I think OCZ could care less.

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  • C. G.
  • 5/5/2010 1:19:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsStill waiting...

Pros: Great KB, the more I use it the happier I am that I made the purchase... EXCEPT *see other thoughts.*

Cons: there are no cons other than it's only offered in Blue LEDs. Lackadaisical rebate center. *see other thoughts*

Other Thoughts: I got this as part of a Combo deal based on the price of the deal. That deal included rebates of $75 total. On the 6th of March they were APPROVED. Well as of today your deadline has passed imho. I sent them in plenty of time to clear. They were due into the Rebate Center on or before 28 February 2010. I got them in on time. I feel I should have taken heed from the 1 egg crowd who complained about their Rebate Center. OCZ has good products but their Rebate system sucks. I took one egg off because I didn't want anyone to think they were going to get a garbage KB for a diamond price. They will get an awesome KB. It's the Rebate Center that has me rethinking buying ANYTHING from OCZ ever again. If you don't care about Rebates it's a win. If you are in School like I am you CARE about rebates. I'm officially ticked off. I was considering an SSD through OCZ. The Corsair is looking better and better. They at least care enough to follow through.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, once approved you will receive your rebate in 10-12 weeks. If after that time you have not received your remittance, we will be happy to contact the rebate house. Just email rebates@ocztechnology.com and provide your full name, address, product, and place and date of purchase. We will see that all valid rebates are paid.
Thank you

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/22/2010 5:15:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid performing KB...

Pros: Keys are responsive and quiet. Quite enjoyable to use. The OLED system is solid. If you're still using XP a breeze to install. Can upload photos from the net to use for the OLEDs'. 9 OLED system can be layered(1:9x(?)=fun) brite LEDs'. KB flipstands are solidly constructed and the palm rest is functional.

Cons: No Red LEDs'. I'm a Navy Vet. I can't stand brite lights in a dark environment due to night Ops lighting. Would love to send this KB in to OCZ and have them switch out the LEDs', so it would be more functional for me. Kind of pricey, but I didn't pay that much thanks to OCZ & newegg Combo deal last month. Even still $180 is a bit high. $150 or less would be better.

Other Thoughts: I've had this KB for just a bit over a month now and can say that if hadn't been for the deal, I might never have taken a chance on the KB or the PSU that I got with it. I'm glad that I did take the chance because it's alot of fun. You better have some patience though because the OLED system is for people with severe OCD. You have to know or have the key commands handy so you can program each key to its specific function. You want volume control, play pause, fwd+ reverse you say? OLED keys do that and very well. You want copy+paste for MS Word? Yup. Corel, Firefox, AutoCad, Photoshop, MS Office(any of them), there is so much here that people with limited attention spans just won't get. But if you're willing to put in the work it's truly an amazing product. Only wish we could upload photos to newegg. Cause I can prove I own this board and that I love it. Well except for the blue LEDs'. Everything else is top notch.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 3/16/2010 7:52:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsZero Justification for price

Pros: Um..decent for a membrane switch keyboard? OCZ otherwise is a very good company that makes quality products. This board is not "bad", it just has the price bloated by gimmick OLED side keys.

Cons: Important note before purchase: Key lighting description is deceptive. This is NOT a backlit keyboard. By "key lighting" they mean the side macro buttons (technically they are not "keys"), not the actual, um, keys you type on. I think there was a language issue when the description was written, because otherwise it is an outright lie.

Price is outrageous.

Other Thoughts: You can get professional gaming keyboard with mechanical keyswitches (highest quality, most expensive keys for gaming) for less than this thing. There is no part of this board that justifies the price point; not the keys, not the lighting; maybe the OLEDs but these do not add actual gaming performance, really.

Also, reviewers need to stop referring to the OLEDs as "keys." They are buttons, not keys. This is confusing people into thinking the keys are lit.

Still not worth it at $65 less, which is how much you pay for it elsewhere (I love Newegg, but they need to price compare on this.)

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, while we respect you opinion, we feel you don;t have the information straight. From the OCZ product page: The nine dynamic OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) user-programmable hotkeys help manage time and efficiency while surfing the web, gaming, emailing, and CAD applications or any avenue the user sees fit. The unique OLED keys can convert any digital image or text into distinctive icons, reminding the user of the personalized shortcut. Additionally, the Sabre features blue side lighting, perfect for users that prefer darkened rooms or gamers frequenting LAN parties.-------
We don't claim to have lighted keys, and the picture show the side lighting, so all should be clear to the customer. We feel this product offer allot of features for the price.
Thank you

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  • PAUL Y.
  • 1/6/2010 9:00:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOCZ Sabre Gaming Keyboard

Pros: Look good.

Cons: Keys do not light up. Priced much too high. Did not measure up to expectations. Returned the item.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,we are sorry that this product did not fulfill your needs. We understand that the choice of a keyboard can be a very personal thing, and we respect your comments.
Thank you

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  • Lance R.
  • 9/5/2009 3:10:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsOptimus Budgetus

Pros: (purchased elsewhere) This is a good, solid keyboard. It has a good heft to it, and the most important function of any keyboard (the regular keys) it gets right. The keys have good weighting, are quiet, and are at a proper angle for my style of typing.

There is also a unique layout for the Home/Del/Ins/End cluster that works extremely well, and the 128mb flash drive built into the keyboard (which is where the driver software installers are at) is a handy idea.

Oh yeah, the OLED keys! The OLEDs are a sharp, crisp 64x64 pixel amber layout, with thick clear plastic key bodies. They have a firm, springy feel which is very satisfying. Any 64x64 BMP works fine, though you may want to convert to black-and-white yourself if you want to control how dithering works (remember, this is not a greyscale OLED, the pixels are either on or off).

The geek-cred of this keyboard is well-nigh infinite.

Cons: There are several shortfalls and limitations. Firstly, installation on WinVista64 SP1 was a real pain, giving unhelpful "Error 1722". This is a permissions-related issue; you must turn User Account Control (UAC) off while installing; running the installer as Administrator is insufficient. This will require a reboot. You also need Microsoft .NET version 3.5 SP1 installed (get it at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7&displaylang=en), and this fact is not flagged by the installer. Once installed, you can turn UAC back on and you're fine. I'm sure this will be fixed in future releases. The manager software is clunky and not well-documented, but can be figured out. The manager software needs to be active for the OLEDs to work; minimize it to tray instead of closing. The OLEDs auto-turn-off after a few minutes (no doubt to extend their life and prevent burn-in; OLEDs aren't durable), but hitting one of the OLEDs will wake it back up

Other Thoughts: Note that the main keyboard is NOT backlit.

A keyboard this expensive really should have a couple of USB ports built in. A keyboard of this type and expense should also have media controls (volume, playback-controls) and a brightness control for the glowy-blue-lights at the end.

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  • Josh B.
  • 7/21/2009 4:53:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive

Pros: This keyboard has amazing features and functionality. I use this keyboard here at work and I love the things you can do with it. For example setting one of the OLED's to read copy and another to read paste for two easy Macro's right beside one another. Also being able to switch profiles on the fly and have the OLED's change for example if you were going into a game to show different weapons, items, etc is very impressive. The keys all feel solid and the quality of the build seems superb. There is also an Internal 128mb flash drive built into this keyboard I guess if you need it for portability such as going to LAN parties and wanting all your drivers, cfgs, etc instead of carrying an extra flash drive along with you. Not bad OCZ...just get some new drivers out, keep up the good work. =)

Cons: A bit steep on the price...I own a g15 as well which has great functions and setup for gaming. The advantage this has is definitely the OLED's and the software is fairly simple to use.

Other Thoughts: Great keyboard OCZ! Perfect for gaming, office use, mobility, etc!

Now let's see another Mouse similar to the Dominatrix feel and quality get released. A lot of people loved that mouse, wish you would bring a revision 2 back with higher quality. I would be willing to throw a decent amount for another dominatrix build if it was revised and quality built. =)

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