- 104 Normal Keys
- Cherry MX Black Switch with linear feeling and normal force
- N-key Rollover
- Red Metal Inner Chassis
- $109.99 –
- $1.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
Great buy when on sale 03/12/2014
This review is from: Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000BL with Cherry MX Black Switch
-Cheap, I bought mine for some $60 on sale
-Heavy and sturdy, will not slide on your desk like a cheap plastic board
-Sexy red PCB
-USB problems (I'll get back to this)
-No backlights (what do you expect for the price?)
-TERRIBLE USB cable, throw it away immediately
When I first plugged in the keyboard, I fell in love. It felt great to type on, great to game on, and looked amazing. As an amateur dev / pro gamer, I need a mechanical keyboard I can type on AND game on competitively. This keyboard was much cheaper than the competition, so I couldn't resist when I saw it on techbargains. Here is the deal -- after 3 weeks, the keyboard would go unresponsive in the middle of gaming. I was plssed at first, because the early reviews all warn of a faulty USB port. However my buddies at Overclock.net 's mechanical keyboard club had assured me that the USB problem was fixed several months ago with this line of Rosewill mechs. I trust those guys, a lot. The problem came, then was fine for a few days, then it returned. I was getting nervous, and as a competitive gamer, that keyboard behavior is NOT ACCEPTABLE. However, a few days after the problem appeared, I decided to try a different USB cable. I have been gaming on it daily for some 2-3 months now with NO problems. No more dropped keystrokes, no more "lock lights" (The problem caused all 3 Lock LEDs to come on as others have mentioned.)
So as I mentioned in the Cons, throw away that USB cable and get a real one. I'm not sure if the problem is caused by bad cabling or in fact the USB socket, but changing the cable seemed to have fixed my issues. I would not be surprised if the damage to USB ports people are mentioning is from the shoddy cable that came with the keyboard.
All in all -- great keyboard, recommend it for those willing to take a minor risk / are techy enough to troubleshoot or deal with problems in case they appear. If you are scared off by that, then invest in a Ducky / Das Keyboard because those almost never fail, but you pay more for that reliability. OR just pay the extra money for the newegg extended warranty, might still be cheaper than the competition.
All in all - 4/5 eggs. Great job Rosewill.
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