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Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue $40.19 + s/h @ monoprice

TooncesToo 65 December 7, 2012 at 09:01 AM in Computers (3) More Monoprice Deals
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Monoprice has their Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches for $40.19 + S/H. Came to $45.82 for me with overnite delivery. Good if you're looking for a no-frills mechanical keyboard. Was $57.42.

http://www.monoprice.com/products...ecdeals122

Reviews of this keyboard: http://www.monoprice.com/products...4#feedback

No N-Key Rollover. The description says 64 key rollover but the reviews are stating that it's more like 6 key which is what USB usually supports. Might be important if you're expecting to press more than 6 keys simultaneously.

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Use coupon code INCENTIVE for 20% off. Expires 12-15-12. One time use per account.
Only one promo code per order. The discount from their regular price is applied as a 30% off promo code.
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Watching youtube video on the different cherry mx/matias/o-ring mods, they all sound noisy to me (mostly from bottoming out), but i'm too used to rubber dome switch.
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Many M10s that die young do so due to congenital soldering defects. Time to bust out your iron and do some bypass surgery.
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iOne has a generally poor reputation when it comes to mechanical keyboards, and the Scorpius M10 is one of those keyboards that gave its reputation.

It doesn't matter if the branding says iOne or Monoprice. At the end of the day, both of these keyboards were made by the same OEM (iONE), and are substantially the same product. You can speculate that the quality has changed within this product line over the years, but to argue that the products are different due to a price discrimination phenomenon isn't really relevant.

Personally, I think that people looking for a basic mechanical keyboard should keep an eye out for a Rosewill. They are Filco-made, and their only real problem (loose USB connector) has since been corrected. They have been as low as $55 shipped recently, which is quite comparable to the Monoprice, and go on sale in the ~$60 range nearly every single week.

EDIT: To provide more color, the Scorpius M10 was discontinued, likely due to horrendous reliability issues. Monoprice likely commissioned excess stock or excess manufacturing bandwidth to be branded under the Monoprice name. User experiences show that this is almost certainly the case, as part numbers from the Monoprice model correspond to the M10, and build/revision dates from recently purchased Monoprice units are from 2010.

EDIT 2: http://imgur.com/a/bL3qR The solder quality is horrendous, which coincidentally was the primary problem with the M10. Photos 4 and 5 look like a blind man did it by hand.
Foxconn is a huge oem and has a tremendous range on its quality.
My understanding was that Rosewill used the same OEM as filco.

Quote from TooncesToo View Post :
The USB connector issue was corrected on the 9000 series? I hadn't seen that. It was the reason I didn't grab one of the $60 deals. Almost bit on the $89 9100 w/ browns on BF.

But again, this one is $40, not $60 or more. Sure you can pay for higher quality but I'm not looking to flex my keyboard or use it to kill rats. Just type.

The "terrible" Razer BW Ultimate Mac I picked up for $60 years ago still works great and hasn't fallen apart either. Maybe it will in the next decade or so.

Don't get me wrong, I am not stating that this is the highest quality mechanical, it's not. I don't have any illusions regarding iOne's quality. They don't make a $100 keyboard (the new Das w/ media controls?) nor do I plan on taking it apart and making sure the solder joints are all high quality, but is it a $40~50 keyboard? I think so. It'll do great as a replacement for the Logitech made Dell keyboard I use at work.
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Cool about the Rosewill. They had some good deals directly on Amazon. I avoided the 9000 w/ reds on NE for $50 because of that issue since I didn't know it was fixed.

Yes, that is a great job, isn't it Big Grin The reality is that the keyboard will more likely to be returned because people won't like the noise or feel of it more than because of the quality of the solder job. I love mechanical keyboards but most people are used to the rubber done these days and the difference is something they need to get used to. The noise of the Blues is probably a bigger issue than the feel at that. I actually prefer the old Alps switches and would love to see a deal on the new Matias Quiet Pro for PC. until then I may just pick up some o-rings for the Razer.
The recent deals on the Rosewill keyboards, especially the reds, might have been to clear old bad usb connector stock so don't feel bad on missing out.

I've been very happy with my razer blackwidow boards. I like them over my rosewills and cm storm. The blackwidow has a very pleasant sound after o-ring mod, Rosewill are still kind of loud and cm storm I haven't modded yet but i do hear pinging.

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MX Blues can get really loud imho, so if you don't want a noisy keyboard the Blues are a no-go.

That and to get N-Key rollover just use a USB to PS/2 adapter.

I doubt anyone needs to hit more than 6 keys at once though..
They are not so bad with o-ring.
The keyboard has to support the ps/2 connection, it is not automatic that a usb to ps/2 would work.
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Foxconn is a huge oem and has a tremendous range on its quality.
My understanding was that Rosewill used the same OEM as filco.
Slight correction to my above post, Rosewills are Costar-made, same as Filco. Regardless, take a look at the album linked above. The soldering quality for the Monoprice model is absolutely tragic, and soldering quality has been widely attributed as the primary source of failure for M10s. No change here.
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They are not so bad with o-ring.
The keyboard has to support the ps/2 connection, it is not automatic that a usb to ps/2 would work.
o-o I've never had any issue with any keyboard using a usb to ps/2 adapter.. maybe I'm just lucky.
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As much as I support Monoprice and buy a lot of stuff from them. I had to RMA my cherry mx red blacklit keyboard from them because it broke. Probably due to the crappy soldering mentioned above. Also, the keycaps and cherry mx switches themselves feel awful. Not to threadcrap or anything, but I believe for once Monoprice skimped out on quality on a product.

Before anyone else tells me otherwise, I own 8 other mechanical keyboards of various brands, including but not limited to Ducky, Noppoo, Razer.......So I definitely thought the monoprice keyboard in comparison was not good, not even at the discounted price
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o-o I've never had any issue with any keyboard using a usb to ps/2 adapter.. maybe I'm just lucky.
I think you right about this particular keyboard based on the amazon link of the ione branded casing. It has a picture with the ps/2 adapter attached.

I've definitely had keyboards that were usb only, no ps/2 support. I understand that the keyboard has to have controller support for each though I couldn't quickly find any references to that.
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Slight correction to my above post, Rosewills are Costar-made, same as Filco. Regardless, take a look at the album linked above. The soldering quality for the Monoprice model is absolutely tragic, and soldering quality has been widely attributed as the primary source of failure for M10s. No change here.
I was only speaking to the concept that an OEM would only have crappy quality and the brand wouldn't matter. Not arguing that this keyboard is any particular quality level.
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Spend a little more for a better mechanical keyboard. I own 3. The CM Quickfire is the absolute best. I get random orgasms while typing. Seriously.

http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Quick...+quickfire
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I wish Monoprice carried mechanical keyboards compatible with Mac. Frown
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I wish Monoprice carried mechanical keyboards compatible with Mac. Frown
The keyboard is actually compatible with the mac as much as any PC keyboard is. If you want something with Mac specific keys though, the Matias Tactile Pro or Quiet Pro are probably the best choice of any keyboard. I picked up my Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Mac for $60 shipped from Amazon warehouse and saw a couple on there a few days ago around $70. I am certainly happy with mine. Other than that there's really on Das that I am aware of for mechanicals. You can find some Warehouse Deals ones for around the same price or $99 new on Amazon.
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I have an iOne based KB and it is working perfectly fine. In fact, I love it. My other Rosewill KB is also working fine, but thanks to the keys being painted on and not laser etched the fonts are rubbing off. For $40 I advise ppl. to jump on this.
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Quote from KITHPOM View Post :
Foxconn is a huge oem and has a tremendous range on its quality.
My understanding was that Rosewill used the same OEM as filco.




The recent deals on the Rosewill keyboards, especially the reds, might have been to clear old bad usb connector stock so don't feel bad on missing out.

I've been very happy with my razer blackwidow boards. I like them over my rosewills and cm storm. The blackwidow has a very pleasant sound after o-ring mod, Rosewill are still kind of loud and cm storm I haven't modded yet but i do hear pinging.



They are not so bad with o-ring.
The keyboard has to support the ps/2 connection, it is not automatic that a usb to ps/2 would work.
Which o-rings did you go with? I haven't had any experience with the o-ring mods and saw the black rubber or red or blue......
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