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Monoprice.com [monoprice.com] has Dark Matter Collider RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry Red Switches) for $57.12. Shipping is free
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It is a sub brand of Monoprice. Their stuff is good and cheap. Not the best but affordable.
Looks like a decent deal for someone dipping their toe into the mechanical keyboard ecosystem, but the original $99 price is a bit much.

This one seems to have zero software to allow you to address the RGB keys, which might diminish its capabilities quite a bit.

I'm not too sold on the font... especially around the numpad. It also doesn't look like the keys are double shot, so that might be a little concerning.

If you don't need the RGB, you can find single backlight keyboards from more reputable brands for around the $50 mark that may have a little bit more functionality built in.

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Never heard of this brand
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It is a sub brand of Monoprice. Their stuff is good and cheap. Not the best but affordable.
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I got their Workstream by Monoprice Brown Switch Full Size Mechanical Keyboard.
Its a solid keyboard, heavier than the cheapies I got lying around.

Might give the red one a try.
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Looks like a decent deal for someone dipping their toe into the mechanical keyboard ecosystem, but the original $99 price is a bit much.

This one seems to have zero software to allow you to address the RGB keys, which might diminish its capabilities quite a bit.

I'm not too sold on the font... especially around the numpad. It also doesn't look like the keys are double shot, so that might be a little concerning.

If you don't need the RGB, you can find single backlight keyboards from more reputable brands for around the $50 mark that may have a little bit more functionality built in.
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Looks like a decent deal for someone dipping their toe into the mechanical keyboard ecosystem, but the original $99 price is a bit much.

This one seems to have zero software to allow you to address the RGB keys, which might diminish its capabilities quite a bit.

I'm not too sold on the font... especially around the numpad. It also doesn't look like the keys are double shot, so that might be a little concerning.

If you don't need the RGB, you can find single backlight keyboards from more reputable brands for around the $50 mark that may have a little bit more functionality built in.
The one I have is only white lit and is completely controlled by pressing certain keys, no software. That must be how this one is controlled. Pressing certain keys cycles through the available choices.
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The one I have is only white lit and is completely controlled by pressing certain keys, no software. That must be how this one is controlled. Pressing certain keys cycles through the available choices.
Yeah, it's mostly reliant on set patterns and a limited memory function.

Conversely, keyboards with software controllers are usually 100% addressable.

I don't look down at my keyboard all too often, but having addressable keys does allow you to light up specific ones to correspond with your software.

For touch typists, that might seem gimmicky, but I could see it help with learning or to supersede colored key caps in editing keyboards.
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1 year warranty, so buy with a credit card that extends warranty (costco card gives +2 years, most others are +1 or 0)
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It is a sub brand of Monoprice. Their stuff is good and cheap. Not the best but affordable.
Just out of curiosity:
Something like price/quality of Rosewill? Or closer to AmazonBasics?
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Just out of curiosity:
Something like price/quality of Rosewill? Or closer to AmazonBasics?
Monoprice is better than both of these brands IMO (Amazon and Rosewill), but you could probably get a low end Logitech or Corsair for not much more.
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Good for the office?
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Good for the office?
Cherry Brown switches would be better for most office settings.

They're linear with a tactile click, so you'll eventually learn to not bottom them out, making them even quieter than reds for most people.

The next step up from that would be red switches such as these but with key dampeners added.

Key dampeners can be added to nearly any type of switch to diminish their bottoming out (the key hitting the chassis of the keyboard and making a CLACK sound), but they obviously make more sense in a linear switch where you don't have an audible click.

It's extremely uncommon, but you can also use thin felt strips between the rows of keys for a softer "landing" of the key.

— These tips brought to you by the Anti Cherry Blue at Work Coalition.
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Looks like a decent deal for someone dipping their toe into the mechanical keyboard ecosystem, but the original $99 price is a bit much.

This one seems to have zero software to allow you to address the RGB keys, which might diminish its capabilities quite a bit.

I'm not too sold on the font... especially around the numpad. It also doesn't look like the keys are double shot, so that might be a little concerning.

If you don't need the RGB, you can find single backlight keyboards from more reputable brands for around the $50 mark that may have a little bit more functionality built in.
Program-free is a selling point here because those programs can be bloated are obviously prone to any software failure that might occur. The extra macro stuff is nice but outside of super niche uses I'm not going to bother with the vast majority of them. But without loading the software I get almost no RGB options with my Corsair strafe, and the keys just illuminate red.

I'm considering pulling the trigger on this one just for having a nice back-up, the lack of software is attractive to me!
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