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Diatec Filco Majestouch 2 review

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GeorgeStorm 30th January 2013, 19:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
A KB without an LCD screen is useless.

Haha what?
longweight 30th January 2013, 20:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
A KB without an LCD screen is useless.

lol.
Shirty 30th January 2013, 20:54 Quote
Déjà vu?

I can think of few things more superfluous than an LCD readout on a keyboard outside of a few very specific applications. Don't get me wrong - its not a bad feature - but to suggest that a keyboard is useless without one is like suggesting that a monitor without built in speakers is unusable.

Utter bilge.
longweight 30th January 2013, 21:25 Quote
Ahhh it's that troll again.
Spreadie 30th January 2013, 22:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
I can think of few things more superfluous than an LCD readout on a keyboard outside of a few very specific applications. Don't get me wrong - its not a bad feature

I'd go as far as to say it's a pointless feature. Right up there with a keyboard-mounted fan to dry your sweaty palms! ;)
leslie 30th January 2013, 22:20 Quote
Many of the complaints here are personal preference.

Some people dislike media keys, they may not only view them as gimmicks, but poorly placed ones can be an issue. I have one where if you are off just a little hitting the backspace key, you launch the calculator. Backlighting is another personal preference, however backlighting brings issues as well. As the keys wear, the backlighting shines through, I have seen it happen in as little as 6 weeks. The led's are also failure prone (for some reason), draw more power, and make it difficult to make key switch changes should you decide to do so. These keyboards look unassuming on a desk, no LCD, no gawdy lights, as such, it looks just as good on the CEO's desk as it does on a gamers desk.

Filco went after something more basic, and you can argue their choices, in the end, while many will agree it's a little overpriced, most people with an interest in mechanical keyboards pretty much consider Filco to be the standard others are measured by and it consistently gets recommended for people new to mechanical keyboards.

Keep in mind, that there are three things you are in constant contact with when using your computer, the mouse, monitor and keyboard, everything else is only part time. This is where your comfort comes in and where you should be investing a little more instead of trying to save a buck. There is a reason 20 year old IBM keyboards are still sought after.
knutjb 6th February 2013, 14:36 Quote
I have the Rosewill with the red cherrys I bought for quite a bit less. To be able to use the n-roll over you have to use the ps/2 cable. Also have a Unicomp, the OEM of the IBM spring switch, that feels a little odd at first but is amazing to type on. I know why the old IBM kb's are so prized.
Grimloon 7th February 2013, 12:51 Quote
My Filco has actually saved me money - I used to kill a dome capped keyboard every 2 to 3 months, I really hate the ultra cheap ones so was trying different gamers keyboards at £30+ each. I bought a Majestouch 2 TKL a year ago for £100, I'm typing on it now with no issues so it's saved me the money I would have spent on the ones that previously I would have broken (at least that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!)

Now if only they did that one ninja printed in a tenkeyless version... :D
Shirty 7th February 2013, 13:16 Quote
Like this?

http://i.imgur.com/gjA09.jpg

Got to buy it from Asia though at the moment.
Grimloon 7th February 2013, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Like this?

http://i.imgur.com/gjA09.jpg

Got to buy it from Asia though at the moment.

I get a touch antsy about ANSI so have to wait for them to put all of the keys in the right places first :p
Shirty 7th February 2013, 14:33 Quote
ISO what you did there ;)
Shirty 7th February 2013, 15:55 Quote
Unless something very bad has happened to my eyes, that ain't red :p
Big_malc 7th February 2013, 16:04 Quote
Filco KOBO Red Wood TenKeyless Cover/Fascia red wood bit closer :p one day I learn to read.
Grimloon 7th February 2013, 17:05 Quote
Admittedly the red wood effect case looks nice but then it's £80 extra as opposed to £10 extra on the reviewed one :o Then you add the extra for the custom keycap set you'll need to do the wood effect justice and it starts to get a smidge pricey...
leslie 7th February 2013, 21:26 Quote
I wouldn't hold your breath for a red version, if I remember right, all of the colors other than black and white, are limited edition. When they are gone, they are gone.

On the other hand, you could get the Vortex case for one (and powder coat/anodize it), admittedly, that would it make it even more expensive than the red wood case, but it actually makes it feel more solid than the plastic case and heavy enough to be considered a lethal weapon.

And yes, you can dump some money into these. The MKC alloy case fetches anywhere from $300 to $400 on the used market, then there are alternate switches, key caps, controllers, plates, cables... You can actually upgrade/change every part on the entire keyboard. Of course, you can also spend $1000 doing it.
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