I bought the V2 104-Key board with cherry MX browns and custom keycaps. The SVG template file they provided was very intuitive and I had no issues submitting custom designs for the keycaps (e.g. I used the longcat emoji for the numeric enter and a design of my own for the OS key). I submitted the design on a Sunday night, they confirmed my address on Tuesday, and shipped it out on Wednesday. All of the characters on the keyboard came out crisp and the unit itself is quite sturdy. (Posted on 4/23/17)
These are SOLID, GREAT keyboards. I love the feel and the customization options.
I first ordered one of these keyboards for myself to use at work. I loved it so much, I made some changes to the custom printed keys and ordered a second one for home. A week later I ordered another one, this time for my wife.
The only way I would love it more is if it was a Bluetooth keyboard, but I can live with the cable. (Posted on 4/8/17)
Really love the build quality of the keyboard base and its rounting options for the cable are good, but don't always work quite as intended. The cabling always falls out when I use any of the paths except for the one in the middle of the keyboard. Not a deal breaker but something to consider.
The keycaps are a little soft, I've slightly damaged a few keys while taking them off, little dints on the underside of the keys but this is probably a result of having MX Clear switches which are tight fitting on the keycaps but something to be aware of.
Loving the colours and the feel of the rest of the keyboard though, the angling feet are really sturdy are well suited to someone who likes to really smash their keys and not more their board around.
Review of the MX clears, not so great for games where you have to press multiple keys at once for long periods of time, they're quite heavy as a switch.
On the flip side however, they have a really satisfying click to them when you use them for typing and you get used to not pressing them down all the way quite quickly. A little on the loud side for working in an office, but you can always get some spacers to help with that, they really only make lots of noise when you bottom out the key stroke.
So all in all, if you're looking to primarily type, get clears. Else you're probably going to want to get browns if you're into competitive gaming and still want a "bump" switch.
I wish there were a few more functions built into this keyboard with the function button for example; it would be nice to be able to disable or remap the insert key because, lets be real, who doesn't get irritated by it getting bumped on and ruining a decent wall of text.
A software remap of the Fkeys to use with the function button would also be nice.
9/10 won't be replacing this gem until they make clears in RGB (Posted on 4/7/17)
It is a lot of money for a keyboard, but it is certainly a value. The ability to customize the keycaps is phenomenal. The chassis is light years more solid than I expected, and the brand less face as well as restrained design is much appreciated. Very very good! (Posted on 4/2/17)
This keyboard is awesome. It's very high-quality and feels like a very solid build. Its size isn't too big compared to another mechanical keyboard I bought, and I really like the feel of the Cherry MX brown switches with the 0.2 mm sound dampening O rings (red). The P key didn't feel just right—it was harder to push with my tiny pinky—but WASD gives you the tool to pop off the key caps, so I did and adjusted the O ring and now it's great and works as expected.
I use Mac so I really like how I can flick a switch in the back and have the command and option keys map to where I want to at the hardware level, and I don't have to go into System Preferences whenever I plug it into a new computer (or log into a new user on the same computer). This makes it a great keyboard for pair programming and plugging into other people's machines without having to re-configure at the operating system level.
My only complaint (but not really) is they don't have enough colours to choose from for the custom keycap colour. Though they can print in any colour, the plastic itself is available only in a limited amount of colours (~20). I had emailed support asking if I could pay more to get a custom colour but that's not possible. They did, however, direct me to a post about finding alternative keycaps that would work with their keyboard, which is helpful, but I like the idea of it being fool-proof if I do it on the WASD site. I would love to see more colours in the future. Not a deal-breaker but being able to choose any colour would definitely be the cherry on top. I do like that feature of RGB keyboards.
Initially I had bought a keyboard I thought was awesome. It was a gaming keyboard, the Razer Chroma Black Widow RGB keyboard. The keys were very clicky and much too loud for the office if you have cranky colleagues, so I ended up doing some research on the switches WASD offers (Cherry MX in a variety of colours) and I went with Cherry MX Brown with the 0.2 mm sound dampening O rings (red). It's quieter but not completely quiet, and still has a great feel. I think it's great and quiet enough for the office.
The WASD keyboard feels like a higher-quality build than the gaming keyboard I got recently, and offers the DIP switch to configure keys like command, option, function, etc. at the hardware level. The DIP switch feature is awesome! Now that I know about the media key configuration, I think I might buy more keycaps with the media keys on them. Normally I'm used to keys on the keyboard not working with Mac, but I am hoping that since there are explicit settings on how to make media keys work that they would work. I could always give it a shot and buy the keys once I figure it out the settings.
I like how the body isn't bulky, the USB cable is detachable and comes with a wrapping tie. They really paid attention to the details. It looks sleek on a desk and is easy to cart around with me—I bring it back and forth to work every day.
Though it ended up costing $330 Canadian after the exchange, shipping, and duty—much more than I've ever paid for a keyboard before—I am very happy with the product so far and don't feel ripped off in the least.
I could keep going but I think I wrote enough.
WASD really does an awesome job at their keyboards. I heard about the CODE keyboard from a colleague, and then saw that the regular WASD keyboard can be configured, so I ended up going with this one. I'm so happy with it, it's awesome. I get compliments on it at the office. Even the cranky colleague was extremely into this keyboard and had nothing negative to say. I would vote it more stars if I could! (Posted on 4/1/17)
Boy do I love my new keyboard. I decided to go retro-Mac. WASD was great about me changing a few things from that which I submitted. I got Brown switches with no dampeners. Boy do I love typing on this thing. It's heavy and high quality.
I have a Blue switch that I use at work. Blue are nice also, but I like the Brown better. (Posted on 4/1/17)
I'm using the clear switches, and it's a great combination of feel, and relatively quiet operation (of course, there's still some volume when you bottom out the keys, but you don't get that AND the click). I also find it fairly pleasing aesthetically; I really appreciate the lack of branding. I got the vi keys, which I got as much as anything else because they look nice - I don't really need them, for the most part, although I have noticed one or two vi shortcuts that I wouldn't have known otherwise.
One last note - I very much agree with Alan on the weight of the keyboard. It's very nice to have a keyboard that stays right where it's put, unless intentionally moved. Plus, with certain things, there's a feel of quality that comes with a certain amount of heft, and it seems that keyboards are one of those things. (Posted on 3/23/17)
After breaking two different Microsoft 4000 keyboards, I figured it was time to upgrade to a mechanical one. I picked out a V2 with Cherry MX Brown and no sound dampeners. It took a few minutes to get used to the depth of the keys as compared to the previous keyboards, but hearing the click as I type is a great feeling as a programmer.
I've already recommended it to several colleagues who are themselves considering it. (Posted on 3/17/17)
Background: I'm a Linux sysadmin who has spent the last 15 years doing tons of typing all day every day. I was never trained to type, but over the years I've become something of a touch typist. My fingers know where all the letter keys are, but numbers and punctuation keys are sometimes a problem. $200 is a lot of money to drop on a keyboard, but if you spend as much time using one as I do, it's a solid investment.
I grew up using keyboards with mechanical switches and (unfortunately) made the switch with the rest of the world to rubber-dome keyboards. :-( I got used to typing on those with the ridiculously short throw, but never really liked them.
I ordered a WASD keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches with the red o-ring dampners. I really like the feel of the keys as I type, but it's taking a little getting used to. My muscle memory adapted to the short-throw of rubber-dome and chicklet keyboards and the thinner profile. I find that I'm making a few typos here and there which I wouldn't have made on my previous keyboard. However, after using it for about a week, those errors are diminishing as my fingers adjust to the change.
I find this keyboard much more comfortable to type on. Each key is tactility segregated from other keys in a way that most cheap keyboards do not do. I find this diminishes the chances of accidentally pressing two keys instead of one. I ordered a mostly black keyboard, but got all the alphanumeric and punctuation keys done in a dark gray with black lettering. This greatly mutes the visibility of the lettering, encouraging me to expand my ability to touch type those keys, but keeps it there just in case I can't see to find that danged '[' or '%' sign. :-)
If you like the old Model M buckling spring keyboards, you'll like the Cherry MX Blue switches. The feel is very similar to your fingers, but it lacks the "sprong" sound common to buckling spring keyboards.
The weight of the keyboard is a really nice bonus for extended typing sessions. The keyboard will not move around by a slight increase in pressure, but can be easily repositioned intentionally. Overall, the feel of the keyboard is greatly similar to the keyboards of the late 80s into the mid 90s, when every computer came with a big keyboard with mechanical switches.