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.
Awesome high quality keyboard. The construction is high quality and very professional looking which is perfect for the office. I had WASD Keyboards not print the labels on the F keys and I love it. MX Brown switches are excellent. (Posted on 3/16/17)
I'm new to Mechanical key boards and now I wonder why I took so long to get in board. The WASD is the best I have seen so far. The keys are almost therapeutic to type on and the MX Brown is not too loud to bother everyone around you. (Posted on 3/16/17)
Just got my second one of these (with MX Browns). My first I've been using for over a year at home for gaming/programming, and just got a second one to use at work. Very well-behaved, rock solid, and I have yet to be able to destroy it.
I was really excited by the ability to do design this keyboard however i wanted, custom keycaps and the whole 9 yards. What i wasn't expecting was the company to email me to ask specifics about any questions they had about the design i had made. They really wanted the keyboard to look EXACTLY the way i had envisioned it. So thank you Daniel and the whole crew at WASDkeyboards. 10/10 would buy again (Posted on 3/7/17)
911 Center in Washington State. This is the first time we've been able to put a high-quality, customized-layout keyboard in front of our 911 call takers and dispatchers. They love it!
The quality and durability of this keyboard will ensure its use in a 24/7 environment much longer than most other keyboards. The custom layout makes it easier for us to quickly find appropriate functions without depending upon problematical paper overlays taped to the keyboards. (Posted on 3/2/17)
I love my keyboard!!! i used the comments section to color the font on some keys a certain color while others a different color AND they actually listened. I have the mx greens (which I love!!) I let my coworker try out my keyboard and she was converted immediately. (Posted on 2/27/17)