WASD V2 105-Key ISO Custom Mechanical Keyboard

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My new keyboard is perfect! Review by StefB
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I've been using my new keyboard for about 2 weeks and I am really happy with my purchase. I chose the Cherry MX Blue switches and the sound and tactile feel are perfect for me.


(Posted on 8/14/17)
Keyboard assembly error, but it's fine now Review by G.Y.
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The keyboard was shipped with a crooked space bar. Since the switches are Cherry MX Clear, I waited 12 days before attempting to see what's wrong (on day 1 the keys were dangerously difficult to pull). It turns out one of two stabilizers inserts was assembled backwards.

It was not a pleasant experience having to fix this because of the horror stories related to Cherry MX Clear switches breaking. Support is good though, so that was that.

And now the keyboard works nicely. UV printing quality is as good as my previous purchase (which convinced me into buying a new keyboard here in the first place). Bought for the workplace, and it is quieter than those of my colleagues who are using membrane keyboards, so that's neat.

4 stars for this assembly error. The following don't affect my rating:

- Informative for those who wish to ship to France (Paris): $48.25 for UPS Worldwide Express Saver + 42.80€ for customs. Purchased on a Sunday night, began shipping Friday, delivered Monday afternoon (total 8 days).

- Personal preference, my other two mechanical keyboards are using Mini USB, therefore the custom sleeved cables I had purchased for these keyboards are not compatible with the WASD v2, which uses Micro USB. I don't know which proportion of mechs use Micro USB, but I find that unfortunate. The good thing is that the socket is inside the keyboard behind cable management slots, so the cable and the socket are less likely to break.

- I find the flip out rubber pads impossible to open without the help of some thin plastic tool. I gave up using them at all considering I have to install and remove the keyboard every day.

Pictures: https://imgur.com/a/kQIg9 (Posted on 7/29/17)
Great keyboard Review by Javier
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I've bought the keyboard for work since I do translations all day long. This improved my typing speed and now I use less force to activate any single key. The keyboard is compact and solid, with a nice weight. I've opted for the brown swtiches and I think I'm happy with the sound level. The only thing I would like to recommed as an improvement is making the attachment of the cable to the micro USB port at the bottom of the keyboard more stable. I had to put a piece of electrical tape over the cable over the notched part of the housing so the cable doesn't come off the notch (eventually damaging the micro USB port) every time I move the keyboard around. (Posted on 7/16/17)
Solid, great to type on, all the goodness and none of the bloat of most mech kbds Review by MarkXS
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Had this about a week now. Love it. So does my wife, a writer and online designer who'd never used a mechanical keyboard before. MX Blues with the 2mm O-rings. Not gamers so didn't want a linear switch. As hoped, my touch-typing has gotten more accurate and her mash-the-keys typing style has gotten softer on this supposed "louder" board, compared to the built-in laptop keyboards and external mushyboards we were using.

Custom colors V2. Loved that I could set custom colors for different groupings of keys. They go further with the designer template download to play with the keycap labels, like make the media functions a different color than the main functions on the keys, do dual Linux Penguin/Windows Logo OS keys for my dual-boot laptop. Different, higher-contrast legend color for the AltGr functions on keys, from the main legend color on the same keys. This is really excellent for functional improvement customization, not just looking good. But that too!

105-key ISO in the Spanish layout, for use where I'm an expat/resident in Uruguay. Matches the key layout on my locally-bought laptop, and the layout on most external rubberdome keyboards sold here. Shipped to my Miami package-forwarding service so took about a week more but WASD delivered it in US less than a week after I customized my order. Mentioning the Spanish bit because WASD is also one of the only ways to get a Spanish-layout mechanical keyboard, and the only way to get one with any degree of choice in switches.

Will be in the Bay Area in a few weeks. Might just swing by and pick up a code 87-key or a custom in a US-INTL layout while I'm there. Yes I'm that happy with it, including the overall construction, smart placement of the Fn-controlled media keys for one-handed use, and little touches like the big rubber feet and multi-choice cable-routing.

A few constructive suggestions / criticisms:

1) Wish the DIP switch for changing the CapsLock key to Control was the more-common swap of it with the Ctrl key becoming CapsLock, rather than ending up with no CapsLock and two Left-Ctrl switches. I'm old enough to have been a WordStar fan and later user of editors like the Turbo Pascal editor that used the WordStar Diamond, which was originally based on having the Ctrl on the home-row, as it was on the original IBM PC keyboard before the 101-key Model M came out and "ruined it". But as a writer and developer, there are times I do indeed want a CapsLock, somewhere.

2) Likewise wish the switch for remapping the Menu key to be Fn, was perhaps a swap of Menu onto the Right-OS-key. That way you could have both Fn and the context-menu "right-clicki" key exposed, while still having one OS key. Makes more like many laptops.

3) Can you also add the Latin American Spanish layout as an option, not just the one you have that I bought, Spanish (of Spain)? They are different, and actually the US Spanish-speaking and Latin American market uses the Latin American Spanish layout more than the Spanish layout. Most Spanish-language laptops sold in the Americas (not mine) use Latin American Spanish, the one where the @ is AltGr-q rather than AltGr-2, and which does not have the rarely-used Ç key.

4) Can you do either of the Spanish layouts on a Code 105/88? There are a lot of technologists, developers, startup cultures throughout Spanish-speaking countries.

5) Minor assembly/QA gripe: I bought this with the dampening rings, but it felt like the rings weren't installed on the AltGr, R-OS, and Fn keys. I was getting noisy bottoming-out on those, and using a Spanish layout and media keys, I use the AltGr and Fn key a lot. I was wary of pulling the keycaps on a "fresh" keyboard, even though Blues aren't supposed to be as "sticky" and at risk of breakage as fresh "clears" for about a week. But I did today, and the rings were indeed there. However I guess the keycaps hadn't properly settled. After re-inserting them and giving them an extra-hard push while doing so, now they feel the same as the others and there's much less bottoming-clack. Maybe there needs to be a quick "every-key" audible-tactile QA in place? Or at least a note to the buyer about what to do if some sound/feel different than others?

Overall really love this board and the way you do business, based on this first purchase, which may well not be my last! That's why I took the time to write such a long review. Which was easy to type on this.

**REPLY FROM WASD SUPPORT**
Thanks for writing out such a comprehensive review, and we're glad to hear you're happy with the board! Your suggestions are reasonable and we're paying attention to user feedback for future versions. (Posted on 7/11/17)
Low profile and clean. Review by Malifiecent
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I choose blank layout style with white keycaps, on top of the black board this looks amazingly clean. No fancy RGB lightning, no extra macro buttons - my keyboard is a no nonsense board. Black switches with 0,2 mm rings that feel amazing. They are pretty "hard", personally I love the feel and with the rings - I don't get the "thump" when the key is pressed to the bottom.

I'm super happy with this keyboard, the low profile, no nonsense and great feel of it earns a 5-star rating from me. The pricing for the board itself is fair, shipping and customs to Sweden isn't fair. (Posted on 6/22/17)
Best Keyboard I've had Review by Ariel
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I got the one with green Cherry-Mx switches and I love the clickity-click noise and feel.

My keyboard was customized to have the Latin-American layout with a Ubuntu symbol start button. Spending time choosing all of these things myself and even having to upload a layout made it feel so much more precious to me.

The only thing I can say against it is that the USB cable was too easily detached and would usually come off whenever I tried to move the keyboard around (which didn't happen much anyways).

Left mine at my home country when I moved to USA, probably going to buy another one of these soon. (Posted on 6/12/17)
Just the best Review by Chris
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I've tried the competition: dasKeyboard, cooler master, logitech. They make very good keyboards but nothing that comes close to WASD.
I own a CODE-104 and purchased this V2 for my wife and she loves it.

For bird owners: the keyboard is build like a tank, though we protect our keyboards from our parrots, they will try to play and pull the keys at every opportunity (they destroyed 3 Apple keyboards). With the WASD keyboard: they have no chance. (Posted on 5/30/17)
Great Key board Review by jxerome
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Just a great keyboard. (Posted on 5/22/17)
Good, easy to repair Review by steve
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I'm no mechanical keyboard expert (this is my first one), but when it arrived, the enter key by the numpad didn't work right unless I pressed it right in the middle of the key. Pressing the top part would make it stick, and pressing the bottom part wasn't possible (it didn't move at all).

After removing the keycap it appeared that the stabilizer spring was only attached on the one side. I don't know how common this is with a new keyboard, but fortunately it was simple enough to fix and now it works great all over.

It'd be nice if you could for example make the *right* Ctrl key be Fn, as I never ever use that key, while I do use the menu key, but I guess it's a minor issue I'll get used to. (Posted on 4/29/17)
Solid, reliable, customised! Review by Kryten
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Due certain keys being out of stock, my order took a while to be fulfilled, so I had about three weeks of anticipation building up before the keyboard arrived. It still arrived earlier than the date WASD gave, so credit to them for under-promising and over-delivering.

I went for clear keyswitches, which are stiff in a way that feels reassuringly proper. I'm getting used to the feel of them and my typing is improving a little. I'm conscious that I could be ghosting my fingers across the keys with proper typing technique. There's a satisfying clack when you want to hit a key harder at, say, the end of a sentence.

Build quality is solid and robust. My only quibble is the right shift key wobbles a little bit, but the only time I'm going to sit here wobbling a shift key is when I'm writing a review.

Printing on the keys is really good, but I would have appreciated a little guidance about minimum point size for line width on the template document, as I would have designed a couple of my custom icons slightly differently. The little white x inside my black delete key disappears a little, for example.

Function key mapping for Mac OS X was simple with Karabiner, and you can hand-edit an xml file for super-specific remapping.

Miniscule quibbles aside, this is a damn fine keyboard, made even better because I could customise it with a pleasantly retro aesthetic. Now I'm fighting the urge to order a super-customised TKL version. (Posted on 4/27/17)

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