CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear

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CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX ClearCODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear
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With o-rings nothing needs changing Review by Asmodian
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I have used a lot of different mechanical keyboards and the CODE with MX Clears is my favorite so far.

A "basic" keyboard with with a nice even back light and some useful config options so it can be personalized with an odd tweak or two. Mine has no issues. I really like the MX Clears as well though I recently added some 40A-R o-rings which made it even better. (Posted on 11/14/14)
BEST MECHANICAL KEYBOARD EVER Review by MassiveOni
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I've seen a few mechanical keyboards, but this would have to be the best I have ever used, Cherry My Clear switches are better then red blacks and blues by a mile, and with the key o rings it gets even better.

The only thing that would make it better would be if there was an optional add on to change the color of the leds.

Other than that one tiny complaint, this keyboard is perfect. (Posted on 11/12/14)
pretty good keyboard Review by steph
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Good typing experience, but like most mechanicals the keys sit quite high which may require you to change your desk height to achieve good ergonomics. Not as quiet as I hoped, since the spring on the keys is quite powerful which creates a loud "thonk" when a key is released.

Perfect backlighting, and excellent placement of special functions (play/pause, next, prev, etc...) which make them very easy to manipulate with the right hand (seriously every keyboard should adopt this placement, it's way better than having them with the F-keys at the top). (Posted on 11/5/14)
1 week of use Review by Okuma.Scott
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Full disclosure: this is my first mechanical keyboard since the 90's.

As other posters have said, the backspace key is squeaky. I'll have to look into that lube, although I'm not keen on having to deal with the dirt magnet factor...

I've got no qualms with the DIP switches. In fact I love them in comparison with the software / special drivers required for other fancy keyboards with lighting. If you use a KVM like I do (IO Gear GCS1644), those other fancy-pants keyboards won't work like you'd expect.

The brightness of the indicator lights do NOT vary with with the key light brightness!
They appear to always be lit at the lowest setting.
Also (for me and everyone else it seems) they are not visible normally. I have to sit up to look at them; not ideal, fix this please! (just move them up a bit!)

I disagree with what a previous poster said: "it's perfectly easy not to bottom out with clears". Unless I am being very deliberate and concentrating on not bottoming out, it happens with almost every keystroke. [Please disregard everything you've read about clears being 'heavy"; they aren't] Maybe I'm just a heavy-handed typist (used to dome-switch membranes), but I wish that WASD would have automagically suggested O-rings.

Why doesn't WASD sell back-lit key caps? If my keys wear down (as happened on my previous keyboard, a Saitek Eclipse (PZ30AU)) where will I go for replacement keys!?
WASD offers all kinds of crazy key caps, why not any that are back-lit compatible?

Although I'll probably never switch away from qwerty, it's disheartening to know that switching this keyboard over to another layout will result in messed up key angles "because they're sculpted" - stattenf.

The fact that Jeff Atwood helped design this keyboard swayed me a little bit. I'm a coder by profession and I'm no stranger to Stackoverflow. I went looking for a back-lit mechanical keyboard first and found the CODE, before finding out a SO founder helped create it.

All in all, I'm very pleased. I don't see any reason not to give this a 5 star rating. The keys feel freaking awesome compared to the dome membranes I was used to. This is the best back-lit keyboard available hands-down and so far it has been worth every penny.

Other thoughts:
- It needs a wrist-rest to be used comfortably.
- Why sacrifice the menu key when the right "windows" key is prime for the taking? Give users the flexibility to have both at the same time!!!
(Posted on 10/29/14)
Excellent Review by cyborhyzm
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I have purchased two of these keyboards; one for home and one for work. Both are equally awesome and great to use.

I had one very minor problem, the exact same problem with both keyboards: When I started using them, the backspace key was very sqeeky and stiff. I notified WASD keyboards and they sent lubricant promptly. This solved the problem for both keyboards, but I wish this problem was fixed before the items were sent.

Otherwise, I am very happy and enjoying the keyboards every day. (Posted on 10/5/14)
Good keyboard Review by Mystik
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Owned this keyboard for a few weeks now; great keyboard, good feeling, and still fairly quiet.

I'm not a huge fan of where the lights are on the keyboard, from where I sit, they simply cannot be seen; with that said, I only really need to look at them when numlock is off and it should be on, or caps lock is on and it should be off; which is rare, so it's a minor issue.

Having to choose whether to have a menu button or Fn key is tough; I don't use that menu button much, but I use it enough to warrant its existence. But if I ever want to be able to control the lighting on this keyboard, I have to sacrifice it for the Fn key so I can adjust the lights. A bit of an inconvenience.

Those are my biggest gripes - both minor. besides that, WYSIWYG. This keyboard is everything I expected it to be: Awesome. (Posted on 9/21/14)
Awesome! Review by Geo Miller
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My last cherry mx blue keyboard was good, but way too loud. This one has great tactile feedback and a low noise level. Love it -- I'm thinking about buying another one. (Posted on 9/20/14)
Awesome keyboard Review by Goodrich
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It has just the right amount of clickiness, travel on the keys, tactile response, etc. I like that it is a "basic" keyboard without all kinds of extra buttons, but it has the FN key to control volume, pause, play, etc. The backlighting is awesome. I bought one for work and one for home. (Posted on 9/19/14)
Great Keyboard All Around Review by Mike-who-found-clears
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I can't say enough about this keyboard that other people haven't already said. It's amazingly well built, feel fantastic and is perfect for all my different computer related activities.

First off, I was a little wary that with white LED's there would be variance in the brightness and color because white LED's are notoriously inconsistent. I can assure you that the lighting system they use produces even and bright clear white light for the whole keyboard. The backlighting, keycaps and trays sync together to make it all just simple and beautiful.

Secondly, I was worried about trying clear because I have a board with Cherry MX reds and I really like the lack of stiffness in those switches. I transition from reds at work to clears at home every single day and have absolutely no problem adjusting. In fact the clears weren't as stiff as I was expecting and it actually made me start feeling like the reds weren't so light after all. All this means is that the difference in force is minuscule except at the point of activation that gives it a nice tactile feel. The bump also results in a nice bottoming out sound if you're a heavy typist (though it's perfectly easy not to bottom out with clears)

The only slight qualm I have with the board is the the larger keys (shift, space enter etc.) that have a stabilizing bar could use a little more lube. They've got that pseudo-squeaky feeling/noise that means I should just get a small bottle and dab a drop or two in there (remember to use the right kind and don't corrode your keycaps). I think this squeak could easily be attributed to normal and acceptable variance is product production.

Overall 5/5 would buy again but won't need to since it's so well made. (Posted on 9/19/14)
Awesome Keyboard Review by RJ
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I have owned many mechanical keyboards and this one hands down is exceptional.
I ordered the CODE series with Cherry MX Clears, they are pretty much silent compared to my old MX Browns.This company makes high quality keyboards and i am very happy to own one.


Special thank you to Weyman
RJ (Posted on 9/11/14)

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