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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Excellent keyboard, though keycaps for alternate layout would be nice Review by Keith G
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This is my first mechanical keyboard. I had never used one before, but after a lot of reading up on them (and reading Jeff Atwood's epic quest for the Perfect Keyboard), I decided it was worth the risk. I'm glad I did it. I was initially slower typing on the mechanical switches than on my Macbook Pro, but after about a week, I was able to match my original typing speed, though I still think it will be another week or two until it feels completely familiar to me.

The look is simple, elegant, and beautiful. It feels sturdy. The backlighting is excellent. I've gotten comments from coworkers when they see it.


I have a few things I wish were different: foremost would be keycaps for alternate layouts. I type on a dvorak, and while I love that the DIP switches let me change to that on the hardware, the keys cannot physically be rearranged -- each row is cut at a slightly different angle. So while I can physically attach the keys in a dvorak layout, they are uneven and essentially unusable like that.

Lesser nitpicks: the DIP switches are tiny and deeply set in the back of the keyboard, so they are a bit tricky to set using just your fingers; using a paperclip is much easier. The Mac layout (OS & Alt keys swapped) is just one of the four available layouts; you cannot use that option and use a dvorak/colemak layout at the same time. (Posted on 7/22/14)
Very happy with my keyboard Review by Dr. Captain
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I haven't used a mechanical keyboard since I learned to type on a typewriter. I did some research and figured the Cherry MX Clears would be a match for my typing style.

Bottom line, I type much faster now. My only problem is going between my laptop and this sweet keyboard.

This unit appears to be rather well built. I have had it for about 4 months. Liked it so much I purchased a 2nd one for my brother to enjoy.

This thing is fairly heavy. Nice.

The backlighting is very nice overall.

Some suggestions:

Caps Lock light is weak. A bigger LED/indicator would be nice. IMHO.

Dip switch changes for various settings....I had to adjust them to change back-light brightness level....seems to be a minor undertaking. (read the instructions and you should be fine.) Ideally, these settings could be adjusted via the PC gui interface itself. I understand this would be a project to create software to handle this.

USB ports would be nice. For the price point, the option to connect my usb headset or other usb device should be expected.

Overall, Buy this keyboard. These guys have done a very good job of building a keyboard that is rock solid. Extra goodies would be nice, but bottom line, it's a better keyboard than I have ever used. (Posted on 7/16/14)
Pretty Awesome Review by NekoGecko
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This keyboard is honestly the best keyboard I've typed on. It almost made me want to go back to school and write essays (keyword: "almost"). I love love love typing on this: the satisfying clicks, not having to press so hard on my keys, the great response time, and the backlighting. The backlighting has to be my favorite feature.

Unlike my other keyboard, the backlighting has MANY levels, not just "brighter than the sun", "only visible in a black hole" or "off". The range is great for me typing both during the day when I need a bright setting or during the night, when I turn it down a bit. I believe it has 6-7 different settings so you can adjust to your needs!

The ONLY reason I did not give 5 stars (I would have given 4.5 if that was an option), is that the keyboard was not as quiet as I was hoping for. They description of my clears with the o-rings stated it would be a soft amount of sound as compared to their Greens, but my boyfriend has Browns and mine was JUST as loud if not slightly louder.

Other than my small issue with the noise (really I can get over it, I listen to my boyfriend's constant rapid programming), this keyboard is like candy for my fingers! (Posted on 7/15/14)
Overpriced and overrated Review by Marv
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The only 2 plusses about this keyboard are the rare mx clear switches and clean look of it.

The quality overall is very lacking. The frame feels very cheap, and the backlighting is varied so that some keys look yellow instead of white. They supposedly "replaced" my first keyboard because of defected LEDs, but the new keyboard I have has the same yellowish hue on the same keys as the first board! I understand some keys like the < > and {} are going to be off in color due to how they are printed, but keys like the "5, 6, D, F, G, H" should all be white since the print is centered. I expect way better quality for an almost $200 board!

I love the switches, but the quality you get for the price is way off! (Posted on 5/12/14)
Almost there Review by Kate
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This is a great keyboard, but there are a few issues.
1. That pinging noise a few people talked about. I can deal with that.
2. This is a keyboard geared to people who use alternative layouts, but the KEYCAPS ARE NOT EXCHANGEABLE
2a. You cannot pick a layout when buying the keyboard, so if you always use dvorak, too bad. The keycaps can't really be switched for it.
2b. You cannot even BUY new keycaps to fix this issue, as the backlighting won't work if you do so.
Had I known about this issue, I would have bought a keyboard from another company.
3. Seriously, who needs 2 OS keys? The switch really should have been so you can turn one of the OS keys (the one on the right, ideally) into an Fn key, not to turn the only menu button into it. Again, minor issue. (Posted on 5/7/14)
solid and pleasing to use Review by Andrew
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My only problem with this keyboard was that the lower lip of the space bar was irritating my thumbs, which normally rest lightly on the space bar. I solved this by removing the space bar and turning it over. (Posted on 5/4/14)
awesome board Review by oscillik
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I've been using a Steelseries 7G mechanical keyboard, which uses Cherry MX Black switches, for quite a few years now. I was getting tired of what I perceived to be chatter on the board, and wondered if it might just be because the keyboard used linear switches.

When I heard about the Code keyboard, I was immediately smitten with the minimalist design and the chance to use switches that aren't all that commonly found in consumer-focused boards (by the likes of Steelseries and Razer). I missed my chance to get one of the first batch, and in the meantime had purchased a HHKB Pro 2.

I was lucky to get one of the second batch though, and I'm very pleased with the keyboard. Very well constructed, very clear instructions (despite people saying to the contrary, instructions have ALWAYS been available from the WASD site, and mine certainly came with printed instructions), and the keyboard works perfectly.

The only reasons this keyboard gets 4 stars rather than 5 are:

1. The keyboard 'pings' when typed on - this seems to be due to the springs inside the switches resonating when the keyboard is typed on. I compared the resonation to my Cherry MX Black board as well as my two Cherry MX brown gamepad and keypad. All of the boards exhibit some sort of resonation, but the Code keyboard seems to be much more noticeable. In my admittedly amatuer opinion, this would appear to be due to the springs (they require a differing actuation force from the MX Black and MX Brown keyboards).

2. I have been spoiled by the Topre switches and PBT keycaps that are on the HHKB Pro 2. Now, my comment here isn't intended to detract from the Code Keyboard - indeed, it is the best Cherry MX board I have used so far! But having used the HHKB Pro 2 for quite some time now, it's just a personal preference. Please allow me to make myself very clear - the Code Keyboard is absolutely my go to choice for a Cherry MX board!

I have been so impressed with the Code keyboard, as well as the ordering experience, I have recommended the site to others. (Posted on 4/25/14)
Keyboard brilliance Review by tormod
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After reading about Jeff Atwood's quest for the perfect keyboard I knew I had to have one! It took some patience but finally a large heavy box arrived from WASD. These guys know how to pack a keyboard. Everything about this keyboard is lovely, the lights, the placement, the feel, the look and of course the Cherry MX Clear switches. (Posted on 4/22/14)
Pretty great. Review by Sam
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Everything I could want out of a keyboard. It's a joy to use. (Posted on 4/10/14)
Nearly there Review by James
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It's almost perfect but two things are making me doubt:
1. The labels should be aligned top-left. This is specially annoying for shift, tab and enter keys. I know this is because of the backlight and how the leds are inside the switches. However a quality keyboard could work around the problem. the large keys could have extra leds in top-left position.
2. No USB hub. USB3 would be extra nice. It's really convenient having one in the keyboard. Specially since some people that enjoy quiet have put their computer in the next room / closet. (Posted on 1/19/14)

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