CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown

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CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX BrownCODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown
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Elegant, Clean, Perfection Review by dtrotzjr
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I love this keyboard. I bought the brown w/ sound dampeners and the feel is amazing. The fact that I can flip a few dip switches to get it to work on a Mac as though it was made for a Mac is a huge plus for me. I am getting one of these for the office now because when I am in the office I miss my keyboard at home. :-) (Posted on 9/14/17)
Awesome keyboard Review by David
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I love this keyboard. The clickety clack is great. (Posted on 9/11/17)
Really good keyboard, but.. Review by Jess
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A few minor things I would have really liked:
- My backspace key was actually a bit.. loose..? And rattled a bit. I removed the key, re-situated it, and it was better. Just wish it was like this when I had taken the keyboard out of the box 10 minutes earlier.
- The edges of the keyboard really are a bit sharp, as other reviewers have noted.
- The option for matching, colored keys with transparent lettering to swap out on this keyboard would have been AWESOME. (Posted on 8/25/17)
Simple, clean, well thought out Review by Dave
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I'm not a keyboard expert, and this is my first proper mechanical keyboard in a long time. It feels solid and crisp without requiring much more force than the rubber-dome Apple keyboard I switched from. I wish it was USB-C, but Micro-USB is fine for a replaceable cord.

Things to watch out for: This thing is built like a tank; the base is _really_ thick. This puts my wrists at just enough of an angle that I'm regretting not getting a wrist wrest. So get a wrist wrest.

Also, the indicators are _really_ understated -- it's hard to visually tell whether capslock is engaged. Not a huge deal, as capslock becomes kind of obvious once you start typing, but... this was a good idea, taken just a little bit too far.

There is one thing Apple does better: They moved the capslock LED onto the capslock key, so it wastes no space on the keyboard. There was then a huge chunk of space above the numpad, which they filled with additional F-keys -- I don't think they even do anything by default, but you can always bind them to something. I appreciate that there isn't some giant corporate logo in that space above the LEDs, but now it's truly wasted -- put some keys there! (Posted on 7/25/17)
Great quality keyboard - would like some tweaks though Review by Geoff
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Overall this is great keyboard with amazing quality. The typing feels great and it's built to last for years.

I'd love an alternate version of it though with these changes:

a) No number pad option - personally I don't use the number pad mostly - I'm a coder not an accountant. It gets in the way, making me reach further for my mouse and it adds unnecessary weight and makes my typing feel off center, too far to the left.

b) Wireless option - even if meant the backlight is turned off while wireless. It's nice the cord is detachable but I'd like the keyboard to be more mobile and I have enough cords as it is.

c) Lighter - I like the quality and durability but it comes at the cost of being quite heavy. I often move my keyboard between a kitchen working space and my office and it's not very portable.

d) Quieter. I even added the dampeners but it's still louder than I'd like.

e) Finish on the keys - something about the finish on the keys shows the natural oils from my hands much more than other keyboards. Even after a few days use the spacebar for example is party shiny, part dull with different shades.

f) Reduced keyboard height - The thickness of the keyboard height basically forces you to also use a keyboard wrist wrest. So now you're lugging around a heavy keyboard, the detachable cord (which tends to get in the way), and a wrist wrest. (Posted on 7/15/17)
Great, no-nonsense keyboard Review by mellenburg
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What I love:
- Great levels for the LED backlight
- minimalist media keys with smart, ergonomic placement relative to function key
- switch on the back for dvorak/colemak
- switch on the back also allows remapping of caps lock to control

Note: if you type very hard, this keyboard will be loud. If you learn to type softer, it can be very quiet. Some reviewers here seem confused about the noise level, but it is exactly what I would expect from damped MX-Browns (Posted on 5/16/17)
The Perfect Keyboard Review by Paul B
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This is everything I want from a keyboard-- full numpad, simple, elegant design, my favorite switches, no extraneous bells and whistles except for tasteful backlighting that lets you see the keys in the dark (I suggest turning the lighting to its lowest setting, but it is a matter of preference). It's a joy to use and to look at. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the backlighting was fully functional even in PS/2 mode. Would give it 6 stars if I could. (Posted on 5/9/17)
Returned this -- too noisy Review by Scott
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I bought this keyboard -- and paid $30 extra to have spacers added -- because I hate the noisy clack-clack of cheap, lightweight keyboards. But when it arrived, I tested the sound against my wife's $20 Lenovo keyboard, and the CODE was just as loud. Furthermore, the white lettering on the keys was so faint that I could barely see them. I immediately packed up the keyboard -- which cost nearly $200 -- and will bring it to the post office today. I do appreciate the heavy, solid feel of the CODE, but the noise reduction just wasn't as advertised.

**REPLY FROM WASD KEYBOARDS**
Apologies the sound dampeners did not perform to your needs. Any rubber dome keyboard will be quieter than a mechanical, even with sound dampening. The switches will always make some noise.

The CODE is a backlit keyboard so the lettering is a bit understated when the backlight is not on, again apologies if this was unexpected. (Posted on 5/3/17)
Good stuff! Review by Eli
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This keyboard is lovely. What a visual stunner. The keycaps are smoother than I anticipated so the feel took a bit to get used to (but get used to it I did). Very clean look, great typing feel, not too loud when you bottom out (but there is a definite 'clack') and the browns don't click on activation so I can be quiet while the lady is napping with just a minimal effort. Looks downright professional; it's really nice not having any logos or snakes, skulls or flames on the thing -I really can't say enough good things about it.
The moulding on front seam could be a touch smoother, but it's not something you notice 99.9% of the time.
One last minor complaint is the USB cable provided is maybe over-made, so it's a bit of a fuss to get it in the cable runs and around the corners, while the grooves themselves don't hold onto it too well. The protrusions in the channels could be emphasised towards their bottoms some fraction of a mm and it would probably do the trick. It hardly, HARDLY matters though, you're only going to notice the cable comes out if you're picking up the keyboard to move it or clean it, and you probably won't care I'm just noting it here to be thorough. It's really a great keyboard. (Posted on 4/21/17)
Love at First Type! Review by Icer Jo
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I purchased my Code 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard via Massdrop December of 2015 as a Gift to myself and when it Arrived promptly in January I was in Love!! This keyboard is my daily and what can I say? It checks all the box's that I had for a keyboard, I had the macro type of keyboards in the past, and RGB and the works is not my cup of tea as that's too distracting for me. The only thing missing would have been a USB 3.0 HUB but that's not the point of this keyboard :).
After owning this keyboard for over a year I am satisfied and would gladly buy another one for my office at work!! (Posted on 4/12/17)

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