CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown

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Best keyboard I've ever owned. Review by Sawyer
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Exceptional keyboard. Build quality is amazing and backlighting looks great (keycaps have translucent character etchings to let the backlighting through, which have the added benefit of making the keyboard look pretty sick even with the backlighting off).

As another user stated, Browns are a great compromise if you plan on splitting your time between typing/coding and gaming (I've also owned keyboards with Clears and Blues. I've found that I can type roughly 20% faster on Browns than Clears. And Blues are too loud for my liking. The clicky mechanism in Blues force you to bottom out the keys, which isn't the case with tactile bump switches). (Posted on 10/10/15)
Every developer needs a CODE Keyboard Review by ChrisWhoWritesCode
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I got hooked on using mechanical keyboards at home and knew I had to make the transition at work too. I shopped around the internet for about two months looking for the perfect work keyboard. It was clear to me that the MX Brown switches were perfect for my work environment. Unfortunately WASD was currently sold out of the MX Brown CODE keyboard. I decided to wait for them to get back in stock and... boy! It was worth the wait.

I could not be happier with this keyboard. The MX Brown switch provide the perfect amount of tactile feedback and thus far no irritated coworkers have tried to evict my out the 31st floor window. I was initially concerned about the LEDs. The CODE keyboard is supposed to be low profile awesomeness and I was afraid that the brightness of the LEDs would attract too much attention. Luckily the WASD keyboardologist know this and provide a way to dim the LEDs. There is also a hotkey for turning the LEDs off. This seems like it wouldn't be a big deal but trust me, it's nice to be able to make a break for the exist without having to cycle through the brightness setting in order to turn off the LEDs. It's also nice to be able to turn them back on in the morning without having to cycle back to the correct setting.

I say all that to give an example of how well thought out this product is. It's very solidly build and blends in perfectly to an office environment. Everything I was looking for with no extra BS. Features there when you need them, out of the way when you don't.

Enough rambling. Buy one. You won't regret it. @WASD Keep being awesome! (Posted on 10/7/15)
Perfect Review by Simon
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Perfect keyboard (Posted on 10/7/15)
Just what I was looking for Review by Travis
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After deciding to upgrade from my old membrane keyboard, I gave consideration to several brands and models, including products from Corsair, Razer, Das Keyboard, and others. Each one missed the mark for one reason or the other. Thankfully I came across this offering from WASD, and with the addition of some o-rings, it has proven a perfect match for what I was looking for.

Highlights for my decision to go with WASD over the others include:

1) Simple backlighting I can control without software. I didn't feel the need for a multitude of colors or rainbow effects, I just wanted to be able to easily identify keys across all levels of light.

2) A single, standardized, replaceable cable. The routing channels on the back were a nice bonus.

3) Lack of required software for any features, and full compatibility with any OS I so desire. I use several operating systems, and this was a deal breaker when considering some of the more gaming oriented keyboards.

4) Ability to serve both as a gaming keyboard AND typing keyboard. I spend many hours writing code, and (notably less time) gaming. On a personal note, I've found the Cherry MX Browns to be my ideal in-between for filling these two rolls. I found the Clears to be too heavy for gaming, the lack of feedback on Reds and Blacks didn't do it for me while typing, and the 'click' from Blues and Greens was just too loud.

(If you're not experienced with the different Cherry MX switches, I highly recommend the switch tester so you can try different keyswitches. Going by what you read of other people's opinions on the internet isn't going to cut it, too individualized of a choice.)

5) Simple, clean appearance, coupled with straight-forward functionality. I just wanted a standard keyboard layout, no fancy additional buttons or excessive dual-purposing of keys for opening e-mail or other such silliness. The exception to that was multi-media keys so I could control volume and music playback. I love the way that was handled by WASD, clean little icons on the front side of certain keys that are used in conjunction with the FN key. Doesn't interfere with the layout or appearance of the standard keys, while still providing the desired functionality.

I've also been very pleased with the rock-solid physical stability of the keyboard. It feels extremely solid beneath my fingers as I type, and it absolutely stays in place.

Nitpicks include:

1) The aforementioned FN key icons don't light up very well. This very quickly becomes a non-issue, since I know exactly where they are with a couple days of use, and they're still visible in most lighting conditions. On the flip side, they're less visually distracting this way.

2) I can see where some people have mentioned that the light coming through the key characters isn't perfectly even. It's certainly not enough to bother me, but if you're an extreme perfectionist, it might bother you.

All in all, this was exactly what I was looking for in a keyboard. I wouldn't hesitate to make the same decision again. (Posted on 8/4/15)
Good but stiffer than expected Review by Boateye
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I like the simplicity of this keyboard. I have a noppoo choc mini at home with brown switches and I love it. I wanted a full size brown keyboard for work, and I liked the look, features and the fact that WASD is local to me.

Maybe this was the case when I first got my noppoo over 3 years ago, but the brown switches feel much stiffer than my noppoo. The tactile bump fels more pronounced. Also, the backspace is especially stiff and awkward to press with just my pinkie unless I press directly in the middle of it where the switch is under the key.

Overall, I like the keyboard. I just with the bump was just a bit less resistant as I much prefer to support a local business than have to buy from across the pond. (Posted on 7/27/15)
Great product! Review by New to Mechanical Keyboards
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Excellent keyboard, build quality is superb, the weight, switches, the detachable cable all are amazing!

Only downside is some of the keys that came with the board were not properly made with bits of plastic jutting out from the side as if they were popped out of one of those plastic trays that model planes are made out of. I had to remove keys and file down or break off those bits as some of the keys were not able to completely go down without rubbing against other keys. At $150 I was a bit disappointed with that but otherwise very happy. I would recommend them to others but at this price point there should be better QA. (Posted on 7/23/15)
One Keyboard to rule them all. Review by JohnM
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Quite simply, this is my new daily driver. The other keyboards in my home cower in shame of their own inadequacies and are now collecting cobwebs. (Posted on 7/17/15)
Minimal and Mechanical Review by Grant
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I have been looking at WASD keyboards for a while. The V2s are nice, but I really was hoping for backlit and I didn't need the custom key coloring. And their price without being exactly what I wanted seemed too steep. But I kept coming back due to all the great reviews I was seeing about the company and their products. Then, the CODE with Cherry Browns came out and ticked everything on my list:
* Cherry MX Brown switches (so glad this was added recently)
* Backlit
* Minimal
* Professional
* Colemak layout built-in
* Awesome build quality

I'm an engineer, with my main responsibility being document and specification drafting and editing, so lots of typing. I also writing fiction in my off time, so again, lots of keyboard time. I ended up buying thru Amazon to take advantage of the Prime Shipping.

I'm amazed at the weight of the thing, so solid and immoveable on the desk. And the look is SUPERB. No markings, the CapsLock/ScollLock/Pause LEDs are so low-key, not glaring. Looks super professional, all my coworkers love it. The Cherry MX Browns are great in an office environment.

The backlighting is even and the white backlight with the white plate looks so nice, even when the room is lit. I love how understated this is. It doesn't try to draw any attention to itself; functional without being drab. The fit and finish is fantastic. Compared to my CoolerMaster QuickFire TK (which is not a bad keyboard by any means) the build quality it lightyears ahead. For the price of the WASD, it should be, and it is.

Final thoughts: this is pricy, but I spend 10+ hrs a day at a keyboard. I want to spend my money on something that is going to make my life better. And this does. So much nicer to type on the the old membrane keyboard they gave me with my desk. Less effort, less hand stress, faster typing. This is a great investment if you are a moderate to heavy computer user, especially if you are doing lots of typing. (Posted on 7/16/15)
Excellent keyboard; cable not so much Review by Keev
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I've been using my keyboard for three months and have to say it is everything I was hoping. I wanted a replacement for the Dell keyboard I use at work and was looking for something with the feel of a Model M without as much click (trying to be a good neighbor to my co-workers). In that regard this keyboard was the right choice. Solid build with enough of a click and bump to make touch typing easy.

The only shortcoming was the cable. It worked for a minute then never again. Once in a while a bad one comes up and I guess it was my turn to get it. No worries, I have more than a few spare USB cables to use and they work fine. I saw it as a minor inconvenience, but you can put whatever weight you want to it. In my mind I bought the keyboard to make my time at work easier, not the cable.

I recommend this keyboard with no reservation. (Posted on 6/24/15)
Exactly what I was looking for. Review by Josh
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I have been wanting to switch to a mechanical keyboard for a long time. I had a Blackwidow Ultimate, but found the feedback and quality to be meh. I was looking for something that was good for gaming and great for software development as well. This is perfect for both.

The minimalism is fantastic, and I love the customization possibilities.

If anyone happens to have an issue on Ubuntu where the media keys don't register correctly, try plugging it straight into USB instead of the PS2 adapter. For some reason mine don't register correctly when using the adapter. (Posted on 5/23/15)

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