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In the end, I honestly tried to love this keyboard. It's mechanical, it has blue lighting, a blue steelplate and it's of the usual CM Storm durability. It is everything most of you can agree make up a great keyboard. That and my Razer Lycosa is losing keys – so it's about time I actually switch into something else. Unfortunately that love couldn't quite be forced. The toggle option to switch between the number pad and what are quite essential keys was frustrating. I guess it's one of those things you don't realize you use/enjoy until someone takes them away from you. At first I said, "BAH, I don't even use arrow keys, and my laptop doesn't have a number pad – it can't be bad." I was quite wrong about that.
Writing code, or heck, writing in general when you want to go back just a few spaces without deleting or grabbing the mouse – those arrow keys are your friend. Not always having a number pad wasn't really an issue either – I can touch type with the top row of numbers so the number pad is only really nice for some serious calculation work or what not. However, the toggling to get to my friends, the END and DEL key about plucked the last straw for me. Though the lighting was supposed to help remind me which options were toggled on – I couldn't for the life of me figure out which way was which. Every time I thought it was one way – it was the other. Yes – anyone can look at the indicator light and figure it out, but in the heat of a good thought perhaps you'll suffer like me. Even my laptop has a separate column for these keys – just didn't flow with my style.
With that said, it doesn't make the keyboard a "fail." For me, I'll probably keep pounding away at the half broken Lycosa until it simply doesn't work just to have my keys in place. Some people don't mind a reduced keyboard and that's where you guys come in. The quality of this keyboard is exceptional. Like most CM keyboards it's likely a certified weapon in case of an apocalypse. The keys feel great and light up rather evenly. And, even for my first time on Cherry MX Blues, I'm smiles all around. It is a great keyboard – but if you remove a few keys from your keyboard and can't survive then this probably isn't the keyboard for you. This one is up to the user to really decide. Like all our keyboard reviews, they are subjective – and by that, I didn't care for it, but you still might. I just try to give you the inside and out to help you decide if it's for you; will this be your next trolling link to the Interwebs?
- Sturdy enough to be a weapon
- Nice option of switches, blues were fun but LOUD
- Cable routing grooves are much appreciated
- Accented steel backplate makes an appearance with the lighting off and accentuates the lighting when on
- Layout takes some getting used to – toggling number pad and navigation keys
- Switch type determines keyboard appearance