Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: iKBC CD108 v2 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clear Switch for Windows and Mac, Full Size Ergonomic Keyboard with PBT Double Shot Keycaps for Desktop and Laptop, 108-Key, Black, ANSI/US
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I have used old school IBM model M's for years. I love them. But when I started a new remote role I ran into a few problems with them. 1. They're loud, and I could tell my typing during zoom calls wasn't overjoying my coworkers. and the big thing - my bus powered PS/2 to USB converter began failing (again... This is a common thing) so made getting work done a lot harder.
I know I want to build a custom keeb eventually, so didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on something already put together. I debated between blues and clears for a long while. I wanted the closest feel possible to the IBM model M (60-70g actuation force). So I went with clears since they have slightly more force than the blues. It's close enough in feel to the model M but I definitely notice a difference. I'm not crazy about how quiet it is, BUT I will say it has more of a "clack" noise than a higher-pitched "click" - if that makes sense. That I do like.
I do eventually want to test blues and whites. I have a feeling I would've preferred white but those weren't an option on this keeb.
I like the feel of this keyboard, especially having come from an old "came with the desktop computer" keyboard that was probably worth $5 -- this feels much better to type on. One of my favorite features is the "no ghosting" -- meaning that if you hit two keys at the same time, or nearly the same, both keys still register. On other keyboards, I have to slow down my typing when I'm doing something like typing my password because sometimes it drops a character here and there. Down side? It's a little louder than I think I would have chosen, if I had the chance. (Cherry MX Brown is the norm, which I have. I'd hate to hear what the louder switches are like--it must be like listening to a typewriter.) Neutral: It's also the heaviest keyboard I've ever felt, which I actually appreciate because that, combined with the rubber feet prevent it from moving at all. That's nice. Nothing worse than a sliding keyboard.
Overall, I love it. I hope it lasts. If it breaks, I'll come back and update.
Update regarding O-RINGS: I tried ADDING aftermarket O-rings. They were a complete waste of money. When I added one to a key, put the key back on the keyboard and pulled it again, the O-ring had not even bottomed out under the key cap. (Pictured) The ring day about halfway up the shaft, doing absolutely nothing.
Overall: Not many keyboards are available at this price point and provide MX Clears and such a great typing experience. Great stabs, great keycaps, nice inclusion of additional colors of keycaps for modifiers.
The problem: Are they using b-stock mx switches to keep the price down? I one main problem with this board. 2-3 of the MX Clear switches had defects. The black housing had tiny imperfections in the plastic that jutted out towards the stem (the inner square wasn't perfectly square). These were noticeable while typing. The stems would catch on these tiny imperfections on the housing while pressing the key down if they were pressed down at a certain angle. I fixed this by filing them down to normal, I didn't have to desolder, a knife or small pair of nail clippers did the job, it took 5 mins. This shouldn't ever happen, I'm not sure if this means they're using b-stock mx switches. I've never seen this problem on my outemu blue, outemu brown, or MX brown board. Also, I only received 2/4 yellow keys for the keyboard arrows, which is okay.
Other than that the addition of the extra colors of keycaps is really nice and adds a great look to the keyboard. The MX clears feel very nice to type on. Stabilizers are prelubed and have no rattle on my keyboard. The keycaps feel great and hold the pads of your fingers well.
Overall it's a quality keyboard with real cherry mx switches at a great price (I paid $79.99, with brown switches).
There's only two tiny issues: 1) No play/pause media key. This is easily fixed with a key mapping program, but it's still a little annoying. If you're going to include media keys, why leave that one out? 2) Symbols are to the right of the numbers on the keycaps. I don't know why this bothers me, it just does (shift is an up arrow... not a right arrow).
If those two nitpicks don't bother you, then I'd say go for it. It's hard to find a keyboard of this high quality with real cherry mx switches in this price range.
I've been looking for an affordable full size keyboard in mx clear switches with no frills. The iKBC fits the bill. I almost purchased the previous version, but never got around to it. Then they released this v2 in 2020 which was a surprise.
The keyboard has a good weight to it. Not flimsy at all. In my experience, a majority of mechanical keyboards are like this. It has rubber feet at all four corners so it doesn't slide on the desk (although I have my keyboard on a mousepad now). The keycaps feel great to the touch. They're doubleshot PBT, so the quality is greater than the ABS plastic that is found on cheap or non-mechanical keyboards. The keycaps wont become shiny over time and the lettering most likely will never fade under normal usage. I can attest to this with my previous keyboard -- a mx blue keyboard with custom PBT keycaps that I used for about 4 years. Blue switches are clicky and loud. I wanted something quieter with tactile feedback and the clear covers those options. I find clear switches to be much more enjoyable to type on. They have just the right amount of force needed to activate a key. The force is greater than blue switches and I definitely feel a difference. So, for some people this may be a negative as it can tire out your fingers. Personally, I enjoy having that tiny bit of resistance when typing. I make less mistakes compared to blue switches.
This keyboard has 4 extra keys -- a mute, volume down, volume up, and calculator key. I find it to be useful, especially the mute and calculator keys. The mute is useful for those times when you are at the computer playing music or a podcast and someone interrupts you. I can quickly hit the mute key to talk to the person and then hit it again to resume. I enter lots of numbers/use a spreadsheet so the calculator key has been very useful. I can hit the cal key and immediately start typing numbers on the keypad. It probably saves fractions of a second compared to clicking on the calculator icon that I have on my taskbar, but it feels more efficient. If you don't find any of the four keys useful, you can use programs to remap the key for another function.
The lights for the numlock, caps lock, and scroll lock are a white color. They're not too dim and not too bright so that it's distracting. Since this keyboard has the 4 extra media keys it puts the row of lights in a sort of awkward position. Almost seems like it's hidden. Fortunately, I can see whether the lights are on just fine no matter what position I'm sitting at my desk.
The colored keycaps and key puller are nice extras. They are also made in a PBT material. I haven't used it yet, but I imagine they will feel just as good as the keycaps on the board itself. The keyboard also comes with a clear plastic molded cover to protect it.
I honestly can't find any flaws in the short time I've owned this keyboard. I guess if I had to find a flaw it would be that the cable is not detachable nor braided. The biggest concern could be the rubber-like/PVC material of the cable. Over time, cables with this material becomes sticky. But that takes years before it shows signs. Overall, if you're looking at clear switches (or an alternative to brown switches), the iKBC CD108 v2 is one of the better options on the market.
I bought this specifically because it had volume buttons on it and I could replace the keycaps. My attached picture shows the new keys I threw on this thing.
I'm very happy, the key switches say genuine cherry MX I like the semi-clicky browns. The keyboard came with everything I needed and I think it's a great value. Keys are well stabilized and this thing feels like it's got an iron plate in it or something, so it doesn't want to wiggle around on the desk at all. I like the feet as well. I'm still getting used to the elevated keys since I'm used to a more flat surface but I'm pretty happy with this. If you're looking for a cheap keyboard with genuine cherry MX keys then this is the way to go. This is my first keyboard over $25
I had a Reddragon blue switch keyboard that had several failing keys after a few months. I decided to get a keyboard with CherryMX clears, and this was a ridiculously good deal. Was it too good to be true? Almost. Like another reviewer, I had a key that could best described as crunchy. After looking at another review, I pulled the keycap off, and a defect was clear in one of the switches. If the picture attaches correctly, you can see the concave portion of my 'O' key was cracked, damaged, or something. I used a very sharp Xacto blade to shave down that plastic. Once I did that a few times, then the key feels fine. I haven't noticed any other keys with the same issue, and the keyboard is great.
Like it very much. Have been using it to train my typing speed. Soft touch and quiet. My left hand small finger always hurts due to typing and after using this keyboard it does not hurt again. I feel I can touch without that much strength. Feels like touching the memory foam. The wire of it is long and tough. I returned the dysfunctional Ninja and bought this one which had 2/3 price of Ninjia and am very satisfied. It also sends me some replaceable caps in bright colors. I will replace them when I have time. Its feet are adjustable for three heights. The plastics of this keyboard is also in good quality. I highly recommend this keyboard.
Exactly what I wanted. All of the quality of a mechanical gaming keyboard, none of the gaudy design. The keys are all very nice and consistent. It doesn't have obnoxious RBG, and doesn't look like the design was inspired by Transformers like so many other PC peripherals of similar quality. It's really simple, really nice. I can play games on it just fine, and of course it's also good for other regular PC usage. Good price when comparing to keyboards with similar attributes
Incredible build quality. Keyboard feels very solid with better than average stabilizers, PBT keys that feel great, silent red switches that are super quiet and buttery smooth. Would have given 5 stars, no question, but keycap puller and extra RGBY keycaps were missing from package.