Details and Specifications
|Physical Layout||US QWERTY|
|Switch||Blue Cherry MX|
|Keycap Print Method||Pad Printed|
|Keycap Print Position||Side|
|USB Key Rollover||6|
|PS/2 Key Rollover||Full|
|Switch Mount Type||Plate|
|Built in Audio Port||No|
|Built in Mic Port||No|
|Dimensions||17.40" x 5.50" x 1.29"|
|Interface(s)||PS/2 and USB|
|Cord Length||60 inches|
Review of Leopold FC900R Standard
Switch: Cherry MX Blue
I have always cared about how my keyboard feels, but I did not know about the existence of mechanical keyboards until a few years ago. At that time, I decided to get a Topre Type Heaven. I liked it, but something was missing. So when it died under mysterious circumstances last fall, I decided to investigate other keyboards, notably the Cherry MX switches. I obtained a switch tester that had Blue, Brown, Black, Red, Clear and Green switches along with O-rings in two different thicknesses. I expected to like either the blue or brown the most and thought I would not like O-rings. In the end, though, I found I liked blue switches with the thinner O-rings the most. I decided on the Leopold FC980M, but unfortunately, there was some kind of incompatibility with my hardware, and I ended up with this model instead, thanks to the great customer service at Mechanical Keyboards.
What's in the box: the keyboard, obviously. Also, there is a very generous USB cable. In addition to the keyboard and cable, there is a PS/2 adapter, some extra keys (space bar, scroll lock, and caps lock), and a plastic key puller. I had not expected the key puller and had also bought a wire key puller, but I found I actually preferred the plastic one that came with this keyboard.
Aesthetics and construction: This is a very solid keyboard with an elegant and sleek look. The rubber pads on the bottom of the keyboard and on the riser feet keep the keyboard firmly in place on my desk. The key legends are a light grey and on the fronts, rather than tops, of the keys, which makes them very unobtrusive. The Leopold logo and tagline are minimal. Finally, the indicator lights for the lock keys are on those keys themselves and they are blue in color. I didn't know that, but it matches the rest of my system perfectly.
Typing experience: I do both typing and gaming, but I bought this keyboard primarily for typing, and it excels here. I don't think I have ever had as pleasurable experience typing as I do with this keyboard. I was correct to get the O-rings, as I discovered that without them, I only bottom out some of the time, which made the bottom-clack sound very jarring and disruptive. On the other hand, I love the sound of the click of the blue switches, and the activation force is perfect. The feel of the keycaps themselves is also very nice -- very smooth, with a slight texture. The indicators for the home row index fingers are obvious and helpful.
Overall, it looks and feels fantastic, and I hope it lasts a very long time. I think this is the best keyboard I have ever used. I also highly recommend Mechanical Keyboards, as their customer service is top notch.