A total of 21 reviews of this product on Reddit.
Looks fine. I would recommend a mechanical keyboard though. It’s personal preference, but blue switches are great if you’re doing any development, as they give really nice tactile feel and clickyness. They can get expensive, but there’s some good ones that are in the same price range as that k55.. I use this and love it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FXBZXFC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_jwkOFb6CFMJRX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I went most of my years with out mechanical keyboards, and got by fine… However, now that I’ve tried them, I would never go back to membrane. Take that as you will.
If you’re going budget, I can’t recommend the E-Element Z-88 enough: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FXBZXFC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_AI7nFb8P735KM
I liked the first one so much( w/ browns), that I just bought another ( w/ blues ). They’re like $50 a pop. The font on the keys is kind of cheesy, but not that big of a deal. I bought replacement caps for the first one, and it looks awesome.
Ordered my very first Mechanical Keyboard today on Amazon. Can’t wait till it arrives tomorrow.
[let’s see if this works?
](e-element z-88 rgb mechanical gaming keyboard, programmable rgb backlit, blue switch – tactile & clicky, water resistant 104 keys anti-ghosting for mac pc, black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FXBZXFC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_M63HBb9GP0JJ5)
Why Masterkeys Pro M over the Masterkeys mk750 (which includes wrist rest)?
The two keyboards I was looking at were the:
Masterkeys mk750 & the E-Element Z-88 (outemu blue)
I’m torn over the two, because I want the heavier switch and couldnt work out which was heavier. It’s right to assume both of these are going to be noticeably heavier than MX Browns right?
It doesn’t go on sale too often, but keep your eyes open since holiday season is coming up soon, you can probably find it on sale somewhere.
If you want something cheap and decent, the E-Element Z88 is a pretty alright option. Build quality won’t be as good as the CM, and the RGB lighting isn’t very programmable, but it’s not a bad keyboard for $50.
Does not ship internationally. Alternatives?
Looking to buy my first ever mechanical keyboard. I want it to not break after just a few months (this one had replaceable switches), and have a relatively simple design. RGB is a plus
i found it on amazon.ca its not available anymore.
but here is a link to the E-Element Z-88
I actually run a budget setup because we live on one income. Most of what I have was purchased over time, though I had an accident settlement come in that let me actually finish building out my battle station recently. Before it was was more of a cozy corner with a nice chair I used my laptop in. We do a lot of thrift shopping, bargain hunting, using reward points, and waiting for things to go on sale. Most of my setup is new, but my wife’s is a lot pricier and much of it is second-hand because she has VERY expensive taste in audio and visual equipment, but is very good at finding them at thrift stores and yard sales (plus she knows how to fix what others think is broken).
I posted my setupfor the first time the other day, but I didn’t really go into what made it up.
Everything in USD:
- Acer Nitro 5 Laptop (3 Years Old Now) 669.00
- YOOSO Z88 Scholar Mechanical Keyboard with Red Switches 49.99
- Lenovo Legion Mouse 39.03 (wife got it with reward points from work)
- Picun p26 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 26.99
- Vizio Smartcast 40" TV 219.00
- Armstrong Full Motion TV Mount 33.79
- NPET Mouse Mat 18.99 (Bought for 16 with coupon)
- Ottlite Task Lamp 29.99
- Govee Led Strip 16.5ft 19.99 (We got on sale for 15 with coupon)
- Feit Electric Smart Wifi Bulb 10.98
- Geometric Lamp Shade (thrifted a rope swag to hold the light bulb) 9.98
- Lerham 46" Dining Table 99.00
- Sodergarden Memo Board 9.99
- KVICKSUND Memo Board (Pink Version not Online got on Clearance for 10.00) 19.99
- Steelcase Think Chair v1 300.00 used from Local Dealer
- Adjustable Wood Drawing Board 44.96 (to make handwriting more ergonomic)
Total setup cost without any of the discounts if I were to buy everything to set this up today: 1,631.37
This is all mixed with various art pieces and personal trinkets + my fountain pens. We made a conscious decision to spend 300 on a chair that would properly support me as I live with chronic pain. The only two pieces I really want to upgrade one day are the keyboard to one that fits my aesthetic a little bit better with the option to program the RGBs and the wireless headphones as the sound quality on these is… adequate.
It’s not the fanciest, but it plays games at a decent settings. Everything’s comfortable. I enjoy looking at the space around me, and I can change the color to suite my mood. Bonus points, I can move the television around to watch it in bed when my illnesses get the best of me or we want to family pile on the bed for a movie night.
The E-Element Z88 104 is probably one of the cheapest full RGB mechanical keyboards around.
The Anne Pro is a smaller keyboard but contains much of the functionality of a large keyboard and it’s wireless if you want it to be (you can use it wired if you’d like) AND it’s on sale on Banggood with coupon code ANNEPRO. Just pick up a cheap Jelly Comb numpad off Amazon afterwards.
Here’s a good resource on some entry level mechanical keyboards.
You probably won’t get original Cherry MX switches and RGB for this price, so here 2 boards with what r/mk deems decent clones. Both of these are branded E-Element, they come with clicky blues and are compatible with pretty much all custom keycap sets made for Cherry MX:
If you don’t care for the color orange you can get the absolute cheapest RGB keyboard available now as far as I know, the E-Element Z-88 with Outemu clone blue switches (louder than their Cherry MX counterparts) which is on amazon for $52. Every key on it can be set to any of these 7 colors: Red, Yellow, Lime Green, Light Blue, Dark Blue, and Magenta, but that’s it. No true RGB.
If you want true RGB and like “floating keys” (visible switches from underneath the keycaps), the E-Element RGB keyboard with Outemu clone switches would probably be right for you.
You can get it in black for $66 from amazon,
or in silver for $80 from mechanicalkeyboards.com.
Massdrop seems to have a weird version of it with ALPS stems on the switches, which means that only ALPS keysets will be compatible with it.
Here are some gorgeous photos of it with a set of custom keycaps, also some discussion about the switches in the comments.
The 104 key on Amazon (currently unavailable though):
The 75% on Amazon:
Most E-Element Z-88 models have hot-swappable switches and are sold with a few spares. Did you change out any of the malfunctioning switches?
The manufacturer is Dongguan Fengrun Computer Co., Ltd. (English name: Eastern Times Technology Co., Ltd)
Their contact page is here: http://www.eyspc.cn/About.aspx
Amazon’s listing for the Z-88 here suggests contacting the Amazon seller for warranty information.
The E-Element Z88 Super Scholar has been good to me. Cherry MX keycap-compatible Outemu blue switches, 7-colour RGB.
Currently only the 100% full keyboard version is below $35. The tenkeyless and 60% versions are $45.
Source with other alternatives:
can you help choose one of these blue keyboards please for gaming at home and some light dev work, I will purchase from amazon and not sure which one to get. Budget is under $50, must be blue clicky switch (I like the sound it makes) and must be backlit. I am also interested in a full 104 keys keyboard as will use it in gaming and may need the number pad for some games like ARMA II.
The last one can be purchased for approx 47 with code AUXMAS14
I would appreciate your advice, all are around the same price. Ideally I would like to rank them from best to worst. Thanks
EDIT: should have mentioned first MK so very excited to buy one. Its a bit hard justifying spending that much money when I have a functional keyboard lol.
$53.99 DIY or CIY blue switches. Full size. Backlit RBG
Super nice if you ever want to change switches.
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Recommended keyborad – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FXBZXFC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=techtesseract-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01FXBZXFC&linkId=342e544f19ab4acc6d7f91bda6c8b49a
I personally have this keyboard and for the price it’s pretty amazing and the keyboard is the least important part of a set up imo.
E-Element Z-88 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Programmable RGB Backlit, Blue Switch – Tactile & Clicky, Water Resistant 104 Keys Anti-Ghosting for Mac PC, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FXBZXFC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Nu7sBb9CDPCX1
I recommended these in a different thread, but this might be a good option.