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Filco Majestouch FKBN105M/UKB - Filco Majestouch FKBN105M/UKB

By Edward Chester



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Three blue LEDs sit above the numpad section to indicate Num, Caps, and Scroll lock status and for some reason Filco has chosen to use incredibly bright ones. It's not a problem when sat normally – unless you're sitting watching a movie, in which case it's distracting – but if you happen to glance at it when viewed straight on you can look forward to a nice yellow dot in your vision for the next few minutes.

Snubbing the current trend to have braided cables on keyboards and mice – apparently to prevent tangling – the Majestouch range have as plain plastic coated cable that's 1.5m in length and terminates in a USB connector. A USB-to-PS2 converter is included in the box.

As well as offering a high-quality typing action the FKBN105M/UKB should satisfy gamers to some degree thanks to its N-key rollover function. This lets you press any number of keys on the keyboard at once. So, if you want to jump, dock, strafe, move forward, roll, and fire all at the same time, you shouldn't have any problems with this keyboard. It's also useful for fast typers as you can always guarantee accurate response, no matter how fast you go.

In use the Filco Majestouch FKBN105M/UKB certainly makes for a stellar typing tool. Its light yet positive keys mean you can type with a nice light action, which is easier on the fingers, yet lose none of your speed and accuracy. In comparison, most conventional rubber membrane keyboards feel slow, stiff and stodgy. You probably won't see any benefit when gaming but if you spend most of your working day bashing out words then you'll immediately appreciate it.

The only downside is the lack of ergonomic shaping like that on Microsoft Natural keyboards or the Logitech Wave. This means your hands are held in a more constrained position, which could lead to earlier onset of RSI problems. Neither is there a palm rest of any description. On the flip side to this argument, the lighter action on the Filco arguably has more benefit in reducing RSI, since it puts so much less strain on your fingers.

So, it's clear the Filco Majestouch performs, but it does have one Achilles heel: its price. At £95 excluding VAT and £111.63 including, it's a seriously expensive keyboard. More so even than the Steel Series 7G, which offers essentially identical quality and adds in a few multimedia keys, audio pass-through, and a USB hub. The 7G, however, did suffer from having a peculiar key arrangement so certainly wasn't perfect. In this regard, the Filco is the clear choice for a pure typing-performance keyboard.


The Filco Majestouch FKBN105M/UKB certainly isn't going to replace the feature-rich gaming keyboards out there and its high price will put off many others. However, it you're looking for a superbly well-built, hard-wearing keyboard that provides an excellent typing experience then look no further.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Features 6
  • Design 7


June 9, 2010, 9:52 pm

I'd have bought the steel series 7 or this had either of them simply offered a single row of extra function keys. I loved the old clicky keyboards - bring one of those into the modern world with some short cut keys and I'd be almost happy.

Tony Walker

June 9, 2010, 11:06 pm

Neighbourhood keyboard facist here...

Sounds like a nice keyboard. Would be nice if there was somewhere to try one of these out.

To those who balk at the price - run the crappiest CPU, lowest memory, smallest hard drive, but never compromise on the holy trinity of computing. Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse. Get these right and you'll protect your precious body and eyes.

For the record mine are a Dell 2405WFP monitor, an IBM model M keyboard (the one they supplied with PS/2 systems), and a Logitech MX620 mouse.


June 10, 2010, 6:56 am

This looks a pretty nice keyboard. That's the kind i like. I am extremely happy there are no extra keys (gaming and multimedia) on it, they are just a waste of space and creative time.

I think its time to replace my no name 5 euro Chinese keyboard with something like this for games and everyday use.

@Tony Walker

Never heard anybody else sounding so good. Totally agree with you.


June 10, 2010, 1:26 pm

You can still buy the original IBM keyboards from a company called Unicomp http://pckeyboards.stores.y...


June 10, 2010, 9:01 pm

The only problem with this is I can't try before I buy! Something I'd want to do before spending £100+ on a keyboard purely for its function.

Oh, that and the awful model number ;)

Tony Walker

June 11, 2010, 3:44 am

@PoisonJam - re model no.

You looked on the back of an IBM model m :)


June 11, 2010, 3:56 pm

PoisonJam - Re the model number I agree it does not role off the tongue but there is some method to the madness. FKBN105M/UKB FKB – Filco Keyboard, N stands for NK Rollover, 105 is the number of keys (104 is a US layout). M is the type of Cherry switch – Brown’s in this instance, and finally UKB – UK Black. Makes sense…

I know Filco keyboards have been at the iSeries LAN events held at Newbury Race Course. Not sure if they will be there later in the year. Maybe the guys at Keyboard Co can tell you.


June 11, 2010, 5:58 pm

I wouldn't totally agree with the statement that it's 'incredible build quality' as there's an issue of the key legends wearing out after a couple of Months typing resulting in shiny key-caps. I do agree that it is a good keyboard but not outstanding, the Cherry G80-1863/5 HUMUS is better, IMHO. It's a 19" keyboard as used by the most prolific World gaming champions, Team wNv. These 19" KBDs which uses the Cherry MX switches with options of all Blue/Brown/Black, but most importantly it has high quality Double-Shot key-caps and in a smaller format. Note that Cherry-Corp has just announced that Double-Shot key-caps will no longer be produced in the future. MX Blues 50cN for typing, MX Blacks 60cN for gaming, MX Browns 45cN for both. Some people may find the Black Linear switches to be too heavy and like the lighter MX Browns but without the Tactile touch, there's the option of Cherry G80-3494 (MX Red Switches=Linear 45cN) with PBT key-caps.

For those who wish to purchase a Majestouch but prefer more options, Diatec will provide all.

NB: Full NKRO is only with PS/2 Socket.


June 11, 2010, 6:42 pm

@TonyWalker Good call, the IBM model M rocks!


June 12, 2010, 4:26 pm

The IBM Model M does "rock" but the Model F arguably rocks even more.

If "...but never compromise on the holy trinity" then the Model M isn't going to protect your hands/arm @ 65-70cN, it's too heavy for long hours of typing, but each to their own preferences.

There'll be a keyboard to be released in the 3rd Quarter of 2010, design inputed by people who "Live, Eat and Sleep keyboards" for people who "Live, Eat and Sleep keyboards". It is called The MiniGuru and it's also configured to suit all preferences. Arguably the ultimate keyboard, considered to be better than Topre 86/87U and HHKB2

For those who are interested in all keyboards produced in the past and maybe in the future, please visit Geekhack where the people who "Live, Eat and Sleep keyboards" congregate.

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