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Filco Majestouch FKBN105M/UKB - Filco Majestouch FKBN105M/UKB
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.
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