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Kogan Full RGB Mechanical Keyboard (Blue Switch) $39 Delivered @ Kogan

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Red - $45
Brown - $49

Game and code like a professional without the heavy price tag thanks to the Kogan Full RGB Mechanical Keyboard, helping you win every battle with style and ease.
•104 backlit keys
•Outemu Blue switch
•Aluminium top keyboard
•Fully customisable RGB backlight with software
•13 Preset Light Patterns each with 8 Colour Options
•Full anti-ghosting and n-key rollover capabilities
•5 Onboard customisable profiles

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  • +1 vote

    Perfect! My son just spilled a coffee on my current one last week. It still works, but some of the keys are pretty sticky. I could muck around with it more, or I could drop $39 on this. Easy decision.

    As far as reviewing the keyboard, I love mine. I think I picked it up for around $49 last time so this is a steal. Just don't spill a coffee on it!

    • +25 votes

      A true ozbargainer would disassemble the keyboard, clean it, and save themselves $39.

      • +1 vote

        I tried, I even got a cotton tip w/ some vodka to try dissolve the mess but still sticky. I wasn't keen on the dishwasher solution though, and it's always good to have a backup anyway!

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          Did the vodka make your keyboard taste nicer. ;-)

        • +1 vote

          Take the key caps off first, or maybe use an actual cleaning product.

        • +1 vote

          Try some Isopropyl alcohol, should clean up the gunk really easy, Vodka does not quite cut it.

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            @benllben: Isopropyl eats some plastics, rubbers and glues. Just be careful and test on a small area that's not easy to see first. I once made a mess of a pair of binocs because I was use to isopro just doing the trick for optics (telescopes, binocs and cameras). I do think I managed to loosen at least one hand grip prematurely through overuse. Isopropyl is great stuff. Just be careful. And I always use 99.9% stuff and dilute it with distilled water if I don't want to use it straight. The less pure stuff can be full of things that make surfaces gunkier (more important on optical surfaces).

        • +1 vote

          Using vodka to clean anything is silly and just as wasteful as buying a new keyboard. Add a $2 bottle of metho to your cleaning cupboard for general use.

          As for the keyboard, dissemble the entire thing, mechanical boards clean up really well. You'd be surprised at how bad they can get before returning them to their former glory. I've recovered many boards from catastrophic spills and years of abuse.

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            @jenna12: Dont use Metho as it will leave a residue. Use Isopropyl alcohol as suggested above.

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              @Wakt: A. I stated for general use as an alternative for jobs that call for "vodka".

              B. You could probably clean the described board without alcohol.

              C. Methylated spirits will be fine in most cases.

              D. "Residue"? Wut?? Worried all your characters will come up with a purple tint??…

        • +1 vote

          I even got a cotton tip w/ some vodka to try dissolve the mess

          That sounded very James Bond like.

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        Hard to truly clean an MX switch though, unless the backplate allows you to open the switch and re-lubricate it. It does depend exactly how damaged it is, that's assuming the switch itself got liquid inside.
        That's one reason I love my Topre clone board, easy to truly fully disassemble and clean.

      • +1 vote

        A true ozebargainer would buy and keep a brand new one and return the old one for full refund.

        • -3 votes

          A true ozbargainer would return the old one for a full refund and then buy 3 more brand new. You never know when you'll need a new keyboard!

      • +3 votes

        A true ozbargainer would buy a car wash Groupon using a voucher code, then strap keyboard to roof of High Yield vehicle during wash to ensure it's clean.

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    I have the Brown version, decent product for $39 but FYI, does feel 'cheap' compared to legit brands.

  • +1 vote

    Using mine right now, love it.

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    Just an FYI for any MacOS users who are considering this…

    Great quality keyboard however I have had 3 of these replaced the last 6 months and all have had issues working with MacOS. When you wake the Mac from sleep, the keys become unresponsive. The LED’s are lit so there’s power still going to the keyboard but no key strokes work until you unplug and plug back in again. This happens every single time the Mac wakes from sleep.

    I tried the Blue switch from the deal a few months ago which was when I first had the problem, then tried the Brown switch which was replaced twice, still the same thing. I contacted Kogan and showed them a video and they first offered a credit but when I pushed for a refund they processed the refund.

    TL;DR This keyboard doesn’t want to play nice with MacOS.

    • +2 votes

      Out of curiosity, what model is your Mac and how are you connecting it?

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        Its a late 2015 27 inch 5K. Connecting to one of the USB ports on the back.

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          Thanks. I was thinking of trying this on my MBP 13" (2017 model) which only sports USB-C, and which I currently use a USB 3.0 dock on it. As bdl suggested, though, it may be related to the version of Mac OS you have. YMMV

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      I've had that problem with MacOS and a USB Unicomp (mac specific) buckling spring keyboard. Problem automagically went away with the latest version of MacOS for me :(

  • +9 votes

    I bought this a while ago and used to use it at work. Everyone hated me and that keyboard. So if you buy this, know that it is extremely loud and will piss anyone near you off big time.

    If you plan to use a keyboard like this around others, get the brown switch version.

  • +32 votes

    Blue switches are perfect for establishing dominance in the office.

  • +1 vote

    Come on, we need a price drop on brown to $39 :)

  • +2 votes

    BtW, when you make the order, just make sure they sent you the CORRECT switch version.

    I ordered the brown switch back in July. They first sent me the Blue Switch and therefore I went through the return process which was fine as everyone makes mistakes.

    However, when they sent me a replacement, guess what. They sent me the BLUE switch AGAIN. So I have to go through the return process. I was hoping that given that they were the one who made the mistake twice, they would be nice enough to send me the replacement immediate rather than waiting through the whole return product process. But no, after the product was delivered last Wed. They still haven't sent out the replacement. So now, one month after my purchase, I still don't have my keyboard.

    So far this experience had been very terrible. CS was polite, but at the end, I don't just need a polite CS, I need one that gets stuff done.

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      Lol @ them stuffing up twice in a row

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      wow… this exactly happened to me… But I have been waiting for over a month and a half

      • +1 vote

        The client service initially was good and prompt. However, it seems like after that they have messed up a second time, their CS quality has also gone down. I've been chasing them to try to get a status as to when I can receive the keyboard I ordered a month ago and I get a response once every 3-4 days. And they don't have a custom support hotline that I can call and try to get an immediate response.

        I don't think I'll be buying from Kogan ever again after this experience.

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    What does full rgb mean? Is it customisable per individual key?

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      No its not

      There's preset configurations you can cycle through

      Full RGB just means every key is capable of every colour

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      Apparently if you download the software that they provide on the product page, you can customize individual keys under the 'gaming' preset.

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    Half the lights on mine stopped working.

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      how long did you have it for?

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        Mine, from the moment I bought it but it was the bottom half of the lights were slightly duller than the top but only really noticable on some colours. Contacted support, they were helpful but couldn't be bothered sending it back when I didn't buy it for the RGB anyway. When they released this version and it was on special a bit ago got another as it has US enter key instead of UK. Gave the other to my SO as she loved the clicky clacky and doesn't care about the forward/back/whatever it is slash key being in the wrong spot that I use in cmd

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        ~8 months. For me it was the top half that just stopped working.

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    It's cheap because of the Outemu Blue switches. Not sure about the quality of the keyboard overall.

    • +4 votes

      Nothing wrong with Outemu. I have 2 basic keyboards with those switches. I'm also using a K70 Corsair keyboard with Cherry Browns. People are way too particular with switches. They're about the same across brands. Used all kinds of switches for over 7 years.

      This Kogan one is excellent, especially at this price.

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        Fair enough. As far as I know, Cherry's patent expired and everyone started making their own mech switches which made the prices drop. I'm personally yet to try some of the Outemu's and other variants comparing them with Cherry's.

        • +1 vote

          Asides from Romer (which are significantly lower quality, used in Logitech's mech keyboards surprisingly) a lot of the other alternative / cheaper switches like Outemu are actually meant to be pretty respectable.

          • +1 vote

            @NedStark102: I've got both the Kogan with Otemu browns and a Hyper X (red lighting only) with genuine Cherry browns right in front of me. The Cherrys definitely have a nicer feel to them and the switch activation is more reliable, so IMHO they are certainly the superior switch. I find with the Otemu switches I have to mash them a bit harder to get the switch to fully activate (seems to be worst on both SHIFT keys) and that's even considering they feel like a lighter weight than the Cherrys. Having said that, I'm pleased with the Kogan 'board as I wanted one with RGB and it was only a third of the price, and I'm getting more used to the action over time. If I could justify the price of an RGB 'board with Cherrys in it then I'd happily spring for that.

            @shiny1 I agree that many people (including me) are very particular about switches, but since I use my 'board all day, every day, I want to ensure I'm using one I'm comfortable and happy with.

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          Several of the 'clones' make better switches IMO. I have too many keyboards, and only a few of them have genuine Cherry's. My personal favourite clones are the Gaterons - but my favourite switches overall are the Kailh BOX series. I have BOX Browns at work (In an Anne Pro II), and BOX whites at home (in a custom built keyboard).

          Have an OLKB Preonic arriving later this year with Halo True switches. Pretty excited to try out Input Clubs swithces as I've heard some good things.

          I don't think I have any Outemu switches though, so can't comment on them.

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    will the RGB increase my skills in combat?

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      It may improve your mood, which in turn may improve your overall attentiveness… maybe… by a fraction of a percent.

  • +2 votes

    I'm typing this on my Kogan Brown. I paid my own money to have a mechanical keyboard at work.

    Very happy with it. Clickity-clack!

  • +3 votes

    Thanks OP
    Had to get one to annoy everyone at work

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    These seem to be pretty readily available year-round for this price, and as long as you don't despise the horrific keycap font it's definitely a good price. I personally couldn't (and didn't care for backlighting + wanted a TKL board) so I went for an IKBC from mwave for 90 bucks, which came with PBT keycaps and Cherry MX switches.

  •  

    Can anyone recommend a gaming mouse to go with this? I would like to attempt to enter the world of gaming so something entry level would suffice. Thank you!

    • +1 vote

      The Cooler Master MM710 has recently released and seems to be gaining popularity amongst hardcore and casual mouse enthusiasts alike for its good specs (low weight, flexible cable, 100% virgin PTFE mouse feet, 3389 sensor, etc) and reasonable price.

      Review: https://youtu.be/k8DA6jbT31c

      http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=mm710

      My advice would be to wait for JB Hi-Fi's stock to arrive, then price match one of the online focused retailers selling at $59. You'll save money on shipping and be able to take it to your local JB Hi-Fi for warranty instead of sending it to some obscure warehouse in an industrial area.

      For some reason, it has been released early in Australia (international/American release date is closer to late September). Supposedly there will be 4 variants with matte/glossy finishes and white/black colours when that happens. For now, it's only available in matte black.

      • -2 votes

        For $5-8 more just buy a Razer Deathadder. Best gaming mice I've had. Had different variations over the years and find it hard to accept anything else now.

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    For anyone who's like me, never used one of these styles of keyboards, except maybe in the late 80s with an old XT and 10Mhz turbo button - I got one, and love it. As I have no $200 version to compare it to - I'm very happy with mine, and using this deal to get for my 2nd PC. I like it.

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    This might be a silly question, but as a dvorak keyboard user, are all the keys interchangeable? my current keyboard disallows movement of the F and J home keys so I always press the wrong key when I'm in a hurry! it means four of my keys have the wrong letter on them.

    Cheers!

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    are these noisy?

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    I like my cherry MX clear silent and cherry mx red corsair stealth keyboards but at $129 each this kogan is way better value.

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    Thanks OP bought Brown switch KB last sale, totally impressed with it considering what you pay. So bought this Blue switch KB for home.

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    Bought one and got it today. Typing experience is not that good comparing to the current one I have, which is Allienware mechanical keyboard (brown switch). Of course, with the Kogan one - it's fine with this price.