I was blown away when I saw this keyboard in person! The styling, the perfect tactile mechanical keyboard with quiet switches, and the bright lighting in all the right places was far superior to the loud and dimmer Razer keyboard I currently had.
While I loved the Razer Blackwidow keyboard feel, the software was the dealbreaker, and the noise of the clicky switches was a bit too loud for everyone else in the household. CLICK CLICK CLICK over and over could be heard throughout the house when slaying an army of orcs. And I had to use it without the Chroma and other customizable features, as the Synapse software kept disconnecting my keyboard and mouse randomly when installed, and customer service was far from helpful over weeks of troubleshooting.
Enter Alienware Pro. This beautiful piece of hardware seemed to be the answer to all of my woes. While not perfect, I'll break down the pros and cons from my point of view to see if it's worth it for you.
- The styling is beautiful, it is heavy and durable, and the design is well thought out and the LEDs are not only brighter, but the lettering of the keys was much easier to see than on my Razer. The Blackwidow Chroma, while more muted, did have the edge when it came to the smoothless of the spectrum cycling. The change of colors across the keyboard was much smoother than on the Alienware, which seemed a bit stuttered. Not a dealbreaker, but hoping Alienware matures this in it in future products.
- The switches are AMAZING! It took me a while to get used to the less noisy switches, after using Razer for so long, but after a few hours of use, man I love these switches! Hats off here.
- The Alienware software was odd, in that it didn't seamlessly integrate with the existing Alienware Command Center and lighting tools that are used in the laptop AlienFX. While the software was not as feature filled as the Razer, it did work and didn't cause any issues with my hardware, which plagued me on my Razer gear on all my systems. Again, if Alienware can integrate the software better, this will be a 5 star product.
- No TenKeyLess design. For you this may not be a dealbreaker, but this was an issue for me. I consistently bump my mouse hand against the side of the keyboard when gaming on full keyboards, and this Alienware is extra large as it is full keyboard, PLUS it has the extra set of macro keys added. I love the macro keys, but in addition to the keypad, makes this a behemoth of a keyboard. If it had the macro keys and lost the keypad... this keyboard would be pretty much perfect.
Excellent and solidly built keyboard, sexy design, with macro keys, volume roller, and a bunch of extra features. So close to perfection. If this is too large for you, I found the Logitech Pro is an excellent TKL design, while not as sexy, the software is solid and offers a much reduced footprint.