The GoodCherry Blue switches offer satisfying tactility with every click; cheaper than most mechanical-switch keyboards; durable braided cord; small footprint.
The BadLacks extra USB ports.
The Bottom LineMechanical keyboards are gaining popularity in circles that miss the tactility of the original IBM Model M, and Rosewill introduces an inexpensive version in the RK-9000. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of competitors like Das Keyboard, but the Cherry Blue switches, molded keycaps, and simple-yet-durable design make the Rosewill RK-9000 an excellent, affordable product to start your click-clack keyboard addiction.
Many typing purists maintain that the IBM Model M keyboard will always be the standard to compare all modern keyboard designs to, especially for users that rely on the tactile feedback and satisfying "clack" emitted by the switches underneath the keys for accuracy and speed. The rise in popularity of mechanical keyboards that replicate the Model M's design opens the door to more independent companies like Rosewill making their own versions, and the RK-9000 has all the parts typists are looking for in a mechanical input device, including Cherry Blue switches, a tough nylon-wrapped USB cord, a low-profile design, and an affordable price to top it off. If you're just getting interested in these unique keyboards and don't care about extra USB ports or robust cases, the Rosewill RK-9000 is a great place to start.
The appeal of the RK-9000 starts with the mechanical switches that live underneath the keys. They're the same Cherry switches found in most mechanical keyboards including the
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