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XG1-R-LED-UK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red (XG1-R-LED-UK) £51.12 delivered @ CCL Online
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XG1-R-LED-UK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red (XG1-R-LED-UK) £51.12 delivered @ CCL Online

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Posted 11th Jun
Been on the lookout for a mechanical keyboard since I saw the Amazonbasics one go for around 20 a while back, but not found one that balanced price and function... Wondering what people thought of this.

This one has Cherry MX red switches, saw it in this deal hotukdeals.com/dea…412 a while back and also credit to alexnnnu for finding this price in the thread. Looked up videos but there weren't that many around...

Key Features:
  • Gaming Keyboard
  • USB Connection
  • Colour: Black
  • Backlit / Illuminated
  • Cherry MX Red Keys
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I'm on the hunt also but trying to find a tenkeyless. I'd love the keychron k8 but not got the UK layout yet.
wilkooo11/06/2020 12:39

I'm on the hunt also but trying to find a tenkeyless. I'd love the …I'm on the hunt also but trying to find a tenkeyless. I'd love the keychron k8 but not got the UK layout yet.


Seen the kickstarter, that uses Gateron switches right?
messiahcomplex811/06/2020 12:42

Seen the kickstarter, that uses Gateron switches right?


Yeah, they start shipping in July. Someone mentioned September for the UK layout.
wilkooo11/06/2020 13:21

Yeah, they start shipping in July. Someone mentioned September for the UK …Yeah, they start shipping in July. Someone mentioned September for the UK layout.


Ah yes, it says ISO layout in September on their Kickstarter... Which I'm guessing means you can't get it at the supposed discounted price on kickstarter then! Also the shipping is $20 for one and then $40 for two so can't even save money by buying more than one...
I've got an old Corsair K63/65 lying about but usually use a blue switched keyboard I got off here from an Argos misprice years ago.

You can INSTANTLY see a difference between red and blue switches - ended up going back to blue. I found red switches were like a regular membrane keyboard for me, meaning I was still pushing down harder. It made typing so much harder and tiring - switched back to blue's and it was like typing heaven.

Working from home really allows you to test these out, it's far more enjoyable to type with blue vs red but red are more gaming focused.
M0nk3h11/06/2020 14:20

I've got an old Corsair K63/65 lying about but usually use a blue switched …I've got an old Corsair K63/65 lying about but usually use a blue switched keyboard I got off here from an Argos misprice years ago.You can INSTANTLY see a difference between red and blue switches - ended up going back to blue. I found red switches were like a regular membrane keyboard for me, meaning I was still pushing down harder. It made typing so much harder and tiring - switched back to blue's and it was like typing heaven.Working from home really allows you to test these out, it's far more enjoyable to type with blue vs red but red are more gaming focused.


Interesting! Ideally would have tried all the switches out before looking to buy, only been able to go off youtube/reddit reviews and now HUKD experiences... Have you used MX Browns? They're supposedly quite good for typing also?
wilkooo11/06/2020 13:21

Yeah, they start shipping in July. Someone mentioned September for the UK …Yeah, they start shipping in July. Someone mentioned September for the UK layout.


I was part of that conversation last time, anyone up for making a discord group or something similar for when it drops/other keyboards
I mentioned this keyboard at this price on the ADK keyboard deal, I have purchased it and am awaiting delivery. Reviews on YouTube so far have been positive
chakdephatteh11/06/2020 14:57

I mentioned this keyboard at this price on the ADK keyboard deal, I have …I mentioned this keyboard at this price on the ADK keyboard deal, I have purchased it and am awaiting delivery. Reviews on YouTube so far have been positive


Ah awesome, do let us know how it is when you receive it... I'm still in two minds as to whether to get it, wait for the Corsairs to drop in price or wait for the Keychron K8 UK layout...
M0nk3h11/06/2020 14:20

I've got an old Corsair K63/65 lying about but usually use a blue switched …I've got an old Corsair K63/65 lying about but usually use a blue switched keyboard I got off here from an Argos misprice years ago.You can INSTANTLY see a difference between red and blue switches - ended up going back to blue. I found red switches were like a regular membrane keyboard for me, meaning I was still pushing down harder. It made typing so much harder and tiring - switched back to blue's and it was like typing heaven.Working from home really allows you to test these out, it's far more enjoyable to type with blue vs red but red are more gaming focused.


Disagree. Blues are generally more gaming focused due to their distinct click as a response to let the user know the switch has been actuated. I'd agree that reds are more along the lines of a membrane feel. Personally I prefer the clears (also by Cherry) which have a slight tactile bump rather than the irritating click of the blues. Honestly amazed that so many people enjoy the click. It would bug the f out of me
dopeman11/06/2020 15:47

Disagree. Blues are generally more gaming focused due to their distinct …Disagree. Blues are generally more gaming focused due to their distinct click as a response to let the user know the switch has been actuated. I'd agree that reds are more along the lines of a membrane feel. Personally I prefer the clears (also by Cherry) which have a slight tactile bump rather than the irritating click of the blues. Honestly amazed that so many people enjoy the click. It would bug the f out of me


Both are gaming orientated but considering Red switches have a shorter actuation point and require less pressure, these are far more for gaming. Love the clickiness, always wanted a Model M.
M0nk3h11/06/2020 15:51

Both are gaming orientated but considering Red switches have a shorter …Both are gaming orientated but considering Red switches have a shorter actuation point and require less pressure, these are far more for gaming. Love the clickiness, always wanted a Model M.


Yes but most gamers want to know when the key has been actuated with the sound and feel of the click. With reds there's no indication whatsoever for when the key has been actuated as it's entirely linear (a straight line down the side of the switch). I'm not knocking reds, they have their place. I even have a Corsair K65 with reds. But having bought a numpad keyswitch tester with all of cherry's switches on and a few gaterons. Cherry MX clear feel like the perfect for chopping and changing between gaming, typing and just general use without still having that annoying click, being relatively easy to actuate while also giving the user tactile feedback for the actuation. Each to their own though. Not a big fan of reds personally. Wanna build my own KB with clears but finding a decent PCB with all the features I want is hard
Reds are common for FPS gaming, where you want the linear movement. For strategy and MOBAs blue or brown are more common, so you know that skills have been activated etc..

However, at the end it all comes down to personal preference. I've used all three basic types for both typing and gaming and I can say it largely depends on the switch brand and the mood of the day in the end!
I really like the look of this keyboard, Does anyone know if the bottom row is standard size? if I wanted to buy a keycap set after I bought it?
I'm using Cherry mx browns at the mo. A full size Logitech ABS plastic non standard row type, so the keys get that shine on them and it feels greasy even when you clean it often.
I had a nice Cherry mx clear Vortex tenkeyless with great keycaps that came with it, PBT plastic, sold it because it increased in price so much after I bought it, cashed in to put towards a new pc build.
I'd say if someone wants a tactile keyboard without clicks like a blue switch. As far as Cherry mx keys I've tried. I'd get the mx clears (hard to find maybe though). the browns have minimal tactile feedback so it might as well not even be there. Still love my mx browns though, it was my first mechanical keyboard switch experience.
Random_clicks12/06/2020 04:45

I really like the look of this keyboard, Does anyone know if the bottom …I really like the look of this keyboard, Does anyone know if the bottom row is standard size? if I wanted to buy a keycap set after I bought it? I'm using Cherry mx browns at the mo. A full size Logitech ABS plastic non standard row type, so the keys get that shine on them and it feels greasy even when you clean it often. I had a nice Cherry mx clear Vortex tenkeyless with great keycaps that came with it, PBT plastic, sold it because it increased in price so much after I bought it, cashed in to put towards a new pc build. I'd say if someone wants a tactile keyboard without clicks like a blue switch. As far as Cherry mx keys I've tried. I'd get the mx clears (hard to find maybe though). the browns have minimal tactile feedback so it might as well not even be there. Still love my mx browns though, it was my first mechanical keyboard switch experience.


I found the same with browns and clears. You're right about the clears being really hard to find in a prebuilt keyboard though. I've been tempted to just solder on different switches to my existing keyboard. Don't wanna have to buy a new keyboard as an upgrade then not have the switches I want in it. Where do you usually get your boards and caps from?
dopeman13/06/2020 06:39

I found the same with browns and clears. You're right about the clears …I found the same with browns and clears. You're right about the clears being really hard to find in a prebuilt keyboard though. I've been tempted to just solder on different switches to my existing keyboard. Don't wanna have to buy a new keyboard as an upgrade then not have the switches I want in it. Where do you usually get your boards and caps from?


I am by no means one of those enthusiasts. I bought a poker vortex with cherry mx clears off Amazon, when they were available for I think £117, it came with Lego like colour modifierer keys, the original PBT set that came with it were lovely so I never looked to replace them. Hey btw I just remembered something for everyone to know when it comes to clear mx's. Be very careful because the hook that holds the keycaps is very jealous, in other words you can rip the stem out your key switch, I never did that but they are a pain and take care when taking off keycaps. Bear that in mind. I want a cherry mx black keyboard now, I like the heavier spring and I don't need the tactile bump. I'm just mentioning mx, I know there are so many switch types out there, many better than mx. I still like looking up all these switches. As I said I'm back to my generic Logitech orion g601 with two o rings btw, I didn't mention those details but I'm on the look out for something with replaceable keycaps (standard bottom row) if I want to do that. Btw that poker 3 keyboard the spacebar for instance all lubed and it had a satisfying clok sound not like the rattle of all the gamery ones. I don't miss it though. Someone is enjoying it.
Edited by: "Random_clicks" 13th Jun
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