Full disclosure -- i haven't had a pc in probably about 10 years until i just built one, so i don't have anything to compare this to (except membrane keyboards). It is loud as everyone states, not a problem for me but it would probably annoy anyone in the next few rooms. Build quality seems really good, it's heavy and feels like quality equipment instead of the plastic junky feel of most keyboards. It does look a little "gamer" to me, so if you care about aesthetics it's your choice if you like that. You can turn the red backlight up or down or off, but there's no memory so it starts again at full brightness when you turn your computer on. I miss the number pad but i knew that going in. For the price, i think this is a 5 stars if you want basic functionality and a mechanical keyboard.