But after buying a standalone wrist pad (which is far better than what i had)
I am absolutely loving this keyboard so far. I got it on sale for $60, replacing an old high-end logitech gaming keyboard. It has taken a couple weeks to adapt to the smaller keyboard (my old one had a line of macro keys along the left side), as well as the lack of a built-in wrist rest, but after buying a standalone wrist pad (which is far better than what i had), i am very happy. The keys feel amazing. You really know when you press a key. It's a little loud, but this is standard on a mechanical keyboard. In fact, it's a little too easy to press, the slightest pressure results in a keypress. This is great for gaming, slightly less-so for typing. I have been making a lot more typos lately, but i am gradually getting used to the new feel, and loving it more with every day.I also really like the backlit keys (one of the main features i was looking for). The brightness level is adjustable, a good thing considering the default level is blinding in a dim room. However, this means that6 you can actually see the backlighting clearly even in a bright room. The only problem i've had so far was with upgrading the firmware (which probably wasn't even necessary). It froze on the first attempt, and i had to do a hard reset. But the second time the upgrade went through, and i haven't had a single problem since. I hope to get 2-3 years out of this keyboard, and so far it looks like it will be able to deliver. Good job g.Skill!