DIATEC Filco Majestouch N-key rollover Brown Switch Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2010-11-10

The DIATEC Filco Majestouch is definitely not your average LAN gaming keyboard, but more for home office/gaming purposes. Typing on it is a real pleasure, thanks to the Cherry MX Brown switches it incorporates and it is also very durable.
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At first I would like to thank The Keyboard Company and Diatec for allowing us to test the Majestouch N-Key rollover Brown Switch Keyboard.






About Diatec:


About The Keyboard Company:

"In 1989 Geoff Thomas bought a computer for his business. He didn't like the keyboard that came with it but when he asked the installation engineer about an alternative was told: "You just get what comes with the computer. I wouldn't know where to get a keyboard.

"This set Geoff on a quest - to find a more compact and stylish keyboard - that left some desk space for his lunchtime gin and tonic.

Eventually, he found a company in Korea who had a smart mini keyboard and a left handed model.

He ordered 50 of each and advertised the surplus in the Telegraph. They sold so well it convinced Geoff that there was a market. The Keyboard Company was born.It's all about choice.

And that is what defines The Keyboard Company. Our main purpose is to offer a wide selection – in an industry that mostly strives for less choice and more standard products.

Equally we give service. Our phone number is displayed on our website. Our phones are answered promptly, by a real person who is knowledgeable about every keyboard and mouse we stock, and who is proud of the products and service that we offer."

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Comment from jmke @ 2010/11/10
First time I see an USB to PS/2 converter actually recommended over native USB
PS/2 does still have some advantage over USB it seems, too bad many if not almost all motherboards are now shipping without PS/2.
Comment from Stefan Mileschin @ 2010/11/10
Never had keyboard init delays at POST using PS/2. Some keyboards take longer to initialize and it is almost impossible sometimes to enter BIOS.
Comment from jmke @ 2010/11/10
ramming the DEL key is a known habit of OCers to get into the BIOS
Comment from Stefan Mileschin @ 2010/11/11
Other useful information:

Seems USB limits the NKRO:

"USB limits the rollover to 6 keys plus certain modifiers: Shift, CTRL, ALT, WIN. Other non-ALPHA keys such as Spacebar, CapsLock, TAB and Menu will limit key recognition to 5. This is commonly referred to as the 6+4 USB Limitation. "

source: http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?tit...gy+and+Results

NKRO feature is fully supported on PS/2:

"Filco Majestouch FKBN104M/EB (n-key rollover model)
Interface: PS/2
OS: Ubuntu 7.10
Keys: more than I can press

I tested the key combos I listed above: QW-AS, QWE-ASD, QWER-ASDF, etc. It passed all of them, at least until I ran out of fingers (up to 20 keys, pressing 2 keys at once with each finger)."

source: http://geekhack.org/showpost.php?p=59495&postcount=23