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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A Closer Look

The Majestouch N-key rollover Brown Switch Keyboard is shipped in a simple, but elegant external cardboard box; on the frontal we can see the Diatec, Filco, along with the Majestouch Series logo:




On the back of the box, we can see a sticker that informs us regarding the product specifications:




Inside, we can see the keyboard with a protective plastic cap on it, which can be left on the product after each use, to avoid dust accumulation:




In the same box, we can find a PS/2 to USB adapter and a little manual, which, unfortunately, is not written in English too, like the outside sticker:





The keyboard is all black and uses a standard design, without any extra buttons:




In the top right corner, we can find a shiny Filco logo, along with the Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock LEDs:




Here is a look on the bottom of the keyboard:




In each corner, we can find rubber feet, which help the keyboard to stay fixed and not to scratch the surface it stays on; also, in the upper part, we can see the feet, which have a center rubber piece, for the same purposes as stated previously:





In the center of the keyboard, we can find written the name of the keyboard, its model code number, the serial number, and The Keyboard Company website, contact number:




The cable is kept together with an included Filco branded strap:




On the other end we can find the USB connector, to which we can attach the PS/2 adapter; this is helpful because we can use it in case we do not have any USB port available, or in the case the computer we are using does not initialize the USB controller fast enough to enter BIOS:



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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