KeySonic Intuition XLTesting
It is fairly hard to test a keyboard as everyone uses theirs differently and nobody has the same pair of hands. Therefore the best approach is to report our experiences, and how we found it as objectively as possible.
In my opinion, the most important role of a keyboard, and certainly one of this kind, is comfort.. When typing, the keyboard was incredibly comfortable and the the extra large wrist wrest provided ample support. The keys make a fairly loud tapping noise when in use, however, it is not loud enough to be annoying and is perfectly acceptable. Thanks to the shallow keys, typing quickly and with precision is a very simple task, taking us a matter of seconds to fire out sentences.
The biggest problem with a metal keyboard though is the cold. When you first begin to use the keyboard after it has been left all night, the keys certainly hold the cold. It doesn't last long, but it isn't very pleasant. The second issue that I had with the KeySonic Intuition XL is that it marks very easily. The slightest bit of moisture or sweat leaves a very obvious mark on the keyboard's surface.
Although the keyboard isn't designed with gaming in mind, I still wanted to find out how it faired in a fire fight. First impressions seemed promising, and my CS:S skills didn't appear compromised. However, the more I played the more frustrated I became.. The shallow keys have only a small distance of travel, so when crouching or performing a movement where you hold a single key for a long time I found it was all too easy to drift upwards, and disengage the action. This may seem minor, but in a game like CS:S where there is a lot of creeping around and crouching, it begins to hinder performance. Apart from that performance was ok and it wasn't any better or worse than the majority of keyboards that I've used before.