22 Jun

Filco Majestouch and XArmor U9BL-S Review and Comparison

If you don’t know what a mechanical keyboard is, stop reading now; surely you won’t understand why anyone would spend upwards of $150 on something you can get at any local Wal-Mart for $9.99. Google “mechanical keyboard” and you’ll find a plethora of information to help you better understand the advantages. The truth is, there’s a pretty good chance you won’t appreciate a mech keyboard unless you’re a pretty big nerd. And I am.

So much so, in fact, that I had a pair of keyboards worth around $300 sitting next to each other just dying to go head to head: the Filco Majestouch 104 NKRO Cherry MX Brown and the XArmor U9BL-S (also Cherry MX Brown).

The feel of typing on a mechanical keyboard is light years beyond typing on a traditional rubber membrane keyboard — and the sound they produce is also a huge bonus (for me). These things make noise that’s just music to my ears. And switching from my previous Logitech to the Filco, while taking a bit of getting used to, had me hooked. I really enjoyed the Filco in appearance, build quality, feel, and sound. It was a thing of beauty. At the same time, I did miss the back-lighting from my previous board and found that on occasion, during a late night gaming session, I was hunting for keys under the light of my monitors. The problem was that there were no back-lit mechanical boards with Cherry MX Brown switches, until about 4 months later. So I purchased the XArmor as well.

What’s cool about the XArmor is that each key is individually back-lit with a blue LED so you can scope your keys in the dark. It also has a pair of USB ports, a microphone jack, a headphone jack, and a modest set of media control keys. The Filco doesn’t have any of these. Given the fact that both boards cost about the same, it seems like an obvious choice to go for the XArmor, right? Well, almost. The feet on the XArmor are sorely lacking — this thing slides all over my smooth desk during heavy gaming sessions. And while I give the XArmor keys a slight edge in durability, the Filco produces a sound that I prefer, just barely.

If you want “elegance in simplicity”, the Filco is a great choice. If you’re like me and you prefer “bang for the buck”, the XArmor does in fact look like a no-brainer.

If you found my review helpful and wish to purchase one of these keyboards from Amazon, please click here to view the XArmor product detail page or click here to view the
Filco Majestouch keyboards
carried at Amazon. I get a small percentage from each sale I refer. And yes, I really do love Amazon. I do as much of my online shopping as possible from there.

3 thoughts on “Filco Majestouch and XArmor U9BL-S Review and Comparison

  1. Thanks for the review! Great to hear both keyboards.

    I just bought the Filco with Cherry MX blue, I’ll miss the backlight of my current steelseries Merc but I think I’ll really enjoy using the Filco 🙂

  2. If you don’t want to worry about the movement of the armor on a smooth desk you can purchase small thin rubber nubs from Michaels for about $1.

  3. @Patrick: I tried those clear ones that look like contact lenses but they didn’t do the job. I ended up using one of those rubber pads that usually keep your cell phone from sliding off your car’s dashboard. That said, I actually sold the XArmor and bought a Ducky Shine instead…

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