Vortexgear Cypher Mechanical Keyboard

After the money losing fiasco of the Akko 3068 from Banggood and vowing to never, ever, ever to buy anything from them, again, I went in search of a comparable 65% mechanical keyboard. There was a vendor on Amazon offering the Akko 3068 for $110 with $10 shipping. Not a good deal since a 3068 is available on ebay for around $80 with free shipping.

I found a Vortex Cypher 65% keyboard on Amazon with Cherry MX Blue switches and a very similar layout to a Akko 3068 for $94 with a coupon for an additional $15 dollars off and free shipping. I thought $79.99 was a good price so I bought it.

A video review from TaeKeyBoards https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCllGwtW6scxAjM28fIgEozg/featured

Like the Akko 3068, the Cypher has no LED backlighting or RGB (a good thing if one wants to write rather than play games). It has a type-c connection port. The case is plastic, but the keyboard feels heavier and better built than the Akko. The stock key caps are laser-etched PBT of good quality, but I replaced them with a set of cherry profile, dye-subbed key caps from Qisan I bought at Amazon.

Unlike the Akko 3068, the Vortex Cypher actually worked when I received it.

Aukey Mechanical Keyboard KM-G9

When my five-year-old Coolermaster Quick Fire TKL keyboard with Cherry MX blue switches suddenly died and I had to resort to a membrane keyboard, I suffered immediate click withdrawal and couldn’t seem to formulate a sentence in the silence. Those who have typed on a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blues know what I mean. The sound of a blue isn’t as loud (and satisfying) as an IBM Selectric typewriter circa 1980, but it is close.

Since the Quick Fire died a day after I spent the monthly  bank replacing an air conditioning unit, I assumed I was doomed to a couple of weeks of using a hideous membrane keyboard. It appeared the Coolermaster tenkeyless ( no number pad) keyboards had gone up in price during the five years I had been clicky-clacking away and they no longer made the exact same board I had been using. Window shopping on Amazon also revealed that most mechanical keyboards are now RGB light-shows with keys. Even Coolermaster seemed to have given in to the RGB lighting craze. I know the lights can be disabled, but who wants to spend an additional 20% for a feature which is useless (to a writer).

While watching vids about mechanical keyboards, I ran across the Aukey KM-G9. It is currently $23.79 USDs at Amazon. It is a Tenkeyless board with no lights and no bells and whistles and uses Outemu switches (a clone of Cherry MX). I purchased one with Outemu blue switches for the sound. The Aukey KM-G9 is just as good as the Quick Fire at one-fourth the price and comes with a two-year warranty. There are several reviews online which echo my opinion. If you are a writer who misses the sound of a typewriter, the Aukey KM-G9 mechanical keyboard might be worth a try.