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Pros This keyboard has been a real workhorse, no problems or issues with the performance.
Cons Paint wearing off keys.
Summary I did notice however that the paint was wearing off of the keys. Apparently this was a problem with the early versions of this keyboard. I sent a support request into Mionix and they are standing behind their product and replacing my keys! This is so refreshing, it seems like most electronic items these days are considered garbage a few months out of the box. Way to go Mionix!
Pros gorgous green illumination, loud keys, rage proof too?
Cons illuminated area is too small, not all keys are illuminated, some other keys are only 1/4 illuminated
Summary Overall this would be an awesome keyboard if it had fully luminated keys and if they were lighted in the whole area it's suppose to be, i found the keys hard to hit due to the small print, it had such great feel and sooo much potential, but these are deal breakers for me. I almost kept this keyboard but the smaller print drove me nuts - and its probally only by 1 mm to but man what a differance
Summary I was relatively happy with my Zibal until it started to randomly cut out in use. It frequently stops working and takes a few seconds to get back up, I may have to unplug and plug it back in, I may have to reboot, and I may even have to plug in a replacement until it decides to start working again.
I've had it die out on me a few times now where I'm forced to just switch to another keyboard in the meantime until it decides to fix itself. It doesn't work on any computers during this time, while other keyboards work without issue.
The LED lights on a few keys are also placed too low and stand out too much. The larger keys (caps, shift, space) are not firmly set on the keyboard.
Will not buy another Mionix product which is a shame as I found the Naos 8200 to be great.
Pros Superior feel to membrane keyboard Black switches feel nice Solid construction
Cons LED system is defective
Summary While moving to mechanical keyboards is definitely worth it, I recommend staying away from this one. The LED system randomly died on me today and that is not an excusable thing for a keyboard that exceeds the $100 mark. This is not the first I've heard of the problems for the Zibal.
Pros This keyboard is fantastic, simply awesome, not as loud as youd think!
Cons Expensive! but totally worth it
Summary Combined with the naos 5000 mouse for excellent results. These things are the toughest components I have ever used, extremely tough, thick but sexy(lol?_) cables, sleeved and tough! All in all, the best keyboard I have ever used.
Pros -Solid build -Awesome cherry black switches that takes some time to get use to -Very comfortable
Cons -The cable is too big and short -LED lights are uneven -Expensive for the amount of features it has -USB hub doesn't seem to work for some of my external drives but that could be because my mobo
Summary So far I haven't had any major issue with this keyboard. It's a little pricey, even on sale, but it sounds and feels a lot better than most of the other mech keyboards. The wrist rest was the deal breaker as most of the other keybaords didn't have one.
Pros Very heavy duty keyboard ,nice looking mat finish.
Cons The keys are loud, do not use if your girlfriend sleeps in your room!
Summary I've had this bad boy for about 2 months now its an excellent addition to my setup, it looks clean and shiny, ive seen people complaining about the keys wearing off but that didnt happen to me after 2 months, would buy again!
Pros - sturdy construction - 3 brightness levels for back lighting - Option to turn off back light, turn on for just WSAD keys, or illuminate all keys - easy to spam keys
Cons - lighting is only in green (kinda greenish yellowish to me) - requires a fair amount of force to press keys, do not recommend for lots of typing but works well for gaming
Summary I have never owned a mechanical keyboard before this one. I figured I would give the black cherry switch a try and choose this model for it's plain layout and sturdy construction. Overall I am liking it and find it works well in games. The keys are all where I'd expect them to be and the dual purpose function keys that allow for media related shortcuts are handy and welcome options to have. It feels like alot of money to spend on a keyboard but I expect it will last for sometime... we'll see =)
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Pros Built like tank, cherry blacks amazing, wrist rest perfect, thick cord, usb ports, layout perfect, Lights up WASD or entire keyboard or nothing, media keys with FN, and finally green looks awesome.
Cons Short cable
Summary First off, this thing is built like a tank. The comments about it being "rage proof" are completely true. I'm pretty sure if I smashed this thing over my oak desk 500 times, the desk would beg for mercy, not the keyboard. Not to mention the cord is as thick as my middle finger. The cherry blacks are amazing, I have tried the cherry blues and they are WAY to sensitive the blacks are.
The layout of the keys is perfect for me. The wrist rest is most likely the best part of the keyboard. I personally cannot use a keyboard for a long period of time without a nice wrist rest so this was a huge selling point as the other options (razer) didn't have one.
My model was the first version and they keys around WASD faded out so I emailed Mionix telling them my issue and took a screenshot of my ncix receipt and this was their response.
"Unfortunately this was the issue with the first batch of Zibal 60. We have made changes to the production and also printed new keycaps for all keyboards of the first batch. We will send you a replacement set of keycaps free of charge. Please confirm the address in the screenshot and if I could get your phone number including country code that would be great."
And they sent me all new key caps free just like that
A STAR HAS BEEN BORN Some say that the constellation Eridanus symbolizes the path of the reckless journey by Phaethon with the stolen chariot of Helio. In ancient Greek Zibal means “river” which could symbolize the river where Phaethon landed after being struck down by a Thunderbolt from Zeus. Zibal together with its surroundings are not well known by mankind, there are still secrets to be revealed.
MODEL OVERVIEW The Mionix Zibal 60 is a fusion of the best keyboard components together with great gaming features that gives you the edge to your game. Engineered with non-tactile, mechanical, black cherry MX switches that deliver the best feel to every keystroke. Multi-level backlight illumination paired with six key rollover that allows you to perform up to six simultaneous keystrokes with all keys, make the Zibal 60 standout from the crowd. In addition to the performance features, the Zibal 60 offers smart functions that include a two port usb 2.0 hub, audio/mic extensions and media control keys for full integration with your desktop setup.
FEATURES •Black Cherry MX Mechanical key switches Mechanical non-tactile Cherry MX black switches with 18K Gold plated switch connectors ensures durability and longer life time. •Comfortable design Designed with a detachable wrist rest to be comfortable throughout long gaming sessions. •Backlit key illumination Every switch is fitted with a single green LED and you can choose from the three different lighting modes. •Three lighting modes On, Off and WASD select between the three lighting modes On, Off and WASD. •Multi-level brightness control Three level adjustable brightness control. •Mionix Action key The Mionix Action key provides instant access to all the media and illumination functions. •Six Key Rollover Register up to six keystrokes simultaneously. •Rage proof durability Fends off rage blasts thanks to the 1.6 mm thick steel frame and heavy duty braided cable. •Built to last Lifespan of 50 million keystrokes and wear resistant laser printed keycaps •Connect-through port for audio Superior audio quality thanks to the insulated shielded cables •Full speed USB 2.0 hub Inbuilt with a two port USB 2.0 hub powered by its own USB cable. •Plug n Play Complete Plug n Play, all functions can be performed without any software or drivers.
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