This is a short review of a Filco Majestouch 2 Ninja TKL (Italian Red version). I ordered mine from eBay and the keyboard arrived 3 days later. The keyboard came with some additional keycaps (WASD and Escape keys in red and black) and a keycap puller.
This thing is sexy as hell. This was one of the main reason I purchase this board to begin with.
The case feels really sturdy. Let me put it this way: the HHKB case is very solidly built, this keyboard’s case is even better. That’s how good it feels when you hold the keyboard.
There’s no backlit, media keys, OS X friendly keys (can be solved with software), usb hub built-in or detachable cable. Some of those are nice features to have but not essential to me. I personally hate backlit and think it’s to gaming-y. I bought this board because it’s a simple, no bullshit keyboard. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the aesthetic of this keyboard.
I went with the blue switches option. It’s my personal favorite choice of Cherry switch. One downside as you probably already have known is this thing is really loud. I mean REALLY loud. If you want to make your colleagues secretly hate you, buy one of those blue switch mechanical keyboard.
The default keycaps look pretty good and it matches well with the whole design. I’ve always wanted a set of Dolch or Granite keyset but I don’t think it’s going to look good with this board. I haven’t had the luxury of trying them out yet though.
There were reports of fading key labels with other Filco’s keyboard so they release this keyboard with front face printing keycaps. I think it’s a lame reason but it looks pretty cool though.
For this keyboard’s price range, it should have shipped with thick PBT keycaps instead of coated ABS.
This keyboard is a simple, no-bs, very high quality keyboard. I love everything about this keyboard: the look, the feel and the sound. Though it’s a bit more expensive than the competitors' keyboards, it’s totally worth it IMO. The fact that it is sturdier than a premium keyboard (HHKB) says it all.
It’s probably the best TKL keyboard with Cherry switches available right now.