Unlike the Matias, there was no 'fragile, handle with care' sticker. Maybe those will increase shipping cost?
Underneath the cover though, is one of the most beautiful keyboards I have laid my eyes on. It is pretty heavy, perhaps one of the heavist keyboard I owned, which explained the US$50 shipping cost. The heft gave it a high quality feel.
This is the BMW of keyboard. Unwrapping the plastic, I finally laid my eyes on it and, wow, it is a beauty. Each of the key caps are made of a matte material but thankfully, it didn't attract any fingers grease or finger print. The textured case is minimalistic. Even the bezel is very thin.
It came with a key cap puller, a micro USB/USB cable and a PS/2 and USB adapter. The key cap puller was a great thought, thanks WASDkeyboard!
Don't mistaken the MX Clear with the MX White. The both looked the same but are two different key switches. I think MX White is milk white in colour while the Clear is slightly translucent.
There is no USB port, which some may take concern with but the CODE keyboards are built based on standard key configurations, meaning you can just order any other keycaps and change them. This may sound like a simple thing but many keyboards, eg the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, Noppoo and some others have a different sized Space Bar or SHIFT Bar or CTRL and ALT. That makes them incompatible and not able to be replaced easily. CODE though, is built on standards, so even these modifier keys are replaceable.
So, there you have it. A review. And I need to stop this addiction. Having 4 mechanical keyboards with two being utilized (at home and in office) and two collecting dust is just too mental and too much. I am very satisfied with the Code, so much so I have decided that this is the last one and I am not going to satisfy any curiosity I have.
I already have three of the best switches around: MX Blue, MX Clear and Quiet alps. I am done.
P.S. The Code keyboard is based on the same design as WASD V2 keyboard. The only difference is the Cherry MX Clear and the backlighting. But the Code is also sold out as of this writing. In fact it was sold out the moment it was launched. The pre-order was so great.
I still remember when I read about the Code for the very first time. I was led to this because of a tweet by John Gruber. In that instant, I knew I wanted it. It was a great write up/marketing page. And at that time, it was still available for pre-order. What made me hesitate is the price tag - US$150.
I contemplated on this a few days. Then I saw, to my dismay, that it was out of stock. The reason it was out of stock is because of the rare MX Clear switch. Cherry is not making much and the back order takes around 6-12 months. So I put this aside but I was also considering the WASD V2 keyboard - same make except a Cherry of my choice and no back lighting.
So when I saw in a forum that it was not available, I instantly jumped on it and placed my order for this ten-key-less model (i.e. without Num Pad). I had buyer's remorse after that, sure.. it is an expensive keyboard and I should be saving money now. 3 hours after I placed the order, it was gone again! That made me feel slightly better - this is a prized possession now :) I found out from the owner of the company that the reason it was temporary available was due to the cancellation of people who pre ordered who cancelled before it was shipped. Probably they, too, have buyer's remorse. I wonder if they are kicking themselves. If you are one of them, drop me a comment :D