Win a Monoprice keyboard and more on our third day of giveaways

What has lighting that would make a Christmas tree jealous and can help even the most lightly stirring mouse register precise movement? It's day three of TR's 12 days of giveaways. Today's winner will receive a Monoprice Enthusiast Backlit Full Size Blue Switch Mechanical Keyboard and a Monoprice XL Precision Gaming Surface, courtesy of the fine folks at Monoprice.

The Enthusiast Backlit mechanical keyboard we're giving away today uses blue switches that require a bit more force to activate than their red-switch brethren (60g vs. 45g, to be exact). You still get n-key rollover and anti-ghosting tech. That anti-ghosting tech could be useful not only for gaming, but maybe also if you're not a fan of change. The white backlighting lets the Christmas references keep snowballing, and the laser-etched keys mean their markings won't melt away over time.

Speaking of melting, something else that's particularly important this time of year is traction.  At 17.5" by 13.8," Monoprice's XL Precision Gaming Surface offers plenty of room to manuver, and once it gets a grip on your desk, it'll also ensure your mouse movements track accurately in-game. Its microfiber surface deserves a close-up.

To enter the giveaway, complete the following steps. (If you've already entered during the past couple days, stop here—there's no need to enter again.)

  • Tally up the number of Intel X99 motherboard reviews we've posted on our motherboards page

     

  • Fill out the form below, including your correct answer, and submit your entry

Rules and regulations

Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only (except Quebec).

We will be accepting entries for this giveaway throughout the 12 days this contest runs, from the time of this post until the time we announce the final winner on December 25, 2015. We'll choose a winner each day in a random drawing from all eligible entries. The winner will be announced on the site each day of the contest, and they'll also be notified through email. The winner must claim their prize within 72 hours, or they will forfeit it, and we will draw a new winner.

Only one entry is permitted (or required) per person, household, or e-mail address. Please don't try to game the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, kids or pets. We'll probably disqualify you if you do.

You must include your full name, a valid email address, and a physical shipping address with your entry. Only the winner's name will be announced on the site. We will not share your address or other personal information with our sponsors or anyone else. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. TR and our sponsors are not responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as repetitive strain injury, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this post's comments thread.

Entries for this contest are closed.

Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • DrDominodog51
    • 4 years ago
    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    I was curious about these monoprice mechanical keyboards. I tend to like their stuff. I have a gaming mouse from them that was like 11 dollars, suits me just fine, don’t really need a 90 dollar gaming mouse.

    Started off with these earphones which punched way above their price in sound quality, probably the best I’ve heard under 50, for under 10 bucks.

    [url<]http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=9927[/url<] Then I got this mouse from them [url<]http://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=114&cp_id=11401&cs_id=1140101&p_id=11155&seq=1&format=2[/url<] Now I'm also getting these totally-not-Beats bluetooth headphones from them too [url<]http://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082708&p_id=11946&seq=1&format=2[/url<] And now considering getting a 5.1 system from them... Basically: once you go Monoprice, you'll probably end up throwing a lot more of your money their way, so beware 😛 And don't forget their original claim to fame, bulk order your HDMI cables from them rather than paying larger store markups.

      • cheddarlump
      • 4 years ago

      Totally agree. I started by buying cat6 patch cables. Then, a thin wall mount for my tv. Then, a network tester, hdmi cables, patch panels, etc.

      I actually got scared when they updated their web page, looks too fancy now and I was afraid they were going to increase their prices “just cuz,” but so far so good.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        I wouldn’t mind seeing them add *new* higher end products to their lineups, so long as the low cost options that made their fame stayed and were updated.

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      I blew someone’s mind when I showed the monoprice page for flatscreen TV mounts — priced as they should be, not as every big box and AV store prices them.

      And yeah, for cables, there’s really no other choice. (Except when I absolutely need one today, then I drive to Fry’s. But either way, friends don’t let friends buy cables at Best Buy or any other retail outlet)

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        Oh man, yeah I was just looking at TV mounts actually. Best Buy or similar stores I was looking at 150-200 CAD, Monoprice has them from 15-40, literally an order of magnitudes difference in some cases.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 4 years ago

      My Logitech G502 mouse was $80 and it’s substantially better than the cheap, brick-like Corsair M-45 that sits unused. I guess it’s worth it to me, although I used a $25 Logitech mouse for years.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        Yeah, to each to their own, I don’t even have a gaming desktop yet (stupid CAD…) so the $11 one is more than adequate for how much PC gaming I get in these days. It doesn’t feel super premium, nor does it have as much customization in drivers, but the shape is there, the sensor seems pretty good, and the 4 setting DPI switch is nice. Pretty much suits what I need for now. If I plunked more on a gaming rig I may upgrade the mouse at the same time.

    • DrCR
    • 4 years ago

    I’m disappointed Guinea-Bissau residents cannot participate.

    • DancinJack
    • 4 years ago

    Blues are 50cN.

      • drfish
      • 4 years ago

      I pulled the numbers from their [url=http://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/13788_Manual_151118.pdf<]manual[/url<].

        • DancinJack
        • 4 years ago

        So, Monoprice modified the actuation force on Blues? That’s really strange. Maybe they are just covering their butts by 60 +/- 10, although IMO that’s far too much variation for a mechanical keyboard switch.

        [url<]http://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_MX[/url<]

          • Jeff Kampman
          • 4 years ago

          They’re not Cherry switches.

            • DancinJack
            • 4 years ago

            o.O

            • TruthSerum
            • 4 years ago

            Isn’t it interesting how they tried to masquerade with “red” and “blue” switches?

            Most people probably just assumed they were Cherry.

            • tipoo
            • 4 years ago

            Kailh also calls their switches red and blue (as do various even more niche Cherry clones), so the naming deception isn’t really on Monoprices side. Or at least partially not, since they should say the manufacturer.

            • TruthSerum
            • 4 years ago

            Who IS the manufacturer? They’re the ones doing it.

            • DrDominodog51
            • 4 years ago

            I just requested the information on Monoprice’s website. I should have a response by tomorrow.

            • tipoo
            • 4 years ago

            Get anything?

            • tipoo
            • 4 years ago

            Huh. Who makes them then? Kailh?

        • DrDominodog51
        • 4 years ago

        So you wrote this? Time to edit the list.

        Edit: The list has been edited.

    • adisor19
    • 4 years ago

    It would be really nice if you would allow Quebec residents to participate like you used to in the past.

    Just sayin’.

    Adi

      • DPete27
      • 4 years ago

      Do we really have to go though this EVERY time there’s a TR giveaway? (no offense to you Adi)

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    This is gonna sound dumb, but I *need* that mouse pad. [url<]http://imgur.com/AJkh0Pz[/url<]

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.[/quote<]Now it's so clear why you left. We're on to you, Ben!

      • flip-mode
      • 4 years ago

      Jeez, put it in the washing machine. The mouse too.

        • drfish
        • 4 years ago

        The MX518 is a classic, hand wash only!

      • Inkling
      • 4 years ago

      I haven’t had breakfast yet, but I’m no longer hungry.

      • Thrashdog
      • 4 years ago

      Blugh. Have you considered an aluminum mousepad? I grabbed one a year or two ago and I love it. Lower profile, no chance of edge curling, less sliding resistance, and much more… uh, sanitary?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        well if the little copyright thing on the back is any indicator, I’ve had this one since 2003.

        • chuckula
        • 4 years ago

        Ah aluminum mouse pads. It reminds me of the heady days of the late 90s with SPARC stations at school that had the very early generation optical mice. Those mice only “worked” (I use the term loosely) when placed on shiny metal mousepads that probably were aluminum.

      • cheddarlump
      • 4 years ago

      I found a 6-pack of super thin cutting boards (for cooking) at walmart, have a grippy surface on the back, and are thin like the allsop mousepads. They work amazing as mousepads, and are $1 a piece. They wear well, and are easy to clean.

        • TruthSerum
        • 4 years ago

        Seconded, the texture is perfect for laser/optical with the cross hatching. Easy easy easy.

      • TruthSerum
      • 4 years ago

      What the hell, is your computer coal-fired?

    • bthylafh
    • 4 years ago

    Submission button seems to be missing.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 4 years ago

      Whoops, sorry. Fixed.

      • TruthSerum
      • 4 years ago

      Contest difficulty ratcheting up..

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