Originally Posted by Sniping
Do you actually need backlight or is it mostly for looks? I would say that backlighting isn't really helpful even in low light situations, but I guess you situation depends.
Because Topre stems are so big it is hard for them to integrate centered LED lighting so that's why they haven't put in backlighting on any of their keyboards, plus Topre design is minimalistic so they try to gear their keyboards more to people for work and typing over gamers and their flashy gear, but I think gaming on Topre isn't a bad experience at all. Maybe if you need macros you should consider buying a gaming keypad or a mouse with macros, but I think that Topre is a no-brainer for prices like those.
I actually need it as unfortunately I'm not a very good typist who can type 90%+ of the time without looking at the keyboard, so yes the backlighting does help me a lot ^.^v
And there's also the fact that I've kinda of got used to use my computer with the room lights off because I always had to share my room with somebody else so I had to turn the lights off while using the computer.
keypads or mouse with macro buttons are out of the question , specially the keypad, as you might already know, here in Japan we don't have that much space available as our apartments tend to be pretty small...so my computer desk is not that large and it barely fits my mousepad, keyboard and amplifier.
Since I basically use my computer to gaming and listening to music and so on, I think that the Gaming oriented keyboards would fit me better ^.^