I choose to purchase the Everest Max package as I feel I may one day have need of all the extras. I also chose the Silent Red switches, as well as PBT keycaps.
Being able to position the numpad on the left hand side has been very useful, but the media dock needs serious improvement. The lack of proper Linux and Mac support is a real concern for anyone who'd want to utilize all that this product has to offer.
Personally I appreciate having a clock right there, but it appears to rely on a windows driver to operate correctly. I feel like issues like this should have been resolved by using an onboard battery and low-cost processor designed to run when there is no communication from a supported OS.
After much usage over the 3 weeks I have owned this keyboard, I still retain the feeling that I would describe as getting out of a nice shower, putting on fresh, clean clothes and hopping into the seat of a brand new car.
While not actually listed on the product page at the time of order, I was informed that the core/max does actually contain sound dampening material inside just like the model 60.
I was rather disappointed to find out that, despite how the site is presented both before and after placing an order, choosing PBT has a kit come separately that requires self installation. All included ABS keycaps must be manually removed and replaced 1-by-1 with the superior PBT key cap collection. A huge selling point for me was the idea that I could just plug everything in together and go, which software being optional, so finding this out when unpacking was quite a rude surprise. While plenty of customers will no doubt have no issue with this, I feel there are plenty who might decide against an extra cost if they knew.
While the back lighting is bright enough, I do notice that top row of numbers do not let the light shine through like the rest. This makes them quite hard to see. The same issue exists on the numpad.
As a side note, the status indicators on the media dock component are very small and very hard to read.
The payment was very easy to make via the website, though I was shown the wrong currency even after choosing my region. The international shipping handled by DHL Express was quite fast and handed in a professional matter. This made the experience of ordering, through to receiving, quite pleasant and welcoming.
Despite the problems with how I was mislead about choosing PBT over ABS in my order, I have no criticism of concern about this keyboard. I am rather pleased with my personal experience thus far.
While it does come at a rather high price, I would highly recommend this keyboard for anyone who can afford to indulge in such a luxury.
I hope that if you are reading this, you find my review helpful.