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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 1:20 pm

Mechanical Keyboards

Looking at getting a new keyboard next week as the current one I'm using is almost 10 years old and is quite scummy and some of the keys are starting to feel worn out. I've been researching a bit online and the latest craze seems to be these mechanical keyboards. From what I gather they last longer (10 years isn't enough?) and the buttons are easier/faster to use?

Does anyone have one or know much about them? Are they really any better than the standard keyboards or is it just a marketing ploy to get more money?

Thanks.

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 1:31 pm

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 2:41 pm

easily worth it imo

i had never used one till my current keyboard, loved it so much i bought the same model as a spare

cherry blacks ftw

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 5:00 pm

filco ninja cherry blue ftw.

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 5:04 pm

wait for exohkay. he makes the advice

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 6:16 pm

I have one of these with brown switches: http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/info/KE-FKBN87M-EB2/1275/

Worth every cent IMO. Very durable and definitely much better to game and type on than a standard keyboard although it does make a tiny bit more noise if you bottom out the keys when you press them.

I think mechanical keyboards might also respond slightly faster than standard keyboards since keypresses register roughly halfway down rather than at the bottom of the keypress (not that this makes any major difference).

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 6:42 pm

^i would still want a numpad for loadouts but im a lefty

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 7:09 pm

whitewhale Wrote:^i would still want a numpad for loadouts but im a lefty

I do miss the numpad sometimes but I prefer the extra space the tenkeyless version affords me
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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 7:13 pm

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 8:38 pm

Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Any recommendations for a backlit one?

seriously :[

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 8:42 pm

Lewdeh Wrote:Any recommendations for a backlit one?

seriously :[

You don't even look at the keyboard and they're unnecessary.
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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 9:01 pm

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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 10:42 pm

Xarax Wrote:
ShannoX Wrote:
Lewdeh Wrote:Any recommendations for a backlit one?

seriously :[

You don't even look at the keyboard and they're unnecessary.


Agree.
This is what I use.
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us ... /WTA-00001



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Post » Sat May 05, 2012 11:48 pm

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Post » Sun May 06, 2012 12:46 am

I use Razor Blackwidow

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Post » Sun May 06, 2012 8:37 am

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Post » Sun May 06, 2012 9:14 am

First up: http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?29589-Ripster-s-Mechanical-Keyboard-Guide - everything you need to know.

Secondly, my opinion:
be careful about buying black cherry, they're not for everyone. i used one for 2 years, damn near got RSI (i know, i was stupid for using it for so long when i knew it was causing me trouble). having said that, its only the black cherry mechanical keyboards you really need to look out for. the actuating force for each key press is like 60g+
some people are fine with them, but you really should be aware for this. keys are a lot harder to press.

i'm currently using http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=113_257&products_id=18676 , best keyboard i've ever used =)
if you want to try a (cheaper) tenkeyless mechanical, try this: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/White-Noppoo-Choc-Mini-84-USB-NKRO-Mechanical-Keyboard-Cherry-Brown-PBT-Key-Cap-/230678074662?pt=UK_Computing_ComputerComponents_KeyboardsMice&hash=item35b57c1526
however, in general, you get what you pay for. the noppoo choc mini's dont have the best build quality. Make sure you get a noppoo choc mini with the key switch that you desire, the one i linked is cherry mx brown. browns are a good first choice imo. easy to press and feels nice to press at the same time.

filco majestouch's are generally really solidly built, so if you really want to invest in a mechanical keyboard that'll last for a decade or more, go for filco's imo.

and if you can't decide between switches, here is something which makes it really easy:
http://geekhack.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=27992&d=1318009868
http://geekhack.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=27994&d=1318009900
this should be obvious, but force is how much force required to press each key, and sound is how loud it sounds when you DO press a key. some people like the "clack" sound of mechanical keys, others prefer a quiet keyboard. personal preference.

edit: xarax, if in the future you want to splurge, look up datahand keyboards.
and for those people who want a decent keyboard without having to pay a lot, have a look at the microsoft sidewinder x4 - imo the best budget gaming keyboard.

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Post » Sun May 06, 2012 11:04 am

Xarax Wrote:
Riker Wrote:
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice :shock:


Unsure if you are being genuine or sarcastic...

Use ergonomics because part of my disability prevents me from using a normal keyboard which limits the choice of keyboards I can use.

Being genuine actually!! Had a similar one a long while back and loved it, have a cheap & nasty Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse at the moment that I am sick of....so that link was damn good timing! :)
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Post » Sun May 06, 2012 12:04 pm

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Post » Sun May 06, 2012 12:13 pm

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