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11-23-2015, 09:31 PM
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So Christmas is coming up and I'd like to get a new keyboard that's actually good. I've tried a friend's mechanical keyboard and it was really nice to type in.

Anyhow, I'm looking for suggestions. I'd like to know the name of the keyboard, the price, and the pros and cons.

Thanks for the help ^^ I'd like to keep it under $100.

In reality, all he's doing is pushing the same buttons he always has, nothing has changed. The longer he spends here, the more invested he gets, the more he forgets which life is the real one.
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11-23-2015, 10:04 PM
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While you may want to keep it under 100$, it's very rare to hear of a mechanical keyboard being sold for that pricing. However, if you're fine with less options for purchase, and compact space between keys, there's this Das Keyboard 4C Ultimate Compact Mechanical Keyboard. The blue switch is 109$.

http://shop.daskeyboard.com/collections/...l-keyboard

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11-23-2015, 10:06 PM (This post was last modified: 11-23-2015, 10:09 PM by tftp. Edit Reason: images way to big)
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First your going to know what type of switches you would like

https://wiki.installgentoo.com/index.php..._keyboards

^ is a pretty good guide

You more common switches are Cherry MX Blues, Reds, and Browns

Blues - Loud and heavy
Red - Light and Quiet
Browns - Something inbetween

I have blue switches and a buckling spring because I like the clacks

Also your going to want to look into what % you want

Here is a comparison between 60 and 100
[Image: 68747470733a2f2f7268696e6f2e696d2f752f30...322e4a5047]

Most of your $100 +/- 15 boards are "LE HAXOR GAMIN KEYBOARDS" but there are a multitude of decent ones.

My first mechanical keyboard was the CM Quickfire Storm Blues
[Image: 687474703a2f2f7777772e637573746f6d706372...362e6a7067]

pros:

Cheap
Anti twist cable
low profile
metal back board
media/function keys

cons:
keycaps a little cheap
one of my LEDs failed after 6-7 months
Build quality could be nicer (I am satisfied with it but some may be picky)


based on preference:
Number toggles between the arrow keys and the number pad

low profile
Blue LEDS that have multiple settings
Blue switches



If you want something less flashy look at this


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6823201083

it's even on sale because of Black Friday.

Currently typing on a Unicomp Spacesaver M :^)
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11-23-2015, 10:07 PM
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What I currently have. People tend to get elitist with their switches, but personally that is completely up to the person using the keyboard. I like blues, and they're wonderful. That keyboard also has Brown, Green and Red variants. Cherry MX Switches, all, excluding Green, are under $100.

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11-23-2015, 10:18 PM (This post was last modified: 11-23-2015, 10:22 PM by CompaIsMyWaifu.)
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I ended up going for a gaming keyboard but I was on a budget at the time, as I needed to get several other PC accessories as well. The one I got is a ROCCAT Isku for $70 USD, it gets the job done and has some cool shortcut keys like adjusting your volume, opening your browser, or minimizing all windows to return to your desktop. But it also came with this weird software that fucking talks to you when you turn on the computer. (it does this when selecting your "profile," or keybind settings, which happens automatically everytime Windows starts) I had to disable this, but other than that the keyboard has served me well for the past year.

I know a lot of gamers like the mechanical keyboards by Razer, in particular the Black Widow. This one goes for $100 USD, and my stepbrother and one of my friends both own it so I've used it at their houses before. As far as functionality goes, the Black Widow is pretty much flawless. The keys are incredibly responsive and you can really feel it working at your fingertips, it's hard to describe. However, I've got one big complaint with Razer's mechanical keyboards. (not just the Black Widow, ALL of them) They are LOUD AS FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK. It clicks louder than any keyboard I've heard in my LIFE. And the worst part is if you are ever on skype or any voice chat service with someone who uses this keyboard, you will hear EVERY FUCKING THING THEY TYPE. EVER. It's annoying as hell, and the only reason I will never buy a Razer keyboard. But hey, maybe you're a sadist and love the idea of torturing your friends until their ears bleed. I'm gonna stay away from that shit!

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11-23-2015, 10:20 PM (This post was last modified: 11-23-2015, 10:30 PM by None_At_All.)
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(11-23-2015, 10:06 PM)tftp Wrote: First your going to know what type of switches you would like

https://wiki.installgentoo.com/index.php..._keyboards

^ is a pretty good guide

You more common switches are Cherry MX Blues, Reds, and Browns

Blues - Loud and heavy
Red - Light and Quiet
Browns - Something inbetween

I have blue switches and a buckling spring because I like the clacks

Also your going to want to look into what % you want

Here is a comparison between 60 and 100
[Image: 68747470733a2f2f7268696e6f2e696d2f752f30...322e4a5047]

Most of your $100 +/- 15 boards are "LE HAXOR GAMIN KEYBOARDS" but there are a multitude of decent ones.

My first mechanical keyboard was the CM Quickfire Storm Blues
[Image: 687474703a2f2f7777772e637573746f6d706372...362e6a7067]

pros:

Cheap
Anti twist cable
low profile
metal back board
media/function keys

cons:
keycaps a little cheap
one of my LEDs failed after 6-7 months
Build quality could be nicer (I am satisfied with it but some may be picky)


based on preference:
Number toggles between the arrow keys and the number pad

low profile
Blue LEDS that have multiple settings
Blue switches



If you want something less flashy look at this


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6823201083

it's even on sale because of Black Friday.

Currently typing on a Unicomp Spacesaver M :^)

Thanks! (and also thanks @Lokorfi)

That last keyboard is the winning for now.

EDIT: Thanks @Loli and @CompaisMyWaifu.
I think I'll go for the ROCCAT one if the other one is no longer on sale

In reality, all he's doing is pushing the same buttons he always has, nothing has changed. The longer he spends here, the more invested he gets, the more he forgets which life is the real one.
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11-23-2015, 10:54 PM
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(11-23-2015, 10:06 PM)tftp Wrote: My first mechanical keyboard was the CM Quickfire Storm Blues

This was my first as well, used it for over a year before I got a different one. It's cheap and dependable, so I think this would be your best bet.
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11-24-2015, 12:23 AM
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>>29242
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> Thanks! (and also thanks @Lokorfi)
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> That last keyboard is the winning for now.
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> EDIT: Thanks @Loli and @CompaisMyWaifu.
> I think I'll go for the ROCCAT one if the other one is no longer on sale

Please bear in mind that this keyboard is kind of huge, like it's got somewhere between 3-4 inches for the handrest so it can take up a lot of space. I'm used to it now, but it was a little overwhelming at first because the desk I had when I got this PC was really tiny

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11-24-2015, 05:21 PM
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Alright, I think I'll get the CM Quickfire one if Rosewill goes out of sale, then.

In reality, all he's doing is pushing the same buttons he always has, nothing has changed. The longer he spends here, the more invested he gets, the more he forgets which life is the real one.
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11-27-2015, 08:55 AM
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I use the Razer Blackwidow stealth tournament edition.
I dont want to switch to anything else
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11-29-2015, 01:00 PM
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protip do NOT get a Das. Their quality has been slipping recently.

The following are my opinions.

MX blue = not for living with people, clicks are nice though.
MX red = very light with no tactile response; too light, very easy to make mistakes while typing
MX brown = like an MX red with a piece of sand stuck in it
MX black = heavy reds
MX green = heavy blues (I've heard they're louder too)
MX clear = heavy browns (with a much nicer bump)
If you want to test them all for yourself, many places (like WASDKeyboards and Max Keyboard) sell switch testers.

Those are all the main switches. The brands I would recommend are Ducky, Filco, and whoever makes the poker keyboards. I trust these brands because of the quality of their products, as well as their use of genuine Cherry switches. Many keyboards nowadays will use Chinese knockoff switches. The problem is that we don't know about the durability of these. Cherry switches are QC tested for 50 million actuations, while the Chinese ones have no QC at all. We just don't really know yet.

TL;DR: read the switch thing above, get a Ducky, Filco, or Pok3r with your chosen switches.
Also I'm a fucking nerd.

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11-29-2015, 01:07 PM (This post was last modified: 11-29-2015, 01:08 PM by tftp.)
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(11-27-2015, 08:55 AM)NekoWeeb Wrote: I use the Razer Blackwidow stealth tournament edition.
I dont want to switch to anything else

>switch to anything else

hahahahahaha good one
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(11-29-2015, 01:00 PM)nerd Wrote: protip do NOT get a Das. Their quality has been slipping recently.

The following are my opinions.

MX blue = not for living with people, clicks are nice though.
MX red = very light with no tactile response; too light, very easy to make mistakes while typing
MX brown = like an MX red with a piece of sand stuck in it
MX black = heavy reds
MX green = heavy blues (I've heard they're louder too)
MX clear = heavy browns (with a much nicer bump)
If you want to test them all for yourself, many places (like WASDKeyboards and Max Keyboard) sell switch testers.

Those are all the main switches. The brands I would recommend are Ducky, Filco, and whoever makes the poker keyboards. I trust these brands because of the quality of their products, as well as their use of genuine Cherry switches. Many keyboards nowadays will use Chinese knockoff switches. The problem is that we don't know about the durability of these. Cherry switches are QC tested for 50 million actuations, while the Chinese ones have no QC at all. We just don't really know yet.

TL;DR: read the switch thing above, get a Ducky, Filco, or Pok3r with your chosen switches.
Also I'm a fucking nerd.

he is looking for sub $100 boards
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11-29-2015, 01:18 PM (This post was last modified: 11-29-2015, 01:19 PM by nerd.)
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(11-29-2015, 01:08 PM)tftp Wrote: he is looking for sub $100 boards

I found a Ducky in Microcenter for $50.
You can also easily find them for sub-$100 at Geekhack or /r/mechmarket

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11-29-2015, 02:26 PM
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The G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 keyboard is a pretty kickass keyboard. The KM780 has Cherry MX Brown switches.

Non-rgb version ($90): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...23-828-003
Full rgb version ($130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6823828001

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12-15-2015, 07:29 AM
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I use both an IBM Model M (1391406 - 1987) and a Filco Majestouch 2 "Click Action" (MX Blue) myself! Prefer the Model M though, nothing beats buckling springs.
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12-15-2015, 07:45 AM
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I plan on getting the K70 somewhere next month, with brown switches.
Also RGB, cuz u can never not have RGB.
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12-15-2015, 08:20 AM
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12-15-2015, 12:17 PM
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>>31222
> http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-deathstalker
>
> Great keyboard!

>$70 for a razor branded chicklet keyboard

No.

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12-15-2015, 02:10 PM
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>>31209
> I plan on getting the K70 somewhere next month, with brown switches.
> Also RGB, cuz u can never not have RGB.


I got one with red switches. The dumb RGB lighting is just too much fun.
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12-15-2015, 03:13 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Keyboard-Model...B00F4FHY64

my go to keyboard for gaming.
should be for everyone

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12-15-2015, 03:32 PM
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(12-15-2015, 03:13 PM)COUPLED WITH U Wrote: http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Keyboard-Model...B00F4FHY64

my go to keyboard for gaming.
should be for everyone

To be honest, I've heard about this keyboard and it sounds like an amazing thing to have. I also heard someone was collecting IBM keyboards and refurbishing them, selling them here: http://www.clickykeyboards.com/

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12-15-2015, 04:07 PM
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I think it is interesting to see how there are so many "Model M" revisions! Mine is a 1987 model so the original design (as I recall) and I use it via PS/2 - as you rightly should. Absolutely love it.
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12-15-2015, 05:53 PM
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(12-15-2015, 12:17 PM)Rii Wrote: >>31222
> http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-deathstalker
>  
>  Great keyboard!

>$70 for a razor branded chicklet keyboard

No.

Chiclet keys are dank as fuck mayn. ;-;
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12-15-2015, 06:20 PM
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(12-15-2015, 05:53 PM)Spyro Wrote:
(12-15-2015, 12:17 PM)Rii Wrote: >>31222
> http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-deathstalker
>  
>  Great keyboard!

>$70 for a razor branded chicklet keyboard

No.

Chiclet keys are dank as fuck mayn. ;-;

>Chiclet

>dank

lol