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    Mechanical Keyboards

    So what're people's opinions on the mechanical keyboards out there atm? I'm thinking of picking one up, but not sure which one.

    Have thought about the Corsair K90, but what other ones are good? What are the Coolermaster and Thermaltake ones like?

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    Im happy with my Razer Blackwidow

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    Don't like the corsair ones personally, the way the keys are makes it too hard to type.
    The Thermaltake ones look unfinished, do not want.

    The CM Trigger are ok, not keen on the quickfires. I got the Razer BWU, prefer it over all the others I have used.

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    I'm still lookiing for something with Cherry MX Browns, and Media Keys. Something that very few have, eg the QPAD MK series and The Razer Blackwidow stealth edition. Ideally i want something with better build quality than razer, but not with the shipping price of Qpad. I'll probably end up getting a MK80

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    Forgive my ignorance, but what advantage is there in mechanical keyboards over others?

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    I have a Ducky DK9000G2, Brown switches and PBT caps. Solid unit for about $160NZD from overseas.

    Cheaper and made by a company who specialise in mechanical keyboards.
    Werelock wrote:
    Forgive my ignorance, but what advantage is there in mechanical keyboards over others?
    Faster response, different types of feedback including: linear (no force), tactile feedback (bump in key letting you know you've pressed it) and clickly (audible click letting you know you've pressed it). You don't even need to press the keys any further than half way before the key registers, making typing faster once you get the hang of it. They also last 10 times longer.

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    So what switches does everyone like? I'd been led to believe that red switches were best for gaming?

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    Not exactly. It comes down to personal preference. Red switches have less force to depress the switch and provide no tactile bump nor click. Black are the same but require more force to depress than reds.

    Brown are supposed middle road as they have a tactile bump half way into depressing the switch. This tactile bump lets you know you can move onto the next key without needing to depress the switch any further, which allows for faster typing. It in no way limits you in gaming.

    Blue is clickly and not suitable unless you really like the old IBM M keyboard noises.

    I like brown simply because I type a lot and having tactile has seriously helped my typing speed and I'm a occasional gamer now and it suits me fine.

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    Black widow ultimate / stealth?

    Would grab 1 if it also had a small LCD screen ala G15/19
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    cooler master quickfire rapid, blue, i love this keyboard, it doesn't come with a numpad however.

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    bzE wrote:
    Not exactly. It comes down to personal preference. Red switches have less force to depress the switch and provide no tactile bump nor click. Black are the same but require more force to depress than reds.

    Brown are supposed middle road as they have a tactile bump half way into depressing the switch. This tactile bump lets you know you can move onto the next key without needing to depress the switch any further, which allows for faster typing. It in no way limits you in gaming.

    Blue is clickly and not suitable unless you really like the old IBM M keyboard noises.

    I like brown simply because I type a lot and having tactile has seriously helped my typing speed and I'm a occasional gamer now and it suits me fine.
    Source of where to buy?

    And this vs say... qpad mk80 sort of thing? They seem like they would have pretty similar specs.

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    Filco and Ducky are not in the 'gaming' related category Not saying they're better, at the end of the day the switches are built all the same and it just comes down to the keys and case.

    http://global.pchome.com.tw/english/...G_NO=SBAE&tm=e
    (Click mechanical on the left, Green = Blue, translation error. Shipping is $10USD)

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    Ah i saw they were on
    http://tigerimports.net/sunshop/inde...detail&p=11452
    But i assume they won't ship to NZ (never even looked)


    I'm trying to decide between the same board as you have, or something like the Qpad. The ducky has higher quality keycaps and a higher build quality overall. Hmmm.

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    ^Yeah I think I'm pretty much in the same boat

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    Blackwidow ultimate stealth. Never going back to a normal kb. Cept for work which is shit as. Instant typing speed increase though no doubt.

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    I have some 10 year old $10 keyboard

    Works fine

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    All the above points made by the people are true.

    once you switch to a mechanical you wouldn't wanna go back. Anything else feels like mushy Sh*T save for the scissor switch keys which feel passable.

    here's the catch, if you've never used it you don't know what your missing out on. You don't have higher standards and you are content with a standard keyboard. Seriously every time I use a non-mechanical keyboard I rage at how shitty it feels compared a the awesomeness of a mechanical. Im using a rosewill cherry red I got from the states , dell usa has a deal on razer black widows atm btw http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...eGptLbn-seCtg0

    if you don't wanna go mechanical scissor switches are passable (Logitech ones are pretty good)

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    Mox wrote:
    I have some 10 year old $10 keyboard

    Works fine
    Can verify that cheap keyboards can be just as good, have an old IBM keyboard that has a reputation for being the best but it really isn't.

    If you really want to spend it up on a keyboard get one with decent n-key rollover and is compatible with stenography software, personally I use a X4 but no doubt there are better keyboards.

    http://stenoknight.com/wiki/N-key_ro..._.28NKRO.29.3F

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    The X4 is horrible, feels like I'm typing on mush - and yes, I have one on my LAN comp.

    Proxyep is right. After using mechanical you can only use mechanical or scissor again. Standard rubber dome keyboards feel crap. Ignorance is bliss. Though if you're just gaming, with a bit of light typing every once in a while then it doesn't make much difference tbh. I don't find I game worse with the X4 compared to my 6Gv2.

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    I reckon its the placebo that your keys register faster which in turn makes you a better gamer. But yea whatever mech kb you get will be a huge upgrade from normal kbs.

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    What's the difference between the G15 actuating force on keys and distance traveled vs the mechanical keyboards of BWU...
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    My bug-bear about the Ducky + das keyboard ones is that they don't have the wrist rest, which I've become pretty accustomed to. This would make me more keen on getting the QPAD ones.

    Is it pretty easy to get used to not having it there? Or are there solutions to this problem?

    I have a work computer @ UoA which I use for the majority of my thesis work, so maybe I need one that's portable enough (or a second one to take to use there lol)

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    =C= wrote:
    What's the difference between the G15 actuating force on keys and distance traveled vs the mechanical keyboards of BWU...
    G15 70g
    BWU 55g
    Red switches are 45g for comparison

    Cherry switches are 2mm actuation and 4mm bottom out.

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    Hmmmm, that's a very small difference in in force required to press the keys. Would you really feel a difference of 15g is the question.

    I like the idea of less force required to press the keys and smaller travel distance to activate them but what's the purpose of the bottom out when... Just messing with the keyboard at work and it too activates half way pressed down but bottoms out further down.. This is just a generic POS Microsoft ergo kbd. Can't tell you the actuating and bottom out specific measurements but... I'm pretty sure every keyboard has an activation point before bottoming out. So really what's new other than the less force to activate and a clicky noise? Hmmm....

    Laptop keyboards have very little actuating force and small actuating distance as well. But I hate the gruveless / flat keys on laptop's. I do however like the lightened force of activating the keys vs my G15. I have tried various other kbds in the past the the G15 is thus far the best.
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    Just found a good article on the subject.

    http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...keyboard-guide
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