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Peripherals Finally Time For a Mech Keyboard :D

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by LukeDaly, 25 Jul 2012.

  1. LukeDaly

    LukeDaly Pokemon Master

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    Hello Ladies a Gentlemen, just back from a 3 week holiday in Florida and came back with some of my spending money, so I have decided I am going to jump on the Mechanical keyboard band wagon at long last :rock:

    So I would like to hear what switch recommendations you guys have for someone who types code 50% of time and plays games the other 50% - had blues, or reds in mind? :geek:

    Also what brands would you guys recommend?

    I like back lighting but it is not necessary

    is there any advantages, with Filco over Ducky?

    Thanks as always guys, Luke :D
     
  2. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    inb4 Filco with browns

    But seriously, a Filco Majestouch (TKL or not, your choice) with browns is a good plain yet well build board that's sure to please., and should be easy to buy.
     
  3. j4mi3

    j4mi3 New Member

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    filco with browns

    Looking back I would get the tenkeyless though, I would also get it in camo. I just got the standard black.

    I do use my number pad, but not enough to justify the space it consumes
     
  4. Yorkie

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    Seems that Filco has been suggested, best just jump on the Ducky bandwagon :p

    Backlit TKL with Browns and it is amazing
     
  5. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    You shoud have bought one while you were still in the US. You could have got a Rosewill which is just a rebranded Filco for half the price.
    After trying a lot of boards I find they are all a muchness really except for a few. Those few I like personally all have one thing in common that they are pcb mount. I think they have a better feeling and they are vastly easier to mod. I like the KBC/Vortex Poker, Cherry G80-**** and my next purchase is going to be the plum 96 which is interesting as it is almost as small as tenkeyless but has a numpad instead of the nav keys and no non standard keysizes.

    For switch I will reccomend reds. They feel excellent and have a nice soft touch. I can type on them all day and they are perfect for gaming for me too. I also like blues quite a bit though, but they are my second choice.
     
  6. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Yup, you should have picked up a Rosewill, they were just on sale for $65 again. I have two of them and they are pretty nice for what you pay.


    In terms of the switches I've tried: red=browns > blues
     
  7. hamza_tm

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    Filco is the best, but not by much.

    There are a few things to think about, like layouts, but a Filco is a foolproof choice, and browns are a foolproof switch, especially as a first try.

    Take it from someone who's had a fair few boards :)
     
  8. el2k

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    Leopold FC200R :)
     
  9. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    This.

    Oh and ANSI.
     
  10. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Filcos are nice. Very nice. But if you want a cheap entry level grab a Rosewill keyboard with some brown switches.

    Mind you my starter is my IBM Model M. So I'm the strange one out. If you want backlit get a Ducky Shine with Browns.
     
  11. LukeDaly

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    Was thinking of getting the separate Filco num pad, also is there any advantage and or reason you recommend browns over Blue :)?

    I think i'll get the TKL and just buy the extra num pad for when I need it :)

    How come you choose Ducky over Filco man? is the build quality the same? and yes I also like back light, but would easily sacrifice for a better built board :)

    Any particular reason you chose browns over Blues? :) I always thought brown was just a quieter Blue ? :)

    Thanks for all the help guys, anybody tried the CM storm quick fire rapid red?
    or am I better of sticking with the big guns of mech keyboards? :)

    Luke:D
     
  12. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    CM Storm is a good board, just a shame that it is so fugly.
     
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    Oi. Don't you go bad mouthing my new keyboard. Hmpf.
     
  14. hamza_tm

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    Browns over blue because there is more than just a sound difference. Without going into lengthy discussion and explaining, I don't think anyone can deny the general consensus, which is that blues are not as nice to game on as browns, but are nicer for typing.

    Browns are just a perfect middle ground, being very nice for typing and also amazing for gaming.

    And definitely go for the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid, it is available soon in reds/browns/blacks. If you can't afford a Filco it is a comparably amazing option in terms of build quality, and at a bargain price too.
     
  15. longweight

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    Different board my friend.....
     
  16. hamza_tm

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    He is but a poor confused chap

    we shall enlighten him with time!
     
  17. longweight

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    Where are you based Luke?
     
  18. LukeDaly

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    I can afford a Filco :) I'm just trying to decide on Blue, Brown or Red now :(

    I'm Based in Carrickfergus Northern Ireland :)
     
  19. Elton

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    Blue if you can stand the clicking and the slightly higher actuation force and the more pronounced tactility.

    As for browns, from what I can tell they're a softer version of the blues with out the clickiness. Which makes sense as the blues use a "washer" of sorts to achieve that click.

    Reds are extremely light and linear. I find it actually a decent type a switch but it's extreme sensitivity , may be off putting if not entirely distracting.
     
  20. LukeDaly

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    Thanks for the comment, I can stand the click fine :) I think it sounds awesome, I can always add o-rings if it begins to annoy me tho :) do you have experience with Blues? :)
     

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