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Peripherals Mechanical Keyboards. I Don't Get It.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Madness_3d, 29 Jan 2013.

  1. davefelcher

    davefelcher New Member

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    Now I see how that mechanical keyboard thread go so big :)
     
  2. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    Spot on Tel.

    The first couple of dozen pages were full of brilliant nuggets of information, then it all got a bit keycap-centric to be useful to a newcomer. Still worth a post in there though, some good ideas lurking in that thread.
     
  3. damien c

    damien c Mad FPS Gamer

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    I was thinking of buying the Corsair K90 I think it was, and I tried it at Scan and hated it.

    Have tried other Mechanical keyboards and I just don't like them so I will stick to my normal keyboards.
     
  4. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    Fair enough - each to their own! If the mechanical keyboard thread was limited to strictly on topic it would be, at best, half the size... More like a social club where everyone is interested in keyboards...
     
  5. quickstream

    quickstream Custom n00b

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    what i dont get is the price, we used to roll with mechnical if you got back 15-20 years why are they suddenly stupidly expensive?
     
  6. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    I assume because they aren't manufactured as widely as before so the mark up covers the increased cost of the smaller production sizes and the customary "niche" tax.
     
  7. MSHunter

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    supply and demand
     
  8. .//TuNdRa

    .//TuNdRa Resident Bulldozer Guru

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    I figured i'd drop this in here (Because I can't find the Mechanical Keyboards Thread) - Zalman are producing a Mechanical Keyboard now, the ZM-K500, looks good, and retails for sub £50. Uses something akin to MX reds, although I'm not sure where from, as I understand they're no longer produced? Either way, it looks like a cheap mechanical that could be used as the stepping stone up to more expensive boards.

    I might give it a shot, what do you lot think of it? (Although this would necessitate that I actually have money to spend upon such items. Valentines and the Girlfriend have conspired to make this a rather impossible situation for a while.)

    It'd be nice to have a mechanical, and Ten-Key-Less would fit right in with my usual layout, I've already misplaced the numberpad off my X6, anyway.
     
  9. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    Actually quite like the look of it, not sure how the quality etc will be though. Only time will tell I guess.
     
  10. .//TuNdRa

    .//TuNdRa Resident Bulldozer Guru

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    I'm curious about the same. It's not using Cherry switches, rather some Taiwanese variant/clone (Kailh), not sure if the reliability or quality will have taken a hit from that, however. Might just be that they're cheaper, due to not having the name attached.

    I think the flipside is that replacement keycaps are going to be nigh impossible to find. Shame. I'd've put a set of blank caps on and flipped it to UK layout if possible.
     
  11. Yorkie

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  12. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    Save up a little more and get a CM Storm Rapid (would be my advice). From what I've heard the build quality is terrible and the switches don't compare to Cherrys at all.
     
  13. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    Those Zalman aren't good! They don't use genuine cherry switches, and the caps on them are nasty with built in stabilisers. They really are not good boards. I have a blue one called a Newmen GM-10, and it's a shocker.

    If you want to try a board with Kailh switches I can send you one to try. And then you will see it's not nice :) Plus the switches report to break easy, or the stem snaps off.

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    I bought it on a whim as I got it for about 25 quid imported from china. I haven't even plugged it into my computer.
     
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  14. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    This is turning into another Mechanical Keyboards thread rather than an anti-Mech thread! (Well not really anti mech more mech-curious?)
     
  15. Xir

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    Funny how a couple of years ago on this forum everybody using a long-stroke keyboard was bashed (aaah..,the klicking, the noise, the horror) and flat "notebook style" keys were praised to bits.
    And now the love for mechanical keyboards. :D
     
  16. davefelcher

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    Laptop keyboards have always been horrid.
     
  17. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    Fact. Especially if you're a giant like me, with enormous hands... I struggle to type on standard keyboards sometimes! Considering a mech board - my understanding that the keys are spaced at a set size?
     
  18. .//TuNdRa

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    Damn. So the ZM-K500 is actually a terrible excuse for a mechanical. That's a shame, I rather liked the look of it. (Although I think the Newmen branded one looks better. I'm a sucker for Blue.)

    CM Storm it is, when I've saved up more. That or i'll dive straight in the deep end with something far more expensive.
     
  19. Margo Baggins

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    do this times a thousand :)
     
  20. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    You could always simply go for a standard Cherry office keyboard and hammer away, these things are built to last for a decade's worth production of red tape :D
     

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