Peripherals Mechanical Keyboards

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  1. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    I am considering an upgrade from my current keyboard and mouse (Logitech MX 5000 and MX Revolution), as the age and use are beginning to show on each. With that said, I love both of these devices. It is hard to say whether I love this keyboard because the feel is right or if it is because I have had two MX 3000 and an MX 3100 prior to this keyboard and therefore have been using similar keys for well over a decade. It is therefore hard for me to understand the benefits that a mechanical keyboard will provide for me. Nonetheless, these devices are on their way out and a replacement of the same model is not available.

    I took a recent trip to Best Buy to try out various mechanical keyboards in real life. I was disappointed that they did not have whole keyboards with the various switch options, only a small bar with one key per switch. Per some experimentation with that, I believe that the Razer Orange switches are the closest aligned with the feel I am looking for, but I was not able to try out a whole keyboard with this layout, only the one switch. The noise of the Razer Green irritates me, and while I liked the Razer Yellow, I do prefer a bit of tactile resistance.

    The biggest issue for me is that I don't like the layout of most of the keyboards. Everything felt to chunky and the palmrests were too low on the keys. I also am really looking for a keyboard with a volume dial and media keys. I was expecting for the Razer keyboards to be a natural fit for me, but from the ones I tried, the Corsair keyboards seemed best aligned (K70 or K95). I like Logitech, but the G series keyboards are way too angular for me and do not feel good. I did like the feel of the G series mice though.

    I write for a living, so spending some money here is not an issue. What should I do? Buy the Corsair because it seems alright?
    • I do want RBG backlighting (Blue specifically, as my computer has all blue fans)
    • I liked the Razer Orange keys, so Cherry MX Brown seems like it would work too
    • I want a dial/scroll volume control, preferably on the left hand side of the keyboard
    • I want full media keys
    • I want a calculator key that launches the calculator app
    • Wired/wireless are both fine with me
    • I want a palmrest that is attached/integrated with the keyboard
    • I need a number pad
    • Price is not an obstacle
    • Technical skills are not an obstacle, I could build my own if that's what makes the most sense
    Thoughts?
     
  2. Hwedi

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    Well im using corsair k70 rgb lol ikr, and I can't be any happier. Mechanical keyboards are the way to go. Although my k70 is a bit expensive atm but I would highly recommend it, however if you not interested in that price range I would say find you a good one with decent warranty and you will be set to go.
     
  3. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    I've been mulling this for a while; and I think that some of your 'requirements' might cause issues.

    I love the Ducky boards, I have 3, my daily at home is the Ducky Shine 5
    which has: RGB backlight, comes in pretty much any Cherry switch (i have browns) has volume +,-, mute & calc keys,
    It doesnt have a dial/scroll volume control or a palm rest

    The only one I can think of that gives what the Ducky doesn't is the Corsair Vengeance K70 - which has a palm rest, media keys (play/pause/stop/skip), a scroll wheel-ish volume control; but you lose the calculator hotkey.

    Hope that helps...
     
  4. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I have a Quickfire TK Stealth if that interests you? has cherry brown switches, caps are a bit shiny but I haven't used it for the last 3 years, has just sat in a box. £40ish is what I want out of it.
     
  5. Vault-Tec

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    Got one of those out on Prime today. £20.99.
     
  6. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I think it's horrible haha
     
  7. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    It was cheap :D
     
  8. David

    David RIP Tel

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    Eeesh!
     
  9. silk186

    silk186 Canadian

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    It doesn't look great, not a name that I've come across when I was looking at local brands in China.
    That said, the price is similar to what you would pay locally so it is a great back-up.
     
  10. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Thanks for the offer, but I'd want a full board. Got a quickfire xt at the minute, just fancied a change to go with replacing my g5, which has developed a nasty death cough. But that's a different thread altogether.
     
  11. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    If anyone has a decent idea for keycaps, Massdrop are running a competition of sorts... here
     
  12. Otis1337

    Otis1337 aka - Ripp3r

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    So my black widow has just killed off like 7 keys randomly so im in the market for a new one.
    im looking for something minimalist and clean with no key pad.
    RGB with fancy effects would be nice. double shot caps and little to no branding or silly font style on the keys.

    Looking for mx brown or possibly mx speed.
     
  13. Otis1337

    Otis1337 aka - Ripp3r

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    So might pull the trigger on the Ducky One TKL Rgb,
    Anything else like that I should consider?

    The cooler master masterkeys rgb effects arnt very good and seem to lag much more than the duckys and have more basic effects. Also the caps are not double shot which on its own isn't a deal breaker on its own.
     
  14. Slizza

    Slizza beautiful to demons

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    I have a G Skill KM780 Board with MX brown switches. It's problematic as it often repeats keystrokes. Like double or often triple characters.
    Mostly this happens with the x c and e keys as well as the space bar. Words will be like "spaccce" etc.
    Any idea what the most probable cause of this would be? And should this be repairable before i replace the board? No return or warranty option as it was kindly given to me for free in the marketplace here on the forums.
     
  15. Vault-Tec

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    Check for any firmware/bios update. If it's not that or a known issue I would replace one of the switches, then see if that fixes that particular switch.
     
  16. hamza_tm

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    If you want to do more research on that problem, it's called "chattering". There's a lot of info out there, not much that is helfpul though. You can get a program that detects chatter and will only output one key.

    How often does it happen? Once a minute? Every few seconds?
     

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