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Hey Guys, this is my first post here @ overclocked,

it seems that the more and more i try and research about my gaming peripherals and other cool stuff the more this site comes up so i figure i'd register and read some stickies.

anyways, currently i'm rocking a

"Mitsumi KFK-EA4XA" i don't even know if this is a mechanical keyboard (LOL)
so my question might be a little not valid:

i tried to research the switch type to guage what type of switch i should look for in a mechanical keyboard (using the list by switch type) but i'm not sure what kind of switch i have and what type to look for...

so can anyone recommend a mechanical keyboard for gaming? i play sc2 (almost professionally, and i just feel like buying a new keyboard).
the keyboard must have:
-"cylindrical" keys (see i read the sticky!)
-and i'm hoping for the same clickyness/feel as the keyboard i got now :S
-if it can be black that would be a plus (doesnt need to be backlit)

i was looking at the steel series 6something but i figured theres stuff i'm over looking.

thanks for the help in advance.

i hope i get some recommendations!
post #2 of 44
The steelseries 6gv2 has black switches which are linear. They have no tactile feedback and do not click. They are somewhat 'heavy' if your not used to something like it the keyboard might be fatiguing.
Edited by magna224 - 4/26/11 at 8:39pm
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thanks!
thats the kind of info i needed to take into consideration.
i see that people actually buy a keyboard then rebuild them with switches/caps they want?
at first i thought this was a little extreme but maybe its standard.

anyways, does anyone know anything about my particular keyboard? im looking for something black and mechanical that has the same key style that i have now :S
post #4 of 44
So do you want the tactile bump or not? Also do you want the clicky sound?

You really have to decide if you want those two things or not. There are switches for every combination. I went with the black widow with the Cherry MX Blues. It has the tactile bump which is what I wanted. The clicky sound doesn't really bother me because I always wear headphones and even when i don't I like the sound. I know somebody will say that blacks are the best "gaming" switches...That is complete bull s***. There is no such thing as a gaming switch. Everything is based on personal preference.
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I do like blacks for gaming. Especially games like Quake 3 where I have pressure on the keys for about 40 min at a time. I usually have 3 or 4 keys pressed most of the time and let up barely above activation then re compress quickly with lots of double or triple tapping without letting all the way up. It is much harder to do with tactile switches, I would personally choose a rubber dome over a tactile mechanical in this instance. For games like HoN which is more of a sc style game I would choose browns because of the small tactility they have. I like that feel when I play games like that.

How much are you going to be spending?
Combining parts from multiple keyboards to get a keyboard to your personal preferences can be nice but it can also get pretty pricey.
Edited by magna224 - 4/26/11 at 9:11pm
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post #6 of 44
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;13286889 
So do you want the tactile bump or not? Also do you want the clicky sound?

You really have to decide if you want those two things or not. There are switches for every combination. I went with the black widow with the Cherry MX Blues. It has the tactile bump which is what I wanted. The clicky sound doesn't really bother me because I always wear headphones and even when i don't I like the sound. I know somebody will say that blacks are the best "gaming" switches...That is complete bull s***. There is no such thing as a gaming switch. Everything is based on personal preference.

hey man i completely agree its all preference based. thats why i put up my key board tongue.gif

im going back to the sticky right now to read about "tactile bump" i dont know what that is. and i love the clicky sound smile.gif (i saw those black foam dampers and i dont think it matters that much)

edit: you guys are really great responding so quickly, i'm not understanding what a tactile bump is though frown.gif

edit2: @magma, i dont want to buy a trillion things to make a keyboard, i'd like to just buy "my" perfect keyboard. i wish i knew what kind of switches i had in that Mitsumi i got argh.
Edited by GosuBuckets - 4/26/11 at 9:18pm
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ok i understand what the tactile bump is now, i really looked and i see it.

i dont know if i'll like that though? if i have that already i want it, if i dont i'm going to go with no.. but without knowing what kind of switches are in my Mitsumi, i dont think i can accurately say i want tactile or no tactile, i want something with lots or less force you know? :S

so i guess a semi-seummary of what i'm looking for is:
- black mechanical keyboard
- i dont think i'd like the cherry black (necessary mashing) so something with less required force
-i walked out to my keyboard and started pressing the keys slowly, i THINK i feel the bump?! so i guess i DO like tactical bump?
- i like the click sound
- cylindrical keys
- oh i also prefer that (i think its called) "PS/2" port over USB.
Edited by GosuBuckets - 4/26/11 at 9:38pm
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http://www.mitsumi.co.jp/latest/Catalog/compo/switch/index_e.html

Theres the list of switches they make. I have never heard of them before to be honest. I think their switches are limited to only their keyboards.
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Originally Posted by magna224;13287558 
http://www.mitsumi.co.jp/latest/Catalog/compo/switch/index_e.html

Theres the list of switches they make. I have never heard of them before to be honest. I think their switches are limited to only their keyboards.

thanks for that!
the only thing i found on my keyboard is this:
http://www.mitsumi.co.jp/latest/Catalog/pdf/pc_key_kfk_ea4xa_e.pdf

and as far as i can see it doesnt even say what kind of switch it uses,
so i can't even tell if its tactile or not, becuase that would be the easiest way to narrow down for my selection
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Tactile vs linear.... linear means a smooth push all the way down. Tactile is like there is a bump in the key stroke. Like there is a bit of resistance at first but when you get past that resistance you know you pressed the key down. You don't want to confuse it with bottoming out the key though. For example the bump on my Cherry Blues is about halfway through the full keystroke and that's where the keyboard recognizes it as pushed.


And when it comes to the ps2 port. it really doesn't matter that much depending on the keyboard. That port supports more keys being pressed at the same time as opposed to USB. The blackwidow does not have nkro therefore it doesn't make a difference. other keyboards allow for many keys to be pressed at the same time and still all be recognized so you would need to run it via PS2.
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