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So I pressed a button on a mechanical keyboard at frys and now I feel really bad using my dell oem one. What one should I get? I like playing fps and don't use macros at all.
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post #2 of 27
Do you know what keyboard you tried?
Do you have a budget in mind?
Any features you're looking for?
post #3 of 27
Leopold, Ducky, Das, Steelseries (yes they have one), Mionix, Cherry, etc.

I do not trust Razer, Period.
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post #4 of 27
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Yeah I figured that razer was pretty noobish in mechanical keyboards but that was the one I tried and it is so much better then the garbage I am using right now
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post #5 of 27
Dell L100s are pretty dreadful, yeah.


Got a budget?
post #6 of 27
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I have about $500 coming in, I don't want to spend all of it but I guess summer is near and I will have a job I need a new mouse too, i have a gateway moakuo. I don't need the best but I do want something that is better.
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post #7 of 27
Well I have Leopold Otaku Tenkeyless with mx browns and typing on it is amazing...if you are gaming you should get brown switches...they are a good mix between gaming and typing...if you're just gonna type mx blues are the best [you can also game with them]...anyhow mech keyboards are a pleasure to type I went from Reclusa to Otakau and the difference is unbelievable You'll love it and it just gets better with age...just like women...or was it wine
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post #8 of 27

Hello,

For 'mechanical gaming' most people suggest you go with Steelseries, Cherry, etc.

I've used one of the Razer Blackwidows and was happy with the feel, but I have heard that they absolutely do not wear well, and are not the best switches for gaming.

The trade-off you're looking at is losing all of the 'extra' features for the mechanical feel. you're not going to get things like the excessive media keys that you might be used to seeing on other membrane-based keyboards, or the macro keys, or the LCD screens, etc.

I currently have a Logitech g19, and while I'm not happy with the feel, I really have gotten used to using the macro keys, and the LCD screen (for ventrilo mostly, but MSI Afterburner display is neat, as well as HW Monitor, and other things such as clock apps that you can load on it) and I don't really want to give it up just yet.

The only board I have been able to find that is closer to what I'm used to feature-wise is the XArmor U9BL-S.


That uses brown switches, has backlit keys, media keys, and is a pretty good price if you're looking for bells and whistles. Otherwise, any of the standard mech keyboard brands suggested all over this board will suit you well..

As for mice, decide whether you like the palm or claw grip style, and check out a few of the more popular brands: Razer (the mamba, naga if you play MMOs), Logitech (G500 is great, G9x is wonderful), and Steelseries (more minimalistic, but good sensors/etc).

From my experience, the Logitechs have excellent software, no bugs or Quality Control issues such as the laser issues I've heard the mamba having, and are all-around great mice. They have fast DPI switching, profiles, weights for adjustments, and more.

The Razer seems to be riding on their name/look. They have similar quality sensors to logitech, and not as many bells and whistles, in my opinion.

Steelseries seems to be a solid brand, although I haven't personally used one.


Mice can be had for as low as 45, and as high as 100+ for the brand/features you're looking for. A standard mech keyboard is going to probably cost you upwards of 50 and probably no more than 170~.

Happy shopping.
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post #9 of 27
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So what are brown and blue switches? Typing isn't very necessary, the only typing would be for here and school. Do you guys happen to know of anywhere else were I could tryout these keyboards because I am only going to buy something that I know is excellent and works with me. I don't really want "features" I just want something that feels great and work flawlessly.
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post #10 of 27

The Razer board you tried had Blue switches which have a tactile feel when they actuate as well as a distinct click. Browns have a tactile feel but not much sound. Blacks have no tactile feel or distinct sound. All the switches are still 'noisy' however, some more than others. That's half the appeal.

Many people suggest the Blacks for gaming though I prefer the Browns for an all around board. If you don't need a keypad, the 10-keyless Leopold is a good choice: http://www.elitekeyboards.com/produc...&pid=fc200rtab

There is also the OCN Ducky board with better keycaps and nice wristwrest: http://www.tankguys.com/site-merchan...-beplb-27.html

Last, for a bit more you can get a Filco with browns:



There are tons of other brands and boards as well, those are just a few that I have had experience with that fit your needs.
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