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I play lots of FPSs, and some RTSs and I am planning on playing WoW for the very first time.

I have come to find out that the Black switches are better for FPS and the Blue/Brown (?, seems to be a debate) are better for RTSs.

Keyboard layout is irrelevant to me. LED lights and sound of keys are also irrelevant. In-fact, I think I like the clack of the sounds (you hear all the money you've spent. tongue.gif). I don't want anyone having the edge over me in gaming. I have never had a problem using a normal keyboard but then again I've never used a mechanical one before. I don't do much typing besides stuff like this and I can type without looking though I've found I can make many mistakes and have to take a second look (depends on mood/comfort). Also, I've never used a wrist pad before either and I don't feel the need for one. They cost more money so why bother?

I was looking at the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/DAS-Keyboard-Model-S-Ultimate/dp/B003F7WXTG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1304371713&sr=1-2"]DAS Keyboard Model S Ultimate[/ame] which uses the blues while the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/DAS-Keyboard-Model-Ultimate-Silent/dp/B003M4XGI4/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1304362061&sr=1-3"]DAS Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent[/ame] uses the browns. I like the all black keys. Very orginal. I HATE when the white comes off the keys. HATE HATE HATE IT! It makes me laugh until I cry. lachen.gif <---- But, they might not be the best for gaming so if I have to get white keys I will.

I was looking at the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Razer-BlackWidow-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboard/dp/B003ZJ1VD8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1304370450&sr=1-2"]Razer Blackwidow[/ame] because of the Macros (good for WoW) but I sense here you get what you pay for. Though some people like them, I've read far too many bad things to get it for myself. I want the BEST!

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 seems to really be the best bang for the buck, not the Blackwidow. But I am greatly concerned about the keys falling off. I heard they can fall off just from typing! eek.gif The 6Gv2 was supposed to have fixed this problem from the 7G but from what I read that it is still happening.

The [ame="http://www.amazon.com/XARMOR-U9BL-Backlit-Keyboard-Illuminated-Mechanical/dp/B003XQE040/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1304364613&sr=1-1"]XARMOR-U9BL Backlit Keyboard[/ame] doesn't seem to have anything going for it other than the LEDs.

The Filco Majestouch, Tenkeyless is cool because of the lack of a keypad (never use it). The switches also come in Black, Blue, and Brown.

Than, there is this one: The [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Filco-Majestouch-2-NKR-ASCII-Switch/dp/B004OX4HWG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1304364934&sr=1-3"]Filco Majestouch-2 NKR 104 ASCII[/ame] with red switches. I am at a loss on this. Can anyone tell me why it is so expansive?

Anyway, I am at a complete loss for all of this. I thought picking a mouse was gonna be my headache. mad.gif I don't wanna spend more then $200, if possible (none of these are). I am not sure which type of switch would be right for me considering I play all types of games. Can anyone recommended one for me based on my needs for gaming but also on the quality of the keyboard itself?

Help me, and I will do a Shaman dance for you, naked, while holding VERY hot pans of maple-flavored oatmeal. I bet you've never had that offered to you! applaud.gif
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 5/2/11 at 6:29pm
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Help me, and I will do a Shaman dance for you, naked, while holding VERY hot pans of maple-flavored oatmeal. I bet you've never had that offered to you! applaud.gif
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Sounds like the Filco and Steelseries boards are your best bet right now; I would actually try the 6Gv2, and if you really get the keycaps falling off, defer to Filco (or Ducky, since I think we might have more by the time that happens tongue.gif). As for why the Majestouch II costs so much, I really don't know since they didn't really add anything to it; the internal build quality is supposedly a lot better but I don't know if that justifies the price.
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While I am excited you are getting a a mechanical keyboard, I suggest you stay away from world of warcraft.

Also, while the extra keys on the blackwidow would appear to help, as you can make macros in game its a tad bit unnecessary.
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http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html

I think you've already been to this thread but never having owned a mechanical myself I cannot advise you on this except: You say you don't want anyone to have the edge over you in gaming, yet really rubber dome keyboards work fine. Noone is going to have an advantage over you because of their mechanical keyboard.

With that said I would get one if I could. :|

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I currently have the Das S Ultimate, all black edition. I use it for both FPS and RTS games and love it. The Blue Tactile switches are awesome. Not to mention, the key board ways enough that you could kill a man with it if you hit them, its built like a brick.

As for the key markings. On most Mechanical keyboards, the key marking is actually under the key cap or laser etched into the key. Therefore, it's not going to come off.
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I have a Filco Majestouch with brown switches and have been very happy with it, build quality is extremely solid, it has a clean and simple design, which suits me just fine, I cant stand cleaning gloss finishes, and I don't like gimmicky things or gamer logos. Would happily recommend it.

I haven't tried the blue switches, but for me the browns have been great for typing and gaming. Despite being called the quiet mechanical switches they are still very audible, much more so than a rubber dome keyboard.

Also before going for blank keys you might want to consider whether anyone else, who cant touch type, is likely to use your pc, if so they might hate you for it.
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http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html

I think you've already been to this thread but never having owned a mechanical myself I cannot advise you on this except: You say you don't want anyone to have the edge over you in gaming, yet really rubber dome keyboards work fine. Noone is going to have an advantage over you because of their mechanical keyboard.

With that said I would get one if I could. :|

lol.

I'm afraid I have to disagree with this, with a mechanical board you can have a faster response time as you can hold the key right up against the point where it registers the keystroke. Of course if you a switch you don't like, you will do worse in games due to either fatigue issues(cherry clears) or accidental presses.(cherry reds) The only way to tell if you will have any problems is to try them for yourself I'm afraid, but I would recommend to stay with the browns or blacks, the reds and clears are both on extreme ends of the "force" scale, and the blues are annoying when gaming.
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Also before going for blank keys you might want to consider whether anyone else, who cant touch type, is likely to use your pc, if so they might hate you for it.

**** them. laugher.gif

I just noticed another keyboard...The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Mechanical Professional Gaming Keyboard 1000Hz Polling n-key Rollover KB-MEG005US (Black).

I'm sure I couldn't go wrong with either one but with the money I'm spending I'm gonna have to put some serious thinking into this.

When it came to buying keyboards and mice for gaming I was very much thinking that they're would be a BIG KING or three big warriors competing with each other. But the market is so overfilled that the decision is not so simple anymore. Ask a question and get 10 different answers. But with the internet at home research is fun. smile.gif

This video has been a big help for me thus far, besides you guys, and Google.
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC1XWE3Cses[/ame]
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 5/2/11 at 4:00pm
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I have a BlackWidow Ultimate and I absolutely love it! The only downside with this keyboard is that it makes a lot of noise. I don't mind it, but my roomates poke fun at how loud it is.

Once you go with a mechanical keyboard, you'll never go back.
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