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So I was I micro center the other day and they had a razer blackwidow out on display and I loved the way it felt so now I want a mech keyboard :].

As I was reading the mechanical keyboard guide, from the looks of it I don't think i'll enjoy the black switches. sucks How i'm unable to try any of them.. I guess i've tried the blue switches already (blackwidow) and I like the way they feel but I'm not sure if i'll get tired of the press halfway design. As for the browns they seem good but yeah I don't know how they feel that's why I need your guy's help. As for the other switches I also need your guy's opinions on them.

My budget is kind tight btw so I'm not trying to drop a ton of money on one. less is best! haha.

I kind of want one that's backlit but it's not necessary.

oh and btw I heard fry's has the blackwidow on sale for about $60. Can anyone confirm this?

also since the keys a switches, do they weaken or die out faster than regular keyboards?
Edited by wompwomp - 5/2/11 at 2:39pm
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Almost all mechanical switches dramatically outlast rubber domes (regular keyboards). Where a regular keyboard may die after 5-7 years, a mechanical keyboard just keeps going like an unstoppable force.

As for fatigue from the Cherry MX Blues: that wouldn't even happen with the Cherry MX Blacks. I'm using the Cherry MX Blues, and it's significantly easier to type on and use this keyboard than any regular keyboard. It's like the keyboard is doing half the work - it's working with me, not against me.

For specific recommendations, I don't know right now. I've been out of the loop for too long due to focusing on other things in my life.
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the razer blackwiodw ( the normal version) is the cheapest mech keyboard out there AFAIK
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blackwidow ult with lights
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Mech keyboard will outlast any other computer component...any...I got Leopold Otaku w/brown switches and this is the best investment I made since I bought Alpha Jacket like 7 years ago Typing on it is awesome and can't be compared to the rubber dome at all...so goooood
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Mech keyboard will outlast any other computer component...any...I got Leopold Otaku w/brown switches and this is the best investment I made since I bought Alpha Jacket like 7 years ago Typing on it is awesome and can't be compared to the rubber dome at all...so goooood
This, I hear great things about Leopold and will probably pick one up soon because of it.
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I posted this in another thread, but I thought it would be relevant for this one. One thing I should draw attention to is that if you are a student you can get free shipping and a reduced price on a Das keyboard, brings them down to about 100 bucks.

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Originally Posted by Grief View Post
I just bought the Das Professional Silent the other day, and I have nothing but positive impressions about this board.

I started looking for a mechanical about a week ago because my old rubber-domed keyboard was wearing out very fast and I needed one that could keep up with my typing and gaming, but also not wear out over time.

The build quality on this board is top-notch, as already said by someone else this thing is heavy and you could definitely knock someone trying to steal your computer with this thing.

I chose the Silent for two reasons. One being my roommate is the ****in lightest sleeper of all time, and two Brown switches are better then Blues for gaming. You touched on this earlier, the reason Browns are considered better is because they have a slightly better switch that responds faster, especially if double-tapping. I used to play wow, I ranked in the top 50 in the world in terms of DPS for Death Knights, and I wish I had this keyboard at the time. Even though it says Silent, when you type there is still a fairly audible 'clack' with each key press. I really like the way it sounds, but its not overly loud either.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Also, I am a College Student and was able to receive a 20% discount on the purchase price by taking a picture of my ID and sending it in. I'm sure if you are not a student, you could just photoshop your face on an ID fairly easily.
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post #8 of 12
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alright so i've decided to go with blue switches. what are some cheap keyboard but still decent, you can recommend me.

btw do you guys know if fry's still has the blackwidow on sale for 60??
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Originally Posted by wompwomp View Post
alright so i've decided to go with blue switches. what are some cheap keyboard but still decent, you can recommend me.

btw do you guys know if fry's still has the blackwidow on sale for 60??
A Das Model S for $100 is a good deal. Leopold is comparable at $110 http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...&pid=fc200rtab And then the next step up would take you to something like a Filco http://amzn.to/mRTJA6 for $140.
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http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-professional/
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