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I've had a Logitech G11 keyboard for a while now, I love this thing but I wanna get a mechanical keyboard...

things I love about my G11:
- macro keys
- media control (volume dial, mute button, ect)
- blue lighting
- wrist rest

I have did a bit of research, but I couldnt find a "mechanical version" of this keyboard. The closest one I would say is the razer black widow. do you guys have any suggestions? Not too expensive, and silent if possible. thanks!
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Just a fair warning, there are no easily-affordable mechanical keyboards that are "silent" because there's still that "clack" of the keycaps hitting the keyboard when typing (this particular sound has nothing to do with the mechanical switch type).

The quietest one would be something like a Topre Realforce, but those are insanely expensive.
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I'm not that concerned about the sound, I can deal with the clicks.
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Well, if you want to stick to all your requirements, get a Blackwidow and a separate wrist rest. The ones built into keyboards tend to suck anyway.
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post #5 of 13
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I'm not that concerned about the sound, I can deal with the clicks.
But I'm saying that it's not going to be silent, as in the keycaps will make noise when hitting the key hard enough that it goes "CLACK!". So, I'm not referring to a "click" here because a click is very different from a clack (a "click" is the sound that a clicky switch makes, and it's independent of the "clack" I'm talking about).

However, a good mechanical keyboard will make some nice-sounding clacks that have such a nice sound quality to them that it's a constant reminder of how awesome the keyboard is.
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post #6 of 13
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haha yes yes, clack, click, same difference.

the Blackwidow does look good, a friend of mine has it. If I were to ignore all the requirements, what are some good mechanical keyboards you guys recommend? what about wrist rest?
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haha yes yes, clack, click, same difference.

the Blackwidow does look good, a friend of mine has it. If I were to ignore all the requirements, what are some good mechanical keyboards you guys recommend? what about wrist rest?
Actually, in the context of "mechanical keyboards", the terms are very different and unrelated. The term "click" refers to the sound that clicky switches make, and the term "clack" is the sound of bottoming out the keycaps when typing. It's very important to use these terms correctly to avoid confusing people.

Anyway, another great mechanical keyboard (which kills the BlackWidow) is the Das Model S. There are 4 versions:

Other than the switches and keycaps, these keyboards are all identical in quality - and that quality is very high.
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post #8 of 13
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haha yes yes, clack, click, same difference.
But my keyboard clicks and clacks...
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But my keyboard clicks and clacks...
This.

A keyboard with the Cherry MX Blues is a clicky and tactile keyboard.

A keyboard with the Cherry MX Browns is a non-clicky, tactile keyboard.

A keyboard with the Cherry MX Blacks is a non-clicky, non-tactile keyboard.

All 3 of these keyboards can be clacky if the user bottoms out while typing.
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post #10 of 13
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the only thing that's stopping me from getting a DAS right this moment is its lack of media keys. :|

question, there is probably a software out there that allow u to set macro keys on a normal keyboard right? Like a software that u can map ctrl+? to do something. If such thing exists, I can just map some keys to control volume and other things such as opening a program.
edit: found this
http://www.autohotkey.com/

edit: do u guys prefer the silent versions or not? if sound doesnt matter.
Edited by Phoenix777 - 5/8/11 at 2:43pm
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