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I currently have the G15 V2 and I want to upgrade or at least try a mechanical keyboard.

I don't game so at first I was thinking blue would be better, but I am not sure if I am going to like the noise that it makes. Either way it would be nice to try out each option before I drop $100 on a keyboard.

I will probably end up purchasing a DAS keyboard from online, but it would be easier (for return purposes) to find a different keyboard locally to try out.

Any suggestions or local stores that might have them (I'm from canada) or experience with either of the two types of switches or DAS keyboards themselves.
post #2 of 9
I've seen Microcenter list Das boards in-store on the rare occaison, but that doesn't really help for most US locations let alone Canada.
There really aren't any places I've seen other than that, where you can try out mech switches unless perhaps there are some nice PC shops around.

Best thing to do really is just make an edjucated guess what suits your needs and give it a whirl.
IIRC Das has an excellent return policy though (provided you buy directly from them), if you want to try both.

I personally prefer browns, but as I always say - it's different strokes for different folks.
Edited by candy_van - 5/11/11 at 1:03pm
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Microcenter is your only option for in store, unless you have a really wicked local shop close by. I wish BB would start crying blackwiddows or something!
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You could watch some YouTube videos as well...
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Fry's carries the Razer Black Widow and I think at one time they had the Steelseries mech keyboard. I don't know if there are any Fry's in Canada.
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Yup, try out Fry's if they have em in Canada. My local Fry's has the BlackWidow (cherry blue switches).

Off topic, Dethredic, you're the 2nd Sheldon avatar I've seen biggrin.gif I love Sheldon. Maybe I should have a Raj avatar.
post #7 of 9
Search for youtube videos but they don't do the browns justice. Also people seem to always bottom out for some reason. You can go to your local BB and try out the blackwidow for blue switches. Most places don't have browns out to try. If you like to have mechanical like Das, it's a don't know the taste til you take a bite type of thing.
    
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If you're going to buy a keyboard I'd recommend directcanada.ca. My DAS Ultimate S Silent was $106 including shipping which is a steal compared to NCIX (the only other major canadian store that carries them.)

While I have never tried a blue keyboard I can tell you my you experience with my brown keyboard.

When a first got it and typed on it, I immediately thought it was the wrong model (a blue.) This gives you an idea of how loud these things are. I'm also not referring to bottoming the keyboard out, the act of merely pushing a key exhibits quite a noise.
Next I'll go to feel. The browns feel strange compared to a normal keyboard when you first you first use them. Normally when you press a key down on a non-mechanical dome keyboard, the keys offer an amount of resistance before finally descending accompanying the registration of the keystroke. On the brown, the key is very light. When you press a key, the first part of the key offers almost no resistance; this is then followed by a light bump and a registration of the key shortly after. Personally I think the browns offer enough resistance to work quite well with me. However, there are people that hate the lightness of the browns.
Where you will really notice a difference is gaming. If you game, you're pretty much bound to be bottoming out the keys. With the light resistance of the browns, you don't really notice the mechanism. This to me makes the keys feel like MX blacks (which are the best for FPS games.)
A few days ago I went onto Mumble and I did a noise comparison with a guy on there. His MX blue was far louder, so if you want a somewhat quiet keyboard, the browns are probably better.
That being said, the guy who owned the DAS blue keybeoard, is going to be gettiing a proper buckling spring keyboard. From what I gather, in the blue camp, some people are the satisfied with the blues, and the other people call them "poor copies of the buckling springs."

I hope that helps somewhat, I went through the same process when I was getting my keyboard. Make sure to check out the videos of youtube comparing the different keyboards. It's a great resource.
Edited by ehpexs - 5/11/11 at 6:04pm
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Thanks a lot ehpexs. I did see the directcanada price and I will buy from there if I do end up going with this.
I have listened to about 25 videos on the blue / brown switches and the loudness really depends on the video and location of the mic.
That being said I started listening to my typing and I realized that is is somewhat loud, but I had never noticed it before as you just kinda get used to it, so I am sure that is what will happen with this keyboard.
I will probably end up getting the brown
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