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I am looking for a silent keyboard that will be used with one of my HTPC builds. Why silent, you might ask? Well, I've always wondered if there was a silent keyboard, and this low-profile HTPC will be a fine project to add it to.

Actually, it'll come in handy while typing during movies and sports that are streaming on the HDTV. Nothing like the sound of clicking on a keyboard to disrupt a movie, show, or live sporting event.
    
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Topre switches keyboards are very quiet. If you don't bottom out mx brown keyboards are quieter than dome keyboards like logitec g11, etc.

However the quietest is still mobile, small netbook like keyboards with scissor switches. I had 2 of them beofre.
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post #3 of 11
Scissor switches then probably cherry MX black if you can train yourself not to bottom out
these will help a mechanical keyboard, from what I've read the firm ones quiet more.
http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...s&pid=sl120_cf
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Anything practical that I can pickup from NewEgg, etc?
    
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Anything practical that I can pickup from NewEgg, etc?
Define "practical". You really cannot achieve silence without the use of mechanical switches, and those are expensive.
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Define "practical". You really cannot achieve silence without the use of mechanical switches, and those are expensive.
So, any mechanical switching keyboard will suffice.
    
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So, any mechanical switching keyboard will suffice.
No. Blues are louder than the Norse god of thunder when typing (although I love it ).

You'd either be looking at Blacks, or Topre, both of which are expensive.

Just get a rubber dome or something, or scissor switch, they are quiet an cheap.
    
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I hear the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 is one of the more silent rubber dome keyboards.

Well, at the very least, it has media center buttons and is under $20 at Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823109149
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post #9 of 11
The only problems with rubber dome is that while the keypress itself may be quite if you're heavy fingered at all, you get that nice thump each time you pound on the board.
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post #10 of 11
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Yes, I am a fast, heavy typer. I like to "bottom out" the keys.

I guess I get this from gaming.
    
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