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@B757 I'd love to stay around 80 or so, but if the price is worth it I can probably go over.

@Ducktape I play pretty much a mix of everything haha. But my favorite games tend to be startegic games. I will primarily be using the keyboard for coding though

Can someone give me a list or something with what all the different switches are best for? This is the first time i've honestly heard of blue and brown switches etc...
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Black has been called the gaming standard, blue is considered the typing standard, brown is in the middle. Everything else is just variations on this, I would say for you needs brown would be great. The main problem with blue is that the reset point it above the trigger point because of how it's designed so it's not that great for double tapping.

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For $80 you have several options if you want a mechanical.

Unicomp Spacesaver 104 (modernized IBM Model M with USB and Windows keys)
http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/en104bl.html

2x used IBM Model Ms - these have slightly better quality than the Unicomps. Go for the 1391401 models if possible.

Both of the above have buckling spring switches. They're a bit heavy (~70g), but the quality is good, and both of the boards have dye subbed PBT keycaps, which are very resistant to wear and shine.

Your other options are:
- Razer Blackwidow ( Cherry blue switches)
- Used Focus FK-2001 with White Alps switches, which are a bit little heavy and frictiony, and these things have issues with modern day PS/2 ports and PS/2->USB adapters.
-Scorpius M10 (Cherry blue switches), but these have had quality issues in the past.
post #14 of 18
The only keyboards I know with backlighting are the Razer BlackWidow, Deck Keyboards (all of them), and the Mionix Z60. It depends on your use. I can tell from what you said that you game (inferred from macros) and type a lot (don't need to infer. You said programming. Is it fun? I'm thinking about getting started with programming). I would get a keyboard with Cherry MX Brown or Clear switches (The only keyboard with clears I know is one of the Deck keyboards). Blue is best for typing due to the nice tactile feel. The black and red switches are smooth switches. Red is lighter than black so you don't need as much force but some people say it's too light. Really, the only switches you should consider are blacks, blues, and browns. Topre switches are good too though. They're smoother than blacks (which is already really smooth) and are like a hybrid between mech and rubber dome (I know mech's one but I just guess rubber dome since it has a rubber dome on it). I would look at Ducky, Das, Deck, the Leopolds, the Topre Force boards, and the Happy Hacking Keyboard.
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Alright, please people STOP saying that blacks are "gaming switches". There is no such thing as a gaming switch. Some people may prefer it but it's all personal preference if you want the tactile bump or a linear switch. As well as if you want the clicky sound or not.
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post #17 of 18
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@hybridcore I do find programming to be a lot of fun... depending on what you're doing of course (doing a school project making a payroll system is never fun XD). I'd definitely encourage giving it a try. I find it to be like a puzzle you have to solve each time. If you want any advice which language to start on pm me, be happy to help

Now back on topic...

@scrappy Thanks for the great link. I'm going to look at brown switches then. Seems to fit my profile the best.

The Das and the 6Gv2 look the most appealing right now. I think ill start looking more into those.
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Note the way I worded my post, personally I like my browns far better than blacks for gaming.

The 6 and 7Gs aren't exactly known for being the best built keyboards around.

OCN should be getting some of their Duckys in stock soon if you want to support the site and get a sweet escape key
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