Originally Posted by Shredicus;14291752
Was just wondering this same thing, and happened across this thread. Figured I would just bump it instead of making a new one. If not tenkeyless is there a backlit mech that is compact? I typically have my keyboard on my lap, and my current G15 is kinda bulky. The Deck82 listed above just seems a bit...off to me I guess. Also I've never used a mech keyboard, where could I test one?
Yeah, there aren't too many mechanical boards which are back lit to begin with. I am sure there will be one out at some point though. Deck keyboards are a different taste all together. High quality, but do things differently. Sometimes Bestbuy has the Razor Blackwidow set up with blue switches. Although, at my Bestbuy there are none setup. They are hard to find it seems depending on where you live some one may be able to point you in the right direction.
Best to think of mechanical switches in two categories, light, and heavy. Heavy being black switches, and clears (which are rare). Then lighter switches which are blue, red, and brown. Most people prefer light switches overall, and especially for typing. There is a mechanical keyboard guide shown here: http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html
which is really good when you are first looking to buy.
Razor, Xarmor, Mionix, Deck, Ducky and Thermaltake are the only mechanical keyboards out there which are back lit. Thermaltake and Ducky boards aren't out yet. But, none of them offer a tenkeyless. Only Deck with the small form.