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I am currently using a Razer Tarantula. I have HEAVY-USE on my keyboards, I've had my Razer for about 9 months. The problems I'll list are not part of a rant, just a few issues Ive had with this particular keyboard.

Here is my problem with my current Keyboard:
-This keyboard uses 'rubber domes' under the keys, or rubber nipples as I like to call them(can I say Nipples on here?). They are getting worn down and ripped apart from my gaming and typing, especially from the WASD keys.
-Another Issue is that I've worn the plastic on the WASD keys so much they are about to come apart!
-All the letters on the keys have disappeared.
-The keyboard sometimes doesn't respond until I boot into Windows, This is an issue for me if I ever need to get into my BIOS.
-It attracts so much dust, its disgusting. I may place this deceased keyboard next to my PC fans to clean my PC of its dust.

For my new keyboard:
-I would love to solve the issues I've stated above.
- No price point. I don't mind spending money on quality products(I don't want that $1600 maximus keyboard though ).
-I would kind of like a back-lit keyboard.
-Mechanical keyboards seem really fancy, but I don't know enough about them
-Sometimes when I nerd-rage, I roll my face against my keyboard with extreme button mashing. Well not really, but I would like a fairly durable build quality.

I know I'm asking for something really specific, I don't necessarily need all those things I stated above, but all I want is a keyboard that wont fall apart and that works in my BIOS. I would love all your suggestions, I've never really shopped for a keyboard like this, and I don't know much about them, there's so many out there I don't know where to begin. While I wait for suggestions, I shall start researching .

Thanks!!
Edited by Lxxg - 5/21/11 at 11:21am
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I've always preferred the Logitech line personally. I used my G15 for years and never had an issue with it. My next door neighbor uses it now and it's still going strong. I've since purchased the G510, no problems either.

Before I bought the G510 I actually tried out the Razer Tarantula and found that, due to the "nipples," if I didn't have a heavy enough hand, it sometimes wouldn't recognize a keystroke.

Good luck!

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I've been using my Das Keyboard Ultimate S for about 5 months now and love this thing. Really awesome build quality, key actuation feels really nice and the sound when the keys are depressed is very nice as well. You don't have to worry about the letters getting removed from constant use because there aren't any on it Really does help to reinforce where all of the keys are though. I got mine for about $130, mostly because I didn't know of the student discount that you can get on their website by emailing them. I think it's 25% off with that discount if I'm not mistaken. I've heard that Filco's are very nice as well, but I've never used one before.
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You don't have to worry about the letters getting removed from constant use because there aren't any on it
Oh gee thanks.

I gave those DAS boards a look, also still doing research on the mechanical types. If I wanted one, I don't think they ship to Canada , Where else would I grab one?

Also, thanks for your reply!

NOTE: To answer my own question: link
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Here is a fairly easy read to learn more about Mechanical Key switches Mechanical Keyboard Guide on OCN

Apart from that I can tell you that the Mechanical Keyboard I have in my sig uses Cherry MX Black switches. The force required to push the keys down took some getting used to, especially since I had mostly been using a laptop up until I built my sig rig.

Also, I see you said your letters are fading off? According to Deck, their keys letters will NEVER fade off due to their etching the letters into the plastic rather than just on the surface.

As far as backlit goes, each key on a Deck is individually backlit, not just a few lights spread across the keyboard to illuminate it all.

I've been using mine for about 5 months now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It didn't take to long for me to get used to the extra push I'd need to use for typing either.

Final note: They also have the option of Cherry MX Brown switches on just a couple of their models. Browns are sort of a middle ground between just gaming and just typing. I haven't had an opportunity to try one of these out, but I'm sure they'd be easier to type on than what I have.
Edited by Gohan_Nightwing - 5/21/11 at 11:45am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lxxg View Post
Oh gee thanks.

I gave those DAS boards a look, also still doing research on the mechanical types. If I wanted one, I don't think they ship to Canada , Where else would I grab one?

Also, thanks for your reply!

NOTE: To answer my own question: link
You can get ones that have the letters on them as well, I just preferred mine to not have them simply because I had the same issue with my past keyboards. They also make a silent model which uses brown switches instead of blue. Brown are supposed to be better for gaming than blue but I've never had an issue with mine. Just thought I'd point that out.
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Originally Posted by Gohan_Nightwing View Post
Here is a fairly easy read to learn more about Mechanical Key switches Mechanical Keyboard Guide on OCN

Apart from that I can tell you that the Mechanical Keyboard I have in my sig uses Cherry MX Black switches. The force required to push the keys down took some getting used to, especially since I had mostly been using a laptop up until I built my sig rig.

Also, I see you said your letters are fading off? According to Deck, their keys letters will NEVER fade off due to their etching the letters into the plastic rather than just on the surface.

As far as backlit goes, each key on a Deck is individually backlit, not just a few lights spread across the keyboard to illuminate it all.

I've been using mine for about 5 months now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It didn't take to long for me to get used to the extra push I'd need to use for typing either.

Final note: They also have the option of Cherry MX Brown switches on just a couple of their models. Browns are sort of a middle ground between just gaming and just typing. I haven't had an opportunity to try one of these out, but I'm sure they'd be easier to type on than what I have.
Ohh thanks, I'll have a look at those too!
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Ohh thanks, I'll have a look at those too!
Not a problem! When I was searching for the best price 5 months ago, surprisingly their website itself had it.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.deckkeyboards.com/
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post #9 of 17

amazon.ca also has the

in stock free shipping and whatever amazon gives.
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amazon.ca also has the blackwidow in stock free shipping and whatever amazon gives.
Thanks for considering my Canadian location
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