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Hey everyone,

I realize this is the third thread I've started in the Keyboard section alone this week, but I'm very indecisive. I can';t help it!

Anyways, I am about to buy the Das S Ultimate Silent, however I'm having second thoughts.

Why, you ask?

Because tenkeyless keyboards with blank keycaps look so awesome!
Unfortunately, I'm having the toughest time finding a high quality one with brown switches. If Amazon had the Filco Ninja Tenkeyless with brown switches, I would jump on it so fast - no questions asked. But I can't seem to find them in stock anywhere in the states.

Can anyone recommend a high quality tenkeyless "otaku" keyboard with brown switches, and where I could buy one? It would be nice to finally have my mouse on the keyboard tray.
Then again, coming from the Logitech G510, anything would be a great downsize... maybe I should just buy the Das?

Ahh, someone please help me out! I didn't think choosing my first mechanical keyboard would be this hard.
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I don't know how good or bad this is, but there's a Leopold version here:

http://www.elitekeyboards.com/produc...pid=fc200rtabn

They call it the Tenkeyless Tactile Touch "Otaku".

I do have one question: do you ever use any of the keys on the keypad? If not, then I think having a tenkeyless would just be pure joy.
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I got the Das Professional Silent, its a bomb ass keyboard. I fully recommend it and brown switches, both for gaming and typing.

It has really good build quality, reliability, and if you are a student you get a pretty deep discount. I got mine for 100 bux + free shipping for being a student.
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I'd go with TC advice on this one. Leopold "Otaku" tenkeyless browns is a great keyboard. I have the non-Otaku version and I love it. I've also converted a few friends and clients into believers and now they're all using Leopolds since they're easy to obtain at a reasonable price.
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I don't know how good or bad this is, but there's a Leopold version here:

http://www.elitekeyboards.com/produc...pid=fc200rtabn

They call it the Tenkeyless Tactile Touch "Otaku".

I do have one question: do you ever use any of the keys on the keypad? If not, then I think having a tenkeyless would just be pure joy.
I guess you could say I only use my numberpad because it's "there." I doubt I would miss it. Thanks for the link! I've been eying the Leopold, but wasn't sure about build quality.

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I got the Das Professional Silent, its a bomb ass keyboard. I fully recommend it and brown switches, both for gaming and typing.

It has really good build quality, reliability, and if you are a student you get a pretty deep discount. I got mine for 100 bux + free shipping for being a student.
Good to see someone promoting the Das! They've already sent me a discount code for it, I'm so close to ordering it.

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I'd go with TC advice on this one. Leopold "Otaku" tenkeyless browns is a great keyboard. I have the non-Otaku version and I love it. I've also converted a few friends and clients into believers and now they're all using Leopolds since they're easy to obtain at a reasonable price.
Awesome, looks like Leopold keyboards are high quality after all.
Unfortunately, I'm still torn though.
Das S Ultimate Silent for $100, Leopold Tenkeyless Otaku for $109, or for $139...
The Das is nice because of the price . I like the Leopold due to it's size and blank keys. The Filco is the smallest of the bunch, but lacks blank keys and is the most expensive. However, RMA through Amazon for the Filco keyboard would be a cinch.
I wish there was a store cool enough to carry mechanical keyboards nearby that I could play with...
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/24/11 at 9:49pm
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I wish there was a store cool enough to carry mechanical keyboards nearby that I could play with...
Drive to L.A. I'll let you try all of them. lol Well, except for Das and Razer since I have neither.
Edited by reaper~ - 5/24/11 at 9:59pm
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Drive to L.A. I'll let you try all of them. lol Well, except for Das and Razer since I have neither.
Well you couldn't possibly be any further from New Jersey, could you?
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/24/11 at 10:08pm
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I long for the day when it'll take like an hour to get from east coast to west coast. It literally kills me everytime I fly to Southeast Asia. lol
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post #9 of 13
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Looks like I have another keyboard to throw into the mix now.
The OCN Ducky tenkeyless. If they come in soon enough, I'll definitely jump on one of them.
Thanks to everyone who replied!
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I personally own an EK leo otaku brown and a tenkeyless filco majestouch-1 with browns and the keys on the filco feel much cleaner and crisper to type on than the leopold. The keys on the leopold feel very mushy compared to the filco. Also, with the leopold, I had a squeaky spacebar problem which I addressed using a bit of lithium grease. One advantage that the leo has is the detachable cord, but I'd still definitely recommend the filco over the leo. If you want a filco otaku though.. you might end up having to order it internationally (unless you can find a personal seller in the states).

I hear the das is nice, but the glossy finish is ultimately what swayed me away from it. The filco and leo both have nice matte finishes to the body. The tenkeyless form factor is also pretty damn sweet.. but it does prove to be a bit inconvenient at times
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