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I am on a quest to find a mechanical keyboard that fits me just right. I am partial to buckling spring and ALPS switch, but I will take any that fits my criteria:
  1. Media keys are a major plus, but not a deal breaker
  2. Must require firm/heavy pressure to actuate
  3. Ideally actuates before bottoming out
  4. Programmable keys are a major plus, but not a deal breaker
  5. Back lighting is a plus, but not a deal breaker
  6. Having a number pad is an absolute must; this is non-negotiable.
It would be great if you could find a retail outlet near me (within 50 miles of zip code 14221) so I could "try before I buy." Failing that, an eTailer with a liberal return policy so I do not get stuck with a keyboard I hate. (I can be a touch picky.)
     
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Well you can forget about buckling springs with all those requirements, Unicomps are high quality but very featureless. I'm also not sure there's anything with Alps that has what you're looking for. The "mainstream" switches these days are Cherry MX, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding something you like if you don't mind Cherries.
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I am partial to BS/ALPS, but if you could recommend a good cherry fitting the bill, I would certainly investigate it.
     
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I am partial to BS/ALPS, but if you could recommend a good cherry fitting the bill, I would certainly investigate it.
Isnt ur title the health pack cheat for HL2?
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It is the "Konami Code," common in many older Konami titles such as Gradius and Contra... but I digress.
     
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It is the "Konami Code," common in many older Konami titles such as Gradius and Contra... but I digress.
Not to derail the thread, but its the exact same one in HL2 O_o
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I'm on my phone now so it's a bit hard to do proper research, but off the top of my head it sounds like the Mionix Zibal might fit most of your requirements. It's not out yet but will be available in June.
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I would say ignore media keys and do like I do, just run a autohotkeys script which allows you to create your own media keys combo.

My Media keys:
Ctrl + up/down: Volume Up/Down
Ctrl + left/right: Back/Forward
Ctrl + Space: Play/Pause
Ctrl + Shift + Down: Mute
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You're a mod, ask Chip to give you one of OCN Duckies for free or at least with some discount (I bet you guys get some sort of discount on those Duckies). It got everything except the ALPS type switch. lol

Other than that, the only thing I could thing of off the top of my head right now would be Filco Zero except it doesn't have media keys.
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Well, I guess media keys should really be more a "major plus" over a "necessity." (OP changed to reflect this.) Besides, all the keyboards I am seeing coming up in Google do not even have media keys, they are double-functions of the Function keys.
     
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