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My keyboard is at least a 10yr old Dell and I never had a good keyboard. I do a lot of PC work for my job and then gaming. I'm near a microcenter, but its hard to tell from using a keyboard for a few minutes. Is using a good rubber dome or mechanical that much better?
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Yes, it is much more pleasurable to type on a mechanical keyboard. You can choose one with a switch that suits your specific tastes in feel. Also the added quality makes it feel even better. Think about how much you are typing in a day and why not make that the best experience possible?
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I came from a Logitech G15 v2 and a G19. Read about some mech keyboards here and decided to try one out myself. Bought a Filco tenkeyless "Otaku" from EK when they used to carry Filco brand and haven't touched both Logitechs again since (I still have them packed like new in their boxes somewhere).

A year and a half later, I now have a little collection going with a little more than 10 mech keyboards. Please don't ask me how much I've spent.

Try one out for yourself. If you don't like it then just return it for a refund or something. I'd recommend something like this one (just wait until they have it back in stock) for a first mech keyboard.
Edited by reaper~ - 6/2/11 at 10:27pm
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Originally Posted by magna224 View Post
Yes, it is much more pleasurable to type on a mechanical keyboard. You can choose one with a switch that suits your specific tastes in feel. Also the added quality makes it feel even better. Think about how much you are typing in a day and why not make that the best experience possible?
I want a Steelseries merc to be made into a mechanical

Yes it helps greatly, aesthetically and better to type on. Mechanicals are excellent since you can get switches that match what you like, more clickey, more resistance, more push distance, and so on.
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yes going from the microsoft to a filco feels so awesome i kinda feel sad using the laptop boards at work but w/e

getting a numberpad mechanical one to try an replace the work one thats how much more awesome it feels
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post #6 of 40
Depends on that Dell. If it's one of the made in Thailand Quietkeys (RT7D5JTW models), then it's very good for a rubber dome. The made in China ones (Sk-8000 and SK-1000REW) are mediocre.
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Like in your case, if you're going to use something for a lonnggggg time, it will be worth it to buy a quality keyboard. Those mechanical keyboards are definitely very comfortable to use, so I say that extra money is well-justified.
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post #8 of 40
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Depends on that Dell. If it's one of the made in Thailand Quietkeys (RT7D5JTW models), then it's very good for a rubber dome. The made in China ones (Sk-8000 and SK-1000REW) are mediocre.
Mine is the RT7D10, but its made in Thailand. Not really quiet though. Is something like this worth sticking with?
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Mine is the RT7D10, but its made in Thailand. Not really quiet though. Is something like this worth sticking with?
What is the feel of the keyboard worth to you? I mean obviously almost any keyboard will WORK, so it's mostly about how they feel.

If you even asked the question in the first place, chances are you feel like you may be missing something. Keyboards can last a very long time, so even what seems like a large initial investment can actually end up being one of the cheaper upgrades to your computer. When you think about how often you use the keyboard, it can easily be worth $100 just to have it feel a little nicer.
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Way worth it. I've traded my mechanical keyboard for another. It's in transit right now, and I have to type on my old saitek eclipse. The whole experience pales in comparison to typing on a good mechanical keyboard.
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