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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.
It means a decent amount, but its tough to put a dollar figure on a feeling. My lack of experience with using a good keyboard means I probably don't know what I'm missing. You are the experts so you'll know if investing in a better keyboard is more than bragging rights.
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Well after using a mechanical keyboard for an hour (xarmor), which is considered a lower end model (I didn't even like the quality of it that much) I can't even stand my G11 rubber dome anymore.

Every time I type on it, I just get kind of disgusted. As stupid as this sound, I even feel like my typing is less precise now on rubber dome AFTER using a mechanical.

Don't know if they're worth it from a perspective of money and additional features, but from a perspective of comfort they are.
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MX Blue switches will give you the most different experience from the rubber dome switches. Initially, I started out with MX brown switches and they didn't BLOW my mind like how some people make it out to be, but it is still a definite improvement over rubber membrane keyboards.
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MX Browns here and I love it but it all comes down to you, hit up bestbuy and find a razer blackwidow (DO NOT BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!) and see how the mx blue feels.
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I've been asking myself the same question, OP. I'm using a Saitek Eclipse III, and I KNOW I don't like the feeling of it. I've never had the opportunity to type on a mechanical keyboard (atleast not in the last 10+ years) so I don't remember how they feel honestly.

To date, my favorite keyboards are the Dell and Microsoft keyboards. While being rubber dome, I'm just very comfortable with the feel. I wanted to go mechanical because of all the raving here on the site, but I don't even know where to begin. How do you know what type of feel you like if you've never used one? Whats going to suit your needs the best? So tough without shelling out tons of dough just to find out you may have chosen wrong. :/
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It means a decent amount, but its tough to put a dollar figure on a feeling. My lack of experience with using a good keyboard means I probably don't know what I'm missing. You are the experts so you'll know if investing in a better keyboard is more than bragging rights.
My suggestion: Set yourself a budget, then glance over the mechanical keyboard guide here and take a shot at what switch type you would like to try. See if you can buy a board within that budget from somewhere that has a good return policy if you don't feel like it was worth your money.
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I've been asking myself the same question, OP. I'm using a Saitek Eclipse III, and I KNOW I don't like the feeling of it. I've never had the opportunity to type on a mechanical keyboard (atleast not in the last 10+ years) so I don't remember how they feel honestly.

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They do resell pretty well and the black widows at best buy will let you test at least one switch.
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It's a tool; Like any tool it's up to you to determine what worth it has. Many prefer mechanical keyboards. Those who've never used one don't care the slightest.
    
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post #19 of 40
Way worth it! I had my filco shipped from Taiwan when elitekeyboards quit stocking them. They are a bliss to type on. I personally feel like they help me when I game because my fingers have no stress. Get one and never look back.
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post #20 of 40
Firstly, there are bad rubber dome and there are good rubber dome. Not all rubber dome are equal.

Then there are scissors switch keyboards like those you find in Apple or laptop keyboards.

Then there are "mechanical keyboards" with various switches. And like rubber dome they are not all equal as well. Are these better than the others? IMO, not necessarily and can be subjective. They surely feel different, but are they better and worth the difference? That will greatly depend on your taste.

You have to beware of those who say things like "I can no longer go back to xyz" comment. There are those who never used a decent keyboard in their life, buys a 100 bucks keyboard and swears by them. Whatever you get, don't buy into the hype. Buy what you can afford. My only advice is, if you are getting a rubber dome, get a cheap one from Logitech and avoid the expensive ones unleashed you need those fancy buttons.
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