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Help me OCN, you're my only hope... on spending my money on something good for a change . I'm currently looking to replace my now aging Razer Arctosa which was given to me a few years back. My current budget is $85 but it would be best if I didn't waste it all. I was looking into mechanical Keyboards but lack of media keys and back lighting on the cheaper ones is a big negative. I've also been looking into some logitech keyboards but they seem a bit too flashy/ expensive for what I need. I do love logitech's customer support (sent a new Mx518 the day after I submitted a ticket when I had a problem with my old one) so thats a pretty big reason I was looking into their keyboards.

I just ordered a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 from amazon after reading some threads here but canceled it immediately after finding out it has a glossy finish. Glossy keyboards are something I want to avoid at all costs. I get a bit obsessed with cleaning my keyboard and mouse when they look dirty and the glossy finish on this Arctosa is horrible. After 30 seconds of cleaning it it already looking dirty.

So the main things I would like in the keyboard are:
-Media Keys (on function keys or in its own area)
-Backlit keys (no bleeding and not overly bright but clearly visible in the dark)
-Mechanical if at all possible (Mx Black or Brown)
-Nothing Glossy
-Nothing made by Razer
-No Keys with rubber coating (like the Razer Lycosa's keys, due to the possibility of it peeling)
-If possible Macro capabilities through software
-Under $85 shipped

I will be mostly gaming with it but I do type quite a bit. I'll be buying a "proper" mechanical keyboard at a later date when I start upgrading my rig so this keyboard will need to not only last until then but after since I'll be giving it to my brother (otherwise I'd just save up for something more expensive). I also have Amazon Prime so if it can be found on amazon and eligible for prime shipping that would be a huge plus. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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i say save up and wait and just use a rubber dome for now
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i say save up and wait and just use a rubber dome for now
I would, normally, but my intentions are to use this until I get the money I will be using to upgrade my sig rig and from there I'll pass it on to my brother who also needs a new keyboard.
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I would suggest trying to get a cheap mechanical off of ebay like a cherry g80 ( you would probably have to wait to get a decently priced one). It fits everything but the backlit. Kind of cheap casing but a good starter mechanical.
Edited by magna224 - 6/5/11 at 7:57pm
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I would suggest trying to get a cheap mechanical off of ebay like a cherry g80 ( you would probably have to wait to get a decently priced one). It fits everything but the backlit. Kind of cheap casing but a good starter mechanical.
Thanks for the suggestion +1, I'll go ahead and look into it. Other suggestions are still welcomed and appreciated.

Edit: been searching for a bit and can't really find one in my price range so I'll just keep an eye out for one, but I still need some more suggestions. The keyboard doesn't have to be Mechanical so any type of keyboard suggestion (if it falls under what I'm looking for) is welcomed.
Edited by xBISHOPx - 6/5/11 at 8:26pm
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Yeah there aren't really any good ones right now but sometimes they go for like $50 NIB or like $25 used. It would be good to get a mechanical just to try out a switch so you can mark one off your list of things to do.

You could look into the saitek elipse. I haven't owned one but many of my friends do. They have some rollover isues ( cant press ASW at the same time). The keycaps will also wear out after some time. Many of my friends like them a lot though.
Edited by magna224 - 6/5/11 at 8:39pm
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post #7 of 13
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Yeah there aren't really any good ones right now but sometimes they go for like $50 NIB or like $25 used. It would be good to get a mechanical just to try out a switch so you can mark one off your list of things to do.

You could look into the saitek elipse. I haven't owned one but many of my friends do. They have some rollover isues ( cant press ASW at the same time). The keycaps will also wear out after some time. Many of my friends like them a lot though.
I have and in all honesty if the key didn't rub off letting more light bleed through the keys then I would have considered it. I'm looking at the g110 and 510 because they're just under my price range but still a bit too much for what they are (from $55-$70) and the g510 has rubber keys.

I could maybe jump up to $100 but around that price I'd be better off saving an extra $20 or $40 and getting something a whole lot better. It might take some time though too since I'm not expecting any extra money anytime soon.
post #8 of 13
I've read the OP over and over again, and the only thing that keeps coming to mind is the Logitech G110.
You say it's bit too much for what it is, but that makes no sense considering it has everything you're asking for.
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I've read the OP over and over again, and the only thing that keeps coming to mind is the Logitech G110.
You say it's bit too much for what it is, but that makes no sense considering it has everything you're asking for.
I'm just looking for more for my money. Its not often that I have enough after bills and needy family to get something like this. I guess I'm hoping someone here knows something I don't. But it does look like the G110 might be it if theres no other recommendations.
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I've read the OP over and over again, and the only thing that keeps coming to mind is the Logitech G110.
You say it's bit too much for what it is, but that makes no sense considering it has everything you're asking for.
This^ or the G11 or the Saitek Eclipse II. All of them are non glossy and very good keyboards. One complain about the Eclipse II is that the keys fade with heavy use however.
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