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So right now I have a Black Widow and I'm considering blowing some money from my new job on a OCN Ducky.

I'm just not sure if its worth getting. Since my black widow has blues I would probably get a Ducky with browns. The only other thing is I want to know if I do buy another keyboard what`s to say I shouldn't get a SS 7G instead of a OCN Ducky with browns?

Is Ducky worth it and will I notice a big difference in quality and experience? (coming from someone who already owns a mechanical kb)

EDIT: What's the difference between PBT and ABS keycaps?
Edited by james_ant - 6/8/11 at 7:21pm
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I'm just not sure if its worth getting. Since my black widow has blues I would probably get a Ducky with browns. The only other thing is I want to know if I do buy another keyboard what`s to say I shouldn't get a SS 7G instead of a OCN Ducky with browns?

Is Ducky worth it and will I notice a big difference in quality and experience? (coming from someone who already owns a mechanical kb)
The only thing I can tell you is that I used an xarmor with mx blues for a day and didn't like the overall quality and feel of the keyboard and returned it the next day (the cherry blues were fine, just didn't like the build quality). With that said, Razer and xarmor are known as the lower cost mechanical keyboard solutions, which mean the quality isn't the best.

I ordered a Das keyboard professional silent (with cherry browns) and got it in today. I love the browns and overall enjoy them more than the blues. They keys are even lighter and the browns are the best for me (gaming and typing).

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What's the difference between PBT and ABS keycaps?
The mechanical keyboard guide states that the difference from PBT and ABS are primarily the durability. The PBT seems to be more durable and shines less quickly.

But in terms of the ducky, the difference is pretty big because the ABS key caps use pad printing, which is basically the cheapest form of key cap printing and will eventually wear off like any other generic keyboard you get anywhere else. The PBT ones are laser etched and dye filled.

This was all in the mechanical keyboard guide by the way. I've never used the keyboard before.
Edited by gl0ry - 6/8/11 at 8:26pm
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If you like cherry mx blue, meaning you like the tactile feedback and the clicky sound, and the keyboard works fine, I'd say save your money.

In theory pad printing is inferior to lazer etch with filler, however the current supposedly superior ducky lazer etched pbt with filler seems problematic, the filler seems really soft and would come off easily. Look up the recent thread on the ocn ducky that got locked up.

BTW I own a ducky 9008 with the pbt keycaps.
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I've heard really meh things about the G7 which is the reason I ended up not buying it, the ducky on the other had is much better quality the only problem is with the current batch and they are working to get that remedied. The wearing away infill though will still leave you with a letter one your key ever after the white is all gone since the laser actually etches the letter into the key. Really the question is, do you think it's worth the money to try another switch?
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Just get some Geek Hack doubleshots. Ripster is just mad that I can only read all caps.
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I would wait on the OCN Ducky until they either A) Rectify the issue with the infilled keys or B) Start stocking a keyboard that comes standard with black on black lasered keys.

My Black Widow (non-ultimate) uses the same process as the ducky - lasered and filled with white paint - and my keys are perfect after 5 months of solid use.

Tator Tot is aware of the issue, though, and is working with Ducky to reach a solution.
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The geekhacks are usually made my signature plastics, their double shots aren't very thick. I've typed on a keyboard would flimsy keycaps before, you really notice it.
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The OCN Ducky PBT engraved keys are superb and well packaged.


You have to know your keyboard well though to use them. No Duckying around.
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They are very nice keys.

I've got two sets. One from KBC and the other a Ducky. They obviously come from the same key manufacturer.
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