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Wow... been a while since I posted around these waters. I haven't added anything to my computer in a couple years and I am looking to make a few improvements now that I am out of college and a working man! First up is my keyboard... I have the cheapest one available at Walmart. It is pitiful compared to my laptop (Lenovo W500) and my work computer (some sort of Microsoft keyboard with a curve in it).

I don't need anything too fancy... doesn't have to be mechanical. I don't want to spend an outrageous amount. Just looking for recommendations on something that has some quality to it.
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post #2 of 11
I can't recomend anything other then mechanical, took the plunge a couple months ago and won't ever go back to rubber.

If you still have your student ID when you attended classes, you can take a picture of it and send it in to Das and get a student discount. Grab one of their boards for 100 bucks, with free shipping. They will last you a lifetime as well, not to mention the other benefits like n-key rollover and fast actuation.
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post #3 of 11
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Its a tough sell buying a $100 keyboard... do they have these fancy mechanical keyboards at any retail stores to try out?
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post #4 of 11
Frys electronics has some.

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post #5 of 11
If you're on a budget I would go with a used model m from ebay.
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post #6 of 11
Yeah IBM model M's were great. and, because of the mechanism, they last forever.im using logitech right now, been very happy with it.
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post #7 of 11
In the for sale section there's a guy selling Decks for $110 shipped. http://www.overclock.net/other-compo...-fire-red.html

Might feel better spending that much if at least you get a decent deal. The red backlighting is nice, doesn't show up too much when it's light out, and makes the keyboard very legible when you need it.

If you're looking for a good quality built board, the Decks are a good place to look. Nice thick solid plastic, and a metal backplate that the switches are mounted to inside.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Its a tough sell buying a $100 keyboard... do they have these fancy mechanical keyboards at any retail stores to try out?
I spent $140 with tax n everything today on my razer black widow ultimate mechanical keyboard and it was worth every penny. Just don't get a Logitech g19 for $200. The screen is useless and it requires an AC adapter for a damn keyboard.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post

I'll refer you to a post recently made on the subject: http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/4...l#post13960297

Black widow is around the same price.
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