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I'm on a budget of about $120 and I'm an occasional gamer, and I do work that involves a lot of typing. I don't care for the keyboards that are flashy or colorful, I want a good quality one. Aesthetics don't matter much but a beige huge keyboard might be a stretch. Any suggestions? I'd prefer to have a numpad but can go without.
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Do you happen to be a student/faculty or know someone who can order it for you?

In your budget, Das Keyboard would be a good option with their student discount.

Elitekeyboards has a few Leopolds (tenkeyless though) at $109, but shipping will take it slightly over 120.

Just off the top of my head for that price.
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The regular Blackwidow from Razer is one of the cheaper mechanicals, you may want to take a look at it. It doesn't have full NKRO, but I've yet to find a key combo that didn't work.
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I'm a student so I could take advantage of the student deals, but how do they verify? My school doesn't give a .edu address and it's whtelisted to the internal network anyway.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LemonSlice;14295502 
I'm a student so I could take advantage of the student deals, but how do they verify? My school doesn't give a .edu address and it's whtelisted to the internal network anyway.

They open a support ticket for you on their website, and you scan your student ID.
post #6 of 12
Why I recommend a keyboard without a numpad:
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Originally Posted by ChoboGuy;14266172 
Do you do data entry in your office work and need a numpad? If not then I would recommend you to try a tenkeyless board. I was a bit nervous to do so at first because I thought I would miss the numpad's functionality but ever since I made the switch I have never looked back. It just feels so much better having your keyboard centered in with your body and with your monitor and it brings the mouse a lot closer in too, which DOES feel more comfortable.. IMO I also think it looks a lot cooler. I also found that I really did not need the numpad, after all.

What's your budget? A great MX Brown starter at $110 + shipping would be the Leopold FC200RT. Super minimalistic, no stupid gloss, and a very sturdy and well built keyboard. You can also order a blank "otaku" version with no key lettering from the same website, if that's what you wanted.

You should know that the tactility on cherry brown switches is very subtle. When typing normally, you are probably not going to be conscious of it. For me on my Leopold, the tactility feels like nothing more than friction when I type on it. Sometimes people want that "friction" to be gone; and that's what the reds are. The reds have the same lightness as the browns without the tactile bump.


You didn't specify any switches in particular that you were interested in. If you did not have any prior knowledge of them the best place to start would be here.
post #7 of 12
I'm typing this on a Razer BlackWidow and I like it a hell of a lot for an $80 keyboard. If money was no object then I'd definitely pick up a Das Keyboard (with the WASD keys in green!). They're the same keys (Cherry MX Blue) so really it's all about aesthetics and build quality.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ChoboGuy;14296756 
Why I recommend a keyboard without a numpad:



You didn't specify any switches in particular that you were interested in. If you did not have any prior knowledge of them the best place to start would be here.

defintely have a read through the link that Choboguy linked or even the OCN keyboard guide to get you familiar with the particular switches available out there.

From there I think it will help you pick out which board and manufacurer fits your needs.
post #9 of 12
Money no object why not a Deck keyboard?
post #10 of 12
I'm on a budget I'm checking out the BlackWidow though.
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