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Hello.
So im a complete noob when it comes to keyboards. I used to have this old HP keyboard which Ive used for years on my previous system that had PS/2 connector, but since the upgrade to SB, my current motherboard has no PS/2 connector, so i had to get a USB based keyboard.

Long story short, i cheaped out, now im paying the price because if i press more than 2 keys at the same time, they keyboard fails to register the keystrokes and i get weird results in games.

Needless to say, i come for your humble advice. I'm currently looking at Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard. My budget is under $70 without shipping, so if anyone has superior alternatives, please let me know. Only requirement i have is it to be USB based and wired.
Thanks.
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Are you looking for a mechanical or rubber dome keyboard?
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post
Are you looking for a mechanical or rubber dome keyboard?
See, i have no idea what is the difference between them. In terms of keyboards, its like Ive been living under a rock.
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A mechanical keyboard has an actual switch under each key. They are much more reliable and last longer then a rubber dome keyboard. Rubber domes have little rubber domes under each keyboard which give you that resistance. Those domes wear out and the keystrokes just aren't as crisp as a mechanical. The problem is that mechanical keyboards are much more expensive. When it comes to mechanical keyboards there are also different switches for different preferences. The three main factors are the tactile bump, sound, and pressure. Here are the most common switches:

Black: Linear switch (no bump in the keystroke) and are quiet
Blues: Have a tactile bump (so you know when the key is activated) and has a clicky sound
Browns: Have a tactile bump and are quiet
Clear: Have a tactile bump and are quiet but need more force then the browns
Reds: Linear and quiet yet lighter then the blacks

One of the cheapest keyboards is the Razer black widow. It has Cherry Blues which give you that tactile bump but are also clicky which some people like.

If you want to stick with rubber domes I would suggest the IRock. It is simple, cheap, has back lighting, and overall a solid keyboard.

Here is the mechanical keyboard guide that will give you a mroe in depth description and some pictures

[Edit]
Here is another mechanical keyboard that is pretty cheap and has cherry browns.
Edited by VW_TDI_02 - 7/23/11 at 6:56pm
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post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post
A mechanical keyboard has an actual switch under each key. They are much more reliable and last longer then a rubber dome keyboard. Rubber domes have little rubber domes under each keyboard which give you that resistance. Those domes where out and the keystrokes just aren't as crisp as a mechanical. The problem is that mechanical keyboards are much more expensive. When it comes to mechanical keyboards there are also different switches for different preferences. The three main factors are the tactile bump, sound, and pressure. Here are the most common switches:

Black: Linear switch (no bump in the keystroke) and are quiet
Blues: Have a tactile bump (so you know when the key is activated) and has a clicky sound
Browns: Have a tactile bump and are quiet
Clear: Have a tactile bump and are quiet but need more force then the browns
Reds: Linear and quiet yet lighter then the blacks

One of the cheapest keyboards is the Razer black widow. It has Cherry Blues which give you that tactile bump but are also clicky which some people like.

If you want to stick with rubber domes I would suggest the IRock. It is simple, cheap, has back lighting, and overall a solid keyboard.

Here is the mechanical keyboard guide that will give you a mroe in depth description and some pictures

[Edit]
Here is another mechanical keyboard that is pretty cheap and has cherry browns.
Thanks +rep
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post #6 of 7
You probably won't find a decent mechanical keyboard in your price range. They simply are too expensive to build. Before I bought my Filco Ninja mechanical, I used a logitech
G110 gaming keyboard. For a rubber dome board it is pretty good. It is also half the cost good mechanical board. My Filco is about $150. Worth every penny!
    
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post #7 of 7
VW hit the nail on the head, and you could probably copy paste his post into almost any keyboard thread and it would answer 9/10 questions.

Mechanical keyboards: more durable and better feel and you can pick the switch best for you; but expensive.
Cheapest worthwhile mechanical keyboards at the moment are Razer BlackWidow and XArmor U9.
If going with rubber domes, best value is the iRocks KR-6820E.
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