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...And has tainted my outlook on the whole mechanical keyboard fad.

My fault for this impression i'd assume, as I spent one hundred dollars on a keyboard, let alone a Razer product. Where as most keyboards under this mechanical umbrella of utopia (this is the impression I get from people when they talk about it) are roughly forty to fifty dollars more and then some.

I hate the slope in the keys, and the extra macro buttons, LEDs are always a downside, and this glowing symbol is annoying. Luckily i'm able to return it for a full refund at EB Games which I am quite happy about. I'll be returning to my generic logitech keyboard that i'd have for five or more years that rests atop of a speaker grill.

Where should I go from here if i'd like to sample a decent mechanical keyboard? I quite like the look of the filco keyboards but have never found a way to test them (Australian). Preferably like to test a product or be able to return it if it is horrible. Any suggestions?

Also;
Are all of them this noisy or does better build quality on the switches reduce the noise?
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Originally Posted by Tetsuma View Post
...And has tainted my outlook on the whole mechanical keyboard fad.

My fault for this impression i'd assume, as I spent one hundred dollars on a keyboard, let alone a Razer product. Where as most keyboards under this mechanical umbrella of utopia (this is the impression I get from people when they talk about it) are roughly forty to fifty dollars more and then some.

I hate the slope in the keys, and the extra macro buttons, LEDs are always a downside, and this glowing symbol is annoying. Luckily i'm able to return it for a full refund at EB Games which I am quite happy about. I'll be returning to my generic logitech keyboard that i'd have for five or more years that rests atop of a speaker grill.

Where should I go from here if i'd like to sample a decent mechanical keyboard? I quite like the look of the filco keyboards but have never found a way to test them (Australian). Preferably like to test a product or be able to return it if it is horrible. Any suggestions?

Also;
Are all of them this noisy or does better build quality on the switches reduce the noise?
The noise from the switches is normal, it's not a sign of low build quality or anything. They do make some with lower noise, but all the mech keyboards are going to sound "clicky" like that.
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I hate the slope in the keys, and the extra macro buttons, LEDs are always a downside, and this glowing symbol is annoying.
You can turn the LED off. Hit the FN key and F12.

And I'm pretty sure you were aware the macro buttons were there when you looked at the thing to buy it in the first place.
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There is a HUGE thread on Mechanical Keyboards. Direct your attention there, and come back to this thread.
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A quick Youtube search will tell you that MX Blues are clicky. It's satisfying to type with once you've gotten used to it.

You got the Blackwidow Ultimate, which was a bad idea from the get-go. The regular BW is a perfectly fine keyboard without LEDs.

As for the slope in the keyboard, buy a wrist rest.
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Should have done your research before you bought it. User error.
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Imma order my OCN Ducky keyboard here soon...like a BAWS.
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post #8 of 15
If you want quieter mechanical keyboards, get the ones with Cherry MX Brown switches. The Blackwidows uses Cherry MX Blue switches that have a clicking sound.

Also with mechanical keyboards, it is better if you do not bottom out the keys like a rubber dome keyboard. That makes more noise.
Edited by Riou - 7/25/11 at 7:33pm
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Get MX Brown switches. They're quieter, but still tactile. Finding the right mechanical for yourself can be difficult.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Methos07 View Post
You can turn the LED off. Hit the FN key and F12.

And I'm pretty sure you were aware the macro buttons were there when you looked at the thing to buy it in the first place.
The placement of them is off-putting. Thanks for the LED tip.

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Originally Posted by railfan844 View Post
The noise from the switches is normal, it's not a sign of low build quality or anything. They do make some with lower noise, but all the mech keyboards are going to sound "clicky" like that.
That's alright, it isn't off-putting for me. Except when I'm typing something rather fast. Gaming isn't a problem, i've got my headphones on for that.

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There is a HUGE thread on Mechanical Keyboards. Direct your attention there, and come back to this thread.
Yes, there is quite a few threads with people saying they're completely in love and everything about their specific keyboard is great. Helpful or informative posts are few and far between, like in this thread.

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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
You got the Blackwidow Ultimate, which was a bad idea from the get-go. The regular BW is a perfectly fine keyboard without LEDs.
As for the slope in the keyboard, buy a wrist rest.
No, I got the regular one. No way in hell i'd buy one with every key illuminated.
I'm talking about the slope from the number keys, through the s-'l and and returned height near the spacebar.

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Originally Posted by Wr3ckin_Cr3w View Post
Should have done your research before you bought it. User error.
Because I didn't open the post with how it was my fault?
That wasn't a redundant or unhelpful post at all.
Edited by Tetsuma - 7/25/11 at 7:35pm
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