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post #1 of 7
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So Im all set to get my first mechanical keyboard, however having not ever owned one before Im having a hard time deciding what to get.

I would really like something with media keys and I dont really know whether I would exclude Blue switches as an option. I play games of all genres and Im not really sure if I would get annoyed with a blue switch and should instead only consider keyboard with MX Browns. Any opinions on this would be appreciated.

NKRO would be nice but its not something that I absolutely need really.

The sale on newegg had me considering the Razer Blackwiddow but I am still skeptical about gaming with the blue switches. Also, can anyone testify about its build quality, as I have doubts as to whether Razers quality is as good as some other companies.

Feel free to throw out any options that you think I should look into.
Thanks for the help.
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Wait for the Ducky Shine.
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I game on the Blackwidow Ultimate and have no issues with the Blue switches. However, I've got to agree with hatick. If you wait for the Shine you will be able to choose whatever switch you want and be able to get NKRO, even if it's not necessary, it is a nice perk. The Shine also has media keys, so it fits your requirement there. As for the build quality of the BWU, I believe to be quite good, I have no complaints.
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Wait for the Ducky Shine.
Looks awesome thanks for the heads up.

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I game on the Blackwidow Ultimate and have no issues with the Blue switches. However, I've got to agree with hatick. If you wait for the Shine you will be able to choose whatever switch you want and be able to get NKRO, even if it's not necessary, it is a nice perk. The Shine also has media keys, so it fits your requirement there. As for the build quality of the BWU, I believe to be quite good, I have no complaints.
Thanks for the info on the BWU. Are you sure the shine will have multiple switch times?

Also, whats the ETA on the shine?
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Check out this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/1...hine-info.html
From what I gathered from this thread, you can choose what Cherry switch you want in the keyboard. Also, in that thread it's said it will be out next month at the earliest. I'm not sure if a more solid date has been announced since then.
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post #6 of 7
Just providing some personal input that could possibly help you in choosing which switch you want, I've tried both the browns and blues I very much prefer the feel of the browns.

The tactile bump on the two switches is actually very different. The bump on the browns is very "spread out" whereas the bump on the blues is very sharp, which is where the "clicky" feel comes in. The click is very plasticky and although it was interesting when I first started typing on it, it started to feel really unpleasant after prolonged use. I would describe the bump on the browns as "shallow feeling", but they are still VERY nice and very fun to type on.

If you didn't have any prior knowledge of mechanical keyboard switches, the best place to start would be here. You can read about each switch and decide which suits your interests.

Do you need any specific features? Do you need backlighting? If you don't make much use of your numpad, you should take a tenkeyless keyboard into some serious consideration.

Why I recommend a keyboard without a numpad:
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Originally Posted by ChoboGuy View Post
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.
post #7 of 7
I can shed some light on what keyboards to consider, and what switch type. The blues to me are pretty fun, although they are not as fun while using during late hours (for me anyways). So if you like to stay up until 2-3am in the morning playing games you might get sick of the click. I did. But, it's possible you still might like it during that time (just personal preference).

I thought the blue switch was good for MMO's. I enjoyed the audio feedback, and the excellent tactile feedback. Although, I grew tired of the tactile bump especially while using the movement keys.

I prefer the Red switch for the cherry switches (linear light black switch). They are a bit light, but they really are easy to use on a daily basis. You can actually buy dampening rings which help take away a lot of sounds caused by bottoming out.

I think you should consider waiting for the Ducky board as well, if you want back lighting. They should offer all switch options, including my favorite red eventually. The quality of an Xarmor UB9L-s is suspect. Although, I don't find them that bad.... the Ducky should be better. Plus, the Xarmor with brown switches is way over-priced right now. You wouldn't be getting your money's worth for 180 dollars. They should be 130.

Back lighting is sort of still a new thing for mechanical boards. Deck has been doing it for a long time, but they only make heavy switch boards with black or clear. Most people prefer light switches Blue, Red, or Brown.
Edited by Trueepower - 7/28/11 at 2:10am
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