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I am looking for a good mechanical keyboard for mostly typing and gaming, about a 65/35 split. I was looking at the filco majestouch 2 with cherry mx browns. Would this keyboard be good for my needs? Can anybody tell me about the quality of this keyboard? I was also looking at the mx blues. Would those be better for me than the browns? I would not like to go over $200 in price, and I would rather not go tenkeyless, but I can if I must. Thanks!
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I don't know a huge amount about mechanical keyboards, but I've become interested in purchasing one. I checked on newegg and it seems a Das keyboards is a decent brand. I like how they don't look as plain as others and they have USB ports built into them. I think they're either mx blues or browns.

http://www.daskeyboard.com/
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Filco are probably the best mechanical keyboards you can get. You really can't go wrong with one.

As for blue or browns, that's straight personal preference.

Just to give you an idea on how each switch feels, the browns are slighty lighter than the blues. The blues have a stronger/sharper tactile feel (that little bump in the middle when you press a key down). And obviously the blues make a "clicky" noise and the browns don't. Both are extremely great switches and I'm sure you'll be happy with either one.

Edit*

From the many reviews I've read, DAS keyboards are superb in quality just like the filco but are cheaper. Especially with a student discount I think the total comes out to like $109.
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Filco are probably the best mechanical keyboards you can get. You really can't go wrong with one.

As for blue or browns, that's straight personal preference.

Just to give you an idea on how each switch feels, the browns are slighty lighter than the blues. The blues have a stronger/sharper tactile feel (that little bump in the middle when you press a key down). And obviously the blues make a "clicky" noise and the browns don't. Both are extremely great switches and I'm sure you'll be happy with either one.

Edit*

From the many reviews I've read, DAS keyboards are superb in quality just like the filco but are cheaper. Especially with a student discount I think the total comes out to like $109.
Thanks! I may get a fullsize filco brown, and then get a tenkeyless das later.
Thanks for the help.

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Actually DAS only makes full size keyboards. Filco on the other hand makes both tenkeyless as well as full sized boards.
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Filco tenkeyless. I have a Filco Majestouch Black Tenkeyless with Cherry MX blue switches. Check the link in my sig. It's basically a Filco Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Japanese Edition. Just different model names in different countries. Anyways, I'm loving it to death right now. If you don't like the keys, just get a new set. Filco has the best PCB out there. Filco > Leopold for PCB. Filco< Leopold for keycaps. All but the ninja keycaps.
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Filco tenkeyless. I have a Filco Majestouch Black Tenkeyless with Cherry MX blue switches. Check the link in my sig. It's basically a Filco Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Japanese Edition. Just different model names in different countries. Anyways, I'm loving it to death right now. If you don't like the keys, just get a new set. Filco has the best PCB out there. Filco > Leopold for PCB. Filco< Leopold for keycaps. All but the ninja keycaps.
So are you saying I should get the ninja because of the keycaps? Or can I just get the normal keycaps? And I may end up with my second keyboard being a Leopold Blue Tenkeyless. Or is the PCB on the Filco good enough for me to justify having, practically, two of the same keyboard. Thanks
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Well, not exactly. The Ninja is convenient if you won't be replacing the keycaps since they've designed it so that the lettering won't fade since you won't be touching it since because position of the lettering is on the front of the keycap. The keycaps are made out of ABS so they will produce an unattractive shine over time but it doesn't happen immediately unless you use it with oily fingers all the time.
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Well, not exactly. The Ninja is convenient if you won't be replacing the keycaps since they've designed it so that the lettering won't fade since you won't be touching it since because position of the lettering is on the front of the keycap. The keycaps are made out of ABS so they will produce an unattractive shine over time but it doesn't happen immediately unless you use it with oily fingers all the time.
Can I replace the keycaps with better ones though, that aren't ABS? I would be fine with doing that.

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Can I replace the keycaps with better ones though, that aren't ABS? I would be fine with doing that.

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Yes, depending on the keyboard layout you can replace all the keycaps with PBT keycaps.

Tankguys sells them for the Ducky Keyboards (not sure if they fit filco/leopold/das, etc i'll let someone else chime in on that.) but last I checked were out of stock

imsto over at geekhack has a thread here selling PBT keycaps you could check out if you wanted.

Geekhack periodically also does group buys for doubleshot keys from signature plastics but those are ABS, but would hold up better than the stock ones I would think. Here is a link to the last one they just did Group Buy: Round Three

The Mechanical Keyboard Guide here on OCN talks about the different keycap materials as well as printing types.

Ripster over on Geekhack also has several wiki's. Here is a link to the one about keys
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