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Does the nature of mechanical keys mean that keys will always be standard height? I know I have a bit of a fixation about low profile, but is it something possible?
    
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Cherry ML switches. Sold on Cherry G84 series keyboards and the Optimus Maximus.


Feel is not dramatically better than a high-end scissor switch keyboard though.
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Cherry ML switches. Sold on Cherry G84 series keyboards and the Optimus Maximus.


Feel is not dramatically better than a high-end scissor switch keyboard though.
Ah now that's interesting. You see, what I'm ultimately looking for is a mechanical keyboard which has the profile of the razer lycosa keys, really quite sort of flat. I'm not keen on standard height keys, which is what is holding me back, even more so because there's no damn high street shops to even try one. Do you think that now mechanicals are becoming popular, companies like razer might be likely to do a mechanical version of the lycosa, ie, with flatter key caps?

And I've no idea what a scissor switch is.

Oh wait, you're saying that the essence of the mechanical feel lies in it's standard sized key caps?
    
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Ah now that's interesting. You see, what I'm ultimately looking for is a mechanical keyboard which has the profile of the razer lycosa keys, really quite sort of flat. I'm not keen on standard height keys, which is what is holding me back, even more so because there's no damn high street shops to even try one. Do you think that now mechanicals are becoming popular, companies like razer might be likely to do a mechanical version of the lycosa, ie, with flatter key caps?

And I've no idea what a scissor switch is.

Oh wait, you're saying that the essence of the mechanical feel lies in it's standard sized key caps?

The switches are just too big to jam into a low profile board. You have to use a different switch, and those tend to use a completely different mechanism, and aren't as good.

Unless you are fine with the height, and just want that style of key cap... that would be possible, but I don't think there is much demand for a full travel board with flat caps.
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Couldn't they "sink" the switches in ?

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Low profile ALPS.

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Ok, feel aside, the small distance travelled on my lycosa's very low keys to register the press is presumably about the same as the 2mm actuation of a standard sized key cap of a mech board, no? So in terms of say, gaming, I'm not really gaining anything in speed with a mech keyboard right? I'm just missing the clicky feel. Would that be about right?
    
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That's correct, you usually only gain feel from switching to a mech, and don't get any actual speed increase. This is why lots of pros don't bother getting mechs.
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That's correct, you usually only gain feel from switching to a mech, and don't get any actual speed increase. This is why lots of pros don't bother getting mechs.
Yeah. I'm gonna stick with my lycosa when my RMA replacement comes through. Shame though, as I like the sound of the clickyness of mechs, I'll bet they feel really nice too. Also, I absolutely love the look of the DAS Pro with it's glossy black frame. Then again, backlit is a must and so is some sort of wristrest. So I guess the lycosa still ticks more boxes for me than any other keyboard.
    
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post #10 of 16
You could check out XArmor or Q-Pad boards which come with blue backlighting and a wristrest. Both of them are of much higher quality than your Lycosa, anyway.
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