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I am looking at keyboards right now, after finding a ancient ( didn't work, probably fried in one of the times the basement flooded or something, probably had bad rollover anyway... ) keyboard and feeling the mechanical switches, I feel like I need to own a modern mechanical keyboard.

The (kind of) maximum I can spend is $85, although the more I can hold on to for gas monies the better. I might be willing to squeeze out a few more dollars (read: probably like 20-50) if there's something perfect for me just outside my price range, but I'd rather directly sell my psp 1000/gear and extra 360 power supply/unused wireless 360 earpiece than hand them over to Gamestop for fast cash...

Right now I'm looking at Adessos and iOnes mainly. I think I would prefer a quieter key, but quite frankly the price matters a bit more.

Here's a couple key links;
Adessos I saw:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8002&CatId=533



iOne:




Others that caught my eye:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823114011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-003-_-Product


( Manhattan dosen't expressly say it's mechanical there, but it does say 10mil keystroke life, and a quick google search reveals it's part number in conjunction with the word mechanical... )

I happily welcome other suggestions, by the way, even if they're outside the price range I specified...


Oh, and of course there are those dell A-whatevers on ebay, but I doubt those have very good rollover. I need to be able to use at least 4 keys at once >.>;; I can make do with 3 keys, but a combination that pops up often enough is shift + two of the WSAD keys + action keys so....
Edited by Cotelio - 8/9/11 at 11:52pm
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I have an Adesso full-sized. It's a good beginner mech I would say. NKR, USB hub, audio jacks and controls, plus solid build quality. Feels like any MX blues keyboard I've ever used. My only gripe is the font is pretty ugly and my D is starting to fade (I've had it almost a year now).
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The Manhattan is not mechanical, it's a cheap-o rubberdome.

The Addesso and Scorpio boards have build quality and reliability issues.


I recommend the XArmor U9 as a good starter board for ~$80.
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The Manhattan is not mechanical, it's a cheap-o rubberdome.

The Addesso and Scorpio boards have build quality and reliability issues.


I recommend the XArmor U9 as a good starter board for ~$80.
I was debating between that and the Adesso. The Xarmor comes with a nice wrist rest and MX browns. I pulled the trigger on the Adesso b/c I just really like blues. I do a lot of typing and they're my favorite switch for it.
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I always mention this when people are looking for a mechanical.

You can pick up a Das, which is on the higher end of the mechanical keyboards, for 100 bux shipped if you are a student. Just email a picture of your student ID to their support staff and they will hook you up.

Honestly, even if you are not a student you can probably photoshop your name onto some student ID you find on the internet.

I have one of their boards with brown switches, highly recommend it.
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
The Manhattan is not mechanical, it's a cheap-o rubberdome.

The Addesso and Scorpio boards have build quality and reliability issues.


I recommend the XArmor U9 as a good starter board for ~$80.
Yeah, I read about the soldiering problems on the old iOne boards, but it looks like that got fixed from the more recent reviews...

Dun mind if I have to mod the casing to make it solid or something as long as the parts work, might even be fun! heh.

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I always mention this when people are looking for a mechanical.

You can pick up a Das, which is on the higher end of the mechanical keyboards, for 100 bux shipped if you are a student. Just email a picture of your student ID to their support staff and they will hook you up.

Honestly, even if you are not a student you can probably photoshop your name onto some student ID you find on the internet.

I have one of their boards with brown switches, highly recommend it.
Ooh.... I actually have student IDs for both the local college and high school, I go to both campuses currently. Well.. not -currently-, but in a couple weeks here.

I will consider that... I've heard nice things about the Das. Yay Arstechnica! x3
Edited by Cotelio - 8/10/11 at 12:07am
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Fffff doublepost >:

I meant to cut, cancel, and edit it into the post above... I'll do that now...
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I'm gonna throw it out there but probably get some flack for it but how about the Razer BlackWidow (non - ultimate).

While some people say its horrible some pople enjoy it, and just take my opinion as a grain of salt since the most I have used it is a couple of minutes at my local Fry's..

Its $79.99, but see it on sale at Fry's for $59.99 .. for that price thats not such a bad beginneer board to get your feet wet with mechanicals.

Question is do you like the clickyness of the blues.
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I'm gonna throw it out there but probably get some flack for it but how about the Razer BlackWidow (non - ultimate).

While some people say its horrible some pople enjoy it, and just take my opinion as a grain of salt since the most I have used it is a couple of minutes at my local Fry's..

Its $79.99, but see it on sale at Fry's for $59.99 .. for that price thats not such a bad beginneer board to get your feet wet with mechanicals.

Question is do you like the clickyness of the blues.
I'm pretty sure that was one of the keyboards I linked, at I think $71.

... Fry's?
I'm afraid I can't shop at a Futurama character's shared apartment. >:

Edit: Found that previously mentioned Xarmor....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823330017

And it's wireless cousin. <3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823330018
Edited by Cotelio - 8/10/11 at 12:22am
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I have a BWU, very similar to the regular BW, it's a good keyboard. It doesn't support full NKRO due to USB limitations, but I have yet to find a key combo that doesn't work. I've not had any issues with mine, so I can definitely recommend it to other people. That being said, it may be a good idea to try to test out some of the different switch types. The Blue switches in the BW are not ideal for gaming to some people. I'm going to be switching to a different keyboard with either Brown or Black switches due to this.
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