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I'm using a G15 right now - is there a real point to move to mechanical? I hear a lot about them (not literally) but I'm not sure if it's the right thing to go to.
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I'm using a G15 right now - is there a real point to move to mechanical? I hear a lot about them (not literally) but I'm not sure if it's the right thing to go to.
I got an XArmor U9BL last Christmas and absolutely love it...I will never go back to rubber dome keyboards. Better build quality, better feel, better performance...however they can be more expensive (but I figure its worth it since you wont have to be constantly buying new ones every other year, just pull the key caps and give it a thorough cleaning every once in a while).
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I got an XArmor U9BL last Christmas and absolutely love it...I will never go back to rubber dome keyboards. Better build quality, better feel, better performance...however they can be more expensive (but I figure its worth it since you wont have to be constantly buying new ones every other year, just pull the key caps and give it a thorough cleaning every once in a while).
Pretty sure you can do that with rubbers as well....

But still, I'd have to agree -- I'm in the lookout for a Black Widow, just don't know if I want to drop the cash or if it's THAT much of an improvement over a G15.
     
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Pretty sure you can do that with rubbers as well....

But still, I'd have to agree -- I'm in the lookout for a Black Widow, just don't know if I want to drop the cash or if it's THAT much of an improvement over a G15.
I think (not sure) he's referring to better durability as a whole. With my old G11 (had it before the G15), the W-key eventually got worn to the point where it wouldn't register until it was pressed fully down.. and with a membrane keyboard that was a big problem. Just ordered the BWU myself, and I'm hoping it'll be usable for many years to come. I normally don't spend too much on keyboards, but I think a mech keyboard sounds like a sound future-proof investment.
post #15 of 18
The main issue I have with the mechanical keyboards is the clickety feel to it - are there switches that can still register the click but don't give me that godawful sound that comes with it?
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I think (not sure) he's referring to better durability as a whole.
Yeah that too , I probably could have been a bit more specific. No doubt there are some nice regular keyboards out there but in general mech keyboards are of superior build quality and durability. Mech keyboards will outlast any regular rubber dome easily (most mech switches have a lifespan of between 20-50 million keystrokes which could last you 20 years), that is why some companies used (and still use) mechanical switch products...so they will last longer. Heck, you still see some enthusiast using/looking for old IBM Model M keyboards (that were originally built as early as 1985).

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The main issue I have with the mechanical keyboards is the clickety feel to it - are there switches that can still register the click but don't give me that godawful sound that comes with it?
Do you have an issue with the feel or the clicky sound? There are linear switch types which as the name implies have a more linear feel to them like a regular keyboard (meaning they dont have that tactile click feel when you press the key). As for the sound, well they do make some switch types (for example the Cherry MX Brown switches) that are very quite and lack the "clicky" sound. Most switches do make some noise (but are for the most part relatively quiet) but the Cherry MX Blue switches are the only ones I am familiar with that actively market that "clicky" sound. Again there are quiet switches out there, don't let the clicky sound turn you off from all mech keyboards (I personally like the clicky sound and to be honest I hardly notice it anymore).

Now I have mentioned the Cherry switches, but there are several other types of switches used in the industry today. For more information check out The Mechanical Keyboard Guide.
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Yeah that too , I probably could have been a bit more specific. No doubt there are some nice regular keyboards out there but in general mech keyboards are of superior build quality and durability.

Quality and durability not necessarily walks together, you can have a crap keyboard that after 20 years of heavy usage is still crap exactly as the day one

And nice keyboard that will fail after a week or a month of use.


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Mech keyboards will outlast any regular rubber dome easily (most mech switches have a lifespan of between 20-50 million keystrokes which could last you 20 years), that is why some companies used (and still use) mechanical switch products...so they will last longer.
This is mostly an urban legend.

RD are by far more reliable (which isn't the same thing as durable), by far cheaper, and often also more durable.

From a company perspective a microswitch keyboard is a no go from almost any point of view.

Bucking spring keyboards are an exception, but being hard to get and super noisy aren't a good choice too.

A mechanical keyboard (assuming this definition means something) nowadays is a choice due to the personal preference of some single users. This should be considered enough w/o any need of adding retrofitted theories about durability, reliability or whatever.
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If you want the quietest mechanical keyboard, you will probably want to go with a non-clicky switch (Cherry Red, Brown, Clear, Black) that is PCB mounted...not plate mounted. That said, I don't know of any backlit mechanicals that aren't plate mounted (except some of the old TG3 BL82 boards). The other solution is to have a plate mounted switch and teach yourself to not bottom out....that never worked for me though.

I have the Deck Legend pictured with MX Black (stiff/linear/no click/plate-mount) here at home and a modded Cherry G80-11900 with MX Clears (stiff/tactile/no click/pcb-mount) at work. Hopefully I will be replacing my G80 with another Deck Legend with MX Clears though.
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