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post #1 of 11
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I've never used a mechanical before (other than the old IBM boards from long times passed....) and I'm going to buy one.

The question is, which one? I'm pretty sure I'd like Cherry Brown switches because I'm a programmer and a heavy gamer so I'll need one with which I will be comfortable doing both and I don't want the audible feedback from blues.

I need a full size board with numpad that doesn't need a lot of extra features, but I would like to have a backlight.

Lastly (and most depressing) I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on it. If I could find one for <100$ that would be perfect but I'm pretty sure it's impossible while maintaining any quality. I do; However want to stay under $150, I just bought the cyborg R.A.T. 7 and I don't really want to break the bank on input devices.

Any help is appreciated. The only board I found was the Ione XArmor U9BL-S but guess what, they quit making it and even that board wasn't perfect.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 11
The board you want is the one I have, Deck's "The Legend" tactile. It uses Cherry MX white/clear switches, which are the same tactile feel as browns, but require a little more force to press so they are good for gaming also. I program with mine as well. The Legend has an industrial grade LED under each switch and the keycaps are not pad printed so they will never wear out. It is also quite stylish. The problem is the price which could be too much for you at $169.

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/product...products_id=96

I also own a DAS Model S Professional Silent, which uses Cherry MX Browns. It's great for programming, but I wouldn't use it for gaming. It's cheaper, but no backlight and it has cheap keycaps. I think you will be surprised at how "light" the brown switches feel - even compared to rubber domes.

http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-professional-silent/

Stay away from MX Blacks as they are not good for programming. Let us know how you make out.
post #3 of 11
I agree with Klaxian, also it matches the unique ugliness of your mouse

I bet someone somewhere spent too much and regretted the purchase of their Deck, and has it for sale in your price range.

No offense I like that board but can't afford it so I'll make fun of it's looks.

Peace
post #4 of 11
Deck is a good option, I found Browns unsatisfying but I used them for a few months for gaming and general use. I preferred Clears for typing but found it a little awkward to game on but its not something you cant get used to and I know people who game on clears with no problems.
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post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the replies, I like the DAS but as you said it's a bit $$$$$ high.

What's the difference between the Frost and the Ice (Tactile)? They both use clear and have blue LED's. The frost is more money according DAS (deck's) site (<--like how I did that?).


Another question: How loud are the blues actually?
post #6 of 11
Some people can game with blues, but mostly it's just really suited for typing.

They are quite loud, audible through my house especially at night when there aren't other noises and can really wake people up so I advise against them unless you live alone.

I had to return a Siig (white alps), because of these two reasons. They make about the same amount of noise, go and check out youtube or geekhack for audio clips.

If you can wait the Ducky Shine looks promising.
Edited by scorpscarx - 8/11/11 at 5:50pm
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I'm a little confused. The Deck is $169 and the DAS is about $100 new.

The Deck frost has lighter colored LEDs than the Ice. The Ice is a bright blue while the Frost is closer to a white color with a hint of blue. Perhaps those LEDs are more expensive to manufacturer. I have the Ice to match my case LEDs.

The blue switches are quite loud, which is their goal. Keep in mind that you are going to have some noise anyway if you bottom our the keycaps against the back of the board. There is no rubber in there to cushion your keystrokes. Nevertheless, I wouldn't go with MX blues if you want something quiet.
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Originally Posted by klaxian View Post
I'm a little confused. The Deck is $169 and the DAS is about $100 new.

The Deck frost has lighter colored LEDs than the Ice. The Ice is a bright blue while the Frost is closer to a white color with a hint of blue. Perhaps those LEDs are more expensive to manufacturer. I have the Ice to match my case LEDs.

The blue switches are quite loud, which is their goal. Keep in mind that you are going to have some noise anyway if you bottom our the keycaps against the back of the board. There is no rubber in there to cushion your keystrokes. Nevertheless, I wouldn't go with MX blues if you want something quiet.
It looks like DAS keyboard is about 135 new for the silent version.

If I was to give up on the backlit portion and just get a good brown/clear mech board, what would my best (value) option be? I've seen the Xarmor U9 that seems reasonably priced but not sure on quality.

Any others?
post #9 of 11
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Thanks for the replies, I like the DAS but as you said it's a bit $$$$$ high.

What's the difference between the Frost and the Ice (Tactile)? They both use clear and have blue LED's. The frost is more money according DAS (deck's) site (<--like how I did that?).


Another question: How loud are the blues actually?
I meant that the Legend was high in the price category, *srry*

The DAS is a bit more than I wanted to spend especially if I'm not getting backlighting.
post #10 of 11
Das offers a education discount if you are a student. This brings the price down from $135 to ~$100.
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