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That is the question.

I've considered buying a fairly cheap slim/small keyboard in the past for LANs. But I just can't bring myself to buy a PoS keyboard ever again. So right now I am debating on if I want to drop the cash on a HHKB. I have done a lot of looking into them over the past few months, and I am very...VERY tempted to pull the trigger. But I do need that little "umpf", and I do have a few concerns about it. From what I've read, this isn't a mechanical keyboard. It seems to just be a high end rubber dome keyboard. So what is so special about these keyboards? I am considering either getting one of these bad boys or buying myself either a tenkeyless Filco, Leopold, or a KBC Poker (which is currently at the top of my list due to its size in comparison to the HHKB).

Currently using DAS Keyboard Ultimate Silent (browns). And I love it, also have a Ducky in the mail with reds to try out (hopefully be here by next week!).

I've read that Filco takes the cake over Leopold, and there are mixed reviews with KBC Poker, but the price is pretty nice in comparison to the HHKB. I want something simple, small, and great quality.

So please give me your input! Keep in mind I'm not taking monetary value into huge account here, but if I can save some cash....awesome. But I am more concerned about overall quality (typing/build quality. It will be used for gaming and programming).
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post #2 of 28
Depends on how you game.

I'd miss having CTRL in that bottom left corner.
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Check out the Noppoo Choc Mini. Very similar size to HHKB, retains numpad functionality, has media keys, and is way cheaper.
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Depends on how you game.

I'd miss having CTRL in that bottom left corner.

You name it, I play it. Primarily BC2 (BF3 when its launched), MMOs and RTS. This will not be my primary keyboard, and I typically don't play MMOs when I LAN.

I took a look at that Noppoo...UUUUGGGGLLLYYY!!!! It looked like it was way to cluttered to be honest. I don't care about numpad capability or media keys, but thanks for the input anyways HWI.
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Originally Posted by waldoh74;14627926 
You name it, I play it. Primarily BC2 (BF3 when its launched), MMOs and RTS. This will not be my primary keyboard, and I typically don't play MMOs when I LAN.

I took a look at that Noppoo...UUUUGGGGLLLYYY!!!! It looked like it was way to cluttered to be honest. I don't care about numpad capability or media keys, but thanks for the input anyways HWI.

I'm with ripster. Not having the CTRL button on the bottom left would suck for gaming, both FPS and MMO.
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Originally Posted by HWI;14628008 
I'm with ripster. Not having the CTRL button on the bottom left would suck for gaming, both FPS and MMO.

Really? I never use CTRL. in FPS or MMO. If I remember right, CTRL was used for crouch in BC2 right? I just switched to "C"...easier to hit I think lol. Plus I never use it for VOIP either.
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post #7 of 28
I cant use my HHKB for FPS games because of the remapped ctrl key. But for other games like sc2 it isnt as big of a deal. Overall its not the best layout for gaming IMO because of the ctrl key. It is a dream to type on though. Very high quality keycaps, and I think I like the tryping experience better on a HHKB over my Realforce. Not sure if that has to do with the backplate or what.
    
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I would never bring an HHKB to a LAN Party. It's just too expensive to risk some idiot spilling soda or something all over it, imo.
    
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Originally Posted by Hysteria~;14628483 
I would never bring an HHKB to a LAN Party. It's just too expensive to risk some idiot spilling soda or something all over it, imo.

You know what...I never thought about that lol. That is a very valid point hahaha. I think I am going to go with the KBC Poker keyboard. Same size which is a massive plus. and Roughly $200 cheaper lol. Just having problems with ebay and paypal frown.gif. Getting Cherry Reds. Been going through more testimonials and it seems that people are agreeing that overall the HHKB isn't the greatest for gaming. Typing yes, but gaming no. And this will be mostly used for games.
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The Topre and Cherry MX switches are TOTALLY different. Is the Realforce TKL too big for your liking?
    
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