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Hi everyone, I've recently been looking into mechanical keyboards and I think I've narrowed down my choice to the Ducky 9000/9008s or 1087 tenkeyless keyboards with Cherry MX Brown switches. After some effort searching for these boards I found only two US-based online retailers that sell them: Overclock (tankguys) and Tigerimports - figures that most of them have sold out already.

I read that a new series of Duckys are arriving soon with some improvements, especially higher quality 1087s and 9000s. Does anyone have an idea of the approximate arrival date of these models or more specific information/pictures?

I've been using the Logitech Illuminated keyboard and while it has a nice white backlighting, I've been disliking the laptop-style sculpted keys, unreliable shift key (probably due to the membrane switch), and especially the key ghosting (can't press and hold ctrl+shift+space for those acrobatic FPS games). Since I started playing Battlefield 3, I can't help but notice how much this keyboard is taking away from my performance for the above reasons. One of my friends has been using the Steelseries 6Gv2 and he likes it. I figured since I'm also doing quite a bit of paper-typing in college, the brown switches would be an optimal choice as my first mechanical kb. Do you guys have any opinions or other suggestions other than the Duckys?
post #2 of 8
Ducky makes a good keyboard, had a 1087 for a while. I personally prefer keyboards that use Costar stabilizers as opposed to the Cherry Stabilizers that Ducky uses, but it's probably more personal preference than anything. You may also want to take a look at Leopold, Filco, or CM Storm for tenkeyless. For a full board you may want to look at Leopold, Filco, or WASD. If you want something even smaller than tenkeyless take a look at Noppoo Choc Mini or KBC Poker.

The only issue I had with my 1087 was premature keycap wear, but OCN/TankGuys is good about helping you out with issues. As far as newer models having some improvements, if you PM Tator Tot I bet he could give you some more specifics.
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You might want to wait on the Cmstorm to be released in the states since that is priced pretty well (supposed msrp $79.99) for tenkeyless with detachable cable and metal plated switches...that is you dont mind some of the logos on it. I have one and the quality is pretty good for the companies first outing wit ha mechanical.

If you need it now, the suggestiosn that HWI pointed out are pretty good options.
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I'm really intrigued by the Leopolds due to their low price and simplicity. I'll also look into the CM Storm. Any idea on the release of the CM?
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It's already released in Asia, unsure of the release date for North America. If you wanted it you could order it from a place like PCHome which ships to the US for only $10.
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After some hard thinking between Ducky and Leopold, I decided on the Ducky DK1087 because it's much cheaper than the Leopolds (I live in CA, so i have to pay tax, and shipping costs more than to ship a Ducky from Taiwan).

So I've ordered my Ducky with brown switches from PCHome. Total came out to be almost $85 USD shipped. For comparison, an equivalent Leopold FC200R with colored WASD keys would cost $130+ shipped. I like the Leopold design better, but the cheaper Ducky should be a nice entry-level mechanical for a newbie like me.
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You get what you pay for
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Seeing as how I still have yet to get a job, I figured getting the Honda instead of the Lexus as a start is best.
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