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Right now, I'm using the X-Armor U9BL-S for gaming (FPS, MMO, RTS, etc). I loved the keyboard, but unfortunately after just 7 months I'm running into a plethora of issues. A few of the keys have become crooked/mis-aligned after usage and a couple of the backlight LED's have already burned out completely. Apparently the X-Armor branding has gone under, and iOne is refusing to honor the warranty to replace the keyboard.

I'm looking for either Cherry browns or reds, though I don't want to completely rule out clears if I'll be getting significantly better quality w/ branding. I also really prefer having backlit keys since the room is not well lit and I'm not a very good typist.

The keyboards I have been looking at are:

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth
- This is really my first choice, but I don't want to run into issues like I have with my X-Armor. I know Razer's quality is probably not on the same levels as Das, Filco, or Deck - but is the quality still good enough where I don't have to worry about things breaking in a couple years? I know a lot of people have run into some minor issues, but otherwise they seem decent.

Corsair K60 or K90
- I like Cherry reds, but the drawback for me is the lack of backlighting on the K60 and the tons of space the macro keys take up on the K90 (it may be too large for my keyboard tray). I also have heard that Corsair may be putting rubber domes on the board for the F keys, but honestly it's not a deal-breaker for me. What is everyone else's thoughts on how these are looking?

Deck Tactile
- I've heard nothing bad at all about Deck. However, the pricing is really high compared to the alternatives and I prefer brown or red to clears. How much more force do these keys really require over typical browns, and is Deck's quality worth the extra money? I know it's very preference-based, but how is gaming in general on clears compared to browns or reds?

Ducky Shine
- I really can't find much info on these at all. How is the quality for Ducky typically considered to be?

Sorry for all of the questions. I'm just really torn at the moment on what to go with. If anyone has any other suggestions that I didn't list above, I would love to hear them.
post #2 of 25
I am no expert at these keyboards - however,

I love my Blackwidow Ultimate. When it comes down to build quality, I have seen people complain about Razer. However, I had a Razer Tarantula keyboard for about 3 years before the upgrade, and I have a Razer Copperhead mouse that I have had about 4 years. No issues. I love the backlight, and the feel of the keyboard.

I had been eyeing the Corsair keyboards, and my buddy is about to order one - but I have no personal experience with them. However, knowing Corsair, they will probably be high quality.
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Have you looked at WASD keyboards? The semi custom is $119. You select switch type, key colors, wasd colors, esc color, engraved or laser etched keys.

I just got one with browns and I love gaming on it.
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Have you looked at WASD keyboards? The semi custom is $119. You select switch type, key colors, wasd colors, esc color, engraved or laser etched keys.

I just got one with browns and I love gaming on it.
Second the WASD suggestion, checkout my super cool mini review

http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/1...echanical.html
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blackwidow ultimate
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post #8 of 25
WASD is a good option to look into. Out of the selection you listed I would choose the Ducky Shine. I find Clears uncomfortable for gaming. I would say that the Ducky is known to be a Mid-range mechanical.
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I was on newegg to find deals and I end up with this keyboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823839010
There is a video about it on youtube if you wanna take a look at it
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If you can find a CM storm, then I would recommend that. It has real good pricing and real good quality.
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