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6gv2 Black vs Ducky Shine vs Filco Majestouch 2-Which is the better Keyboard?

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  • 54% (18)
    Ducky Shine
  • 15% (5)
    Steelseries 6gv2
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post #1 of 25
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I am looking for a mech keyboard and am looking at MX Blacks.

What I am looking for in the keyboard is:

Extreme durability
No need for those macros/LCD screens mumbo jumbo
A clean professional look
Volume controls
Backlight isnt necessary but its a bonus, I used keyboards long enough to not need to look at it.

Here are my questions:
The Ducky Shine I can get it for about S$20 less than the 6gv2.

Is the Ducky Shine's build quality as good as the 6gv2?
Are the MX Blacks that stiff to type on? Stiffer than the rubber domes on my Microsoft X6?
Which 1 would you choose?


UPDATE: I decided to add in the Filco 2 as well, and they seem to be very well-regarded too. All I really look for in the new keyboard is plain, professional looks and superior build quality, quality I can actually feel.
Edited by sloppyjoe123 - 11/8/11 at 5:30am
    
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post #2 of 25
I never tried one of those keyboard but from what I read a lot of people is looking forward for the Ducky Shine. The Steelseries 6gv2 is a nice mechanical keyboard that do its job well but have nothing special to offer except a good price which doesn't seem to happen in Singapore.
The MX black should be a little stiffer than rubber domes and I wouldn't recommend them if you type a lot after your have done with gaming. Anyway remember that switch feeling is something that goes with personal taste and maybe you would love to type on black.

I would go for the Shine since you can get it for a great price and have the backlight bonus.
post #3 of 25
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Hmm, my priority would be this tbh in decreasing order:

Build quality, professional looks, backlighting.
Backlighting really is neglectable as I can just use the light off my monitors to type, if I have to.

Yea, have to admit the Steelseries boards are quite a bit more expensive, but is the superior build quality justifiable? I quite like the very clean professional looks as well.

Trying to make my desk look as "executive tongue.gif" as possible lol. With my Bose COmpanions, my M50s, my Asus Transformer, my PX2370, only my HAF-X and the Microsoft X6 is spoiling everything.
    
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post #5 of 25
Out of those 2 I would go for the Ducky for 3 reasons. First, the 6GV2 has one of those stupid big enter keys, and that drives me crazy. Second, I've owned a Ducky and it was a solid keyboard, I don't know anyone that owns a Steel Series keyboard, so I don't know what the quality is like first hand. And third, with the Shine you can pick between different switch types, I don't like MX Blacks, so I wouldn't want the 6GV2 solely based on that.
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post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15602602 
I quite like the very clean professional looks as well.

Amen! smile.gif
I am going for the same look at home. smile.gif Thats why I bought the 6gv2.

1) The 6gv2 is quite heavy since it has a metal base plate, which just reinforces the quality feel. I dont know how you feel about height adjustments, I personnaly dont like them, makes keyboards feel cheap and "plasticky" and the ducky shine has them, but not the 6gv2.

2) They aren't THAT stiff. Since my gf uses it without complaining, so they can't be. Dunno compared to x6. You get a nice and smooth linear actuation though.

3) Isn't the ducky shine much more expensive than the 6gv2?
I don't know too much about the ducky shine, but since we both like clean and minimalistic looks, I'd say go for the 6gv2. cool.gif
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post #7 of 25
The Shine does have a clean look, it's a very standard looking keyboard just with backlit keys as an addition.
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Hmm, now Imma looking at the Filco Tenkeyless as well. I prefer the blacks as listening to this video...

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYK03ltDcqM&feature=player_embedded[/ame]

They seem to be the most quietest. And I am by no means a weak typer. And being a CADer, 70% of the times I will be typing probably 1 letter or 2 for hotkeys. and the other 10% I would be typing essays and the last 20% I would be doing gaming on BFBC2, TF2, BF3. The other games, I would be using my trusty Xbox controller to play on: Skyrim, Fifa, Mass Effect, Dead Space.

Looking at a Ducky Shine unit online, I noticed that they have a red background under the keys? Is that true? Cos that might be a deal breaker as it would seem as out-of-place as my X6.

Thx for the opinions. I am now in the middle for both keyboards, swaying here and there frown.gif decisions...decisions...

Not sure if the Enter key will be a problem for me, as like I said, I used Autocad a LOT, architecture student, and the keys I probably press the most are Spacebar (repeat last action) & Enter (eslf-explanatory) so the big enter key might be a good thing, but the slimmer Enter key on my X6, never seemed to cause any problems tbh.
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post #9 of 25
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Decided to include the Filco Majestouch into the mix.

I would also like some opinions on the ideal switch I should be using.

I like my keys to be on the quieter side of things, and actually have some weight to them. I am by no means a weak typer. As I type quite heavily on my X6. And have no problems with it. I have tried pressing onto the MX Blue keys on the Black Widow, and found them quite addictive to press and the weight seems perfect, albeit them being a bit noisy.

May I know the difference between the MX Blues and the MX Blacks? I know the MX Black has no click and is heavier. What does the terms "lack of tactile feedback" mean? and by how much heavier is the MX Black heavier by?
Edited by sloppyjoe123 - 11/8/11 at 5:37am
    
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post #10 of 25
I believe it's 45 to 55g of difference.

And yes you will feel the huge difference between blue and black.

As you know, blue gives you that audible click that lets you know you've activated the switch. Not happening with blacks. I really disliked the mushy feel of black switches.
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