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post #1 of 23
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I would like to buy my first mechanical keyboard. I have owned logitech G series keyboards and a razer lycosa.
My razer was the latest and just failed after suffering a full beverage dumping into it.
I use my computer mostly for gaming and would like the keyboard to be primarily for that purpose.
I have 0 experience with mechanical keyboards and key preference.
I dont care to drive around and sample them.
Since offerings,prices,and quality are always changing.
I was hoping to get opinions for purchase.


Thanks
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post #2 of 23
I love my ducky 1087. It has Cheery blacks which are supposed to be best for gaming. I got my from Taiwan for $85. There are instructions on Geekhack forums on how to order.
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post #3 of 23
Switch type is really preference, so you will get a lot of opinions on this. Personally, I don't like MX Black(too heavy and have a spongy feeling) or MX Blues(way to much tactility)/ My favorites are MX Reds, followed by MX Browns.

What features are you looking for? Media keys, backlit, tenkeyless, etc.
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post #4 of 23
My advice is go more high-end/expensive/quality built so you won't waste more money replacing it down the road. That's why i picked up a Deck Legend Ice a couple months ago. Outstanding keyboard in every way for typing and for gaming. Beautiful LEDs, high quality build, and just compliments my whole setup very nicely. I would recommend you give them a try and see how you like them.

Also there are plenty of people here with reviews on them and pictures. Check them out. The pictures on their website do not nearly do the board justice. It looks so much better in person!
post #5 of 23
I'm sorry to hear about your Lycosa! But seriously, that is good riddance and I think you'll be very pleased with whatever mechanical board you decide on in the end. biggrin.gif

Do you have any budget in mind? Would you like a full board with a numpad or a tenkeyless one without a numpad?

People generally choose brown or black switches for gaming.. Personally I use black for both gaming and typing. I have a Noppoo Choc Mini with black switches, it's a very compact board but if you would like something larger there are a range of brands to choose from. Filco, Leopold, Das, Deck just to name a few. Do you want a board with backlighting? That will help to narrow down the choices some.
    
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post #6 of 23
MX Browns are the easiest to get into. Blacks are great for FPS gaming, not exactly ideal for anything else. Blues are ideal for typing, not exactly ideal for anything else. Reds are very light which are great for experienced typers who wanna get from one key to another quickly. Browns are in the middle for gaming and typing.

I am using the Filco Ninja Browns, coming from a Microsoft X6, absolutely no regrets there.

Brands you wanna look for are: Rosewill, Ducky, Filco, Leopald, Noppoo, Das from all the user experiences I could gather from other users.
    
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post #7 of 23
Also look at http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/

You can customize things like switch type, wasd cluster color, key colors, etc. For $120.
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post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
lots of information thanks.

I wouldn,t mind ten keyless
No preference on back lighting
Mostly play fps

Thanks for the advice so far read the sticky reading about the different suggestions.
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post #9 of 23
MX Browns imo. They're an excellent middle point.

As for keyboards, I have zero complaints about my Das, but you can't really go wrong with any mechanical keyboard.
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post #10 of 23
As everyone else said, switch type is mostly preference. I have blue and brown keyboards, of which I like the browns better for FPS games. It's not that the blues dont work well, its just that the browns feel more comfortable. If you are planning on getting a TKL, I highly recommend a Filco, and if they are too expensive, you cant go wrong with a Leopold.
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