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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys,

I found the K90 several weeks ago and it's exactly what I need.

-Cherry MX Red Switches (this will be my first mech keyboard-red seems best fit for me)
-Media keys
-Usb/mic/headphones jacks
-Backlighting with different levels of brightness
-Macro keys (I do play mmo's so its there if I need them)
-6KRO I believe?
-Decent pricepoint
-CS I know I can trust

All in all it's a good keyboard, but if you are not aware, my gripe about this keyboard along with many other people is a simple design decision:
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It's silly that they consider this a 'feature' but I digress.

My question is, since I am no keyboard enthusiast, will I be able to buy individual switches and can I install them onto the rubber dome keys(obviously taking them off)? Is that possible to install the switches myself so I can make this keyboard fully mechanical?

This largely affects my decision so I'd just like to know if this is possible and not that difficult. Thanks biggrin.gif
post #2 of 15
honestly I wouldnt do it, but if you really need macros along with red switches it might be your only choice. It is going to feel weird typing on mech switches and then having to press a dome key...
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post #3 of 15
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What is even stranger is the production manager's reasoning:
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Because of the lightness and sensitivity of the Cherry Reds (which is fantastic for gaming, and much better than people think for typing) we wanted a different switch pressure for some of the other keys – especially the macro keys – so you don’t actuate them if your hand brushes over them. So we decided to use the Cherry MX key switches on all the keys except the top row (Escape through F12 plus PrntScn/Scrl Lock/Pause) and for the “six pack” (ins/Home/Page up/dn, Del, End) where we have tuned a silicon dome keyswitch strip with a slightly firmer spring rate and more damping – thought the electrical response (1ms) is the same. These keys are not used for double taps or movement keys, so we preferred a firmer, less twitchy feel on these non-typing keys. These are keys you want to hit once, and need to nail solidly every time.

On the K90, we also used a separate silicon dome keyswitch matrix for the macro “G” keys because it allows us to put these keys on a lower plane than the main typing keys – again, so you can find them by feel, and so you don’t hit them accidentally (Logitech’s G15/G510 users have complained about hitting G1 when they really wanted “Escape” – which can have dire consequences!). These keys have a fully programmable repeat rate/multiple in the macro software, so you won’t be using these for double-taps or triple-taps anyway.

This is the type of design innovation you get when gaming enthusiasts engineer a keyboard from scratch - without the restriction of using a mass-produced office keyboard as a starting point.
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Originally Posted by Ratjack View Post

honestly I wouldnt do it, but if you really need macros along with red switches it might be your only choice. It is going to feel weird typing on mech switches and then having to press a dome key...

I mean I don't need it no, and I will probably still get the K90 regardless, just in a couple years when I'm still using it maybe I would like to do it.. just wondering if it is possibly and not difficult.

I will be tapping my macro keys repetitively a lot, so I guess that may hinder me a little, so that really is my main reason that I want it. Other than that, I guess I could live with it.
post #5 of 15
that has to be the worst reasoning ever. I think they are just being cheap... dont get me wrong I love corsair and they have quality products but they really screwed up on this one. For their first entry into the keyboard market they messed up.... Lost alot of potential sales. and why would they include backlighting on the k90 and not the k60? ... its just dumb.


if you want macro keys and are ok with brown switches the new razer blackwidow ultimate is going to be available... although I do question razers quality, support and warranty.
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post #6 of 15
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I personally don't have any problems with Razer so it's in between getting that or the Corsair that's been on my mind too. I know Corsair will win with quality hands down though.

The browns and red's are about the same except the browns have more of a bump correct?


Edit, it seems like the Razer is on backorder till Christmas. Not selling it at retailers was a fail choice on Razer's end as well.
Edited by apav - 11/20/11 at 12:15am
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I personally don't have any problems with Razer so it's in between getting that or the Corsair that's been on my mind too. I know Corsair will win with quality hands down though.
The browns and red's are about the same except the browns have more of a bump correct?

yes the reds are liniear (no bump) they are a lighter black
browns are a light switch with a tactile bump

The browns are considered a middleground for typing and gaming and reds are more of a gaming switch. Although it seems a decent amount of people have no problem typing on reds.
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ratjack View Post

yes the reds are liniear (no bump) they are a lighter black
browns are a light switch with a tactile bump
The browns are considered a middleground for typing and gaming and reds are more of a gaming switch. Although it seems a decent amount of people have no problem typing on reds.

Yup, that's true for sure.
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Edit, it seems like the Razer is on backorder till Christmas. Not selling it at retailers was a fail choice on Razer's end as well.

that is not completely reliable, the standard edition said the same thing as far as a release date but then all of a sudden it is available. I would just keep on eye on the ultimate if that is what you want, because I have a feeling it will become available before then just like the standard edition.
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post #10 of 15
To answer the OP's question, no it isn't possible, because they aren't using a PCB for the rubber domes, to my knowledge, so there's nothing so solder a switch to.
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