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I hear a lot about them on OCN and a particular one caught my eye.

This Deck with white backlighting looks awesome.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=53_85_233&products_id=26846


I currently use a G15 and it just feels cheap. Where can I go to actually test a mechanical keyboard out?
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Frys or Microcenter or maybe a library or a school
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You may be able to find a Black Widow in a best buy or something like that. Maybe Fry's or Microcenter? But I don't live in the US so I don't know what they have...
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Yeah, unfortunately I do not have either of those near me. I do have a best buy though. Hmmmmmm.....
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Best Buy probably has black widows you can try out. Other than that, I dunno.
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Not too many retail stores carry "good" mechanical keyboards. As the others have said, you can try and see if Best Buy carries BW's, but that's probably the best you're going to get. As far as the library or school recommendations go, I know most if not all of the libraries and schools near me have switched to Dell SK-8115 model keyboards, and no longer use old mechanical keyboards.
Edited by pjBSOD - 12/14/11 at 2:04pm
post #7 of 17
Yep the only one I've ever seen in a store was a Black Widow at a Microcenter, other than that you're going to have to just go off what you think you'd like best (switch type).
The mechanical keyboard guide here will give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect from the the different switch types and you'll have to judge which would suit you best.

As for trying them out, some of the better ways is to look for good deals on used ones to try/keep/flip/resell (they have good resale so you won't lose much to try it.
Other than that there are a few manufacturers like Deck and Das who have a very good return policy (30-days hassle-free).

Hope that helps smile.gif
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Usually I just go ahead and look up the keyboard on YouTube and look for videos of people typing on it, that way I can at least hear what the switches sound like. The sound of a switch is important to me, so that more or less greatly impacts my decision as to buying it smile.gif
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If you are just trying to get a feel for the switches it doesn't matter if it is "good" or a "bad" mechanical keyboard. You are trying the switches out not the finish on the keyboard and that really does not vary between different brands as much as people want you to believe. Moreover, any mechanical keyboard, no matter how "bad" is going to be better than your rubber dome in terms of build quality.

NB. I don't think the Blackwidow is a poor quality board by any stretch of the imagination. It may have had some small QA issues but those will be evident as soon as you take it home. Moreover, I think Razer's fairly cheap quality construction on many of its mice has been applied in people's minds to the keyboards. At the end of the day Razer isn't an OEM and mechanical keyboards have a few things that do not really change between OEMS (Cherry MX switches, most are plate mounted, height of keys etc).
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I hear a lot about them on OCN and a particular one caught my eye.
This Deck with white backlighting looks awesome.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=53_85_233&products_id=26846
I currently use a G15 and it just feels cheap. Where can I go to actually test a mechanical keyboard out?

Go over to Geekhack and register there. There's a Cherry Switch Tester that's been passing around from one city to another (I believe Florida is coming up soon). This way, you get to try every Cherry MX switches all in one place plus they might even have a get-together so you get to try, ask question, buy, etc. Good luck and here's the link to that thread:

http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?23914-Cherry-Switch-Tester-Holiday-Tour-2011!
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