Originally Posted by kschat
Whoa, I honestly didn't know there was so much information when it came to mechanical keyboards. Thank you for taking the time to write all this out and share this information with me, it's helping me quite a bit.
After reading everything about the different types of switches I think I would prefer MX Black, Brown or Red. My old keyboard was a really low end Logitech rubber dome keyboard that would require me to use a lot of force to get a response. Some keys also become almost entirely unresponsive (particularly the 'w' key due to playing a lot of FPS) which would result in my raging like a champion. Based on this I fell that the MX Brown or Red would be best since it requires less force but I will consider the Black if I have to.
I took a look at the K90 and it does contain a lot of features that I am looking for (The main features I really want are macro keys, a backlight and mechanical keys) but I find it a bit...ugly haha. BTW I also have a $50 gift card for Newegg along with a decent amount of cash so Amazon isn't only place I can shop, just a preference due to the amount of giftcards I have for it. If I have to buy a keyboard from Newegg I'll just buy a mouse and/or headset from Amazon.
No worries, I'm glad I could help
My first mechanical keyboard was a steelseries 7G with MX Black switches. I loved it and was blown away by the build quality of the keyboard. Unfortunately, one of the switches broke and I had to RMA it. While I was waiting for the RMA to go through, I bought a Rosewill RK-9000RE with Red switches and loved it so much, then when I got my replacement 7G, I just sold it on Amazon. I personally have never tried MX Browns, but I hear they are not as good for gaming as Blacks/Reds. I have used MX Blues for gaming, and I didn't like it (I actually did not really like the blues for typing either, lol).
Anyway, my point is that I still believe the MX Red switches are best. As far as keyboards with Macro keys are concerned, you are quite limited to what you can buy since mechanical keyboards have usually been for simply typing or POS, gaming is a very recent addition to the mechanical world, so not many manufacturers actually make a gaming mechanical keyboard.
Razer is the most popular, but I have already gone over their keyboards (good luck trying to find a Stealth edition with MX Browns if you try to get one of those; they are hard to find), and if you don't like the look of the Corsair that's fine and I understand (I don't like the way they look either). Another option you have for a mechanical w/macros is the AZIO Levetron Mech4
, but it uses MX Black switches and I think it is rather ugly as well, lol. However, off the top of my head, I don't know of any other mechanical keyboard that has macro keys other than ones made by Cherry, but those are POS keyboards and cost upwards of $300. The Mionix Zibal 60 has a backlight, but I have heard stories of the backlighting being horrible and the build-quality is just down right embarrasing.
Your best bet then would be to buy a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth. Although they are extremely hard to find, you might get lucky