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Hey,

I have never used a mechanical keyboard and I doubt there is anywhere around where I live that has test models on display so I ask you OCN for some help. I think Cherry Brown would be the type I want after reading up a bit, so I am thinking of either the Das Keyboard Silent or the Filco Majestouch 2.

Any opinions between the two (I assume the Filco is better but I dont know much on the subject).

And please add any other information you think I should consider (or other keyboards).

Thanks.
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post #2 of 13
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Hey,
I have never used a mechanical keyboard and I doubt there is anywhere around where I live that has test models on display so I ask you OCN for some help. I think Cherry Brown would be the type I want after reading up a bit, so I am thinking of either the Das Keyboard Silent or the Filco Majestouch 2.
Any opinions between the two (I assume the Filco is better but I dont know much on the subject).
And please add any other information you think I should consider (or other keyboards).
Thanks.

Sup Whiskerz. I currently have a das with mx blue switches and i couldnt be happier with it. In my opinion, quality wise, a Filco isnt worth the extra money. Das and Filcos both have very sturdy and solid build quality, and you wont be dissapointed either way. I got my das with a student discount so it was 100 dollars after tax and shipping which was pretty sweet. The ONLY con i have with my das is that its a black matte finish, which means it attracts finger prints and dust really easily, however i knew this before i bought, and das has politely included a small black micro fiber cloth which makes the board easy to clean thumb.gif

As far as filco goes, i have never really had any personal experience with one, but i know many an Overclocker who have and not one of them is disappoint. Cant go wrong with Filco. but like i said, the das will be just as good for cheaper.

Another site that you might want to check out is wasdkeyboards.com
they are newer in the market, but still make some really nice quality boards that rival that of filco and das. They offer loads of customization options for the keycaps which is really cool to see. AND, they dont come with that pesky black matte finish, so no fingerprints!!tongue.gif I have 2 real life friends who just recently ordered boards from these guys, and they both love them. I got a chance to try one out this week and it is great. I personally have ordered a set of custom keycaps for my das which i have put on and they are great.

If it was between das, wasd, and filco and i was buying a new board, i would go wasd purely because of the customization, good price point, and the fact that it isnt a black matte finish, however, at the end of the day it is up to you. you cannot go wrong with any of the 3 brands i have discussed here.

below is a pic of my das with custom keycaps from wasdkeyboards.com My Keyboard (Click to show)
selME.jpg

Good luck mate! post back with any more questions and i will answer! cheers.gif
post #3 of 13
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Wow, thanks for your input. WASD keyboards seems pretty damn cool and I think that I will choose them. (Though I will wait for others to input, better to be safe than sorry)

Do you play games on your MX Blue Switches, if so how do you find it?

+REP
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post #4 of 13
I've got a Razer Lycosa and it is backlit, does the WASD mode, and can do a bunch of functions too. I've seen some keyboards that have individual backlit keys you can alter colors on them. Post pics of whatever you end up going with.
post #5 of 13
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I don't need any additional functions, I currently have a Logitech G110 and I don't use anything but the normal keys (whereas I have a lot more options available). Don't need a back-light either. Thanks for your input though, +REP.

Having trouble adding WASD Keyboards to my cart (says its added but isn't there). Not committed yet, i just wanna see the shipping costs and whatnot.
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post #6 of 13
Ducky Shine w/blue Back lighting totally adjustable and brown cherry switches heres a link that shows pics , read up maybe ya like maybe not , i love mine !
http://www.overclock.net/t/1067887/ducky-shine-info/1090
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post #7 of 13
i had the lycosa and didnt know what i would like for switches. I choose the tt meka g1 keyboard with normal sized enter key. I would say probably the browns would be good for u to start with. I went from my lycosa to the meka g1 and it has blacks which u can feel the resistance when u push them but when u get used to it it doesnt feel like you have to push the key as far down as the rubber dome.

If I would have been buying from anywhere I probably would have gotten the browns. Though I dont mind typing on my blacks.
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post #8 of 13
I also own a Das keyboard with the mx blues and i absolutely love it. Typing is a joy on it and it works just fine for gaming. If you're coming straight from a standard keyboard, you might be surprised at how little force you need to actuate the keys. Student discount and the two usb ports on the side are a huge plus wink.gif its also very sturdy

Also i would also note that the body of the Das keyboards are glossy. This is a turnoff to some people, but i dont mind it.

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post #9 of 13
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Thanks for all your input guys. I have pretty much decided on the WASD Keyboard after reading around though.

I am having trouble logging into their website or adding anything to my cart though, emailed them and waiting on reply. Anyone else having trouble?
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post #10 of 13
Great choice with the WASD. I was messing around a bit on the site yesterday and got a couple errors. The owner said on another site that they were updating the customizer. Not sure if that has something to do with it.

They have their own sub forum on geekhack where you can speak directly with them.
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