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Hey, I need some help choosing a mechanical keyboard to purchase. I am limited to purchasing one under 150 dollars from Amazon.ca. Looking at the selection they have on Amazon.ca I have narrowed down my choices to the Steelseries 7G and the Corsair K90. The difference in the switches doesn't really matter to me, but I am worried about stuff such as construction, the rubber dome keys on the K90, the weight and the wrist rest. Could anyone who has either used both, or is more experienced in the world of mechanical keyboards give me some advice on which I should purchase?
post #2 of 10
Need more info.

-Do you care about backlighting?
-Is this mostly for gaming?
-Macro keys? Media keys?
-Is your $150 budget before shipping or after?

If your budget is 150 before shipping, and you want a backlit keyboard with media keys, your best bet is probably a Ducky Shining from Tiger Imports (they ship to Canada):

http://tigerimports.net/sunshop/index.php?l=product_list&c=117
Edited by Elvandar - 1/4/12 at 3:21pm
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I find these to be nice keyboards, and you can customize them as well!
http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/custom-designer/
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You have to so some research ourself for deciding. You say "doesn't really matter to me" for mech keyboard like saying i want a sports car but dont care about hp. Is it for gaming?
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I got my first mechanical keyboard recently from elitekeyboards.com. All of the keyboards there are nice and for a variety of prices.
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i typed on the siig mechanical keyboard at frys and fell in love immediately. the switches are even nicer than blues. maybe check that out if you dont want any bells and whistles
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post #8 of 10
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Hm, I haven't thought about a lot of those issues.

I don't need backlighting on my current keyboard, so having it on the one I am buying would only be an added bonus.

It would be mostly for gaming.

Macro keys aren't important, but having a volume adjustment button is really convenient.

My budget is 150 after shipping, but going a few dollars over isn't going to be an issue. I just wanted to order from Amazon.ca because it is easier for me.

Zealot, I said that because from what I understand the red and black switches only differ in their actuation force.
Edited by Catsoup - 1/4/12 at 3:52pm
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Skoobs View Post

i typed on the siig mechanical keyboard at frys and fell in love immediately. the switches are even nicer than blues. maybe check that out if you dont want any bells and whistles

Hmm a fellow ALPS lover, thats odd.
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I am an owner of a Corsair K90 and so far the keyboard has been great.

The MX Red switches are great for gaming but typing on them fast and accurately will take some time.

The build quality is great, I love the brushed aluminum.

All of the keys aren't mechanical but I knew that before I bought it so I don't really care.

The wrist rest is really nice, it is coated with comfortable rubber.


I wrote a review on the keyboard, it can be found in the reviews section under keyboards.
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