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I've been looking at a lot of keyboards, and I can't really decide what I want. Some of the most highly recommended keyboards don't meet my needs (lacking media buttons, have the big enter/small shift thing I hate). Right now the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is the keyboard that best fits what I want, but from what I read in older posts on this board, many of you call its reliability into question. I'm still rolling with an OG Logitech G15 that I got almost 7 years ago -- clearly time for a replacement.

My requirements:
  1. Must have a dedicated volume control and mute button! This is very important!
  2. Mechanical keys, preferably ones that click softly
  3. None of that big enter key and small right shift key nonsense like the SteelSeries keyboards have. Sorry if that offends you, but I can't tolerate that layout, it looks horribly ugly and is uncomfortable to use
  4. Reliable
  5. Wired

Things that would be nice to have, but I would not miss if it doesn't:
  1. Backlit keys with adjustable color.
  2. Keys that aren't printed on top. If letters wear out, I will throw the keyboard right in the garbage.
  3. Windows Key disable toggle (ie Game Mode)
  4. LCD screen
  5. Matte finish (I don't like glossy)
  6. No macro buttons! My G15 has 18 macro keys and they're ugly and get in the way. I've lived with them for far too long.

Things that don't carry any weight in my decision making process:
  1. USB and headphone jacks
  2. Rubber coated keys


Any ideas? SteelSeries is not an option due to their layout. Das Keyboard Model S would have been a near perfect keyboard had it been designed with a volume and mute control.
Edited by TauCephei - 1/23/12 at 6:01pm
post #2 of 10
Check out WASD Keyboard. You can customize your keyboard's layout, keycaps color, and just about anything else you can think of.

You can also pick what kind of switches you like. (blue, Brown, Black, Red,) the blues and Browns are the ones that clicks and the blacks and the reds are the ones that dont.

I highly recommend you to check them out:

If you live in the US. you can probably get them around $150 shipped.

If you have any questions about them, feel free to PM me.
post #3 of 10
Coolermaster is coming out with there new Storm Trigger Mech keyboard. It does have a single column of Macro keys. Red backlit using Cherry brown switches.
Not sure if its etched or printed?
Maybe other who knows more will come up with an better choice.

Take a look.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRf1u4wcKzg
    
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post #4 of 10
You might want to visit the Mechanical Keyboard guide here at OCN or at GeekHack. They helped me make my decision and I ended up with a KBT Race with Brown switches.


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post #5 of 10
Corsair k60/90 whichever the fps one is.

No keyboard is coming with etched keys other than wasd. Luckily you can buy a set. But thanks to corsair's stupid decision of not making a full mech board you won't be able to change all of them.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I really appreciate the suggestions. But none of these have dedicated mute and volume buttons... this is REALLY important to me.
post #7 of 10
your not going to get everything you want on a keyboard. Not on a mech one. Regular dome type yes.
So you might have to change what you want.
    
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post #8 of 10
Ducky DK-9008 Shine meets most if not all those requirements look up the specs.

http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/review-ducky-dk-9008-shine-mechanical-keyboard-glow-dark-duck
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3 View Post

your not going to get everything you want on a keyboard. Not on a mech one. Regular dome type yes.
So you might have to change what you want.

Okay, then I modify my requirements to only be these three things:

1. Must have dedicated volume control and mute button (absolute must have!)

2. Mechanical keyboard

3. No big enter key / small right shift key


Why is it so hard to find a mechanical keyboard with a volume dial and a mute button? Nearly every rubber membrane keyboard has them...

Is there a separate USB volume control device I can get? That would fit the bill and I wouldn't mind it at all.
Edited by TauCephei - 1/23/12 at 6:05pm
post #10 of 10
http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Technology-NA16029-Multimedia-Controller/dp/B003VWU2WA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327370894&sr=8-1

i use this to control the volume. has other functions also and can have dedicated functions for individual programs.
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Why is it so hard to find a mechanical keyboard with a volume dial and a mute button? Nearly every rubber membrane keyboard has them...

most of the time RD keyboards need a gimmick to sell.

mech boards are more of a niche market geared towards people that care more about the typing experience than whatever else the keyboard brings.
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