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I'm used to type and work and game with this old compaq presario keyboard ( http://www.168pc.net/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/285x285/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/k/e/keyboard_compaq_kb-0133.jpg ), I think it's great, I love it, even for gaming, but I want something better now that I have some extra cash.

So I need a keyboard for gaming and working (lots of typing for school projects), that is durable, good quality, etc.

From the mainstream models, I've pretty much liked those :

Sidewinder x6
Logitech G110
Logitech G510
Razer Black Widow
Saitek Cyborg

I need suggestions, comments about those keyboards or other options (Btw, I like having a big backspace key, not those small tiny ones)

Thanks ina dvance
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post #2 of 17
might be slightly out of your 60-120 price range, but I'd recommend a das model s. If you are a student I'm pretty sure there is a way you can get 15% off too, which would put it into your price range.

http://www.daskeyboard.com/education-discount-program/

I think you have to contact them and they'll give you like 15% off
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Ty for input, but it's slightly off budget, I'm trying to get it around 100$, but if there is something very nice, I might go a bit higher. Buying from Canada fyi.
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I love my Black Widow. Blue switches are great for typing and once you get used to them they are also good for gaming.
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The only Problem with the Black Widow is I believe (don't quote me if i'm wrong) is it is 3KRO


I'd go to the store and try em. But remember to look at the KRO that you need, as well as other features you need.

We can try to help you as much as possible...
Do you like mech keyboards?Das, Ducky, blackwidow, but theres subtypes. If you are JUST gaming, Want a mixture of both, JUST typing, if you like the key to slightly push back up or not, how hard you want to press your keys... it goes on and on
Do you like VERY mushy keyboards? Saitek Eclipse ii
Do you like rubber dome keyboards with a bit more body? Logitech gaming keyboards
Do you like short key presses? Logitech Illuminated, Some of the Razer Boards,



etc...

Give us the specifics and we can help as much as possible, however, nothing will replace going in and actually trying them. Granted, that isn't always an option. There is nowhere that sold mech keyboards within 40 miles of where I live when I first bought mine. I read reviews, looked at different colors of mech keys and which one I thought would be best for me, and I semi-blindly bought it. I researched, but didn't get to try it. This is my favorite keyboard of all time, and I've purchased over a dozen.
IF YOU HAVE THE LUXURY OF TRYING THEM, DO IT! If not, this is the next best thing biggrin.gif
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To be honest, I tried that Razer Lycosa at bestbuy, and I didn't like it. It feels too much as a laptop keyboard. This keyoboard I have not, is quite loud, and you actually have to press down a bit harder, but it's smooth, it's not like you have to put lots of pressure, it's just you feel the key going down, this way I know Im pressing it. Also, I read some keyboards, the space has to be pressed in the center in order to be registered, that's a thing I wouldn't want.

I don't exactly know all the terms for keyboards, but basically, the keys I would like have to not be slim as a laptop such as the razer lycosa, but not too big either. The g110 looks very good infact, I'm just not sure between the sidewinder x6, the g110 and if the g510 is worth.

The sidewinder x6 is now a bit old, so I don't know how much it is worth, but if I get SW X6 or g110, I would have extra cash to put onto something else.
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To be honest, I tried that Razer Lycosa at bestbuy, and I didn't like it. It feels too much as a laptop keyboard. This keyoboard I have not, is quite loud, and you actually have to press down a bit harder, but it's smooth, it's not like you have to put lots of pressure, it's just you feel the key going down, this way I know Im pressing it. Also, I read some keyboards, the space has to be pressed in the center in order to be registered, that's a thing I wouldn't want.
I don't exactly know all the terms for keyboards, but basically, the keys I would like have to not be slim as a laptop such as the razer lycosa, but not too big either. The g110 looks very good infact, I'm just not sure between the sidewinder x6, the g110 and if the g510 is worth.
The sidewinder x6 is now a bit old, so I don't know how much it is worth, but if I get SW X6 or g110, I would have extra cash to put onto something else.

Yeah I have absolutely nothing wrong with something like a G110. OCN might say otherwise, that you have to have a mech keyboard, but I still think rubber domes are good as well. I do like my Das more than any other keyboard IVE used, but what is best for me probably isn't for you. Plus, you'd have more money to save/spend elsewhere. Does buying something like a Mech Keyboard now / down the road outweigh the benefits of buying something like a G110 and having an extra 40 bucks(or more, i think amazon has em for $67 and I believe they go onsale on newegg for less on occasion)? That's your call to make, We can only help you make informed decisions smile.gif

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So I need a keyboard for gaming and working (lots of typing for school projects), that is durable, good quality, etc.

I've had 2 g15's, the first one lasted me 6 years of HEAVY use ( I broke the spacebar, probably from abuse and 6 yrs of use lol), the other one like 2 of HEAVY use and its still going strong with occasional use. G110 is basically the same thing without the screen.

If you do get a mech keyboard, you sound like a candidate for a MX Brown switch, or MAYBE red/clear but Probably Brown. They are a good mix of gaming/work.
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If you do get a mech keyboard, you sound like a candidate for a MX Brown switch, or MAYBE red/clear but Probably Brown. They are a good mix of gaming/work.

any switch is good for gaming/work. it's all just preference.
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I just don't get the whole mech keyboards, I understood how they work, but I'm so used of heavy typed/fps/rpg playing on this OEM cheap keyboard that I find very good tbh, and it's cheap rubber push down keys.

Yeah, I saw the different types of keys, brown,red,blue, ill look into mech keyboards, so for mech keyboards, what is good? switch? razer's blackwidow (ultimate or not) ? else?
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post #10 of 17
Get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129002

The Cooler Master is compact, great for gaming and has blue switches, which are fun to game on. I have the black widow, but the keys just feel so flimsy. The Cooler Master is a re-branded Filco at half the price. It's pretty solid to type on and will be the best bang for your buck IMO.
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