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So I've been looking at all kinds of mechanical keyboards over the last 2 months or so, just drooling over them and the time has come to make a decision. One problem though; even after at least a month and a half of searching, I still cannot decide on what keyboard to go for, or the switch type. I know what I do and don't want in the keyboard however (I apologise in advance for all the lists/ formal layout, just this is the best way I can say what I want):

What I need:
-Cherry MX browns or reds
-Actual letters on the keycaps, not any blank keycap stuff
-A reasonable quality board (I know it's my first but I like to own quality things)

What I would really really like:
-Backlit keys
-PS/2 adapter (using a laptop now, but I plan to upgrade to a desktop soon, so I will have a PS/2 slot there)

What I would like as a bonus:
-3.5mm mic/ headphone port
-USB 2.0 ports
-Braided cable
-Macro and/or media keys

What I DO NOT want:
-Razer blackwidow


I have a list of keyboards to choose from, and I really cannot decide, although some I do like more than others. Here they are:

-Ducky DK9008S (shine) with blue/ green/ white LEDs
-Ducky DK9008G2 (brown or red switches)
-Leopold FC500R (red or brown, although I can't find anyone who sells these with browns anywhere)
-Leopold FC700R (when it comes out)
-Filco Majestouch 2/ multicam (brown or red switches)
-Zowie Celeritas
-WASD keyboard
-Das Keyboard model S Professional Silent
-Some others which I can't remember right now.


Again, I apologise for the formal layout and the lengthy post, but I am trying to get as much info across as possible and this is the neatest way I can lay it out. Now as for the keyboard, I don't mind if it's tenkeyless, although I've never had a TKL before. Any suggestions of other keyboards or if one of the above should be excluded? In the end I'm going to decide myself, but I want to know as much about these keyboards as I can before I invest well over $100 on a keyboard. Also, if anyone has any comparisons of any of the above boards from their experience or what they've read (build quality, comfort etc), could you let me know?
post #2 of 14
Ducky Shine. It has good build quality, and nice LEDs. I prefer white LEDs, tho thats my preference.

Though I am not a fan of their duck logo on the spacebar on some of those Ducky Shines.
    
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Anyone got any advice?
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Corsair K90 aswell, I picked one up a couple of weeks ago and love it.

Good
-Cherry reds
-Great palm rest (so comfy)
-18 Macro keys
-Looks great, especially in the dark with blue backlights.
-20 key rollover (makes the usb input superfluous unless you run alot of devices through your usb controller)

Bad
-Not all keys are mechanical. The macro keys, F keys and a couple of others are just rubber domes.
-No audio connectors.
-USB standard, Although i do believe it comes with a ps2 adapter

I cant make comparisons with other mechanical keyboards since this is my first but its definetely won me over.
    
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I would strongly advise you to go with TKL. The smaller board allows for a much better ergonomic positioning as the keyboard is more easily centered. For my first mech board I went with a full sized Filco Majestouch and ended up dumping it for the much more compact Noppoo Choc Mini.

You might want to add the Mionix Zibal 60 to your list for consideration. It has most of what you want. Braided cable, macro keys, USB and headphone ports, and backlight. Unfortunately it only comes with black switches and is rather pricey.

I do think you should make do without dedicated macro keys however. You can use Autohotkey to do your key bindings if you really need macros. Also macro keys are often only found on those dedicated gaming boards which I find really unnecessarily blinged and hyped up. I would recommend you go with the Duck Shine or Deck keyboards for backlight. biggrin.gif

If not, Leopold is a really worthy alternative. Great quality no nonsense board.
    
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Originally Posted by Penguana View Post

What I DO NOT want:
-Razer blackwidow
Well I think that's pretty obvious from the what I need section where you said that you were wanting red or brown switches since the black widow has blue...
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Well I think that's pretty obvious from the what I need section where you said that you were wanting red or brown switches since the black widow has blue...

There is the version with brown switches, and it just seems no matter where I go everyone has/ will end up suggesting a blackwidow.
post #8 of 14
At this point all I see from this is two options for you, ducky shine or corsair k90. Both are great keyboards but I will go with the ducky shine from the latter. Better build quality I think and comes from a manufacturer that has been at this business for years. Corsair just started making mechanical keyboards. thumb.gif
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Any other suggestions/ advice? Don't want a K90 btw they're not fully mechanical.
post #10 of 14
Ducky shine. I got Ducky DK9008S with brown switches and white LEDs. It's absolutely amazing to type on. Only slightly negative thing that I can say about it is that it's pretty heavy but that's because it's well built and sturdy.
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