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Hey everyone. I posted in a previous thread that I have a hole burning through my wallet and am looking to splurge a bit on a keyboard. So price isn't a serious matter.

I have had the keyboard in my sig rig for over 15 years, and it has served me well. I have never had problems typing on it and there are no bad keys or anything. It functions PERFECTLY, but it's time to move on and get something a little new.

I use my computer probably 13-18 hours a day. Easily. I do a lot of typing (yay for forums!) and play some games. Here is a list of what I play, in order of played most to played least:

EVE Online (a game centralized around mouse clicks and human interaction requiring a LOT of typing)
League of Legends (another game with lots of mouse clicks and more repetitive QWER keyclicks)
World of Tanks (a typical FPS-style game)
RPGs such as Skyrim
RTS such as Sins of a Solar Empire, Total Annihilation, Supreme Commander
FPS like Modern Warfare and Battlefield


I do a LOT of typing. Typing is a joy for me, and I read forums, post, type and talk with people. So, all that in mind, recommend me some keyboards!


IMPORTANT: I am neither here nor there about backlighting, but if backlighting is on a keyboard, being able to turn it off would be a nice function. biggrin.gif

Thanks!



At the very least, keyswitch color could be recommended.
Edited by Siigari - 2/8/12 at 5:20pm
     
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The way I see it, you have three options:

If price is no object and you don't mind taking a chance on a 300$ keyboard, then you should try out topre switches, which are generally considered to be an extremely good typing experience. Realforce keyboards feature a standard layout and can be purchased from Elite Keyboards.
Realforce 103UB for $265.

If that seems like a bit much for you, a standard mechanical keyboard with cherry switches is probably more in line. You have a couple options here, but i will recommend two. Filco keyboards typically have the highest quality ratings for mechanical keyboards with cherry switches. While it is extremely difficult to recommend a switch type because it is very subjective, you might consider trying blues, which give both audatory and tactile response upon key actuation. The second manufacturer option is Ducky, which would only be an option if you want backlit (you can turn it off).
Filco Majestouch-2 (Blue Switches) for $149.
Ducky DK-9008 Shine (Blue Switches, White LEDs) for $145.

The Filcos and Realforce are available in tenkeyless and there are other LED colors on the Ducky Shine if you want to look around, but I just give you some reputable vendors.
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post #3 of 18
if price isn't an issue, and you don't mind tenkeyless.

i'd get this:

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se0700

even though im a fan of blue switches, topre boards are a joy to type on.


or what jeff said, filco with blue switches.
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A ten-key is very important to me, because I do a lot of math. And I play EVE Online (Spreadsheets Online, as it is affectionately called.)

Please tell me more about Topre keyboards, and about what makes them so valuable/nice/expensive.
     
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Get a Leopold/Filco with blue switches.

Perfect for typing and great for gaming.

The thing about Topre keyboards is that they are top notch in terms of quality. The switch is a mix of a membrane plus a spring, its a true mechanical keyboard despite of using membrane parts (but those membranes are nothing like you ever tried), so its value is what they ask for them.

But, to be honest, I'd get an Unicomp Ultraclassic or Classic from http://www.pckeyboard.com/ with those Buckling Springs. I love to play whatever game you want (but StarCraft II, with this I prefer brown or blue switches because of my high apms).

Buckling Springs for me are "the" switch for typing, and also the build quality is top notch, you cant go wrong with an Unicomp keyboard. They are the old IBM Model M keyboards.
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I have the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate and personally I think this keyboard is great to type on. The back lighting looks amazing.(Also it can be dimmed or turned off easily) The only warning I will head is that it is a little noisy. It does not bother me, but I would not use it in areas where it is going to disturb others. This keyboard uses the Cherry MX Blue switches, which are normally recommended for typing. I have read reports of people saying the Blue switch has issues with double tapping. Personally I have not had any issue at all with that. If you decide you are interested in this keyboard and want to know more just let me know. I would be more than happy to answer any questions. Good luck with whatever keyboard you decide on! You won't regret going mechanical. Fair warning though...It will spoil you and everybody else's membrane keyboards will feel like crap lol. tongue.gif
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I'd suggest the cherry blue's if you say typing is a joy. try one of those out and you'll never want to use anything less ever again. for a specific model recomendation, I would say the daskeyboard. I have one and the quality is top notch. You will not regret it.
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Originally Posted by Mayor Winters View Post

Buckling Springs for me are "the" switch for typing, and also the build quality is top notch, you cant go wrong with an Unicomp keyboard. They are the old IBM Model M keyboards.
Same here smile.gif . In terms of build quality, I think it's one of the best ones out there, I'm using my Unicomp Customizer 102 everyday.
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hey, sorry for hijacking but i have a similar thread and got no responses - http://www.overclock.net/t/1217134/mech-kb-advice-mainly-qpad-mk-85

we have basically the same needs, so i hope you'll forgive me redface.gif :
money isn't an issue for me either, though ~150$ is a sweet spot.
i also type a lot (doing my S.J.D.), but gaming-wise it's only SP.

re the switches - i'd like to elaborate on the OP's question - if we type a lot, you guys would only recommend the blue switches? i'm saying that cause that's the only switch you've mentioned, but the guide here lists other switches as good for typing as well (and for example the QPAD MK-85 i've been looking at is all sold-out with the brown switches)
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All the cherry switches are good for typing. But the blue's are great for typing.
Brown's would be the second choice. They are usually marketed as a "silent" version of the blue's, if the noise is an issue for you. The downside to the brown's is that they don't provide as much feedback as the blue's.
The brown's are also the choice for anyone in the middle of the road between gaming and typing, who would not be ideally satisfied by either the blue's or the black's.

I've tried all three types, and the brown's are my personal choice. I love how the blue's feel and sound. But they're just not good enough for gaming for me. On the other side the black's provide no feedback at all, so they're great for gaming, but not ideal for just typing on.
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