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post #11 of 21
I think that the Ducky Shining with MX Browns is the way to go to be honest - it seems to be exactly what you need:

- Good tactile feedback
- Quieter than MX Blues
- Nothing in the bottom left but the CTRL key
- Wired
- No huge drivers needed
- Normal layout of arrows and home, end etc.
- Works perfectly over USB (bar one thing - the repeat rate controls in the top right)
- White backlit
- Full keypad
- Feet to adjust angle
- Can hold CTRL + Shift + Space
- Bottom left row: CTRL, Windows, Alt
- Media controls using the Fn key
- In $100-$150 budget

Apart from that it's just a well built keyboard with good switches and a few extra features, whilst still keeping a simple black design.
post #12 of 21
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I picked up the black widow as an interim keyboard and will return it once I make my final decision (Best Buy rentals are great). I'm going to have to get used to typing on mechanical again.

One more question - are the browns the same tactile feedback as the blues and just quieter, or are they softer/less feedback? Or what?
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post #13 of 21
They feel a lot different. The blues feel awkward if you press it slow with thin keycaps and focus on the feel of the switch, especially the way back up. The browns have a less tactile feel to them as well. You can see the difference here where the blue has an extra piece.
Edited by magna224 - 3/14/12 at 11:31pm
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post #14 of 21
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Anybody know a retail store I could pick up a keyboard with browns or clear switches? I don't like how loud the Blues are, but I'm hesitant to get softer or firmer switches - I just need quiet, LOL.

I'd rather not have to mess around with return shipping if I don't like the keyboard, but I won't be keeping whatever one I buy from a store - it's just a loaner to find the right mech switch for me.
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post #15 of 21
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Anybody know a retail store I could pick up a keyboard with browns or clear switches? I don't like how loud the Blues are, but I'm hesitant to get softer or firmer switches - I just need quiet, LOL.

I'd rather not have to mess around with return shipping if I don't like the keyboard, but I won't be keeping whatever one I buy from a store - it's just a loaner to find the right mech switch for me.
I don't know where you'd actually have to go to find one, but probably the most likely keyboard with Brown switches to be found in a retail store is the DAS Model S Professional Silent.
post #16 of 21
Can't really post a link as I'm at work, but go look up the Microsoft Sidwinder x4. Has a lot of what you're looking for ~$50. The one thing that comes to mind it might not have is the Ctrl key being the absolute most bottom left key. Can't quite remember.
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post #17 of 21
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All I was able to find locally is: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375415

But I'll have to call them and ask what switches it actually uses before I'll make the 40 minute drive to get it.
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I really like my SteelSeries 6G.
   
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CTRLurself View Post

All I was able to find locally is: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375415

But I'll have to call them and ask what switches it actually uses before I'll make the 40 minute drive to get it.
It uses blues or reds.
post #20 of 21
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It uses blues or reds.

Seriously? I saw "CHERRY MX Black, Brown, or Blue switches will be available based on region." in the description and was so hopeful of having found some browns in a retail store mad.gif
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