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Help Me Pick a Mechanical Keyboard, if you would!

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Hi all,

It was actually in hunting down keyboard data that I found this site, so this is also my hello post. Hello!

That said, here's the deal. I've got a Logitech G15 (First Gen). To say I've been hammering on it for a very long time would be an understatement.

Truth be told, there's actually a lot I like about it, from typing feel to key layout. However, it's pretty much given up the ghost and needs to be replaced. Thing is, a lot has changed since I bought this thing, and I no longer care about macro keys. I want something nice to type on. And while I'd love an LCD, none of Logitech's current offerings seem to be as good as the first gen G15s. Frankly, I'm willing to lose the LCD for a better typing experience, and a longer lasting keyboard.

Tentatively, after reading the guides and comments here, I'm looking at a Ducky DK9008S. However, there are a few quirks about it that have me feeling unsure that it's the right keyboard for me:

1) The media keys seem to be twitchy when using Foobar2000, and elsewhere I've seen mixed results with even the more standard iTunes. Is this the case?
2) The volatile storage of LED settings seems a little irksome. It's not the end of the world, but if there's a keyboard out there that meets my needs and doesn't forget LED settings on power-off, that would be good to know.

So, what am I looking for? Well, here goes:

-Must Haves-

1) A durable mechanical keyboard.
2) Full Size Keyboard, with insert/page up block in two (rather than three) rows, and numberpad.
3) US-104 Layout (backslash above enter)
4) Clicky Keys. I'm not much of a gamer anymore, so I'd rather have typing feedback. Cherry MX Blue's seem to be the ticket, but I'm not married to them.
5) Media Controls that work with Foobar2000 and iTunes, even when they're running in the background.
6) USB in addition to or instead of PS/2 interface.

-Really Nice, but willing to compromise-

1) Illuminated Keys
2) PBT Keys
3) Windows Key Disable
4) Double Shot injection Molding

-Don't Care About-

1) Rollover
2) Stereo Jacks/Hubs/Etc

-Don't Want-

1) Macro Keys

Your advice and input would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance! smile.gif
Edited by GuyOrange - 3/20/12 at 3:22pm
post #2 of 17
Get the Steelseries 7g, or the 6gv2 if you want to save money. Very durable keyboards, fulfill what you require (bar illumination.) It also has a ps/2 interface, however this can be fixed with a usb adapter. I'd like to note that ps/2 transfer is actually quicker than usb, i.e. the keyboard will be more responsive. I've had my 7g for a while and its an absolute monster, its so incredibly lovely to type on. I write short stories, so trust me when I say this, I do a lot of typing.
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Rosewill rk-9000, Leopold, or customize your own on WASD keyboards
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Thread Starter 
-Both of the Steelseries looked very promising, until I noticed the enter key size and shape. Unfortunately, that'd drive me mad.

-Rosewill RK-9000, Leopold Fullsize and WASD: Unless I'm missing something, none of these have media controls (via an FN button or independent.) That's really a must have for me :/

-iOne Xarmor U9BL: Looks promising: Illuminated, Cherry MX Blues, Media Keys. But out of production.

-The Ducky Shine seems perfect, except of the reports that I've read about the media keys not working properly with Foobar2000. Anyone have any updates on this?

Thanks all smile.gif
post #5 of 17
I thought the same about the enter key when i first saw it, but it really hasn't bothered me at all tongue.gif I'll admit a mech keyboard takes a day or three to get used to due to the difference in swithches, however once you have they are both really nice keyboards indeed. Don't be too picky ;D
post #6 of 17
I just picked up the Steelseries 6GV2 for myself a couple weeks ago, and ive got to say that they weren't kidding when they said ``built like a tank`` But one of the troubles which if often run into when typing is the shortened shift key and the back slash key. Im not sure whether or not you have used cherry blacks before but i find that typing over an extended period of time tends to tire my fingers out.
post #7 of 17
FC700R Leopold TKL
It is not full size but it have thick PBT keycap (for nowadays), Window lock, media control, good quality.
The keycap is 1.3mm as oppose to the common 0.6/0.5 mm keycap.
They might make a fullsize version in the future. Too bad it is not available in US yet.

http://www.leopold.co.kr/?doc=cart/item.php&it_id=1325563447
post #8 of 17
Deck Legend tactile, has everything you want
post #9 of 17
almost everything.

no media controls.

but that can be fixed with ahk or even a griffin powermate
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What's wrong with the Steelseries 7G and 6Gv2 enter key ? they look normal to me (not UK version from Best Buy)
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