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Mechanical keyboards improving gaming performance is complete BS..

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I'm sorry, but I feel mechanical keyboards do absolutely nothing to improve or assist with your gaming skills. I personally feel that mechanical keyboards are a luxury and nothing more. I see people say that mechanical keyboards with tactility allows you to knowledge when a key stroke has been registered, therefor the user knows when he/she has pressed a key and is able to do so faster. However, I find that completely. If you're gaming, you're going to be spamming keys anyways, so I'm pretty sure your mind is not going to register that "bump".

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love mechanical keyboards. I own several of them (2 Filcos, blackwidow, 2 cherry g80 boards, IBM model m, and a rapidfire on the way) but I believe they do nothing when it comes to gaming. They just improve the feel drastically. And I mean by an extreme. A mechanical keyboard isn't going to boost your KDR up nor allow you to switch weapons quicker nor build probes faster and etc.. I, however, do believe that they may assist with faster typing speeds or WPM (words per minute).

I'm sorry, I just thought I should share my feelings and also, I just recently defeated a friend in a 1v1 dota2 game and he stated it was due to the fact that I was playing on a mech board and he wasn't.... lol.
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That's your opinion, and that's what makes OCN great.

Even if your opinion may be totally biased and complete crap, I still respect it smile.gif
    
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Lol. understood.

But if you don't mind, I would like to hear how you think mechanical keyboards improves your gaming skills.
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Definitely belongs in rants.

You may have a lot of mech boards, but if you aren't using them correctly, or rather, haven't ever learned how to type on/use one, you're right, you probably won't reap any of the benefits.

You can't continue smacking your keys down when you swap over to a mechanical keyboard - it's not efficient. It's like stomping on the ground as hard as you can when you're running. You want to lightly tap and glide to the next stroke. If you are indeed taking advantage of this benefit, you will have lower travel distance to actuate keys, and it will improve your timing among other things.

It isn't a dramatic difference, but if you're spending good money to try and capture every possible advantage, a mechanical keyboard is certainly not something to be passed over.
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LOL-this is true about most PC Gaming Toys

Yea, i think its a about perceived performance increase rather than quantifiable results. if you like a keyboard enough to where you feel like you play better on it, then does that give you a performance increase? in a way yes.

but does that make it OK to start blaming your keyboard for poor in-game personal performance.. im not sure...
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I reload a lot faster. Then again I still switched to PS/2 as well.
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I've noticed in gaming I do more actions per minute now and I strafe a lot better now too. By bump I reckon Browns which I can fully agree on in gaming you don't notice the bump at all. Although I always noticed my Blues's click, until they started getting a tonne of dust in them and became a weird blue/brown hybrid.
Edited by Eagle1337 - 4/11/12 at 11:27pm
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where did you read that they improve your gaming skills? lol

i game with a mech because it feels better than your standard rubberdome. i never got one thinking it was going to make me a 1337 gamer.

less fatigue is a ton of help with marathon sessions!
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I agree with op. They have great feel, sure they are improvement over normal keyboard for typing, but mechanical keyboard will not give you better results in games, as you can see observing professional players, that very often use most basic rubber dome keyboards on the market.
It is very common, that people overestimate significance of gaming gear (not just keyboards). It is also perfect excuse to justify buying another mice or keyboard. Well, it does not make you a better player at all (and more, you can be world champion on a rubber dome generic keyboard, as most of champions out there).
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I moved from a MS Reclusa to the OCN Ducky (freebie by OCN) to my TT Meka (SFF Mech KB)...I'd have to say...my response time specially to RTS games went "faster". Usually with my Reclusa my keys get stuck or something or I pushed it the wrong way and I missed a chance to do an action I wanted to and had to press a key twice.

 

Response time I'd have to say there is an improvement...the way I play the game? Not so much...for me the only pros I can find on a mech vs rubber dome is the response time. But that's just me.

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