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I've recently found out that your standard laptop keyboard is ill equipped to handle the force of how hard I play on Stepmania. I've heard some nice things about mechanical keyboards, and I'm willing to give them a try. What I'd like to get is one that doesn't make loud noises when pressed as I already make plenty of noise as it is, and for it to be below $100, or below $80 if possible. I'm taking a look at this one here right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201044


Also, here's a video (not me doing this, but I can pass this song with a AA) of what I play, just to help you narrow down the search a bit.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Edited by TwistedPhoenix - 4/16/12 at 4:45pm
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http://www.abs.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?ID=9

I own this keyboard, its could just about take a sludge hammer. Th noise isn't bad, although if you really pound it you will get a hollow metallic ring out of it. I bought it on newegg for about 40 dollars a while back, on ABS website its 70 but I think if you shop around you could probably get it for cheaper. If you can't you can PM me about it if you like because, I realize as I write this, that I don't really need mine anymore.

I would say, in terms of getting a cheap mechanical keyboard that can take some abuse, the m1 heavy duty is a good pick.
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Steelseries 6Gv2 @ $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823239015

The only reason I replaced mine was to get a das ultimate s silent
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They're a little over your $100 budget, but these are also worth mentioning - http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize
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I own a BlackWidow Ultimate, and I can say that it is not the best for Stepmania. It's a fine keyboard overall, I bought it because it was the only mechanical with backlighting. The Blackwidow has (I think) Cherry MX Blues, but if I recall correctly you want Blacks for Stepmania. Look at the mechanical keyboard guide thread over in that section of the forums to learn about the different types of switches and go with whatever to ones that are best for gaming, typing switches are not great for Stepmania in my experience, although it may seem counterintuitive. I think it's the Blacks that you want.
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I'm taking a look at this one here right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201044

That's a pretty good choice. Its a high quality keyboard and the switches are light so you won't get finger fatigue. The steelseries recommended has slightly less build quality and the switches are heavier but it is also less costly if you wanted to save some $$.

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I own a BlackWidow Ultimate, and I can say that it is not the best for Stepmania. It's a fine keyboard overall, I bought it because it was the only mechanical with backlighting. The Blackwidow has (I think) Cherry MX Blues, but if I recall correctly you want Blacks for Stepmania. Look at the mechanical keyboard guide thread over in that section of the forums to learn about the different types of switches and go with whatever to ones that are best for gaming, typing switches are not great for Stepmania in my experience, although it may seem counterintuitive. I think it's the Blacks that you want.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fexvSani1BQ#!

That's the blackwidow in action of a beat game, as you can see it does just fine. wink.gif
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I've recently found out that your standard laptop keyboard is ill equipped to handle the force of how hard I play on Stepmania. I've heard some nice things about mechanical keyboards, and I'm willing to give them a try. What I'd like to get is one that doesn't make loud noises when pressed as I already make plenty of noise as it is, and for it to be below $100, or below $80 if possible. I'm taking a look at this one here right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201044
Also, here's a video (not me doing this, but I can pass this song with a AA) of what I play, just to help you narrow down the search a bit. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Rosewill definitely make some high quality mechs, but you could also go with a 6GV2, which is always a safe sided choose.

My recommendation would be to give the new CM Storm Quick Rapid series a look, and if you want a numpad, you could go with the "pro" one.
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I think one of the all-around best deals in mechanical keyboards right now is the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid. I definitely think you'd be best served by a mechanical keyboard.

Regarding the game itself, I've never seen that before but it looks addictive. I liked that band playing. Not sure if you're familiar but it reminded me of Children of Bodom, who I haven't listened to in years. biggrin.gif

Edit: I checked Stepmania out last night and I really don't think you want MX Blacks for it. In my opinion they are too heavy for this game, even though I generally prefer them for both gaming and typing. I think the lightest linear switch (MX Red) would work best.
Edited by ChaoticKinesis - 4/17/12 at 9:14am
     
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post #10 of 13
I've played plenty of Stepmania before and you'll want a switch with the lowest amount of switch travel. You could go with MX Reds or Browns switches and rubber dampeners to reduce the distance travel. I guess it's up to your choice if you want a linear or tactile switch.

The only thing is how difficult are the songs are you playing. Do they require you to vibrate like in this video?
Edited by Methoxetamine - 4/17/12 at 12:57pm
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