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So I've decided to switch to mechanical keyboard (right now, my desktop choice is Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000), but I have some doubts.

Firstly, I'm not really a gamer, I do play some CoD or Skyrim occasionally, but that's about it. I do a lot of typing tough, and some coding from time to time, so I thought something with Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown would be a good choice.

Now, what I was looking for:

- Cherry MX Blue (or maybe MX Brown) based
- All black (but with labels on keys)
- Absolutely standard key layout
- With numeric pad
- As classical and plainly designed as possible

I think you get the point.

While searching around, I really liked the Rosewill RK-9000, the only thing that bothered me was the red "lining"... Something without that would be almost perfect.

Can anybody suggest something?
post #2 of 13
There are a few that fit your needs. But first, you need to pick a switch I think. I like my brown but switched over to red very easy. If you are a very very light typist red may be your choice. Blue is the classic choice of typologests, but try one out first. Some love and some hate the sound.

Then, check out WASD boards (good colour) and the CM Storm Line. I am using the 10key less ones but the Trigger is a full size.
The OCN Ducky is also a good choice.

Take a look at them and let us know how you are thinking.
 
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Well, I like to smash keyboard quite hard with my fingers while typing, and I like the clickiness of Cherry MX Blue, that's why I think it would be a good choice (or maybe Browns, as a quieter alternative).

The design of CM series exactly what i don't like. The ones with numeric pad look absolutely horrendous to me.

Rosewill RK-9000 is pretty much perfect to me, I'd just like something without the red base.
post #4 of 13
Well. The I-Rocks is a good board but not standard layout. Very compact thought.

Smash and peck eh. Browns would be good for you, you could rubber band mod them for more quiet and a bit of cushion. Blues would probably encourage you to type a bit lighter. I know these reds have improved my touch typing a lot!

Sounds like you are a ducky or Filco man then. The OCN ducky with browns appeal to you?

Edit: Have you seen the big mechanical keyboard thread?
Edited by KipH - 4/23/12 at 6:32am
 
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post #5 of 13
I'd say get a Das Model S Professional (MX-Blue) / Silent (MX-Brown), if you want backlighting get a Ducky Shine.
 
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I got a Das for my dad, he loves it. The case is glossy, other than that it's fairly plain. If you don't like the gloss, the leopolds from elitekeyboards.com are very good too. They're about as plain as you get if you ask me, looking at it you might think it's your every day oem type of keyboard.They have the largest selection of switches I know of, and the build quality is supposed to be very good.
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post #7 of 13
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Thank you MME1122, this one looks just like what I was looking for: http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize&pid=fc500rcab
post #8 of 13
The Leopold is a very good choice. You do need to take into consideration if you will be working in the vicinity of others though because blue switches can seriously disturb some people. redface.gif
    
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post #9 of 13
Steel series 7g or 6gv2 sounds like this could be for you. Best in the price range, MX black switches. which i personally find the best for typing (its a matter of preference, but seeing as this was my first mech i got used to them.)
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by chrashz View Post

Steel series 7g or 6gv2 sounds like this could be for you. Best in the price range, MX black switches. which i personally find the best for typing (its a matter of preference, but seeing as this was my first mech i got used to them.)

Completely agree. I have a 7G and I love it.
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