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Alright, so, here is another "buy me a keyboard" thread.
First time I've ever even considered substantially upgrading my mouse and keyboard (at least over the 30$ mark)
I know that I have been eyeing the R.A.T. 7 for EVER now, and my feelings about that have not changed, so my question is... What is a good keyboard that will look very nice next to my RAT7?
I may be reprimanded, but I was really considering the Black Widow from Razor. The board is very sharp looking and I think it would look great on my desk. The board is also mechanical AND back lit, which is the ideal board, only problem... the price point. 130$ is MUCH too high for me. I wasn't wanting to spend more than 100$, so it isn't a HUGE stretch, but it will put me over the 200$ mark and my wife will not be enthused.

So, in short, looking for a VERY nice looking board (assume the Razor's look is to my taste) and must be back-lit. If you guys can point me toward a very sharp board that is also back-lit AND mechanical, AND under 100$ I will, without a doubt, be purchasing it tonight.

If nothing is found to my taste, how about the RAZER LYCOSA? The only thing it is missing is the mech, is it that important? Fill me with your knowledge!
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If nothing is found to my taste, how about the RAZER LYCOSA? The only thing it is missing is the mech, is it that important? Fill me with your knowledge!

Try one and you will know for yourself whether mech is worth your money.

Backlit mech keyboard under $100? The ordinary choices of BWU, Trigger, Ducky Shine, etc all goes above this mark. You may want to look into Keycool 87 backlit version as a cheaper backlit mech alternative.
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You can check out the Corsair K90, it's also backlit and uses Cherry Red switches, although it's around $130.

In regards to going mech, from my experience, now that I'm using one, there's no way I'm ever going back to using a normal one.
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So, knowing as little as I do about keyboards, posting this, I was offered the possibility of buying a CM Storm Trigger for 80$. They had been used for 4 days according the the Rep. This sounds like a pretty good deal, seeing as they cost over 100 on newegg, so that is at least 20% off. Anything about the board you guys know?
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So, knowing as little as I do about keyboards, posting this, I was offered the possibility of buying a CM Storm Trigger for 80$. They had been used for 4 days according the the Rep. This sounds like a pretty good deal, seeing as they cost over 100 on newegg, so that is at least 20% off. Anything about the board you guys know?

It's a good board. If you like its aesthetics then by all means go for it. I can't say for the seller about the condition of the board of course rolleyes.gif
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It's a good board. If you like its aesthetics then by all means go for it. I can't say for the seller about the condition of the board of course rolleyes.gif

Well, he has all positive feedback.

Edit: also, I know that some mech. keys are "tactile" and some are smoother... but my question is... wut?
What is the difference between black and brown switches?
Edited by Bridden - 9/12/12 at 8:53pm
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Here, read this:
http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide

It will answer 99% of your questions.
 
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Here, read this:
http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide
It will answer 99% of your questions.

What I mean is.. .what exactly is a "tactile" feel? The guide uses the word A LOT, but what is tactical about it? How can you feel it better, what do you feel?
I did read the guide, but I've never used a mech. keyboard and would have no idea what type of keys I would want.
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On a mechanical keyboard, the actuation point (where the key registers) is usually not when it's pressed all the way down (bottomed out). With a tactile switch, a variance in the force required to press the key tells you exactly where the point is; it feels kind of like a little "bump" in the keypress. The advantage of tactile feel is that, if you are responsive to it, you can stop pressing down more quickly, without having to bottom out the key. On the other hand, if you are not responsive to it, or simply prefer smoother keystrokes, a linear switch might be more to your liking.

As for cheap backlit keyboards, off the top of my head, KeyCool 84/87 and TG3 BL82 come to mind.
Edited by FoxWolf1 - 9/13/12 at 12:40pm
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What I mean is.. .what exactly is a "tactile" feel? The guide uses the word A LOT, but what is tactical about it? How can you feel it better, what do you feel?
I did read the guide, but I've never used a mech. keyboard and would have no idea what type of keys I would want.

simply put, it's a little bump before you PC registers the keystroke.
 
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