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Hello everyone,

So i want to go into the world of mechanical keyboards and after reading quite a lot of most topics here, i need your help.
So i have a credit on a store for returning another component and i want to know wich keyboard should i get...
The shop have:
Corsair K60 - red switches (not fully mechanical not fully anti ghosting)
Ozone Strike Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Black switches
Razer BlackWidow - Blue switches
Steelseries 6G V2 - Black switches
Zowie Celeritas - brown switches? (not fully anti ghosting?)

So the Corsair and Zowie are a bit higher in my price range.
I would like to have Cm storm quick fire, but it's difficult to get it on my country and since the shop don't do refunds, i need your advices smile.gif
If Cm storm is better i'll grab another thing from the shop and i'll try to buy it from ebay or something....

Thanks
Edited by Snakesoul - 9/19/12 at 11:15am
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The corsair K60 isnt really a mechanical keyboard and supposedly has issues, the blackwidow has issues as well reported all around the net but to me it was very near perfect as a keyboard I did not have any issue what so ever and also to me its built very solid I have abused it quite a lot and it has lasted me 2 years after that I had destroyed the board by trying to change the switches from blues to blacks. The blackwidow however does not do NKRO like the other boards do, I think the zowie does have NKRO over usb, I have the 6gv2 and it is built like a tank but I don't really like the keycaps and I would say that the keycaps of the blackwidow are far better. The ozone strike should be from the same OEM as the TT meka G1, Mionix zibal and the keyboards from WASD, but they might use different stabilizers.


Im really new in this keyboard enthusiasm so I might be wrong in some aspects but these are all my personal opinions of the boards I have used I am currently using the tt meka (the smaller one with the weird layout) for home and lan as it has the same form factor as a TKL and that lets me keep my mouse close to me which is quite helpful and also I feel that its built really solid and overall is a really nice board if you can tolerate the retarded form factor also this board has cherry stablilizers and I do not find them to appealing.
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Hello Zulk,

Thank you for your opinion, i hope there's more help to come smile.gif One of the things i liked about the roccat arvo it's he's size. it's small and i can keep my mouse close enough smile.gif so which one would you choose? Blackwidow or Ozone?
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The corsair K60 isnt really a mechanical keyboard and supposedly has issues

The blackwidow however does not do NKRO like the other boards do

K60 is partially mechanical, the main clusters are red, and if you check the product page it says clearly which keys are not mechanical.

Blackwidow is 2KRO only. Most mechanical boards do 6KRO over USB, and NKRO over PS/2. Some do NKRO over USB, but they can have compatibility issues with BIOS and OS/X.
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Aside from the 2kro which only the normal and the glossy ultimate kind of suffer from the newer models and the stealth ultimate do 6kro over usb and do not have ps2 compatibility.

I would recommend the ozone strike though I still have yet to receive mine hopefully I can give further impressions when I receive it, if you do like keeping your mouse close than you might want to try out a tkl and if you live in the us might want to try some leopolds alot of people rave about them, apparently they even do about 18kro over usb and are great keyboards, also the higher up models such as the 500FCR and the 700FCR use PBT keycaps which are more durable. The ozone strike looks like a solid board should share similarities with the mionix zibal 60 and the tt meka g1 which are solid boards, but cherry blacks can take time to get comfortable with, initially I hated the stiffness coming from the blues but after getting used to them (which took some time mind you) I can't go back to lighter switches since I do love going hard on these guys.

BTW I currently use a tt meka (the small one) all though it does come from china unlike the g1 which if from taiwan it is still very solidly built and looks very durable and has the size of a tkl board but has a numpad but I must say the layout is not what everyone will like and I have no idea why the did not stick to the standard ansi layout found on the g1 which I loved on the blackwidow (some keys were non standard, but overall standard ansi layout), I love smaller keyboards especially for use in lan as you do not get much space to use them.

BTW the roccat avro is not a mechanical keyboard and I would suggest staying away from rubber domes as they do not last nearly as long and when you switch to a mechanical the rubber domes tend to feel like **** .

Hope that helped I too am discovering different types of switches and keyboards and it has become a hobby, with getting my first mechanical keyboard the blackwidow made me learn typing and now I have become 'this'. XD though I really do enjoy this hobby but should admit that it leaves a huge dent in my wallet as the shipping to my country is quite expensive.
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Lo zulk,

Thanks for your help, i live in portugal, so i can't test the leopold ones.. Also because we have a different type of writing, (different layouts from uk and us), most pc shops don't sell most of the models of mechanical keyboards. One of the models i'm looking to see if i can get it it's the cm storm quickfire or trigger, with red switches...
As for the ozone i tested it (in the shop) and the keys seems to be a little stiff to me, i know black switches are like that, but i also tested razer blackwidow and for some reason they were nicer to type.. (i never tryed mechanical switches) so for me everything is new tongue.gif
as for the arvo i know he's not mechanical, i've got it (right now i'm typing on it tongue.gif) and most of all i like his size... well i guess i'll wait to see if i can get the cm storm... but anyway thank you for your help and good luck with yout purchase smile.gif
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