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So, through what I call fate (story below), I think it’s time I upgrade my keyboard. Reading through all the posts I think I want a mechanical one, the ducky shine II caught my eye. But before I make the switch I have some of my buddies saying for gaming I should stay away from mechanicals, they’re too loud.
**I’m really not trying to start a debate on mechanical vs nubby** :-D
I want to give mechanical a shot, is there a keyboard that I could pick up at best buy (great return policy) to get an idea of what mechanical brings to the table?? I’d like to try before I buy…for some reason keyboard and mice are the hardest things for me to upgrade, where as I go through video cards ever 6 months lol

My story
So last weekend I decided to take my G15 apart and give her a good cleaning. All the q&a’s and pictures on this site were a huge help. Though come Sunday night I put it all to back together, and my heart sank, it wasn’t booting up. So as a crutch I had to use my K400, it was a horrible 2 days lol. After a lot of tweaking I got my G15 back on line and she’s humming like ever. But in the interim I have been reading so much stuff on the forums here regarding mechanicals and seeing the advances in keyboards in the last 10 years
Edited by Concelor - 10/2/12 at 9:57am
post #2 of 13
Try out Razer Blackwidow or Steelseries 6Gv2, check them out in the PC Gaming section @ the local best buy / futureshop
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So I spent the last four days with the blackwidow, itself a very nice keyboard, but the glossy-ness really bugs me, so I'm still aiming for the Ducky Shine II. But here's a question after reading the stickied mechanical keyboard guide, are there really that big of differences between switches (black, browns, etc), and here a weird question could htey be changed if I deciede, for example blacks just weren't cutting it and wanted blues?
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I believe you would have to get a new keyboard if you're not satisfied with the switches your keyboard comes in.
 
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post #5 of 13
Shine II appears to use plate-mounted switches, which makes swapping switches a lot of work.

On the other hand, if you were to acquire a keyboard with the switches mounted directly to the PCB without a plate, changing switches would be much, much easier.
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post #6 of 13
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My goal is not to swap the keys, I just didn't know if it was possible. This will be my first mechanical, and they're amazing, but so many key options, it's a little intimidating to a new adopter.
post #7 of 13
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So trying to plan whihc shine II to get, the test mechanical keyboard I have has blue switches, if I"m reading right. Now and this might cause a huge way...which I'm not trying to do. For a first time owner, should I aim for the brown switches rather than the black ones? I do like the blue ones for typing but Shine II does not come in those
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I do like the blue ones for typing but Shine II does not come in those

Where did you hear that? It's definitely possible to get Shine II with MX Blue...

As for Black vs Brown...this is not something others can decide for you without more information about your wants. Do you prefer keys that require a lot of force to press (reducing accidental keypresses), or less force (less effort required)? Do you desire smoothness, or tactile feedback? Relative quiet, or loudness?
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post #9 of 13
Well as you already know the experience on a mechanical kb is far better , some good ones are Razer Blackwidow Ultimate, Logitech g19 (the screen is cool), and TT's esports challenger is worth a look as well good luck bro biggrin.gif
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One of the sites I found the Shine II available at, only had blacks or browns, I just assumed those were the only two options out there for it.

So basically I play FPS and RTS (nothing competitive online), and do decent amount of typing (multiple emails, but not any term papers etc) I wouldn’t mind avoiding some accidently key presses, but the difference between “teh” and “the” maybe be fault on the user, and not equipment :-D.
I am really liking the level of noise from the blues, I can’t see going any louder than that, quieter couldn’t hurt.
Now for tactile feed back, do you mean how it feels when you press a key, because the blackwidow I’m using now, feels really solid compared to my G15, and I love that.
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