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post #1 of 21
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I loved my old Gateway Anykey 2000 keyboard even though it did not use mechanical switches but it died and I can't fix it. So I'm looking for a new keyboard.

Does the Das Model S keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches use all blue switches including for the spacebar? During my research I've read that some keyboards use a switch which requires more grams of force for the spacebar. I don't want that.

I want a keyboard with a light touch but I'm not sure whether I want Cherry MX red switches. It's hard to be certain though since there's no way to try the different switches where I live.

Thanks,
Raptor
post #2 of 21
If you want something in between the actuation force of blue (more force) and red (least force), consider looking at brown switches

I think most importantly, what is your budget?

Also, do you really prefer a mechanical keyboard because of the tactile feel, or do you just want a keyboard that has a good key rollover (misstated among manufacturers as "anti-ghosting") for FPS gaming?
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

If you want something in between the actuation force of blue (more force) and red (least force), consider looking at brown switches
I considered the brown switches but read some posts where folks who got the browns were disappointed in the lack of the click feel at the activation point. I think I too might be disappointed with that so think that the blues might suit me better.

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I think most importantly, what is your budget?
Less than $150.

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Also, do you really prefer a mechanical keyboard because of the tactile feel, or do you just want a keyboard that has a good key rollover (misstated among manufacturers as "anti-ghosting") for FPS gaming?
The current cheapo non-mechanical keyboard that I'm using (after my Gateway keyboard died) requires more pressure on the keys than the Gateway keyboard. I'm making a lot more errors while touch typing like "now isthe time" or "now is th time" where key presses failed to register. Especially with the spacebar.

I wouldn't mind getting a non-mechanical switch keyboard as long as it has a light touch and allows 60 wpm typing speed. I saw a video on amazon for the Logitech illuminated keyboard (non-mechanical) that said typing "n't" was a problem due to the key matrix design. So fast typing of don't, can't, wouldn't, etc. is a problem on that keyboard.

Raptor
post #4 of 21
Yes, all the switches are blue. Also, the blue switches are very light and tactile. They become lighter the more you break them in.

I personally love mine, and couldn't imagine using anything else.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777 View Post

Yes, all the switches are blue. Also, the blue switches are very light and tactile. They become lighter the more you break them in.
I personally love mine, and couldn't imagine using anything else.

Do you have the Das keyboard or something else that uses blues?

If you have the Das keyboard, are the keycaps laser etched so the characters don't wear off?
Edited by Raptor88 - 10/20/12 at 8:39pm
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Raptor88 View Post

Do you have the Das keyboard or something else that uses blues?

I have the das model S w/ cherry blue's.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777 View Post

I have the das model S w/ cherry blue's.

Thanks for your quick response. So quick that you caught me editing my post. So asking again:

If you have the Das keyboard, are the keycaps laser etched so the characters don't wear off?
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Raptor88 View Post

Thanks for your quick response. So quick that you caught me editing my post. So asking again:
If you have the Das keyboard, are the keycaps laser etched so the characters don't wear off?

Yes, the keys are laser etched smile.gif
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777 View Post

Yes, the keys are laser etched smile.gif

Thanks a lot for your input. I think I'm going to get a Das model S with Cherry blues. I hope the USB to PS2 adapter can work with my P8H67-V motherboard's PS2 connector.

Thanks,
Raptor
post #10 of 21
Good luck with that.
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