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I haven't used a rubber dome in a while since I'm owning a Ducky Shine since almost a year. I love the Ducky, the stable keys, the way they travel and depress and the overall feel, but I noticed, in the beginning already, how double tapping is much worse to do than it ever was with my previous rubber domes, also when typing fast I do a horrible lots of mistypes and double letters (double tapping) became a problem.

Maybe it's just me or the red switches aren't for me, but I typed on a robber dome lately somewhere. It was a rather cheap one and some keys felt lighter than others and I have to say I totally love the feel of these lighter, soft and silent rubber domes. While they are soft and somewhat mushy, the typical rubber dome depress, when the rubber bends and you clearly feel the actuation, made double tapping quite clear and typing was kind of nice for me. Especially because I play Unreal and Unreal Tournament '99 still, the double tapping always sucked on the Ducky.


Ok, the above text is rather uninteresting, my question is basically, are there quality gaming rubber domes you'd suggest?

Things I'd like to have:

- backlit is a must (would love it if you could change the color)
- middle-size keys (no idea whats the correct way to call them, but what I mean are the keys that aren't as flat as the notebook keys and aren't as tall as the classical old keys)
- quality (consistent feel, less shacky keys, overall well built)
- simple/minimalistic design (not one of these giant sci-fi gamer boards with tons of keys and over the top shapes. I demand a simple black and flat rectangle case, similar to the Ducky Shine)
- media keys (don't really need macros, but an additional row of separate media keys abover the F1-F12 would be good, am really tired of the key combo on the Ducky Shine, volume is most used and the only one unreachable with one hand mad.gif but also activating the lights each time you boot/wake up the PC is really annoying).


Wonder if there's such a thing out there.
post #2 of 11
I'm interested in a lot of the things you're looking for as well. I've pretty much given up trying to find many of these features in a mechanical keyboard, especially low-profile w/ medium height keys. I find the height of the keys on most mech keyboards to be ridiculous, especially when combined with the long throw of linear switches.

I've been looking at Keytronic membrane keyboards lately, but they don't have the backlighting you're looking for and I'm not really sure about the dimensions. There are so few pics of these boards online. Might be worth a look though.
post #3 of 11
Microsoft Sidewinder x4?
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post #4 of 11
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@Microsoft Sidewinder x4

Thought about it before deciding for the Ducky. I heared the key paint comes off too fast, so I decided against it. Also I really dislike the glossy casing.
Hoped there'd be some new one on the market till now, but I guess most focus on mechanical keyboards now. I hope there will be one on the market at some point soon.

By the way, what's a good gaming keypad?
post #5 of 11
+1 for Microsoft Sidewinder x4

Got mine for 5 months now and still works like when i first got it. biggrin.gif
post #6 of 11
I use an aging Logitech G11 that has that tactile rubber dome feel to it. I am a HUGE UT gamer and it has worked flawlessly for me in UT99 GOTY, UT 2K4, and UT3.

The double tapping is the only reason I am hesitant to switch to a mechanical keyboard for gaming.

The thing is a tank, and works flawlessly even after many years of (ab)use. Keys are backlit and etched so they will never wear out, and are not mushy at all for a rubber dome board.
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post #7 of 11
This one is pretty nice. My sister has one, uses it for Guild Wars 2 inter alia.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboards/illuminated-keyboard
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Azuredragon1 View Post

+1 for Microsoft Sidewinder x4
Got mine for 5 months now and still works like when i first got it. biggrin.gif

+1 for the Sidewinder X4 as well. Had mine for two years without a problem.
post #9 of 11
I have the Sidewinder X6 (collecting dust now) and has served me well for 3 years, even after bashing it real good a few times. I'm sure the Sidewinder X4 will hold up just as well. It's got 28KRO and a nice tactile feel to it ans is cheaper than a Logitech backlit dome.
post #10 of 11
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This one is pretty nice. My sister has one, uses it for Guild Wars 2 inter alia.
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboards/illuminated-keyboard
+1 to this. I have one and it's awesome. I'm actually trying to sell mine as I want to upgrade to a mechanical keyboard *hint hint* wink.gif
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