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If you use the computer or type a lot, yes! It's definitely improved my typing and made me a lot quicker. I had my doubts in the beginning, but it was well worth the $140 that I paid.
My experience is that it is very comfortable after gaming or programming for several hours. You can even customize the key caps or add o rings to change how it feels.
I'm thinking about the o-rings. I tend to bottom out the keys a lot, lending to a very loud experience when typing. That or I just need to re-learn how to type softly. Gaming however is a dream on a mechanical!
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With the wide range of key switches and their varying characteristics, it's highly subjective. I have a Razer Blackwidow, and the cherry blue switches feels great to type on because of their clicks. Either you'll like the feeling and sound a mech keyboard provides, or you'll hate it/ could care less about how it feels. The only way to find out if a mech keyboard is worth it to you, is to go test one out at a store or buy one and try it out for a bit; if you don't like it, just return it.

This.

For some people it will be a total waste of money, for others its the best purchase they've ever made.

Personally I'm somewhere in the middle, I like them but I still use membranes occasionally and don't have any problems with them.

Try out a friends or try to find a retail store that has them. If you have to you can always buy one and return it if you don't think its worthwhile.
     
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With this many people saying its worth the price, I think it wouldn't hurt to invest in one.

I was thinking of Leopold Keyboards, would that be a good choice?

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold
post #14 of 50
The typing feel and comfort is worth it.

Then, as an added bonus, they pay for themselves because they last a lifetime.

You don't need a $150+ keyboard, there are plenty of good ones in the $50-100 range.
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With this many people saying its worth the price, I think it wouldn't hurt to invest in one.
I was thinking of Leopold Keyboards, would that be a good choice?
http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold

Leopolds are nice. There are other options though of IMO equal quality. I do like the rounded edge on Leopold casings.

http://www.vendio.com/stores/E-sports-Gaming-equipments/item/mechanical-keyboard-plu/plu-87-mini-mechanical-gaming-/lid=18974500
http://www.vendio.com/stores/E-sports-Gaming-equipments/item/shop-mechanical-keyboard-by-sw/hpe-87-keys-tkl-mechanical-key/lid=31823169
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I own three mechy keyboards (red, blue and black), and about to get a brown. They are addictive yes, but are they worth 100+ dollars?

 

It depends on how much you type and what keyboard suits you best. I'm using a cherry blue for typing, and use black/red for gaming. I also own several decent rubber dome keyboards and to be honest, they work just fine.

 

I think it's hyperbole when people say things like mechy keyboards are life changing or something silly along those lines. Typing with Cherry blues, I definitely noticed that I have started typing faster. But I'm a terrible typist so with increased speed means more error. So it's give and take.

 

I bought all of mine for around 50 dollars. If you are looking for a keyboard to get you started, wait until they go on sale for around 50-60 dollars. At that price point, I think the cost is well justified for something who is on the edge. Later, you can upgrade to Ducky line or Das line mechy keyboards.

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post #16 of 50
Definitely worth it. Never going back. I'm on a CM storm quickfire rapid which is a tenkeyless board. Decided if you want full keyboard or TKL. I'm going back to full keyboard with a Ducky Shine II. I miss the number pad.
post #17 of 50
You can find relatively cheaper ones for around $50 if you wanna see what its like - or just go all out and get a Nighthawk X8 with custom LEDs or a Ducky Shine or something smile.gif

I got my BW Razer (vanilla) at a super crazy price of $25 and i just customized it with blank keycaps from WASDKeyboard.com haha might as well have spent the extra money on a better keyboard haha

Might just bring this to work and get one of the ones i mentioned above
Edited by jerrolds - 11/1/12 at 10:21pm
post #18 of 50
I got my quickfire pro for 51 bucks. There are some good sales out there. Just wait for black friday an you'll be able to pick one up cheap.
post #19 of 50
See if you can't find any old used IBM keyboards. I was able to score one at a garage sale for $5. The ladies new computer did not have a ps2 port so she thought it was useless. thumb.gif

As mentioned you can find some nice keyboards for $50. I personally have been using a WASD keyboard with blue switches w/ orings for a few years. Love it, sold feeling keyboard. Just picked up a corsair k90 simply because I wanted the back lighting and the red switches and its been nothing but a dream.

You might spend more time actually typing than you realize. Typing is not writing a research paper for school, it is facebooking, googling, ocn'ing and anything else you already do. I think you will like it!

I am an automotive mechanic by day, it security major by night. I wrench on cars for hours everyday and then sit behind a keyboard every night for just as long. There are days I can not type and have honestly used the onscreen keyboard or verbal communication with the computer. My tools are comfortable and do not hurt my hands, if used properly. With proper ergonomics and the correct keyboard I am able to type for hours with very little discomfort. For me, this has been the best computer purchase I have made.
post #20 of 50
Eh if all youre doing is some websurf/media then a mechanical would be a waste of money, stick to cheapo $10 keyboards. If youre a gamer or use your PC for work(which is more likely if youre on this website) then theyre worth it in the $50-90 range, because they are much nicer for typing and will last you years. They type faster, have better response time, are easier to dust out, and are just generally better built. Buying quality peripherals is a bit different from buying high end PC hardware, because if you buy a good mouse or mechanical keyboard it wont be "old" in 3-4 years - its a 5-10 year investment. If none of that matters to you and you have no issues with a cheap membrane then its not worth it, simple.

Once you get passed the $100 mark though youre entering "enthusiast" territory and will be paying for things like backlighting and macro keys and other subjective things you dont actually -need- but may want. I would never pay $150+ for a mechanical keyboard, even if I felt like wasting money.

Of course if youre the type of person who gets food or spills drinks on your keyboard regularly, Id avoid getting into mechanicals tongue.gif
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