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Hey guys, que pasa? I have been interested in buying a mechanical keyboard for awhile now, and I am looking for some info on the topic. I was going to go with a blackwidow at first because I found a cheap-ish one on CL, but I've read some people not liking them so much,. So now i'm looking for input regarding a keyboard.

I am looking to spend ~50$. This sounds like not a lot for a nice keyboard, but it doesn't need to be flashy, nor have extra special buttons or features or w/e. Just mechanical and functional. I NEVER use media buttons on keyboards, never ever ever. If I got one with some good ones, it'd be nice sure. But its not a deal breaker to have one without em. In fact, if it'll make the keyboard that much cheaper? Good riddance. Why pay extra for something I dont ever use? Yes it will be used (extensively) for gaming, but I'm old school in the sense I dont use macro keys or shortcuts. If I want a shortcut or macro I just set it to another button, 'na'mean? All the extra buttons I need are on my mx518

Basically, I want a solid keyboard, not a multimedia center. I type a lot. I spend a lot of time with my fingers on the home row! And If I could never use a mouse again, I wouldn't. I am actually trying to enter several typist competitions, and my experiences as a typist tells me a mechanical keyboard will give me that extra bit of "uumph" I need from my keys to bump my WPM.

I used to have a cheap-o dell mechanical, which was nice despite being, well, a cheap-o dell keyboard. The feel was solid. But many moons ago a roommate spilled crap on it and now I"m using the replacement HP he gave me. Furthermore, this crappy things keys really are taking their toll on my hands and fingers. I got really bad wrists and hands (I'm sure many of us do!) from not only typing, but skateboarding, etc. So I feel that extra bit of resistance will probably help build some strength in my t-rex hands!


In short:

-mechanical keyboard
- around $50, and a max of $80 WITH S&H
-durable, OR cheap enough that breaking is not a big deal
-no features/multimedia buttons necessary
-feels right; all about feels with keyboard. Tell me if your suggestion "feels right" when you use it.

If I could plug a typewriter into my desktop, I'd be the happiest man on the planet. Alas this is not possible, so I look to you all for help.

THANKS EVERYONE IN ADVANCE!
Edited by kmac20 - 11/18/12 at 6:54am
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post #2 of 7
CM Quickfire Rapid These are the blue switches, clicky/tactile, but loud. Not great for gaming - good for typing. Get MX brown switches for the best of both worlds. Also, it is over your $50 budget, however it will be totally worth it.
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Lol....if I had the grand, I might get that.


Thanks for the link Davayy. Even if its not "good for gaming" to me good for gaming implies that I can use it for gaming! In short: any keyboard is good for gaming in my eyes!

Just for my curiosity though, where can I find the "brown" ones compared to that? I have a rough idea of what both are (albeit I am woefully ignorant in the specific details, just the general idea), but I have no idea how to go about finding them on newegg. Is it like a search item possibly? Or you just gotta know which boards have which switches?
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It's either a brown, blue, black, red, green, clear ( there are more ) switches from Cherry. Brown and red are generally considered better for gaming. However, all work, obviously. Manufactures make a variety of switches with their boards.
FrozenCPU supply them,
As do tiger direct as mentioned previously.
Here is a like to the Coolermaster website which details more on line retailers. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by kmac20 View Post

In short:
-mechanical keyboard
- around $50, and a max of $80 WITH S&H
-durable, OR cheap enough that breaking is not a big deal
-no features/multimedia buttons necessary
-feels right; all about feels with keyboard. Tell me if your suggestion "feels right" when you use it.
If I could plug a typewriter into my desktop, I'd be the happiest man on the planet. Alas this is not possible, so I look to you all for help.

Go to eBay and get yourself an IBM Model M. VERY durable, and closer to a typewriter than you can get with any Cherry MX switches.
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post #7 of 7
0.2mm Dampeners are also a must. They make the whole keyboard that much quieter.
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