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post #1 of 9
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Hello!

I have been looking around the net for a good mechanical keyboard for months, but there is simply too much choice! I am looking for a keyboard for around $100, preferably with a ps/2 connection (but this is not really necessary). Otherwise, I am open to any suggestions you people may have. I will be using the keyboard for both gaming and typing in almost equal amounts (maybe a little more typing than gaming).

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post #2 of 9
If you're after high quality, I suggest you extend the budget by $50 and buy a filco.

You'll also want a keycap puller and some lithium grease to stop the squeaking from the metal supports on large keys.

When you buy a mechanical you might as well go all out thumb.gif
post #3 of 9
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I will definitely consider the filco keyboards. Since you live in Australia too, do you suggest any good retailers that sell filcos?
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post #4 of 9
Here are two online stores that stock Filcos:

http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/ -- Prices here include shipping
http://www.pccasegear.com/ -- Prices here do not, add ~$15 for shipping (can add to cart and down the bottom put in a zip code and it will tell you the shipping cost)

I've purchased from both stores & recommend them both. Therefore its a matter of which board you're after and which one has it cheaper.

I have experienced Blacks, Browns, (and to a very small degree) Reds & Blues. My favourite of all of them is the Browns. I don't really remember the difference between the Browns & Reds and I don't want the very loud click of the Blues. I definetely prefer the Browns over the Blacks, I don't really like the blacks for typing. Only way to know for yourself is to just pick one and try it out smile.gif All the best.
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I'd just like to ask if anyone has any other recommendations, because although I don't doubt the quality of the filco keyboards, they are more than a little bit expensive.

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post #6 of 9
If you can push your budget by an extra $20 (It's around £120 in the UK, not sure about US), i would recommend the razer black widow. I have had the keyboard for a bit longer than a year, and had no faults with it. You also do not need to have the razer synapses program to be able to use it as you can download all the drivers form the website.
The only downside about the keyboard is that it is a quite loud, but I've learned to filter out the sound of it now i only hear it so often when gaming.
post #7 of 9
It depends what switches you want. If you are looking for blacks/reds the 6gv2 is a solid keyboard. The key layout is annoying at first but you get used to it fast.
post #8 of 9
Yea I doubt any of the keyboard enthusiasts here would recommend a Blackwidow.

Look for the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid in Cherry MX Brown.
post #9 of 9
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Is the quickfire rapid and 6gv2 in comparable quality to the filco? Or, are they at least worth their price?

Also, any other recommendations?

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Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD A crap tonne of other misc hard drives Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 10 Home 
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