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I just received a Ducky Shine 2 with Reds, and it's fairly quiet. I can't see anyone having a problem with the noise. I vote Ducky Shine, seems to be the best choice for backlit.
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Blue makes a click in the switch, as does the green and clear I think.
Black, red and brown do not. The sound you hear from all of them (blue inc) is the bottoming out.

If you can type lightly, touch type as you are actually supposed to, the red would be quietest and easiest.
If you put o rings or other dampers this lessens the bottom out sound but makes them a bit more rubber feeling.
Between black and red, it is only the finger pressure needed that is different. Red is lighter touch.
Brown has some of the click feel but no click sound. to tell the truth, I can't feel it myself and have switched over to Reds.

The CM Quick Fire is a good less expensive board.
The CM Quick Fire TK is just out and has back lighting but also very compact. Try it if you can.
If not: all the other suggestions have been good. You could also look at the Gigabyte if is is on sale ever. But Ducky and WASD would be my first suggestions.
 
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In my honest opinion, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium is one of the best mechanical keyboards out there with Cherr MX Red switches. I highly recommend it. Sturdy solid build, Blue individually backlit keys, nice scroll wheels for volume and brightness control, click for mute/turn off as well. In addition, the price is great. You should definitely check it out.
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Blue makes a click in the switch, as does the green and clear I think.
Black, red and brown do not. The sound you hear from all of them (blue inc) is the bottoming out.
If you can type lightly, touch type as you are actually supposed to, the red would be quietest and easiest.
If you put o rings or other dampers this lessens the bottom out sound but makes them a bit more rubber feeling.
Between black and red, it is only the finger pressure needed that is different. Red is lighter touch.
Brown has some of the click feel but no click sound. to tell the truth, I can't feel it myself and have switched over to Reds.
The CM Quick Fire is a good less expensive board.
The CM Quick Fire TK is just out and has back lighting but also very compact. Try it if you can.
If not: all the other suggestions have been good. You could also look at the Gigabyte if is is on sale ever. But Ducky and WASD would be my first suggestions.

Thanks for the info. +rep. WASD lets you order from them with dampeners built in. Does anybody else do that that you know of? Any thoughts on Daskeyboard?
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In my honest opinion, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium is one of the best mechanical keyboards out there with Cherr MX Red switches. I highly recommend it. Sturdy solid build, Blue individually backlit keys, nice scroll wheels for volume and brightness control, click for mute/turn off as well. In addition, the price is great. You should definitely check it out.

I read a review on this keyboard and they said keyboard itself was great, but wrist rest was pretty bad and uncomfortable. They didn't mention if it was detachable or not though.
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Order the dampers from wasd. It is by far the best way to get em. Or get a board somewhere else and get the rings from them. They are easy to put on if you are OK taking the keys off and remember where they go back wink.gif

Daskeyboard and Filco are the old school. Not so talked about anymore. But still good, still good. I would look at the Rosewill (egg brand) though, if you want no frills. Almost the same yet cheaper.
 
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Don't get the K90. I have one and..I regret it. The backlight looks like garbage.
Get a Ducky Shine. I should have saved some money to get one. Remember, reds are almost as loud as blues. They're still loud enough to hear from the other room

Um, what? I just made a thread asking about the K60/K90 and you told me you liked it?
post #17 of 22
Best imo would be

Ducky Shine 2
MaxKeyboard Nighthawk x9 (semi-custom or better if possible)

the new WASD v2 keyboards are looking promising..i like its profile

For under $100 tho - the CM QuickFire TK looks nice as well - its like TKL but not (if you dont mind modifiers)


Apparently Topre keyboards are the best of the best for pure keyboarding - but theyre around $250+ and no LED backlighting heh
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haha, that made me laugh, good one

Made me laugh too. Don't be dead set on backlighting. It's a gimmick and if you try typing without looking at your backlit keyboard you will discover that you know the keys better than you think. If you want "nice" quality and want to appease the keyboard snobs here get a filco with reds and throw some PBT keycaps on it to dampen the sound a little bit. Don't ruin a keyboard with rubber o-rings.
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Blue makes a click in the switch, as does the green and clear I think.
Black, red and brown do not. The sound you hear from all of them (blue inc) is the bottoming out.

Blue, Green, and White ("Milk" if translated from Chinese) click. Blue has a lighter spring, while green and white both have the heavier spring. The click mechanism on the white is made of a different material, though, which results in a milder sound.

Brown and Clear ("White" if translated from Chinese) do not click, but are tactile. Brown has the lighter spring, while clear has the heavier spring. Clear also has a more pronounced tactile point, so some people like to replace the spring in clears with that of browns to make "ergo clear" switches.

Red and Black are linear: non-clicky, non-tactile. Red is light, black is heavy.

As said, keep in mind that a significant portion of the noise is not generated by a mechanism in the switch itself, but comes from reaching the end of the travel. All else being equal, on lighter switches, you'll tend to hit bottom more and harder than on heavier switches, since the spring will absorb more force. Of course, all else is not always equal...some people go overboard with the amount of force they apply when using switches that are too heavy for them, leading to very loud bottoming out.

A note on backlighting...with any backlit keyboard except TG3/Deck, durability of key legends is reduced somewhat compared to non-backlit keyboards. This is so because, to make a backlit key, they start with a clear key, paint the whole thing, and then etch away the paint so that the light can shine through where desired. Over time, the paint gets worn away, especially in the middle of keys and radiating outwards from where it has been etched, resulting in "blobs." The speed with which this happens varies, based on quality/thickness of the paint and what kind of protective upper coating is applied after the process, but in any case, it is something to be aware of. TG3 (on both "TG3"-branded and "Deck"-branded keyboards) uses a different process, where the keys are actually made of multiple pieces (some of which have dye sublimated into them), resulting in greatly increased durability, though also occasional aesthetic issues where light escapes from gaps between pieces of the keys.
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post #20 of 22
I own the Osmium, awesome keyboard! The wrist rest does detach.
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