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I'm in the market for a new keyboard. Don't want to spend more than 110. Now to start off I do play Arma II and FPS so I need the 10 extra keys. I can't go TKL. Now all my friends are telling me reds are the best. Just want to get some opinions from others.
I like to type quite a lot and play games. Some people say browns or blacks are better because there good for both. I don't want blues because they are so loud. Now my choices are pretty much the Ducky OCN edition red keyboard or the Rosewill 9000 & Cooler Master Quick Storm.
What is the best option?
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i would recommend browns for a mixture of both typing and gaming. they are the best compromise between reds/blacks for gaming and blue for typing. reds are just lighter blacks but do not provide a good tactile feel for typing so it just comes down to personal preference but browns are the best all around
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i would recommend browns for a mixture of both typing and gaming. they are the best compromise between reds/blacks for gaming and blue for typing. reds are just lighter blacks but do not provide a good tactile feel for typing so it just comes down to personal preference but browns are the best all around
Alright thank you.
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Yea, I second Browns if you don't mind feedback/a bump when pressing keys (nice for typing, debatable for gaming - though a lot of pro gamers use them). The Ducky and Quickfire Rapid are better quality than the Rosewill so i'd go with one of those (I own a Rosewill and Rapid).
 

edit: did you mean the QF Pro? have one of those too and its build quality is not amazing imo, and the corsair K60 isn't fully mechanical if you're okay with that...


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Think I like the corsair K60 tongue.gif
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Think I like the corsair K60 tongue.gif

I would avoid the K60/K90. In theory it sounds ok having the 'less used keys' on a board as membrane keys but once you try pressing them side by side you will probably say 'Oh...'. I have done this from experience, I really wanted a fully mech K90 but eventually ordered anyway and compared it to a Gigabyte Aivia Osmium (ordered at the same time) and ended up sending the K90 back. I would say wait for a K65/K95 or look else where.

Also once you have put O-rings on reds they improve for typing and ofc get quieter. If you can stretch your budget to get a Gigabyte board I can say the key finish is silky smooth and it has an extra deep space bar which is awesome for FPS (any games you have to jump aswell) and it is no wider than any standard size keyboards but it is an inch deeper (due to macro keys above F-keys). Given you are budgeting and O-rings would be even more money perhaps not tongue.gif

A point when choosing between Reds and Blacks consider if you are a wrist rest user as I think it can change how much resistance you want your keys to have. For wrist rest users I think reds are a better choice because you have a lot of your hand's weight (or potential key pressing force) lost through the rest. If you are someone who raises/suspends their wrist while playing- using Blacks might be safer as you can rest more of your hand's weight on Keys without accidentally activating them. Using a rest with Blacks probably stresses your tendons more than they need to be rolleyes.gif

Ultimately it comes down to which you would like to have the best possible experience with: gaming or typing. Personally- gaming* is more important to me so I went with Reds and typing is still very good but just not as optimised.

*Exception: Browns are better for RTS.
Edited by Je720 - 1/14/13 at 3:05pm
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Originally Posted by OverClocker55 View Post

Think I like the corsair K60 tongue.gif

I would avoid the K60/K90. In theory it sounds ok having the 'less used keys' on a board as membrane keys but once you try pressing them side by side you will probably say 'Oh...'. I have done this from experience, I really wanted a fully mech K90 but eventually ordered anyway and compared it to a Gigabyte Aivia Osmium (ordered at the same time) and ended up sending the K90 back. I would say wait for a K65/K95 or look else where.

Also once you have put O-rings on reds they improve for typing and ofc get quieter. If you can stretch your budget to get a Gigabyte board I can say the key finish is silky smooth and it has an extra deep space bar which is awesome for FPS (any games you have to jump aswell) and it is no wider than any standard size keyboards but it is an inch deeper (due to macro keys above F-keys). Given you are budgeting and O-rings would be even more money perhaps not tongue.gif

A point when choosing between Reds and Blacks consider if you are a wrist rest user as I think it can change how much resistance you want your keys to have. For wrist rest users I think reds are a better choice because you have a lot of your hand's weight (or potential key pressing force) lost through the rest. If you are someone who raises/suspends their wrist while playing- using Blacks might be safer as you can rest more of your hand's weight on Keys without accidentally activating them. Using a rest with Blacks probably stresses your tendons more than they need to be rolleyes.gif

Ultimately it comes down to which you would like to have the best possible experience with gaming or typing. Personally- gaming* is more important to me so I went with Reds and typing is still very good but just not as optimised.

*Exception: Browns are better for RTS.
Alright thanks! smile.gif
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Switches are really a preference thing; you can make some very rough generalizations about people who play certain genres tending to like switch X or Y, but that's all they are-- rough generalizations, with no guarantee stated or implied that they will actually apply to you. So you can say that "FPS players like MX Red" or "typists like MX Blue" or "RTS gamers like MX Brown", but at the same time, there are also people who would rather play FPS on MX Blue than anything else, and people who would rather type on MX Black than anything else, and there's no real substitute for experience when it comes to knowing which one you are.

As for some specific keyboards that you have mentioned:
-Avoid K60/K90; they are only partially mechanical, and although some owners are happy with them, others report issues with the controller causing a "stuck key" bug.
-Avoid Rosewill 9000; even though it comes from a generally good OEM, a design flaw with the USB connector often results in short life (and claims that the issue is "fixed" seem to be nonsense, because reports of failure just keep coming).
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Think I'll get the Cooler master one with brown switches.
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if you really want one of the corsair boards wait for the K65 or K95 They will be fully mechanical. Remember they only come in reds iirc.
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