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So I have tried out a number of mechanical keyboards over the last few years: CM Quick Fire Rapid(Blues), CM Storm (Browns, what I am currently using), and Corsair K90(Red Switches) and I know that I like the blue switches best. My question is: What is the highest quality Blue Switch Mechanical keyboard out there, my criteria is as follows:

1) Blue Switches
2) Has a number pad
3) Build Quality (One of the reasons I like the Quick Fire Rapid so much, if it had a number pad it would be the perfect keyboard for me, it's built like a tank)
4) Price - I am looking at spending anywhere from $90-$150, somewhere in that price range would be fine and I know there are a lot of options, if justified I could spend a little more but if a good deal is availible that's always a plus)
5) Has the numbers and letters on the keys, I know some Das keyboards are just blank

**EDIT** I am looking at getting a Ducky, any reccomendations before I buy it? Here is the link:


Not really interested in extras like back lighting and so on, a keyboard built like a tank with cherry blues and a number pad would be perfect.

Other then that please feel free to post some ideas(a link or two would be great as well!), I'm looking for people with personal experience with their keyboard of choice. Some of the keyboards I have heard about would be Filco, Ducky, Das, even Rosewill(not sure on build quality here) etc. I will post a picture when I get the keyboard, thanks!
Edited by ks1 - 1/20/13 at 4:01pm
post #2 of 19

Everyone has their own favorites.  Personally, I prefer Filco over other brands due to better quality (CM Storm QFR came close, really close but still). Here's a link on Amazon and I know that price is a little over your budget but you do get what you pay for.

 

Don't get me wrong, Ducky is good but my own personal experience hasn't been quite so positive with their brand.  Good luck with whatever you choose and might wanna post your feedback once you've acquired the product since it may help others to decide. smile.gif


Edited by reaper~ - 1/20/13 at 4:05pm
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post #3 of 19
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Definitely can get a Filco and I like the fact that you said the build quality was a little better then the QFR, should I get a Filco Ninja or just a regular Majestouch? What is the difference between the two?

***EDIT*** The only difference I can see is that the lettering is on the front for the Ninja and on the top for the Majestouch 2, that sound about right? Any other suggestions or should I just grab a Filco?
Edited by ks1 - 1/20/13 at 4:10pm
post #4 of 19
If only deck made a cherry mx blue keyboard... maybe they do?
post #5 of 19
Duckie's are some of the best keyboards.
post #6 of 19

Ninja legends are in front of the keycaps (instead of on top).  It's good if you worry about the letters wearing off (some people's sweat are more acidic than others and that will wear off the legends on the keycaps a lot quicker).  If you're not the type that sweats a lot and keep your hands clean for most parts then the regular Majestouch should be fine.  Ninja boards cost a little more though, IIRC. 


Edited by reaper~ - 1/20/13 at 4:15pm
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post #7 of 19
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I found this one here

So the competition is between:
1) The Deck keyboard $189.95
2) Filco Majestouch 2 or Ninja $149.99 or $159.99
3) Ducky $129.99

I would like to order in a few hours so let me know! Build quality wise are these all on the same level?
Edited by ks1 - 1/20/13 at 4:19pm
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I've never owned a Deck keyboard so can't really comment on the build quality but between Ducky and Filco, it's a no brainer.  lol  Filco by a wide margin.


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That will narrow it down to the Deck and the Filco then.
Edited by ks1 - 1/20/13 at 4:28pm
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I have a BlackWidow Ultimate, and I love it, including the switches. I might try browns next (tactile, but quiet), but I'm not sure yet. Something in me can't recommend the BlackWidow, though. There's a common problem (with the 2012 version at least) with select LEDs being DOA or soon after, not to mention I absolutely regret not getting a stealth for the full matte finish. I believe all 2013 models are full matte, but they have green LEDs, which doesn't fly for me. I'm not sure if they have resolved the LED issue fully, but it's just my forewarning to you.
 
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