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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

If you can do it with a keyboard's macro functions, you can do it with autohotkey. Say, CTRL+SHIFT+L to open Libraries, for instance.
it wink.gif

I don't think there's any point buying a keyboard and making my life harder - especially one that costs up to £150.
So yes I want a dedicated key rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by 4514kaiser View Post

Have you seen the Roccat Ryso it would have to be the keyboard i would get if i bought one tomorrow!

http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/ROCCAT-Ryos-MK-Pro/

It is a tad gimmicky but having said that i see no problem in it being so!! I did a similar search a few months ago (took like 3 months lol ) I was rather set on the idea of getting one with dedicated media controls but apparently the manufactures have decided that it is not possible to add those 4 extra keys and the few that have them have there own major flaws imo......

Anyway i ended up going with the MaxKeyboard nighthawk x8 with brown switches love the brown switches coming from a membrane keyboard i felt that having reds would be a tad to light. Anyway the maxkeyboard is great, fairly basic all up but has some nice software giving controls over all your keys and some enjoyable back lights.... I also got WASD noise reducing O rings bit of an effort to put them on but well worth it imo........ Wasn't a big fan of the wrist rest felt a tad small so ended up spending a bucket load on a nice Filco one well worth it IMO that said i'm terrible good at justifying spending money!! wink.gif GL

DAYME! - that keyboard looks PERFECT - exactly what I would be looking for!
Where can I buy it!? Is it available? The ROCCAT one I'm talking about!

As for yours, it looks very good indeed - see this is the type of post I was looking for.
Not the one saying I should get Filco or Ducky etc - as I don't really care about brand names.
Of course I care about performance and usability. But I'm certainly not one of those fan boys.

+rep for the best post yet.
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Originally Posted by mechtech View Post

Try and get a keyboard with Cherry Browns.

Blacks aren't ideal for typing unless you really like heavy switches (I actually do, I use a model m). Blues aren't great for gaming because of poor double tapping (I own a blue board, the click leaf has a different actuation and release point.) Reds are just generally a bad entry into mech keyboards unless you are absolutely sure you like both superlight switches and linear switches.

Browns are light, but not so light that light resting finger pressure depresses the keys, and the tactile bump is such that linear key fans will like it as well as someone who likes to feel some feedback.

Thanks for the switch overview +rep - yeah I think brown and red would be the ones to go for - but for that little middle ground, the general consensus is brown switches over red
post #12 of 31
Other than the larger enter key the Ducky Shines II full size fits all your criteria.

Media Keys accessable via fn+ FKey
Choice of backlighting and switch colors
Dedicated open files folder, mail, web, and calc keys.

I noticed you said they were pricy. I have one already and am very happy with it. I'm needing a 3rd mechanical keyboard and I'm almost to the point of if I decide the last one is to be backlit getting a 2nd Ducky Shines II. My main computer is currently using my Ducky Shines II. My office comp is using my CM Storm QFR, and my dedicated Linux comp at home is using my old MicroSoft Ergo which is getting replaced as soon as I decide on my next board and the funds are available.
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post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post


Overall, I want something that can:
-Be mechanical (brown or red switch)
-Open outlook, my folders and document with the press of one button (or FN + F key)
-Have a BIG enter/return button
-Have LED's and preferably blue ones (or that I can customise the colour)
-Media functionalities for ease of use (not a need but would be a nice extra)

I am thinking of buying THIS!

- Mechanical Red or Blue
- Macro buttons
- Small enter/return
- LED's (to match switch unfortunately so no Red LED and Blue Switch for me)
- Media volume keys and macro


Edited by Gtsbaby - 1/24/13 at 3:16am
post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by zflamewing View Post

Other than the larger enter key the Ducky Shines II full size fits all your criteria.

Media Keys accessable via fn+ FKey
Choice of backlighting and switch colors
Dedicated open files folder, mail, web, and calc keys.

I noticed you said they were pricy. I have one already and am very happy with it. I'm needing a 3rd mechanical keyboard and I'm almost to the point of if I decide the last one is to be backlit getting a 2nd Ducky Shines II. My main computer is currently using my Ducky Shines II. My office comp is using my CM Storm QFR, and my dedicated Linux comp at home is using my old MicroSoft Ergo which is getting replaced as soon as I decide on my next board and the funds are available.

OK googled that - again finding availability in the UK is something that SHOULD be a requirement.
http://www.cclonline.com/product/93791/DK9008-RUKALB/Keyboards/Ducky-DK-9008-Shine-II-Mechanical-Keyboard/KBD0513/

This is what I could find.
Now for the keyboard itself.
Yes it has a small enter button....but the assigned keys - I couldn't see any keys apart from 4 on the right hand side that can be programmed (according to a review).
Unless I re-map the media ones.

As for keys I need ok - I'll list them - this is the bear minimum:
1. outlook
2. google chrome/browser
3. windows media player
4. Folder A (my music folder within one of my HDDs)
5. Folder B (my picture folder within one of my HDDs)

I NEED at least 4-5 keys that can be programmed so that I feel comfortable.
That ducky doesn't seem to offer that unless the play pause etc buttons are re-mapped - but then it would feel a little silly pressing "play" in order to open outlook for example....

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Originally Posted by Gtsbaby View Post

I am thinking of buying THIS!

- Mechanical Red or Blue
- Macro buttons
- Small enter/return
- LED's (to match switch unfortunately so no Red LED and Blue Switch for me)
- Media volume keys and macro


Looks like a great keyboard.
Couldn't find much info and/or reviews on it, any links?

As for the switch and LED colour - that's a bit annoying. More so, the one I would go for there would be the red one, due to switches, but most say I should be getting brown instead.



EDIT:
On another note, OP is updated with some of the items listed here...so far:
6.
-Roccat Ryos MK Pro / Glow
Cons: None that I can find, apart from availability!

Is my favourite by quite a bit.
Edited by Totally Dubbed - 1/24/13 at 4:47am
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post


Looks like a great keyboard.
Couldn't find much info and/or reviews on it, any links?

As for the switch and LED colour - that's a bit annoying. More so, the one I would go for there would be the red one, due to switches, but most say I should be getting brown instead.

Can't find anything on it either, bar one video! You can get Cherry Blacks and Browns keys with White LEDs on that keyboard but don't have a clue where!

Also worth a look at this users post on the keyboard HERE!, the red version.
post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by Gtsbaby View Post

Can't find anything on it either, bar one video! You can get Cherry Blacks and Browns keys with White LEDs on that keyboard but don't have a clue where!

Also worth a look at this users post on the keyboard HERE!, the red version.

that's the problem - when you're not a pro (by that I mean me) - I would go for something with a little more reviews, so that the performance etc is judged by more experienced mech users.
White LEDs sound sweet - but yup, couldn't find anything on it.
post #17 of 31
As a novice I decided to bite the bullet and have ordered the Cherry MX Red Cougar Attack! Should be here Saturday!
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by Gtsbaby View Post

As a novice I decided to bite the bullet and have ordered the Cherry MX Red Cougar Attack! Should be here Saturday!

Nice one mate - let me know here how it goes smile.gif!
What keyboard are you coming from?

I'm tempted to place an order of the QPAD MK-85.
If only the MK-80 had no software limitations, and was currently available in browns switches...I think that would have been an easy choice then.

Life's hard for me....lol
post #19 of 31
Coming from a 2nd hand Microsoft wireless keyboard! £10 job so should see a slight improvement.
The Q-pad just seemed expensive for the sake of it to me but I have never seen nor touched one!

Will put an update up once I have it!
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by Gtsbaby View Post

Coming from a 2nd hand Microsoft wireless keyboard! £10 job so should see a slight improvement.
The Q-pad just seemed expensive for the sake of it to me but I have never seen nor touched one!

Will put an update up once I have it!


Cheers man!
As for the QPAD - well it hosts a few things that I quite fancy.
I'm going to call OCUK now about their return policy - if they deliver/pickup for free then I'll place an order for the MK85 at least to test it out- if I can stand the red led's then I should be fine (as long as I like the brown switches)
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