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post #1 of 17
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I've finally decided to venture into mechanical keyboards. I've never owned one before so my knowledge is very limited. I am surprised, to say the least, at the cost of mechanical keyboards versus regular dome keyboards. That being said, I'm looking to spend <$100, cheaper the better. From what I've been reading, I think I'd like the cherry mx brown switches mainly because they're a good compromise between the blues and the red/blacks; although, granted I've never actually knowingly experienced any of these switches (played around with some in stores in the past without knowing what they were). I'd say I probably spend about 70% gaming (FPS, RTS, console ports, RPG, GW2, Indie) and 30% typing/whatever that's left over.

There are really only two things that are near "must-haves" in a keyboard for me and those are:
- full size (num pad)
- media keys

What I'd like to have, but can be without:
- black light
- wrist rest


There are a few keyboards that I've been eyeing, mainly cooler master's lineup. Are there any other good options available that meets my "must-have(s)" and price range?
post #2 of 17
Pretty good deal here.....http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=73582&vpn=KB577U&manufacture=AZIO%20Corporation&promoid=1270
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post #3 of 17
WOW that Azio Levetron is out of this world, here something more decent , its $110 but remember you don't buy a keyboard everyday this keyboard will last you a few decade
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129004
post #4 of 17
I just replaced this Azio Mech5 for a G710+ but it was a brilliant keyboard and Newegg is even giving away a free "gaming" mouse with it right now. Hard to beat. ONLY reason I needed to move on is I found out backlit keys were more important to me than I realized lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839012

$89 with a free mouse

*edit*
ROF*****!!!! I didn't even read the responses clearly, its pretty much the only thing recommended thus far... hahaha it does fit the bill spot on though imo
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
That Azio keyboard seems almost superfluous. Plus it's only available in cherry blacks and doesn't look like it has media keys. Coincidentally I just bought a new mouse so I don't think I'll be needing another one any time soon, even if comes free.

The CM storm trigger is one that I've been considering. I know that the quickfire rapid get recommended a lot, but the only reason why I haven't looked into it is because it doesn't come with a number pad. I realize I could easily buy a separate pad for it, but I'd rather have it attached to the keyboard for convenience.
post #6 of 17
Ooo here another keyboard, its not out yet but this keyboard has a nasty attitude written all over it, only come with Brown switches. This is going to be a keyboard that a few people will have thumb.gif

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
^^^ that one indeed looks nice! What's the name and when will it they be releasing it?
post #8 of 17
Its call the Meka G1 Prime Edition its a keyboard that one of the sponsor player requested but they are going to sell them to the public but i don't know when it will be available mad.gif
post #9 of 17
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Looks like it's going to be expensive....
post #10 of 17
They all have a MSRP of $130, i bought the original Meka G! for $113 and that was only a few months after it went on sale. its a good keyboard but i haven't used it in a while since my girl took it to her job. Here it is
http://www.overclock.net/t/538389/mechanical-keyboard-club/9000#post_18086182
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