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So I finally decided I am in the market for a new keyboard and mouse specifically a mechanical keyboard. With the cost of the keyboards being pretty high compared to what I normally spend on keyboards I figured I should probably look for features that I am interested in having over just buying whatever is on sale. The main feature that I was interested in finding was hardware level macro's but so far I have not found many that advertise that they do macro's at a hardware level. My Main question would be are there other keyboards that do hardware level macro's that I don't know about? Also do you have any recommendations for keyboards that do hardware level macro's and if not as a last resort for keyboards that are just good keyboards.

The main keyboard I have seen that advertises hardware level macros is (Skydigital nKeyboard)
http://skyok.co.kr/?this_in=product_view&seq=628&cat=3&sort=52&view=hidden

the main problems with that keyboard is paying to import it, lengthy shipping times, and a uk English format

Thank you for your time thumb.gif
post #2 of 6
Just want to point out that the one in your link is the wrong kind of nKeyboard...that one, the "nKEY-1", isn't even mechanical. The Skydigital you're thinking of (with hardware macros) is the "Mechanic 2" model.

As for others with the same feature...I think I've seen some around. Look a bit, and thou shalt find. It'd be a bit of a pain to try and make an exhaustive list, but if you have preferences on other attributes, maybe we could find one that fits.
Edited by FoxWolf1 - 2/2/13 at 8:57pm
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the only other things i have found that advertises hardware level macros would be Emukey EK1 and X-keys. Perhaps its my keywords im using to search with but I cant find any other keyboards that say specifically that the macros they use are emulated at a hardware level.

though those dont really fall under mechanical keyboards lol


I might just give up on the hardware level macro's it is looking like it would be easier to find a software with the capabilities to do hardware macro's its just not as convenient.
Edited by desolater543 - 2/2/13 at 9:31pm
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the only other things i have found that advertises hardware level macros would be Emukey EK1 and X-keys. Perhaps its my keywords im using to search with but I cant find any other keyboards that say specifically that the macros they use are emulated at a hardware level.

though those dont really fall under mechanical keyboards lol

Yeah, you probably shouldn't look for a specific phrase like "hardware level macros"...instead, look for things like 1) where are the macros stored; 2) where are they executed; 3) does any software have to be running for them to work....etc. If the macros are stored on the device, run on a processor inside the device, and don't require any software, that should do it, right?
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post #5 of 6
The Razer BlackWidow ultimate 2013 is the best keyboard i've ever owned and i've had alot. I havent messed with it much but it has a on the fly macro button on it and you can also use razer synapse to do basically whatever you want.

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyboards-keypads/razer-blackwidow-ultimate-2013/

LOVE the mat black finish. Can't stand glossy things lol.
Very high quality. Takes extreme force to get any flex out of this board.

TECH SPECS
Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
Individually backlit keys
1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
Programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
Gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
Unlimited customizable profiles
5 additional macro keys
Gaming optimized key matrix for minimized ghosting
Multi-Media Controls
Braided fibre cable
Audio-Out / Mic-In Jacks
USB-Passthrough
Approximate Size : 475 mm / 18.70” (Width) x 171 mm / 6.73” (Height) x 30 mm / 1.18” (Depth)
Approximate Weight: 1500 g / 3.31 lbs

Edit: Fixed my post had wrong link.
Edited by Silentsoul_600 - 2/2/13 at 10:08pm
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I have been looking at razers because I heard that they might be what I need through random forum posts somewhere else. The only thing I have not figured out is how the macros are actually implemented from the looks of that keyboard razer synapse would lead me to believe they are emulated at a software level. There is a high chance the program I want to use it with will outright block the macros from working ( the reason I just threw my paperweight I mean g15 away) thanks for the recommendation though once I give up on the macros I am going to look at this as a candidate it really does look sick.
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