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Hi guys,

I'm looking to replace my Kensington ValuKeyboard mainly because it's too loud, and i find typing on it to be a real chore.
I was thinking of getting a gaming keyboard, or just one that is similar to a laptop one (I prefer not having to press really hard... Although a good quality k/b might be ok)

I don't really want to spend more than £35...but my max is around £50.

Options I've seen :

Ms Sidewinder X4 : £35
Logitech G110 : £40
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard : £50
Thermaltake esports Challenger/Pro :£35/50
Steel series G6V2 : £50

I've never bought a non-value keyboard before, so I don't really know t to look for.

Thanks!

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post #2 of 54
I suggest making the jump to mechanical and dealing with the sound. It will be more expensive, and yes the keyboard will "click" when you type, but they are insanely better quality and lovely to type on. All the keyboards you link pretty much all use the same plastic caps. They are $10 keyboards in $75 packages.

Ducky Shine II DK9008S2 with Brown Switches:
http://tigerimports.net/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=12123

Here's a video that will show you what I mean by "clicks":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L3tuN5PkEQ

If you search around for a Duckie 1 it will probably be closer to your budget, but they may be hard to find now. There are other mechanical keyboard options too. If you can't push the budget that far... any non-mechanical keyboard is essentially the same in my eyes. Go with one that has the media features you want and doesn't break your budget. You really don't need to spend £50 on a plastic cap keyboard. thumb.gif
Edited by Murlocke - 2/15/13 at 7:54am
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I have had mechanical keyboards and plastic cap keyboards. Mechanical Keyboards are overpriced claiming that they are built better and last longer. I could buy 5 X4's for the price of a ducky shine.

I love my Microsoft X4 and X6 keyboards. I have used the x4 for almost two years and it is still in MINT condition.

best gaming keyboard at that price!
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post #5 of 54
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I've heard the noise the mechanical ones make and i think it'd annoy me a lot.

I've also seen that perimax as well as some cheap chiclet style keyboards - but I've been told to stay away from cheap mkes and go for MS or logitech.

The X4 seems to be the overall package. Looking at some videos it seems to have fairly shallow keys so i might get that then.

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post #6 of 54
I can personally vouch for the Logitech G110, its a fantastic keyboard, but its older brother, the G510 is better, you can even have your computer temps on the screen on it.
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post #7 of 54
That sidewinder x4 is the best bang for your buck. Coming from a guy that only uses mechanical keyboards; if you don't want noise don't pick one up. They're expensive and will cause your snob level to raise incredibly.
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post #8 of 54
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post

. All the keyboards you link pretty much all use the same plastic caps. They are $10 keyboards in $75 packages.

any non-mechanical keyboard is essentially the same in my eyes... You really don't need to spend £50 on a plastic cap keyboard. thumb.gif

Some keyboards offer extra features, but i see what you mean. I don't really wanna spend £50 on Just a keyboard, but i don't want it to be loud either.
Quote:

That's only available in a US layout. There's a older version in a UK layout but it isn't illuminated.
I also found a Cherry XT G85 for about £30. Doesn't seem too bad.
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Originally Posted by ADHDadditiv View Post

I can personally vouch for the Logitech G110, its a fantastic keyboard, but its older brother, the G510 is better, you can even have your computer temps on the screen on it.

The G110 is now out of my budget.

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post #9 of 54
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Does the Tt Challenger non-pro have the same keyboard keys (laptop style) as the pro version?

@anyone with an X4 : are the keys similar to that of a laptop?

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post #10 of 54
I personally have had really good luck with Logitech keyboards. I bought a G15 version 1 back 2007- 2008 and still use it today. Actually I now own the G13, G15, and G19 from Logitech. They all work well for gaming with the programmable keys and back lighting for late nights raising hell online. biggrin.gif
     
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