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Originally Posted by mehta23 View Post

The quiet mechanical keyboards cheaper than £50. I'll keep the look out for Cherry Black's :-P

I'm guessing there won't be any slim/laptop like mechanical keyboards (although there is that Razer one)

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low profile mechanical switches exist, such as the Cherry ML series, but they are incredibly rare in stand alone keyboards. They are mostly found in very high end durability-focused laptops, or for interfaces in larger equipment or terminals.

With said rarity in mind, It's doubtful you will find one that is cheap enough to fit your budget.



Now, with full size keyboards, pretty much any board with Cherry MX Red, Black, or brown will be quiet (in order from quietest to least quiet).

There are also other switch manufacturers such as topre, but I'm going to ignore those for now because some of them (topre for instance) are too expensive, others are reguarded as inferior (modern alps) and the remainder are hard to find due to age or confusing due to lack of standardization.

Blacks might be a bit tough to type on for some users, so let's rule that out since you were worried about mechanicals being too hard to type on in an earlier post.

So that leaves us with red and brown switches. I personally find brown easier to type on because the tactile bump tells you exactly when you have actuated the switch (and thus when you can release). Reds however may be physically easier due to there being less force required to actuate them so if you know you are going to bottom out every time anyway, red will be "easier". Keep in mind that BOTH of these types require less force than a typical rubber membrane board, so both should be "easier" than you are used to.

So, with all that in mind, my question to you is what switch do you want? Red or brown? Do you have any additional requirements as well other than low cost?
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low profile mechanical switches exist, such as the Cherry ML series, but they are incredibly rare in stand alone keyboards. They are mostly found in very high end durability-focused laptops, or for interfaces in larger equipment or terminals.

You can get Cherry ML switches in the Cherry g84 series of keyboards, with versions available on Newegg or Amaczon for under $80. That said, not everyone winds up liking the MLs, so the OP might have better results if he considers higher-profile options.
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others are reguarded as inferior (modern alps)

I wouldn't say that as a universal statement...the new Matias switches, for instance, are quite well-regarded, especially for typing, and are available in a quiet form (with integrated damping) which may be relevant here (though it sounds like the OP might prefer something a bit lighter).
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post #23 of 54
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The only £50 G84 wasn't full sized ;-(

I beginning to think that the X4 is my best bet. Or the Challenger Pro - but i don't know if TT is good to buy from....

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I'm gonna take the plunge and order the X4. If it isn't up to scratch ill be considering the Logitech Illuminated or the cherry g85 as backups

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post #25 of 54
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I'm gonna take the plunge and order the X4. If it isn't up to scratch ill be considering the Logitech Illuminated or the cherry g85 as backups

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I love the X4 and the X6. Both are great gaming keyboards.

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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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I had a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 for the last 9 months, and crap keyboards before that. While the X4 is a great gaming keyboard for the price, you absolutely need to try a mechanical.

I opened up my Corsair Vengeance K90 like 3 hours ago and oh...my...god.

How it feels to type on this thing is ineffable. I now fully understand the hype. It's not hype. Mechanicals are the light and the way.
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I wouldn't use the Logitech Illuminated for gaming, especially for FPSes. Some commonly used key combinations don't work. Logitech's answer is that it's not meant for gaming...

I loved my MS Sidewinder X6 and was about to get the X4 until I got a mechanical keyboard for a little more than what the X4 was going for at the time. The Sidewinder can really take abuse, the keys are nice and crisp and the backlighting is pretty even. The X4 has massive key rollover so there's little chance that a key combo will be canceled out. The wrist rest does kinda suck though, especially after being spoiled by the one on the CM Storm Trigger.
post #28 of 54
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Most mechanical keyboard are way to expensive for me... The only one roughly in budget is a £50 Steel series 6gv or something like that....

I ordered my X4 which shouldve come today but i didn't hear the door knock (not even the bell) so i think it should come tomorrow.

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post #29 of 54
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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.

After trying to "mod" my G15 v1 (I took it apart to spray the silver plastic purple, the best color of all right?) and in the process breaking it, I had to buy another keyboard and have always leaned towards Logitech, (don't call me a fan boy, their craftsmanship is excellent and I can testify on their behalf for quality products) I picked up the G110 for $49 @ a TigerDirect store. I'd give it a 9/10 for value, it's keys aren't the smoothest to type but I absolutely love the expandability on this unit, not to mention that you can change the keyboard's lighting to purple, yes, I said it, purple. All in all, I'd recommend it:thumb:
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post #30 of 54
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The X4 arrived today! I must say that I don't know if I like the styling, but the keys are pretty short travel (how I like it ;-)) and it's a little bit quieter than my current keyboard - the main difference is the sound it makes... Hard to describe but it's less clicky....

The only problem is that the light under the shift key is more dim on the right half than the left...? Is that common?

I'll report back after some typing, gaming and playing about with macros :-D

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