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Oh. My. God. That butterboard. Hahaha, it's easter so it would be fitting. Until monday.

I've been reading some since last night, does anyone have a release date for the MX RGB switches? All I could find said 2014, but not when.

On another note, really wish we had some shops with mechs in stock here, so I could try them out.
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Originally Posted by Jeppzer View Post

Oh. My. God. That butterboard. Hahaha, it's easter so it would be fitting. Until monday.

I've been reading some since last night, does anyone have a release date for the MX RGB switches? All I could find said 2014, but not when.

On another note, really wish we had some shops with mechs in stock here, so I could try them out.

Corsair has exclusive rights to the MX RGB switches for this year, they will be releasing boards by the summer I would imagine.

As for the switches, you could get a switch sampler which will give you an idea of what each switch feels like, although they obviously can't illustrate completely what it feels like to type on a board with a given switch. There are a list of ones to choose from in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide, the link is in my sig). smile.gif
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  • Location: USA]
  • Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Looking at Alps and Topre(More looking at Alps)
  • Price: Upto $450 if it's worth it
  • Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): No, Won't even consider it. Sorry
  • Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): At least TKL
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Long discussions and reports mainly, as well as admin work on my site. No programming and a tiny bit of gaming(all non-competitive)
  • USB/ PS2: Either/or
  • KRO: Yes
  • Macro keys (yes/ no): I don't need them
  • Media keys (yes/ no): Nah, but not a big deal
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US ANSI, Will look at ergonomic keyboards as well
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Not sure
  • *Noise level (high/low): I currently use MX Blues, not really a concern
  • *Tactility (yes/ no): Will consider either option, preference for tactical
  • *Stiffness (high/ low): High, and I'd prefer something that can help stop me from bottoming out. MX Blue is too light/too little resistance

Just going to note now that I've tried MX Clears in the past and was not a fan of them. They are perhaps a tad too stiff, but I'm looking for something in that range to keep me from bottoming out. I currently have a Ducky Year of the Tiger MX Blues which has spoiled me with it's PBT keys. I really don't' want to go back to ABS though I'm open to trying other premium materials.
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Originally Posted by RedCloudFuneral View Post

  • Location: USA]
  • Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Looking at Alps and Topre(More looking at Alps)
  • Price: Upto $450 if it's worth it
  • Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): No, Won't even consider it. Sorry
  • Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): At least TKL
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Long discussions and reports mainly, as well as admin work on my site. No programming and a tiny bit of gaming(all non-competitive)
  • USB/ PS2: Either/or
  • KRO: Yes
  • Macro keys (yes/ no): I don't need them
  • Media keys (yes/ no): Nah, but not a big deal
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US ANSI, Will look at ergonomic keyboards as well
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Not sure
  • *Noise level (high/low): I currently use MX Blues, not really a concern
  • *Tactility (yes/ no): Will consider either option, preference for tactical
  • *Stiffness (high/ low): High, and I'd prefer something that can help stop me from bottoming out. MX Blue is too light/too little resistance

Just going to note now that I've tried MX Clears in the past and was not a fan of them. They are perhaps a tad too stiff, but I'm looking for something in that range to keep me from bottoming out. I currently have a Ducky Year of the Tiger MX Blues which has spoiled me with it's PBT keys. I really don't' want to go back to ABS though I'm open to trying other premium materials.

When you say "at least TKL" do you mean TKL and smaller or TKL and bigger?
post #1205 of 2365
Been reading through a bit, and I'm curious as to why Max Keyboards isn't brought up? I've had mine for almost a year, and it's rock solid, great features, great customer service and priced very reasonably. http://www.maxkeyboard.com/

I have the Nighthawk X8 (black switches) customized.
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This thread was made so people could come and get suggestions of what boards to look at before they buy. This isn't meant to be a thread where just I can offer suggestions, I welcome other people to give suggestions as well.

There are some reasons why Max Keyboards offerings aren't recommended by me more often, the most prominent is that the pricing, despite seeming friendly to people in the US or Canada, is far too high for me to recommend to anyone in Europe or even further out from the US.

To give you an idea, the Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 is $150 from their site, and to get it shipped here would be $60 in shipping (a quote from their site), plus 20% VAT, plus a customs charge, which would put the total price for the board shipped at over $260. The Nighthawk is arguably worth $150, it is not worth $260 when I could get a Corsair K95, Logitech G710+ or a Ducky Shine 3 for considerably less.

Even better than that, I could get a QPAD MK85 which as far as I am aware, is exactly the same as the Nighthawk, for $60 less than the Nighthawk shipped here.

This issue isn't just relevant for people here in the UK, you could expect high shipping costs for a Max Keyboard anywhere outside of North America (expected given the weight and size of a well-packaged keyboard), and a large number of the posters in here are based outside of North America.

Regardless, Max Keyboard don't make bad products, they were even recommended enough to get on the Recommended Mechanical Keyboards list.

As mentioned at the start of this post, this thread isn't made exclusively for me, if you feel I am forgetting to mention a good keyboard, then go ahead and mention it, the more choices the person posting has, the better.
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

This thread was made so people could come and get suggestions of what boards to look at before they buy. This isn't meant to be a thread where just I can offer suggestions, I welcome other people to give suggestions as well.

There are some reasons why Max Keyboards offerings aren't recommended by me more often, the most prominent is that the pricing, despite seeming friendly to people in the US or Canada, is far too high for me to recommend to anyone in Europe or even further out from the US.

To give you an idea, the Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 is $150 from their site, and to get it shipped here would be $60 in shipping (a quote from their site), plus 20% VAT, plus a customs charge, which would put the total price for the board shipped at over $260. The Nighthawk is arguably worth $150, it is not worth $260 when I could get a Corsair K95, Logitech G710+ or a Ducky Shine 3 for considerably less.

Even better than that, I could get a QPAD MK85 which as far as I am aware, is exactly the same as the Nighthawk, for $60 less than the Nighthawk shipped here.

This issue isn't just relevant for people here in the UK, you could expect high shipping costs for a Max Keyboard anywhere outside of North America (expected given the weight and size of a well-packaged keyboard), and a large number of the posters in here are based outside of North America.

Regardless, Max Keyboard don't make bad products, they were even recommended enough to get on the Recommended Mechanical Keyboards list.

As mentioned at the start of this post, this thread isn't made exclusively for me, if you feel I am forgetting to mention a good keyboard, then go ahead and mention it, the more choices the person posting has, the better.

PFt, Europe. tongue.gif

Okay, I totally understand. It's too true that you guys in Europe get railed on importing items, let alone the price of items to begin with. Curious if you've heard anything new on the Cougar 700K at all?
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Need a compact keyboard for taking around with me. Thanks in advance. smile.gif
  • Location: UK
  • Any keyboards you currently have in mind: The Race II is nice, but a bit expensive.
  • Price: I'm open but cheaper is better.
  • Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): Preferably no to save money, if it has backlighting I'll just turn it off.
  • Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): TKL or the same layout as the Race II, I don't know the name of it but it's like 60% with arrow keys and function keys.
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Typing, programming, web browsing gaming... everything.
  • USB/ PS2: USB.
  • KRO: 6+
  • Macro keys (yes/ no): No.
  • Media keys (yes/ no): Would be nice but because of the keyboard size I want, I don't know if it'll be possible.
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): UK ISO.
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Not decided yet, probably MX Blue.
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post

PFt, Europe. tongue.gif

Okay, I totally understand. It's too true that you guys in Europe get railed on importing items, let alone the price of items to begin with. Curious if you've heard anything new on the Cougar 700K at all?

Yeah, import taxes can get pretty bad over here. tongue.gif

I haven't heard much about it yet, not sure why they went with a split spacebar though.

EDIT: Actually I imagine so it's easier to actuate when playing games, a shorter spacebar means it will have less wobble and probably press down more uniformly.

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Originally Posted by twerk View Post

Need a compact keyboard for taking around with me. Thanks in advance. smile.gif
  • Location: UK
  • Any keyboards you currently have in mind: The Race II is nice, but a bit expensive.
  • Price: I'm open but cheaper is better.
  • Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): Preferably no to save money, if it has backlighting I'll just turn it off.
  • Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): TKL or the same layout as the Race II, I don't know the name of it but it's like 60% with arrow keys and function keys.
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Typing, programming, web browsing gaming... everything.
  • USB/ PS2: USB.
  • KRO: 6+
  • Macro keys (yes/ no): No.
  • Media keys (yes/ no): Would be nice but because of the keyboard size I want, I don't know if it'll be possible.
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): UK ISO.
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Not decided yet, probably MX Blue.

Other than the RACE II there's not a great deal of choice for 75% keyboards, there's the Noppoo Choc Mini, but I'm not sure it's produced with the ISO layout.

Would you definitely need dedicated function keys? If not the KBT Poker II would be a great choice.
Edited by Paradigm84 - 4/21/14 at 8:34am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

Other than the RACE II there's not a great deal of choice for 75% keyboards, there's the Noppoo Choc Mini, but I'm not sure it's produced with the ISO layout.

Would you definitely need dedicated function keys? If not the KBT Poker II would be a great choice.
Yeah, the arrow keys and function keys are a must really.

I am open to TKL suggestions as well. I just like the 75% design because it's a bit more compact.
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