Originally Posted by Killerlinez
I just saw that if i would buy the K90 It would cost 200+ dollar so no thank you =) But the CM Storm Quick Fire Ultimate/Rapid, what about it? It seems totally legit for me =) And many people loved it =D (What's the difference between rapid and ultimate?)
the k90 is discontinued, so thats why that price was so inflated ( its trash anyway, if you were looking at it, get the k95 instead )
Corsair K95 with one of my CoolerMaster QuickFire rapids underneath ( with white aftermarket caps )
The QuickFire Rapids ( commonly called QFR for short ) are amazing for the price. Note they are TKL boards, not full size like the ultimate.
They can be had for $70-100 depending on your switch preference, and by far are one of the best entry keyboards, and one of the best for the buck all around.
I've had 4 or 5 now I think.
- excellent build quality
- good price
- standard keycap size ( so aftermarket cap kits will fit )
- easily modable ( you can paint them, change the switches, add caps, etc )
- removable/replaceable cable
- has media keys ( though you have to press FN+F12 for volume up for example )
- comes with ps2 adaptor.
- hold their resell value well
The only thing you may miss out on is they are not back lit, but if thats a must, then there is the new QuickFire Rapid-I, which is basically a QFR with backlights and cool lighting modes. ( only comes in mx brown, $150 )
I've never owned an ultimate, so I can't say how good it is. To me ( my opinion ) it seems a bit too 'gamery' for my taste with the pointless cut outs in the plastic. Also note it lacks standard keycap sizes, so like some of the others mentioned, aftermarket caps may not fit )
If you want a cheaper full size, that does not have back lights, then the QuickFire XT is a better option, standard sizes, nice clean layout, and overall a pretty good board ( basically its a full size version of the QFR )
( my quickfire XT, heavily modded though )
If you can bump your budget up, and are still wanting a full size back lit board, the Ducky Shine 3 would be the best bet for a full size backlit board that isn't skipping in quality. ($140-150 ) comes in multiple switch options, and led color options, so you have lots of options going with one of those. There is also a cheaper ducky, that is backlit and is around $100, though does not feature the lighting options that the Shine3 has.Edited by Jixr - 5/16/14 at 1:28pm