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Well, I was doing a lot of research lately as I want to find myself a perfect mechanical gaming keyboard so I was browsing a lot of manufacturers' sites, product descriptions, forums, etc...

I know that it's all about matter of custom preferences and there is no universal "the best" keyboard for everyone. But I started writing down the review sites' verdicts and scores to see the tendencies and I wanted to share the list with OCN public as well.

Before I post it, I want to kindly ask anyone that touched at least a couple or more keyboards from the list to put their two cents and tell which of the keyboards they did like most in comparison to other ones and why, this will help such people like me that are on crossroads trying to pick the best mechanical keyboard...

The keyboards on the list are more or less the ones that would fit my needs - full keyboards with not much fancy stuff.

Here goes the list (firstly the keyboard model and then the scores delimited with "|"):

SteelSeries 7G
98% | 10 | silver | 7/10 | 8.9/10 | 8.5/10 | 93%

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013
awesome | 10 | 3.5/5 | good | 8.9 | 4.5/5

FILCO Majestouch 2 FKBN104M/EB2 [BrownSwitch/Fullsize/US ASCII]
67 | 4/5 | 7/10 | 8/10 | 4/5 | 5/5

Qpad MK-50
9/10 | gold | 9.4/10 | Platinum | Elite | 7/10 | 9.3 | 9/10 | silver

WASD V1 105-Key

3/5 | 94%

Das Keyboard Model S Professional Tactile Soft
93% | 9/10 | 8.8/10 | gold | great | 8/10 | 7/10 | 4/5 | 4/5 | 4.5/5 | 9/10 | 3.5/5 | 9/10

Ducky DK9008 Shine 2
76% | 8 | 9/10 | silver

Zowie CELERITAS
9 | 8.6/10 | great | 8/10 | silver | 9/10 | 94% | Editor's choice | 9.1 | 9/10

CM Storm QuickFire Pro
8.5 | 94% | silver | bronze | 7.5 | gold | 9

Corsair Vengeance K60
4/5 | 9 | 4.5/5 | gold | editor's choice | essential | 8.95/10 | 9 | silver | 86%

Rosewill RK-9000RE
bronze | 8 | very good | recommended | impressive

ROCCAT Ryos MK (soon)
5/5 | I kind of want it smile.gif as I always prefer new stuff over the older...

From my point of view, the winners are the following (no specific listing order):
SteelSeries 7G
Qpad MK-50
Das Keyboard Model S Professional Tactile Soft
Zowie CELERITAS
Corsair Vengeance K60


I will probably wait for the end of March (the speculated date of release of Roccat Ryos) to see the reviews and choose the keyboard.

I am thinking of Cherry MX Brown switches for my keyboard, as I would like some typing/programming kind of work done sometimes, but I saw recommendations to pick the Reds.
Could the experienced users recommend me the Reds (for gaming and for some text typing)?
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IMO reviews aren't reliable sources of information as to selecting anything. It's best to learn the information by yourself, and then determine which keyboards you like for yourself based on features, switch types, bling (LED/no LED), etc. Also, reviewers don't review all keyboards that are out there, and sometimes reviewers aren't the smartest at reviewing products in that particular field.

If you haven't already, check out the mechanical keyboard guide by Manyak here. Then, see if you can try out any switches at a local store that stocks on mechs and find a niche/preference. If you don't have any local stores, list characteristics that you would like on a keyboard, keyboard usage, and switch weight preference (You can find the current switch depress weight by stacking nickels, which are ~5g each, and stacking them on top of a key until the key depresses. If you like the weight, or would like more, or less, just tell us - I'm sure there's a switch out there for you!). 

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Yes, one review doesn't matter anything much, but when there are 10 of them, backed up with various forum threads where real people rate the products, i think it is harder for average rating scores to be wrong
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I think the scores at the end of the review are the least interesting part.

The truth is that most of the manufacturers you have listed here, and some other notable ones like leopold, thermaltake etc. all make a decent product that would satisfy most people. The real deciding factor is what features someone is after. Do they want a no frills keyboard with a small footprint? Then they may go for a KBC poker or something tenkeyless like the Filco Majestouch 2 tkl. Or do they want backlighting? Macros? media keys? Detachable USB cord? Should they come with a specific kind of switch? PBT keycaps? Costar or Cherry stabilizers? All highly subjective and depending on individual preferences, intended use, and circumstances.

Go for the set of features that satisfy you. Not some average score. That is the best way to pick any peripheral. Just be careful of design mistakes. Some peripherals have known issues, and by reading some user feedback, (ironically, typically "professional reviews" completely miss them or do not spend enough time with the product to notice) you can find those out pretty fast. Some things you can live with (Filco ping) other things, like durability issues, keys being registered twice when pressed, odd layouts etc are deal breakers imo.

It is not like I do not appreciate what you are trying to do here, but take the Corsair K60 for example, which you have listed as a winner. It only comes in Cherry MX reds, is not fully mechanical, people do not love their drivers etc. That does not mean it is a bad keyboard, it just means it is not for everyone, and people should be aware of its specific set of features more than its average score on review websites.
Edited by kazuyamishima - 3/14/13 at 2:29pm
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If i don't really need macros and fancy LED things, is there some better options for the money than Qpad MK-50 with Cherry Reds costs? I decided to buy this one but still thinking if it's the best one for me.
SteelSeries 7G is a bit more expensive but I don't know if it's worth it
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Oh, sure there are!

DuckyChannel keyboards are excellent. Their newly updated budget range, the Zero, is $87 shipped for Cherry MX Black and Blue and $91 shipped for Cherry MX Red. 

You still should tell us your keyboard usage, however, as that will help us choose a correct switch for you.

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I chose the switch already, I want to go Red. It's not that I want a budget keyboard, it's just I don't want to pay for something I won't be using.

But I really liked the Ducky DK9008 Shine 2 for its minimalistic design, no big logos and big numlock etc. flashlingts. Can you recommend this one?
Or do all the keybords with the same switch type are more or less the same, and just all the addons - design, other features and built materials/quality what matters?
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