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So tonight I thought i would stop into my local MSY and buy a nice new keyboard for myself as my trusty old X6 sidewinder is on its very last legs.

Picked up a Thermaltake TTeSports Challenger Pro keyboard on the way home i get rear ended in my car pushed into the next car and now i am in pain....

Anyways after some painkillers i sat myself down plugged in the new keyboard and loaded up some BF3 felt like i was playing with big thick gloves lol. I know there would be some adjustment time but WOW not sure i will ever get used to this board...

Keys are so flat and very close together hard to tell them apart, back lighting is very poor on max level and the novelty feature fan is lacking, can barley feel it, i think a Usb fan like so would be 100 times better. Anyways lonnnnng story short think meds kicking in smile.gif

Looking for a better keyboard with a few must have features:
Good/Decent back lighting.
Good for gaming but studies as well.(AutoCAD, Word, Excel)

Bonus features that would be nice:
Macro keys not many just a few is fine.
Media keys


I would like something that will last years like my old X6 but not destroy my student bank balance hahah, No Razor thanks their mice put me off.


So i was not looking for a mechanical keyboard but after some reading they seem to be the go.

So far Ducky shine II White LED (MX Black) Mechanical Keyboard or Ducky shine II White LED (MX Red) Mechanical Keyboard. Till then i was thinking something along the lines of a Logitech g510 or something lol.

So with the ducky shine II, can i get keys that raise the WASD key a bit more to make them stand out a bit more and a lower profile caps lock key( as i have a habit of hitting it ALL the time)

Or am i now asking too much tongue.gif

Also any other ideas or similar board would be great thanks.
post #2 of 8
The Ducky Shine is a great board but I personally use a Filco Majestouch 2. The build quality and performance is great but it might be one of the brands you'd want to avoid due to your requirements.

Also, you haven't mentioned what switches you'd like. Do you have any preference or are you unsure of what you want to go with?
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Hi thanks for the reply.

I am thinking Reds or maybe blacks, new to this mechanical keyboard stuff so not 100% from what i have seen is reds are good for gaming/typing ? and blacks are for full gaming ?
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People may disagree with me but it all depends on the person using the board. I wouldn't tell someone that they're using the wrong switches for what they're doing.

However, people tend to use blacks for gaming. I personally use blues and experience no issues. I got blues as they're lighter than blacks (although not as light as reds) and I love the tactile feedback / clicking action. The sound isn't for everyone but there are switches that cater for nearly all needs so I'm sure that you'll find the right ones for you. A quick search should give you all switch types and their characteristics.
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So with the ducky shine II, can i get keys that raise the WASD key a bit more to make them stand out a bit more and a lower profile caps lock key( as i have a habit of hitting it ALL the time)

The great thing about mechanical boards that use MX switches is that you buy keycaps separately to fit your needs or preferences. Check the display image of my signature system for an example of what I have done with my keyboard.

Also, I noticed that you're new around here so welcome to the forums! Check out some of the links in my signature to learn a little bit more about the forums. I'm sure you'll learn everything you need to know around here!
Edited by Crooksy - 3/21/13 at 5:01am
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I use the Shine II w/reds and it's incredible. I tested out blues/reds/browns each for a few weeks (blacks at the store, but didn't like so much as they're just a stiffer red) and I went with the reds. The reds have no tactile feel and are very light, but I find I can just glide across the keys with them. I enjoy them for both gaming and typing, and really look forward to using my PC just so I can type on this thing. As with many other reviews out there that I'm sure you've read, the Ducky is very well made and very sturdy. It is a no-frills keyboard which i exactly what I wanted. You say you would like macro keys so be aware that this has none, though it does have the media keys that work with the Function key. To be honest the only one I use is the mute function occasionally.

I was in a similar position as you not long ago as I was trying to figure out which keys I wanted to go with. I would very much advise to go out and try the different types of keys if you can. Find a local store that won't hassle you for returns and that way you can get a good feel for each type. I've found that mechanical key switches are a very personal preference so it's good to give each a test run of sorts. Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Crooksy View Post

The great thing about mechanical boards that use MX switches is that you buy keycaps separately to fit your needs or preferences. Check the display image of my signature system for an example of what I have done with my keyboard.!
Is there some main websites for custom or different keys for these boards ?
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Also, I noticed that you're new around here so welcome to the forums! Check out some of the links in my signature to learn a little bit more about the forums. I'm sure you'll learn everything you need to know around here!

Thank you, done so much reading last few days head is full of information atm close to overload tongue.gif
post #7 of 8
I know WASD keyboards has a tool where you can design your own completely custom sets. I personally only wanted blank keys with blank red WASD + ESC so I actually bought those from WASD's eBay store.

Be warned though, they're more expensive than you might think!
Edited by Crooksy - 3/21/13 at 7:46am
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From what I read, I don't think MX Blacks would be good because the extra force required for each press will wear your fingers out if you are using it constantly.

Personally I like MX Browns. I've used my MX brown keyboard the the past couple of semesters for AutoCAD, excel, word documents etc. and i couldn't ask for anything better. I find it very easy to type as well as being good for gaming. You get the nice 'feedback' from each key press while also not being too clicky or hard to press. I would also suggest getting the O ring dampeners. they work like a charm.
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