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post #1 of 7
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Basically I'm looking for a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Black (and black only) switches, preferably one that isn't going to break my wallet.

Right now I have the steel series 6gv2, which has black switches. It has a fairly nice typing experience but the main issue that I'm noticing with it is that the space bar is already sticking and the printing on the keys is already fading.

I'd prefer a keyboard that has backlighting due to this key-fading issue (note that I've only had it for TWO days and it's already fading significantly).

I've looked at the HPE-87 and it seems like a fairly nice keyboard, but I fear that it will have the same issue. I don't understand why a keyboard that costs 100$ would have it's keys fade after 2 days when I've had a 20 dollar no-name membrane keyboard for 2 years with no fading at all (not backlit).

Regardless, if you didn't read all of that the TL;DR version of this post is

- Mechanical keyboard with cherry MX Black switches
- Preferably backlit
- Preferably not over 120$ Canadian
- If not backlit, the keys will not fade (this really pisses me off)

Thanks for reading and I look forward to some suggestions
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post #2 of 7
I don't know how much it costs in Canada but maybe a CM Trigger. If you want back lighting for under 120. (Blacks can be a little harder to find also)
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post #3 of 7
http://www.cmstore-usa.com/quickfire-pro-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/

It has a back lit gaming cluster. Not all black lit. I have had used this keyboard for 4 months and no fading on the key caps yet. However if it does start to fade you could go to http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/ and buy key cap sets and some of them are GREAT quality.
post #4 of 7
This is good for finding keyboards. Most of the stuff on here is good: http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
So basically after looking on the market for mechanical keyboards, the general theme I seem to be seeing is that if you want a really good mechanical keyboard you should be prepared to spend ~ 150$. Fading key-caps really piss me off, especially for a product that's as expensive as these. I'm going to buy a Filco, primarily this model "Filco Majestouch 2 Ninja Cherry MX Black Switch 87 Key Mechanical Keyboard".

It's plain, it's not an eyesore, it has decent reviews and it has it's keycaps printed on the front of the keys. I typically am a touch typist, so this doesn't really matter anyways and if I ever needed a reference they're on the sides of the keys regardless. I've heard that Filcos have a good construction quality, if anyone could verify this for me I'd be grateful.
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post #6 of 7
Filcos are amazing quality keyboards. However I want to make sure that you know Black keys are the best choice for you. I highly suggest the MX Cherry Browns they are much more comfortable to type on (for me) than blacks. I would highly suggest trying out the brown switches if you have a chance.
post #7 of 7
Blackwidow Ultimate. It's worth it just for the macro keys. They can be mapped to perform any command /task- literally, any.
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