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I need a keyboard recommendation. I've used three keyboards extensively, but only one felt right: the keyboard on my old Dell Inspiron 1545. The keys felt heavier than the other two I've used lately, which are these:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GK-K6800-Modern-Multi-Media-Keyboard/dp/B004KSOEW8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372001833&sr=8-1&keywords=gigabyte+keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/Azio-Tri-Color-Backlit-Keyboard-KB505U/dp/B008CXTX7S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1372001947&sr=1-1&keywords=azio+keyboard

Now I loved the layout of the Gigabyte, I got it specifically for the volume control and multimedia buttons. I got the Azio because I was tired of not being able to type in the dark. But I can't type for crap on either of them. I think it's because the keys are too easy to press. Can someone recommend me a good keyboard with "heavy" keys, multimedia buttons (a volume knob isn't necessary, but pause and skip are), and backlit keys? My case and mouse are Thermaltake it'd be neat to complete the set, but it's not necessary by any means.

edit: And the color red is a bonus. I like everything to match.
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NZXT Phantom White with Red Trim Thermaltake Black Combat White Awesome 8" Zildjian A Splash Mousepad Logitech Z623 
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Behringer Xenyx 302 USB 
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WD 320GB  Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Stock Intel HSF Win 7 64bit 
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If you need heavier keys, I suggest you look in mechanical keyboards with Cherry MX Black switches. They are linear switches but are heavier than the common rubber-dome ones. I am using a SteelSeries one but there are so many I don't even know where to begin.

Something like this if you are fine with the 10-keyless design:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129007

The multimedia buttons are there but unfortunately, it doesn't seem that the black switches have a backlit version.
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Originally Posted by daveezy View Post

If you need heavier keys, I suggest you look in mechanical keyboards with Cherry MX Black switches. They are linear switches but are heavier than the common rubber-dome ones. I am using a SteelSeries one but there are so many I don't even know where to begin.

Something like this if you are fine with the 10-keyless design:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129007

The multimedia buttons are there but unfortunately, it doesn't seem that the black switches have a backlit version.

Compare to the keyboards that he has used any Cherry will be heavier.

If you are looking for Mechanical then you will have to spend $80+.

To start off look at CM Quick Fire TK.
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