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Whatup everyone

I'm on the lookout for a new gaming keyboard, and I must say finding one has proven difficult. As I'm a YouTuber by trade, I have special requirements for what my keyboard must and must not do. For example I need it to not make a lot of sound one I type, because my gameplay commentary will suffer for it, which is why I usually avoid mechanical keyboards like the plague. I am aware that the longevity isn't the same, but switching out the keyboard every other year isn't a biggy for me. Beyond that I it hate when there is additional buttons on the left side, as it always offsets my typing and typing. I have been told I'll get use to it, but I had a logitech one with it back in the day, and beyond dying within 6 months I never did get use to it

At the moment I have a Razer Lycosa which I love, beyond all the ******* bugs it has (it just goes mad sometimes, and sometimes takes several replugs to fix).

Now as the title says I'm looking at the Razer DeathStalker Expert and the Microsoft SideWinder X4. The reason I'm not going straight for the SiderWinder which has miles better reviews is that the buttons has no mat finish (rubbery feel), it has those mechanical looking buttons, which while not being mechanical, still scares me a bit, and lastly it has those dreaded left side macro buttons.

Given that I don't switch peripherals all that often, I thought I'd ask here. Given my needs, which would you choose, and please don't feel limited to the to mentioned above.
post #2 of 9

What you need is a good keyboard that has good scissor-switches. These are what you can find in laptop keyboards and the good ones can be very quiet. Not only that, but they have a good feel!

 

Unfortunately, I don't know of any. I've been out of the loop way too long.

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post #3 of 9
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That would indeed be magnificent though I have never heard of anyone keyboard with those buttons beyond, as you say, laptops. The Lycosa seem alright too gets the job done as well, even though it doesn't exactly those buttons, and the only reason I don't just repurchase it, is the numerous problems it has. The thing to look for seem to be that the buttons are flat, and that the keyboard is none-mechanical.
post #4 of 9

I remember from the Mechanical Keyboard Guide that there are some (not many) that have scissor-switches.

 

Yeah, the Lycosa is extremely overpriced garbage. I owned it and yeah, it's barely even worth $5. Although, I loved it when it was new. Don't get me wrong.

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post #5 of 9
Cherry G86 "CyMotion" and Cherry G85 "eVolution" are reportedly pretty good and silent. They have that laptop keyboard feel, aren't mechanical. The keys still get pressed fine if you don't hit them in the center (at least with the G86 line). They are about 20 EUR around here, but their price in the US seems bad and like a rip off (looked at amazon.com).
post #6 of 9
MX blacks are very quiet. I love my Steelseries 6gv2.
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post #7 of 9
If you get an MX red keyboard and put O-rings on each switch you shouldn't have too many problems with people hearing your keyboard.

Or Topre, if it's in your budget.
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post #8 of 9
The o-rings go on the keycaps, but yeah.
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #9 of 9
i've got a microsoft sidewinder x4, and really like it. i can give a better review of it after work when i have more time to type on it. but the keys arent rubbery, they have a matte type finish to them. only complaint i have on the board is that the ESC key is not the very top left key. the top left is for switching profiles. however with the profiles you can set them to disable certain keys (windows key is disabled in 2 and 3 by default) i like it
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