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Hi all,
Looking for a good mechanical keyboard. It will be my first mechanical that I have ever purchased, and with the following preferences, I would like your opinions on what to purchase.
  • Around $150 or less (keeping in mind that I live in Australia)
  • Backlighting
  • Good for gaming (FPS mainly, no need for too many extra keys)
  • Not too noisy (I know mechanical keys are noisy by nature, but I have heard there are exceptions with different key switches etc.)
  • Can remove and add different keycaps
  • Tenkeyless is okay

All of your opinions and advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! smile.gif
Edited by Xeada - 9/30/13 at 4:30am
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The only thing that I can contribute is this: it's not the mechanical switches that are noisy by nature. It's the sound of bottoming out the keycap onto the top of the casing of the key switch that makes the noise because it's plastic hitting plastic. You can make this same noise on any "rubber dome" keyboard (they are technically "membrane" keyboards), so there isn't much of a difference here.

 

So, when talking about the sound a mechanical keyboard makes, it's about how much sound is added or not added by the switch. Clicky switches add a little "click" to each keystroke, and non-clicky switches don't. Therefore, non-clicky switches are "silent".

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I would recommend going out and trying the switches for yourself instead of listening to what some other person says. Not to discredit other overclock.net poster, but it is a personal thing. I think someone said that you cannot go into stores in Australia and just open up keyboards and try them or something, so if that is the case, you can buy a wasd key tester in which one of each of the major keys are sent to you so you can get a feel for them.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/wasd-sampler-kit.html

or one of these for an experience more similar to actually typing

http://www.amazon.com/Max-Keyboard-Keycap-Cherry-Sampler/dp/B00E71W4O8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380602606&sr=8-1&keywords=cherry+mx+tester
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

The only thing that I can contribute is this: it's not the mechanical switches that are noisy by nature. It's the sound of bottoming out the keycap onto the top of the casing of the key switch that makes the noise because it's plastic hitting plastic. You can make this same noise on any "rubber dome" keyboard (they are technically "membrane" keyboards), so there isn't much of a difference here.

So, when talking about the sound a mechanical keyboard makes, it's about how much sound is added or not added by the switch. Clicky switches add a little "click" to each keystroke, and non-clicky switches don't. Therefore, non-clicky switches are "silent".
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Originally Posted by Lubed Up Slug View Post

I would recommend going out and trying the switches for yourself instead of listening to what some other person says. Not to discredit other overclock.net poster, but it is a personal thing. I think someone said that you cannot go into stores in Australia and just open up keyboards and try them or something, so if that is the case, you can buy a wasd key tester in which one of each of the major keys are sent to you so you can get a feel for them.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/wasd-sampler-kit.html

or one of these for an experience more similar to actually typing

http://www.amazon.com/Max-Keyboard-Keycap-Cherry-Sampler/dp/B00E71W4O8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380602606&sr=8-1&keywords=cherry+mx+tester


Thank you both for your input. I have tried a family members's mechanical before, it was a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Edition, which I believe has Cherry MX Blue key switches. I really like the blues, and assuming I wanted a keyboard with blue switches, what would you recommend (keeping in mind my preference list aforementioned in my original post)?
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