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Hey guys.

So just over a month ago I returned a Ducky 2108 Black as I found it really hard to get used to it, even after trying it out for almost two months. I really think it was just that I didn't like the actuation point of the blacks themselves, so I'm thinking maybe reds would be a better choice. Anyway, so my budget is around $100. It can be backlit but it doesn't have to be. Also doesn't matter if it is PS/2 or USB. I do not care for macro keys, but I'd like it to be a full size. Media keys I also do not care about. My main priority is gaming, but I do type papers from time to time.

Hopefully I didn't leave anything out. Thanks.
post #2 of 9
The common MX switches all have the same actuation point, at 2mm, it's just some of the switches have tactile bumps or clicks at this actuation point to help you tell you've actuated the switch.

MX Reds have the same linear feel as MX Blacks, they are just lighter, so easier to actuate.

That being said, I'd look at a CM Storm XT.
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My next one is also gonna be a mechanical one, anyone got an idea which MX switch is also very good for gaming. I've tried a keyboard with red switch once (about 15 min's), it wasn't bad, but it felt VERY light. It needs some getting used too? or are there other options??
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The Mechanical Keyboard Guide has all this info (link in my sig), but I can paraphrase.

Linear = no bump or click at the actuation point

Tactile Bump = a bump at the actuation point to tell you the switch is actuated

Tactile Click = a click at the actuation point to tell you the switch is actuated

There are 4 main MX switches:

  • MX Red: Light, linear, prone to cause mistakes in typing if you're not an accurate typist
  • MX Black: Heavier, linear, not as popular as the other 3 due to the fatigue possible from long periods of typing on them
  • MX Brown: Fairly light, small tactile bump, probably the most popular switch for people buying their first mechanical keyboard, their tactile bump is criticised for being too subtle and easy to miss unless you have very light hands.
  • MX Blue: Fairly light, tactile click, popular for typists because of the distinctive mechanical click, usually avoided for use at work because of the noise made by the switches


There are also less common variants (much harder to find on production boards)::

  • MX Green: Heavy version of MX Blues
  • MX Clears: Heavier MX Browns with a more distinct tactile bump
  • MX Whites: Heavy switch with a "soft click".
post #5 of 9
thx for the info Paradigm84, red seems the 'logical' choice to me if it's mainly used for gaming.

@ OP, saw this one one on guru3D a few weeks ago: http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/func_starts_kb_460_gaming_keyboard.html

also: http://www.techpowerup.com/192183/func-starts-shipping-the-kb-460-gaming-keyboard.html

This one is priced very good I think but I would look for some reviews or something.
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I am in the same boat your are. I haven't used a mechanical keyboard since the 80's lol. I use a Logitech g110 right now and love it for the media and volume keys/roller. I would love something similar but in mechanical form. Any suggestions? I know Logitech has a mechanical but I played with it at best buy and didn't like the fact that it has no media keys. I don't really use macro keys much at all as I don't play wow anymore and probably will never touch another mmo again. I have heard that the corsair's are the best but haven't had a chance to use one yet. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. T
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I am in the same boat your are. I haven't used a mechanical keyboard since the 80's lol. I use a Logitech g110 right now and love it for the media and volume keys/roller. I would love something similar but in mechanical form. Any suggestions? I know Logitech has a mechanical but I played with it at best buy and didn't like the fact that it has no media keys. I don't really use macro keys much at all as I don't play wow anymore and probably will never touch another mmo again. I have heard that the corsair's are the best but haven't had a chance to use one yet. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. T

I'd suggest taking a look at the Corsair line of mechanical keyboards, not sure how much you'd be willing to spend but the K95 is their top of the line model.
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I did get a chance to play around with a k60 I believe at best buy. Loved the way the keys felt as well. I want to keep it under $120-130 but for that price I would like it to last a good long time. I'm pretty sure theyre in that pricerange. I will check them out on the egg. I've heard that the k70 is one of the best. Thanks for the reply.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I was thinking of going Ducky again, but that CM board looks sweet. I just wish I had a store near me that had mechanical keyboards so I can try them out and see what feels normal to me. mad.gif
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