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post #1 of 29
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Currently I am looking to purchase a mechanical keyboard. I currently have a Microsoft Sidewinder X4, and it has served its purpose, but it is starting to bug out, and I want to upgrade.

Right now I play LoL, multiple other games including FPS like CS:GO, BF3+4; I also play RPG/Action games such as The Witcher, Batman Arkham series, etc. I do some computer programming on the side, but nothing too major right now.

I am also looking to possible get a keyboard for work as well. I am a IT Consultant which includes fixing residential/business computers with hardware/software/virus removal/cleanup/W&R/etc.
I only have a crappy Dell keyboard and I feel like having a decent keyboard would help me with my typing and some fatigue with my hands. Recommend either mechanical or non mechanical for this.

Budget for home mech keyboard is max of $160, for work keyboard $100.
post #2 of 29
Are you familiar with switch types? Most popular ones in my opinion is blue, brown, red, and black switches. If you have never used a mechanical keyboard before you may or may not like the clicky sound activation from blue switches or the much rougher actuation force required for black switches.

Some popular brands in no particular order:

DAS
Filco
Ducky
Cooler Master
Deck

And two other that some may or may not like from the likes of Razer and Logitech. There is a recommended thread for mechanical keyboards but it seems really out of date. Everything else comes down to your favorite switches, LED or no LED, keycaps, letterings, detachable USB cable, DVORAK support, dip switches, etc... bonus features on the keyboard that you'd want.
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post #3 of 29
Ducky w/ Cherry MX Reds, it's the bee's knee's.

I'm thinking of getting a tenkeyless though, something portable I can take to work and other places and not have to use a piece of trash rubber-dome kb.
post #4 of 29
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I do like the clicky sound. Not sure why, just seems to give some pretty good feedback when typing. I was leaning towards the Logitech G710+ but since it uses browns I'm steering away from it, and want something with either blue or red switches. I have heard that using a Cherry MX red keyboard can be a learning experience because of how the reds work.

EDIT: It seems like the Ducky Shine 3 or 2 are out of stock almost everywhere I look.

Found this.
Edited by Zhood - 3/8/14 at 4:47pm
post #5 of 29
I just got a Ducky dk9008p for work. I do a lot of typing so I would have gone for blues, but didn't want to annoy my coworkers so I ordered browns.
My home keyboard is a Filco with browns.

If you are OK with abs keycaps I'd head over to Newegg and order a CM Quickfire XT with browns for work. There is a $20 rebate that expires tomorrow making the final price $75. I would have gone this way, but wanted pbt keycaps so the extra price for the Ducky was justified.

For home I'd head over to mechanicalkeyboards.com and order either a Ducky shine 3 or premier depending on if you want back lighting or not.

For a rock solid no frills keyboard you can't beat Filco. I've had mine for almost 4 years now.

My opinion on blue/brown/red
All 3 have light Springs.
Blue is click with a bit stronger tactile bump compared to browns. Great for typing not so much for gaming due to the actuation points.
Brown is not click but still has good tactile feeling. Great for typing and gaming.
Red has no audible or tactile feeling at all. They work well for both typing and gaming, but it is easier to make mistakes or accidental key presses due to the light nature with no feedback.
I used reds for the last year at work then brought my Filco in with browns and enjoyed the typing experience 100x so I ordered the Ducky.
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post #6 of 29
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Unfortunately they do not have the Shine 3 I would like to get, mostly because I want the standard black with white backlit keys. They have some with red switches coming in before the 14th(projected) so I think I am going to wait until I see them in stock and order it ASAP.

If you are wondering which one specifically I am talking about here it is.

http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=515


I would like the blue switches because I like the clicky sound and it reminds me of a typewriter though. Guess I will have to make a sacrifice frown.gif

Just saw the YoTS edition for $217 or get the Shine 3 with Green switches for $159. From what I can tell it just takes a little more force to activate compared to blues, and that is it.
Edited by Zhood - 3/9/14 at 11:08am
post #7 of 29
I have never owned a mechanical keyboard, so take my opinion with a pinch of salt... but I test drived a Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid with MX blues, and I absolutely loved the feel. The noise is what is currently putting me off. I would recommend it for work if you don't need a tenkey and your co-workers can handle the noise (all this just from test driving it).
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by Razor88 View Post

I have never owned a mechanical keyboard, so take my opinion with a pinch of salt... but I test drived a Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid with MX blues, and I absolutely loved the feel. The noise is what is currently putting me off. I would recommend it for work if you don't need a tenkey and your co-workers can handle the noise (all this just from test driving it).

I ended up going with the Shine 3 w/ White backlight and Green MX switches. They have a little more force needed compared to the blues, so I am hoping that it isn't a huge deal. Really nervous about if I will like it or not.
post #9 of 29
You got green switches.... lol

If you've never used a mechanical you might not like them man, they are really hard to push down. It's going to make your hands tired pretty quickly.

That's why I like reds, cause they're really light and sensitive, I barely have to touch a key for it to register, so I can type super fast on it while retaining awesome gaming ability because of high sensitivity.


If I'm not mistaken, I believe greens require more force than blacks, and I used to have MX Blacks and got away from them because the force to actuate the switch was too much for me. If you like the greens let us know, but your hands might get tired after one sentence.

This pic is indicative of how much force is required to activate the switch:

post #10 of 29
One last thing I had a green mx switch space bar on my Cherry keyboard that I got from overseas. The key switches were mx blue, they were ok, I don't really like tactical bump, but the spacebar on that board was mx green, and it was really heavy. It hurts my thumbs after awhile having to actuate it with a lot of force. It took so much force to actuate it that the spacebar keycap starting flying off eventually. I can't imagine having my entire keyboard in greens.

I would rather use a rubber dome than greens.

I work in I.T too, just left my field engineer job to be the Sys Admin for an entire company solely. But I couldn't imagine carrying around an MX Green to client sites, lol.

I almost bought a tenkeyless MX Red to take to client sites cause I love reds so much.
Edited by Atomagenesis - 3/10/14 at 2:12pm
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