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Today I was typing and actually looked down at my keyboard. I mean REALLY looked at it. Then it hit me,ive had this damn thing literally since Highschool. Soon enough kickin 30 in the butt. I had got the g15 as a birthday gift, before then I had only experienced regular storefront keyboard. So Im not exactly well versed in what I would even look for in a good keyboard. My G15 has been giving me warning here and there for some time, backlights blinking,disconnects,ect. So I know its time to "OLD Yellow" it lol.


To be honest I dont even have a huge requirement beyond being backlit (I dont do natural light lol). Hmm so many choices since this old keyboards inception....too many in fact lol.
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Go try out some mechanical switches and get back to us on which one, if any, you prefer. wink.gif

WASD Keyboards offers an inexpensive switch sample kit, and many brick and mortar stores will let you try their keyboards out.
Edited by Zero4549 - 3/22/14 at 4:36am
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If you like mechanical keyboards, i reccomend the CM quick fire rapid. they come in various types of switches also.
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i was in the same boat as you however, what i did is one of my friends said he has a keyboard the same as the one i broke a few months ago and i bought it off him... now i am waiting for the new razer mechanical keyboard... with the softer switch... they have a medium and a hard... i want the medium ..

looks good and the specs are always going to be high
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I used to have a G15 v2 and eventually wound up upgrading to the Logitech G710+. While I do miss the LCD screen, I only really used it as a quick glance clock (and maybe a bit in Guild Wars 2 and Battlefield 2142 when I used to play that), and having that nice consistency is a lovely perk ^_^
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You might find it amusing that I traded out a 6 year old Microsoft Keyboard for a 22 year old IBM one.

The IBMs with Bucking Springs are really nice to type on and very well built.
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spose ill just have to roam the forms get a fell for whats "hot", not alot of retail stores have keyboards unboxed....not alot of retail stores sell any worth while keyboards lol.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SgtBigRig View Post

spose ill just have to roam the forms get a fell for whats "hot", not alot of retail stores have keyboards unboxed....not alot of retail stores sell any worth while keyboards lol.

Where do you live? Here in Maryland, Best Buy and Microcenter both have entire aisles of unboxed keyboards on display.

You just need to find one with either cherry blues or greens, one with browns or clears, and one with reds or blacks to get a good idea of how all the common mechanical switches feel.

Once you know which switch (if any) you prefer, finding the right keyboard is all about budget, aesthetics, and features - all of which can be done online.


If you really don't have any local stores to try switches at, buy a sampler kit from WASD Keyboards.


If you don't give us anything at all to work with, how can we possibly suggest the right keyboard for you? I mean, I can start rattling off a list of good keyboards, but it will go forever and just overwhelm you without any direction.
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post #9 of 12
Theres a couple to check out, Logitech makes the 710+ which is real good, theres the Razer Blackwidow, Blackwidow Tournament Edition (It's a 10 keyless keyboard), corsair makes a good one, forgot the model though, and I just picked up the Roccat ISKU, but I would recommend the iSKU FX
post #10 of 12
I am coming from a G15 too, and getting the CM QuickFire Ultimate. Don't know if it's the right choice or not, but not much really available under my mere budget of 130 frown.gif
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