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New keyboard w/ dedicated media keys - choosing between das4 and k70

post #1 of 8
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hey all,

currently got a tesoro durandal w/ brown switches, which is nice and all, but the LEDs died out a few months back, so i'm gonna take this one to the office and get me a shiny new keyboard biggrin.gif

since i'm getting a new one, i want to address the only real gripe i've had with mechanical keyboards so far - no dedicated media keys (HATE using Fn).

i've done some research, and my 2 main contenders are the new das keyboard 4 and the corsair k70 (logitech has the g710+ but build quality is an issue, plus i want blue switches, and not silent ones).


since the das is new, was wondering if k70 owners round here could comment on it - i know das is obviously the better-built keyboard, but the corsair is cheaper, and has awesome LEDs (which aren't a must, since i'm considering the das, but it is a factor), plus i'm a bit of a corsair fanboy (see rig). both keyboards have really unique designs imo so i don't think either one stands out over the other in that regard.

cheers!
adam
Edited by templar - 4/14/14 at 2:12am
post #2 of 8
I will be upgrading from a membrane keyboard very soon and am hoping for dedicated media controls as well, as I use them on my Microsoft Curve a lot. The lack of media controls has been the main reason why I haven't upgraded to mechanical switching. For me, the K70 is the only option due to space restrictions (the Logitech and Das are too wide). I'm considering going the Fn route as it opens me up to excellent keyboards like the Qpad MK-85 and the more affordable Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT, but I'll probably end up going with the K70. It has all the features I want, a decent price, and should be reliable. Corsair make good stuff and I have no beef with the company.

I have no experience with Daskeyboard, but if I had the space and money, the Das 4 Pro looks amazing and would be on my list. The little details included, although not necessary for me personally, are a nice touch and show they definitely thought the product through and didn't just release a bog-standard keyboard with gamers or typists.

Sorry I can't be much use. For me, I'll probably be ordering the K70 in a few days.
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post #3 of 8
I have a Das Pro (Browns), Corsair K70 (Reds) & Ducky S3 Year of the snake (Browns).

Couple things:
  • Depends how much typing you'll be doing.
  • Depends on whether backlights are a must.

If you need back lights then go for a K70 Black board with Browns switches and RED LED's. Will do both gaming and typing very well.
If RED LED's aren't your thing then get the Ducky Shine 3 with Brown switches and pick the LED color you want, they offer about 6 colors from memory, I have white LED's.
If LED's aren't your thing then get the Das.

All of the keyboards are well enough made and in fact the Ducky I have which is a Year of the snake Aluminium body version is the most stiff out of all of them, it doesn't flex at all, the DAS and the K70 do.

Cheers
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks for the help guys, i ended up going for the k70 - couldn't be happier! biggrin.gif

first off, i love the blue switches (coming from browns). second, the build quality is fantastic, and i love the ruggedness of the replacement keys (1-6 + wasd). the design is amazing imo (elevated keys etc.), and i love the volume wheel, it's really accurate (in that if you turn it just slightly it can change volume in as little as 1 each time - which is great for me since i usually game with my sens hd598s and i turn the volume way down for them..).

in short - i'm really satisfied with this purchase (typing this on it) and for anyone thinking of buying them i would definitely recommend it! thumb.gif
post #5 of 8
Bought the same keyboard as you. Its a blast and love the red backlighting and paired it with a corsair raptor mouse. Couldn't be more pleased.
post #6 of 8
Good thread. I like that keyboard too (I'm thinking of what to get) and the K95 looks pretty good.(although the latter comes only with Cherry Red switches)

The problem still is WHICH SWITCHES?... Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh All I need is a way to try them (here is Brisbane Australia).
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by mkmitch View Post

Bought the same keyboard as you. Its a blast and love the red backlighting and paired it with a corsair raptor mouse. Couldn't be more pleased.

paired mine with a Maonix Naos 5000 smile.gif
post #8 of 8
OK well I bought a Cougar Attack 2 with the blue switches. It's a great keyboard. And since the Attack 3 just came out, is now cheaper than ever.
Has configurable extra keys as well as media keys.

And given it's blue switch clickiness is an excellent candidate for a steampunk conversion..... insert evil grin here.
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