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Hey guys,

For the longest time I have been putting off getting a mechanical keyboard, I just havent seen the need. Everyone says, " oh they're way better, better for gaming, better for typing, just way awesome. They are awesome, you need one, go buy one NAOW!!! ". Back in the COD 4 days, I competed in tournaments, at the time I was using my dads old office HP keyboard and some mouse I found in the garage, I was very successful in the competitions, using some old keyboard and mouse, so I never really saw the need for " high end gaming peripherals". But, Ok ok ok fine, Ill try one. So today I was wondering around Best Buy and came across the Corsair K65, its a ten-keyless mechanical RGB backlit keyboard, Ive been wanting to ditch the 10 key to get some desk real estate back, so I decided to splurge, went ahead and bought it.

The keyboard it was going to replace is the logitech K740. Ive had this keyboard for at least a year, Its super comfortable, ultra thin at just 1/3", is backlit and I can type like a bat out hell on it.



So, I get it home, open it up, get it all setup and first thing I notice is that the thing is like 3" thick, I also notice that its loud as sin, the keys travel like 2" before bottoming out, not to mention they are hard to push down, they require quite a bit of force. But hey, what do I know, maybe all of these things equal a better gaming experience, so I load up Assassins Creed Black flag, intimidate all the Spaniards in Havana that I could find, get 25 of them to chase me and start an epic 25 on 1 duel. I found the distance I have to push each key cumbersome, annoying and time consuming, not to mention the extra effort I have to put into pushing each key distracting. Maybe Assassins creed isnt the right kind of game play for a keyboard like this, so I start up Unreal Tournament 1999, an extremely fast paced game the requires lots of fast movement, all the gripes in Assassins creed remaind.


I unplugged the Corsair K65, plugged my Logitech K740 membrane keyboard back in and instantly felt relieved.

I dont know where all the hype is coming from, but I have zero desire to go back to a mechanical keyboard. Id love to hear your thoughts...


thanks!
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what switches does the k65 have? I have that same logitech keyboard, It did me well for a long time. But I wouldn't choose gaming on it over either of my mechanical boards.

I think you would do well with red switches since they have no tactile feedback or click. You may have the cherry mx blue switch version, its really clicky, I have a mechanical keyboard with blues also. I love it for typing but not as much for gaming.

Also give you fingers time to adjust, switching any keyboard is going to feel off for awhile.
 
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It has Reds
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Cherry MX switches only have 4mm travel, 2mm of that being to actuation, if you don't like how far you have to press the switches down, you could add one or two O-rings per switch, this would cut off a lot of the extra travel after the switch has actuated, two of them would reduce the total travel to around 2mm, so it would bottom out around the actuation point. This would also help with the weight issue as you're cutting out the heaviest part of the travel, after the switch has actuated.
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A lot of what you mentioned sounds to be as much from them being different keyboards (and specifically, one being a thin chiclet style) rather than just because the one is mechanical. Mechanical keyboards do tend to be louder on average and require more force though, but even these characteristics vary with switch type. I'm not as versed in the differences though.

I've got a Logitech G710+ I got months ago as my first mechanical keyboard, and I'm okay with it so far. It's got Brown switches with o-rings (cuts travel times and noise but some say reduces the feeling by adding a membrane-like feel a bit), and they aren't too loud or too hard to activate. Key travel time is perhaps just barely higher than a typical Dell membrane keyboard.

I'd adjust expectations some too though, because half of what you seem unimpressed by should be rather expected (lack of thinness, more key travel, and more noise), especially comparing to a chiclet style keyboard. Maybe you should research and try other switch types, or maybe mechanical isn't something you care for. If you're okay with what you have, keep with it though.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 10/16/14 at 11:49pm
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i have a keyboard with MX Reds and I barely have to press the key for it to be recognized. and definitely not a significant amount of force.
Edited by LostRib - 10/16/14 at 11:56pm
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Honestly all Mechanical keyboards are different with the different types of switches.
I personally hate Red but love the Blue.
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Originally Posted by Skye12977 View Post

Honestly all Mechanical keyboards are different with the different types of switches.
I personally hate Red but love the Blue.

I love red, blue, brown, something feels weird with clears, and haven't tried greens but probably wouldn't care for them along with blacks, I like really light actuation force.

blues are great for being super annoying while typing, CLICK CLACK AWAY.

I do have wasdkeyboards O-rings on my corsair K70, mostly to shorten the overall key stroke for faster double taps from a shorter reset duration. I do recommend them(o rings that is) I didn't want to put them on my Poker II with blues because I like its loudness and didn't want to dampen the clack.



After being on mechanical for almost a year now, I couldn't live without them.
Edited by Angrychair - 10/17/14 at 12:37am
 
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I love red, blue, brown, something feels weird with clears, and haven't tried greens but probably wouldn't care for them along with blacks, I like really light actuation force.

blues are great for being super annoying while typing, CLICK CLACK AWAY.

I do have wasdkeyboards O-rings on my corsair K70, mostly to shorten the overall key stroke for faster double taps from a shorter reset duration. I do recommend them(o rings that is) I didn't want to put them on my Poker II with blues because I like its loudness and didn't want to dampen the clack.



After being on mechanical for almost a year now, I couldn't live without them.
My brother has the k70, that is the main reason why I hate Red switches, his keyboard just feel so wimpy.
I'd honestly prefer my spare G105 over those Reds any day.
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I unplugged the Corsair K65, plugged my Logitech K740 membrane keyboard back in and instantly felt relieved.

Your K740 is actually a scissor switch keyboard that I also prefer over mechanical keys. Too bad the K740 has a rollover problem. Mechanical keyboards are the most over hyped thing on these forums IMO.
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