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I've been wondering about what the consensus is on the top mechanical keyboard is with macros?

Specs:
  • Would prefer Cherry MX Blue
  • MX Brown also viable
  • Ideally replaceable keycaps


Rejected:
  • Corsair K95 - failing LED problems
  • Logitech G910 - tried it; key caps feel cheap like a membrane-mechanical hybrid sort of feel; plus the Romer keycaps are non-standard

Questionable
  • Thinking about putting the CM Trigger Z on this list too as I've heard it does not age well
  • Also heard some bad things about Razer (and I would prefer standard switches)

So that leaves the Logitech G710s, the K95 RGB provided the RGB LEDs are good, and perhaps the Cooler Master Trigger Z. Does any company have particularly good software as well?

My ideal would be something like the Logitech G15, but in all mechanical, if you get what I am saying. If you could take the G15 and merge it say, with the Ducky Legend (complete with outstanding build quality and thick aluminum), that would be a perfect keyboard, provided the software was good.

Also, I'm looking to replace the key caps with double shot key caps.
Edited by CrazyElf - 10/29/15 at 5:33pm
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just an fyi, the corsair keyobards have a non standard layout, and they don't sell replacements, so while you can replace most of the keys, you'll pretty much be stuck with your bottom row

if you really want a top mechanical with macros, get yourself something with a programmable pcb, thats not software driven ( basically a korean custom ) but that can be a bit more expensive than most people like to spend.
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g710+ is working well for me apart from looking ugly, having 4 back lit levels which all are too damn bright at night and finicky software. By that I mean that software is good when it works but in 10% of cases it won't show up on the screen, getting stuck in some initialization. I had to write a batch file that kills running process and starts a new one and click it until it's up an running. I don't really use macros on the keyboard but on my g700 and it's quite good. You can't assign macros to button press and button release independently but I don't know what software can do those things. If you have logitech mouse I'd say take it if not leave it be.
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Thanks for both responses. + Rep.
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

just an fyi, the corsair keyobards have a non standard layout, and they don't sell replacements, so while you can replace most of the keys, you'll pretty much be stuck with your bottom row

if you really want a top mechanical with macros, get yourself something with a programmable pcb, thats not software driven ( basically a korean custom ) but that can be a bit more expensive than most people like to spend.

Where would I start if I wanted to get a custom PCB? Are there are brands that are highly recommended (ex: Deck Legends and Ducky Shine are highly recommended amongst the mechanical keyboard makers, but I don't know anything about the programmable PCBs).

I suppose the other big advantage here would be that the keyboard would work in multiple OS's (I dual boot Linux/Windows).

On the note of the Corsair, do you know if they are smaller or bigger than the typical bottom row on Cherry switches?




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Originally Posted by Dmitriy View Post

g710+ is working well for me apart from looking ugly, having 4 back lit levels which all are too damn bright at night and finicky software. By that I mean that software is good when it works but in 10% of cases it won't show up on the screen, getting stuck in some initialization. I had to write a batch file that kills running process and starts a new one and click it until it's up an running. I don't really use macros on the keyboard but on my g700 and it's quite good. You can't assign macros to button press and button release independently but I don't know what software can do those things. If you have logitech mouse I'd say take it if not leave it be.

Yeah I am going to have to get the G710+. Ordered an open box one up. I guess it makes it nicely consistent in that I am going to go with my G502 mouse.

There seems to be a few issues with broken keycaps. Looking for a good set of double shot key caps though.
https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=84616

It looks like the bottom row of the G710+ might be non-standard like the Corsair, so replacing them with Double Shot keycaps will be much harder, unless they are larger than normal (that's just a minor aesthetic issue with the larger gaps between keys).




On that note, who do you think makes the best double shot key caps?
Edited by CrazyElf - 10/31/15 at 8:25am
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