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post #1 of 18
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Hi,

I want to buy a keyboard (US stores) for coding only but I dont want to buy real mechanical one because of the price so is there an alternative that feel like mechanical keyboard ?
post #2 of 18
Do you have a budget in mind? It'd go a long way to narrow down what fits smile.gif

If you're OK going used, that might be a good approach. If you find a MK that's well cared for, there's no reason you won't get many years of service from it. It could be a bit tough, but it's a way to get a MK for less.

If you're looking for new, have a look at Mass Drop or keep an eye out for good sales (assuming you got the time to wait). Otherwise, I think all you can do is look at alternative switches. Since the Cherry patents have expired, there have been a few Cherry-like switches come along. Take a look at keyboards with Kailh, Gateron, or Greetech switches (www.mechanicalkeyboards.com carries these). I don't have any personal experience with these ones in particular so I can't say much on how they are personally. Best of luck with your search! smile.gif
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post #4 of 18
I dont think you realize how cheaply you can get some mechanical keyboards.

Monoprice has blue (some cherry clone) for 36/31wcoupon https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13785&AID
post #5 of 18
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Thanks all

I dont like audible click sound for the blue switches this is why I think a membrane keyboard with switches like mechanical is better.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Welliam View Post

Thanks all

I dont like audible click sound for the blue switches this is why I think a membrane keyboard with switches like mechanical is better.

I'd take a look at MX brown or clears (or similar alternatives) with o-rings... Reasonably quiet IMO and still a nice tactile feel (more so with the clears). wink.gif
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I'd take a look at MX brown or clears (or similar alternatives) with o-rings... Reasonably quiet IMO and still a nice tactile feel (more so with the clears). wink.gif

Where I can buy those mate (clear switches with o-ring) ?
Edited by Welliam - 8/20/16 at 9:01am
post #8 of 18
For a fullsize keyboard with original Cherry MX switches u have to pay atleast $80. A set of o-ring dampers is around $10.
Clear switches are not that common, especially not in fullsized boards. The price for those will increase further.
I don't know anything about MX clones though.

Do you want a fullsized, TKL or a 60% board? Do u need lighting, and what is your maximum budget?

All i can say ATM is that im really pleased with my Leopold FC900R with browns. For the extremely good build quality with nice looking front printed PBT keycaps, it's IMHO pricewise unrivalled.
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1571
post #9 of 18
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For a fullsize keyboard with original Cherry MX switches u have to pay atleast $80. A set of o-ring dampers is around $10.
Clear switches are not that common, especially not in fullsized boards. The price for those will increase further.
I don't know anything about MX clones though.

Do you want a fullsized, TKL or a 60% board? Do u need lighting, and what is your maximum budget?

All i can say ATM is that im really pleased with my Leopold FC900R with browns. For the extremely good build quality with nice looking front printed PBT keycaps, it's IMHO pricewise unrivalled.
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1571

I want to be full layout for typing and to be quiet, I can now adjust the budget up to $100 or little more.

btw why this model is so priced at $190 ?
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1813
Edited by Welliam - 8/20/16 at 10:34am
post #10 of 18
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I want to be full layout for typing and to be quiet, I can now adjust the budget up to $100

btw why this model is so priced at $190 ?
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1813

It's $40 more expensive than the version without bluetooth
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1817

The build quality of Filco (Japan) and Leopold (South Korea) is comparable, but the Filco doesn't have the more durable PBT keycaps.
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=70856.0 (he compares the TKL boards)

Brown switches are quiet if u don't bottom out too hard. You can always order a set of o-rings afterwards, if you find yourself hammering the keys. biggrin.gif
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP9CQKVFQx4 (MX Brown soundcheck with PBT Caps)

At the end of the day, its the switch that matters the most. So either pick a the cheapest board with the switch u want or get one that looks best to you.

I paid ~160€ for my Leopold including shipping from the US to Germany + duty and to me personally, it was worth every single € . thumb.gif

Edit: Forget about Japan and South Korea, they are both made in Taiwan wink.gif
Edited by Fylzka - 8/20/16 at 11:10am
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