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I've got a full-size keyboard, but I wanted to go tenkeyless to see if it would help improve my game. I was considering the Corsair K65, but I heard it was much more expensive than equivalent keyboards from other manufacturers. That, and the fact that I don't really care if it's made of military-grade aluminum, or whatever; just so long as the build quality isn't terrible. I know there's a lot of keyboard companies that I don't know about, so maybe you guys could compile a list of five or so different keyboards to choose from? Or perhaps just post your favorite.

Details:
TKL
Has to come in Cherry MX Red switches.
Backlighting and special software is optional, but not required.

Thanks!
Edited by Avalar - 8/25/16 at 5:07pm
post #2 of 9
CM Storm Quickfire Rapid has probably been the defacto 'normal TKL' affordable keyboard for the past 3 years or so. The rapid-i is the backlit version. Look to pay $70-80 for a new Rapid without backlighting.
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CM Storm Quickfire Rapid has probably been the defacto 'normal TKL' affordable keyboard for the past 3 years or so. The rapid-i is the backlit version. Look to pay $70-80 for a new Rapid without backlighting.

^This. CM Storm mechs are pretty much the staple for that price range. I was in a similar situation like yours. Was using my Blackwidow with MX Blues for almost 4 years when I decided to upgrade to something else. I wanted to mainly find keyboard I would use for gaming, but not necessarily a "gaming" labelled keyboard because thats when you just start paying too much money for the brand/name.

I went with the MagicForce 68 with GATERON REDs

https://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Keyboard-GATERON-Magicforce-Qisan/dp/B01E57PXKA/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1472217240&sr=8-1&keywords=magicforce+68+red

I have used nearly all of the MX Cherry switches before and read reviews that specifically the GATERON REDs were smoother than MX REDs and I can positively say that this is true. They show the black top Gateron switches in the picture but mine came with the true (not milkyish white) clear tops which makes it look that much better. The Gaterons are definitely smoother and a tad lighter as compared to MX Reds, something that I really enjoy specifically more for gaming, although its not great for typing but i think thats because I just need to get used to them.

Qisan also sells the MagicForce 68 in a variety of different switches (including other knock-offs AND MX Cherry) with backlight options or not (cheaper) and would recommend one of these if you are just looking for an entry level one and dont want to spend $100+.

There are so many that you can honestly choose through, but the main points honestly come down to the specifica layout that you want from the keyboard, and the switches used in them. Before, I thought that I would only stay in the legit MX Cherry field and was not interested in "knock-off" switches that mimic the Cherry style, but after a lot of research, some of them are actually good. And I found Gaterons to be better (Reds specifically) and so have a lot of people in the keyboard community.

It may appear small, and trust me it definitely is. Especially going from my Blackwidow that is HUGE (has the mod buttons) to this super compact, literally half the size, MF68.... BUT you don't notice unless you are actually looking at it. When gaming, I don't notice it being that small but I do notice the difference in switches and ease of use. I also actually prefer the closer stance of my arms/hands now. Feels a lot more natural as compared to being spread out so far before because of the long/bigger blackwidow keyboard.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Wall Street View Post

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid has probably been the defacto 'normal TKL' affordable keyboard for the past 3 years or so. The rapid-i is the backlit version. Look to pay $70-80 for a new Rapid without backlighting.

+1

And if you want to pay more for backlighting, QuickFire Rapid-I.

Mechanicalkeyboards has some Leopold models in stock. Well built and PBT keycaps by default.

KUL ES-87 is another option as well.
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post #5 of 9
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Thanks guys! I think I'll go with the CM.

Honestly, though, I don't understand how anyone can buy a keyboard for less than $100, me included. All the options... it's hurting my head. D':
post #6 of 9
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Thanks guys! I think I'll go with the CM.

Honestly, though, I don't understand how anyone can buy a keyboard for less than $100, me included. All the options... it's hurting my head. D':

Haha agreed, but a lot of it is paying for the name vs quality parts. CM Storm keyboards (for a very long time now) were always that sweet spot for a very good mechanical keyboard, in multiple layouts, with multiple switch options for not that much money. There are more "artisan" companies out there that charge 150+ but you are now in the super-high quality zone with limitless options.
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Haha agreed, but a lot of it is paying for the name vs quality parts. CM Storm keyboards (for a very long time now) were always that sweet spot for a very good mechanical keyboard, in multiple layouts, with multiple switch options for not that much money. There are more "artisan" companies out there that charge 150+ but you are now in the super-high quality zone with limitless options.

Yeah, it seems all the terrible reviews for it are from years ago. That's a good sign, I think. I hope I'm lucky enough not to get a broken one, haha.
post #8 of 9
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My keyboard arrived just this morning, and it's absolutely amazing! TONS of room. Thanks guys for the help! biggrin.gif
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My keyboard arrived just this morning, and it's absolutely amazing! TONS of room. Thanks guys for the help! biggrin.gif

Glad your enjoying it smile.gif
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