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Please, suggest me a relatively "cheap" keyboard (i.e. best bang for buck). I am looking for a replacement for my Razer lycosa. I never tried any mech keyboard. I really like to play BF4 and will continue enjoying FPS (BF1, battlefront, etc.). I don't want one just for the purpose of gaming, I want the typing to be comfortable (this is far more important).
I live in Canada so it's going to be more expensive here, this is why I am looking for something not too expensive. I would say that 60-80 is really the max I want to put in.
I like the Lycosa but it looks a bit too much like a gaming keyboard. It's black and I can't see the keys if the back light is not on. My finger prints are very apparent and I stopped cleaning it a while ago.
Edited by Just a nickname - 10/2/16 at 8:56am
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Do you not have a local store up there? NCIX or whatever is that you guys have up north. Just curious. Because everyone has a different preference. Me recommending you a keyboard that I like wont mean you will like it as well. So the best thing is to try out some at a local store and then ask for comparisons to what is available online.
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I live in montreal so there's only bestbuy that have a good supply of hardware... Any suggestions are welcomed, I can search for a specific keyboard that way and see if they carry it in store.
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post #4 of 7
Check out E-Element, they seem to have pretty good reviews for being really affordable mechanical keyboards.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FXF7HFC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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post #5 of 7
Logitech G105, Corsair K30 and K40 are within your price range. Logitech G105 being more gaming purposed. While the two options from Corsair seem reasonable.
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post #6 of 7
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Ok thanks for the suggestions, how is the typing on mech keyboards?
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Originally Posted by Just a nickname View Post

Please, suggest me a relatively "cheap" keyboard (i.e. best bang for buck). I am looking for a replacement for my Razer lycosa. I never tried any mech keyboard. I really like to play BF4 and will continue enjoying FPS (BF1, battlefront, etc.). I don't want one just for the purpose of gaming, I want the typing to be comfortable (this is far more important).
I live in Canada so it's going to be more expensive here, this is why I am looking for something not too expensive. I would say that 60-80 is really the max I want to put in.
I like the Lycosa but it looks a bit too much like a gaming keyboard. It's black and I can't see the keys if the back light is not on. My finger prints are very apparent and I stopped cleaning it a while ago.

Do you have access to online stores and shipping to your location? Like Amazon?

There are a plethora of mechanical keyboards to choose from (especially in the sub 100 range) but you mainly need to figure out what you want from your keyboard.

Do you want a TenKeyless (TKL)? 60%? or a full-size keyboard?

Also, do you know which switches you prefer? In the basic, "just starting" world of mech keyboards you are basically looking at 3 different types of switches (the most common)...

RED = Linear (non-tactile, non-clicky) which are good for fast gaming. Key spamming, may be difficult to type on since its easy to accidentally press these keys.

BLUE = Tactile Clicky (has a tactile bump for feel and audible "click" sound) Pretty common, Great for typing and some love it for gaming, not best for spamming. Some love the clicky-clack, some dont.

BROWN = Tactile NON-Clicky (has a tactile bump for feel, but no audible "click" like the blues). Basically the in-between if you want a non-linear key that doesnt have that clicky sound. Good all around key, but will get mixed reviews from people.

Its best to try them and feel exactly what you like, and once you figure out what kind of keyboard layout you want then making a decision will be easier.

The Razer Lycosa isn't a mechanical keyboard so feel really makes a difference when making the switch, but cheap alternatives in a 60% layout would be

Qisan MagicForce 68, they make these with or without backlight LEDs, shine-through keycaps, and with a plethora of different GATERON switches, which are knock-off MX Cherry switches with a very good reputation and I actually prefer all Gateron switches over MX Cherry switches, the plastic they use is smoother and the feel is noticeably smoother/softer as compared directly to a MX Cherry switch.

CM Storm, they make very good mech keyboards in this price range, You can choose between the 3 common switches in various layouts and they off backlighting also.

Logitech G610, a very good full-size keyboard with all the options at a decent price within your range.

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Originally Posted by brazilianloser View Post

Logitech G105, Corsair K30 and K40 are within your price range. Logitech G105 being more gaming purposed. While the two options from Corsair seem reasonable.

The G105, K30, and the K40 are not mechnical keyboards. They are all membrane style. (just to add)
Edited by drazah - 10/3/16 at 6:07am
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