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Steelseries Shift or generic Mechanical?

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My old $10 generic keyboard is on its way out (lasted 4 years!) and I am looking at some generic mechanical keyboards on amazon for $40-$50. I'm in Canada so $40 for a mechanical is pretty much unheard of. But today on my way home I popped into a thrift store and saw a Steelseries Swift for $5 used. Its just the basic swift, no extra keysets or anything but I picked it up anyway.

My question is, are these keyboards actually any good? I'm curious as I have a nerve problem so long sessions on the computer can cause pain and stiffness so I was going to go with a mech as I heard it can relieve some of the pain (I'm skeptical).

Basically I have no experience with mechs other than pressing a few keys while in a store, so would I be better off buying a cheap mech or is this Shift actually a decent board worth keeping? Couldn't find much info and reviews are lacking or mixed opinions...

Edit Some of the generics I'm looking at: (Click to show)
Edited by Colin1204 - 3/24/17 at 4:11pm
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Do you mean the Steelseries SHIFT? If so, they are fascinating keyboards but I wouldn't say they are good. Steelseries keyboards have pretty bad QC and a lot of them die fast or don't work correctly to begin with.

Of those, I like the TOMOKO the best, but they are all pretty comparable.

If you have limited money to spend and don't really know what you want, I highly recommend you go to a local store with electronics department (Best Buy, Target, and Walmart sometimes have a few keyboards on display) and get a feel for the different switches.

The BIG 3 are Reds, Blues, or Browns. They all feel and sound different, and just because Reds are linear and smooth doesn't mean they will be better for you for typing, if you are a heavy typer, these switches may fatigue you even more, causing even more problems. A switch with slight resistance or feedback might work also, it's all preference based. See what feels best and go from there.
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