Originally Posted by djriful
What is the lowest price you guys ever seen for a Mechanical keyboard?
I am in fact looking for one since my rubber dome keyboard is giving me troubles in FPS... especially crouching/prone sometime my keyboard isn't registering my stroke at all. I had to press really hard.
Some crap $20 keyboard...
Lowest price isn't always a great option.
I bought my SO an ABS M1 mechanical when NewEgg had a sale (clearing them out at $20 instead of $50); I believe it uses Alps mechanical switches. For $20, it's a great keyboard. For $50, it isn't. Unlike some inexpensive mechanical keyboards, it is decently made, but cheaping out may mean you get mediocre key-switches, or good Cherry switches on a poorly-made keyboard.
Some parts like this, buying right the first time means not being ticked off when all is said and done. You don't have to pay top dollar, but the best thing is to find out which kind of mechanical switches you want (tactile/non-tactile, silient/clicky, Cherry/Alps/buckling spring, and what kind of pressure) before looking at price, or you're going to end up with something that is "mechanical" but may not be what you want. That's not any better than buying another rubber dome keyboard.
P.S. The cheapest price you'll find on a mechanical is if some place is getting rid of a pile of used stuff, and an IBM Model M is buried in that pile. I've gotten my IBM Model Ms for cheap ($10) or free. You'll need a PS/2 port, and they lack Windows keys, but they will last until you're pushing up daisies. Even if you find one that's dirty, you can pop all of the keys and keycaps off, wash them, and put it back together good as new. They also make a good anti-burglar weapon.Edited by LoneWolf15 - 10/15/11 at 4:32am