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Which one is going to have that truely old sound? The sound that just says "I'm a keyboard from 1985". Would that be the buckling spring?

And if so, does the buckling spring have a very deep keystroke? I don't want to feel like I am having to push down for too long. But I want that loud clack from the keys.
Yeah, that would be buckling spring.

And as for the stroke distance:
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2.3mm to actuation, 4mm to bottom
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I've been looking back at this thread several times the past few months. I do have interests in Mechanical keyboards, but I'm pretty darn well confused on quite a few things.

Mainly the whole deal about the switches and all, due to there being a lot of different types.

Right now, on my desktop, I'm a Logitech G-15 user...
Please don't throw me in a dungeon with the key thrown away.

...and as for my laptop I use the keyboard it has built on it.

Anyway, what mechanical keyboard would you recommend to me, that is great at both typing and gaming, that is full sized, offers both USB and PS/2 connectivity, and possibly LED back lit. (I like LED lit keyboards, but I could live with out one if I must.
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I've been looking back at this thread several times the past few months. I do have interests in Mechanical keyboards, but I'm pretty darn well confused on quite a few things.

Mainly the whole deal about the switches and all, due to there being a lot of different types.

Right now, on my desktop, I'm a Logitech G-15 user...
Please don't throw me in a dungeon with the key thrown away.

...and as for my laptop I use the keyboard it has built on it.

Anyway, what mechanical keyboard would you recommend to me, that is great at both typing and gaming, that is full sized, offers both USB and PS/2 connectivity, and possibly LED back lit. (I like LED lit keyboards, but I could live with out one if I must.
Well the only backlit mechanical keyboard you can currently get your hands on is the Deck. Which, if you prefer stiffer keys and don't mind the stupid font, is a good board (you'll probably want the tactile one, with Cherry Whites/Clears). If you prefer lighter keys, then a Filco w/ Cherry Browns is what you're looking for.

If you want something balanced a bit more towards typing, then you want Cherry Blues (Filco or Das S). It's resistance is somewhere in between the Whites and Browns but has a more pronounced tactile bump, and is clicky. The only downside to them is that double-tapping when gaming isn't as easy because the release point is higher up than the actuation point.
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I use my Filco for gaming and typing and it is a good mix between the two. I did a review on it in our review section here:

http://www.overclock.net/hardware/sh...p?product=1097
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Well the only backlit mechanical keyboard you can currently get your hands on is the Deck. Which, if you prefer stiffer keys and don't mind the stupid font, is a good board (you'll probably want the tactile one, with Cherry Whites/Clears). If you prefer lighter keys, then a Filco w/ Cherry Browns is what you're looking for.

If you want something balanced a bit more towards typing, then you want Cherry Blues (Filco or Das S). It's resistance is somewhere in between the Whites and Browns but has a more pronounced tactile bump, and is clicky. The only downside to them is that double-tapping when gaming isn't as easy because the release point is higher up than the actuation point.
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I use my Filco for gaming and typing and it is a good mix between the two. I did a review on it in our review section here:

http://www.overclock.net/hardware/sh...p?product=1097
Thanks guys. Right now the Filco looks pretty good to me, though is Green the only color they have for the Cherry Blues? Not that I have an issue with that, it's just I might want it to match what ever my computer will have.
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Thanks guys. Right now the Filco looks pretty good to me, though is Green the only color they have for the Cherry Blues? Not that I have an issue with that, it's just I might want it to match what ever my computer will have.
Yeah.

But, what you should do is email elitekeyboards and ask what voltage/amps the green LEDs are rated at. Then you can just pick up any color LEDs you want and replace them, worst case scenario they'll just need an inline resistor added.
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Yeah, that would be buckling spring.

And as for the stroke distance:
How deep would you say that the kestroke is on the buckling spring, in comparison to the newer membrane style keyboards? I am afraid I have no frame of reference.

Also, how hard would you say that they are to press, in comparison with the newer style membrane boards? And do you hear a metal "twang" sound? Or not really?

I really want to buy one, I just don't want any chance of my gaming, to suffer. Basically I don't want to start to suffer in games due to my keyboard.
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How deep would you say that the kestroke is on the buckling spring, in comparison to the newer membrane style keyboards? I am afraid I have no frame of reference.

Also, how hard would you say that they are to press, in comparison with the newer style membrane boards? And do you hear a metal "twang" sound? Or not really?

I really want to buy one, I just don't want any chance of my gaming, to suffer. Basically I don't want to start to suffer in games due to my keyboard.
They're a little bit harder to press than most membrane boards when they're new, but they also snap back into place a lot quicker.

Whether or not you'll suffer really depends on you though. In all technical respects no you won't suffer unless you need to press some weird key combinations (WASD gaming works fine on those boards though so don't worry about that). But in the end it all comes down to how you like the feel of the keys. Personally, when gaming I couldn't care if I had to pound on the keys like I was trying to resuscitate 101 dead rats, so it works for me. But some people just don't like it. And there's no way to know for sure unless you try it for a week or two (because it always takes a little bit of time to properly adjust to new switches).

BUT....if you try it and find out you don't like it, at least you'll be introduced to mechanical switches and it'll be very easy to pick a switch that you will like.
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I'm in the middle of updating the OP with lots more information.

Anyone reading this, if you have any suggestions on what to change/add please say so. Also, take a look at the new Das S entry, that's the format I'm thinking of using for the others as well.
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