Originally Posted by gizmo J
I did some research on mechanical keyboards and it doesn't seem to me that it is an advantage.
I think most pros use it not because it "performs" better, but because its more durable.
You see, I remember back when quake was starting out, most competitive players would buy the cheapest keyboard they can find because there keyboards would constantly wear out, and when it does they replace it with another keyboard, and they would do this over and over again.
But playing on a new keyboard that your not used to can "throw you off" which is why nowadays they would buy a mechanical keyboard so they can use it for a very long time and would feel less "thrown off"....
For me its the feel. I learned to type on a buckling spring IBM Model M (and whatever the IBM PC clone, Apple IIe and Macintosh used) in the 80's and used the Model M through most of the 90's. On those keyboards, and a Cherry switch board like Blues I make far less mistakes and can easily type faster, with less mistakes. That tactile feel and audible click is very reassuring for typing confidence.
When I started using cheap $10-50 rubber membrane keyboards about 13 years ago or so, I never liked the feel. They just felt cheap. And you get what you pay for. I was replacing my keyboard every 2 years, 4 years at best. My latest membrane keyboard is a G15 I got only because it was at a good price and after 2 years that 'gaming' keyboard started to wear out. They keyboard is now 4 or 5 years old and just sits as a backup in case something were to happen to my mechanical. It still works OK if I needed it, but some keys require more force to activate, sometimes keys seem like they don't activate when they should, the keys didn't all stay level, the wider keys are inconsistent in force that is needed to press them, and I won't even get into the ghosting that membrane keyboards exhibit-which is different from board to board depending how it was designed. At least with a mechanical I know if a key fails in any way, I can just put replace the switch.
I currently have a board with MX Reds and its awesome for me. I almost kept the board with blues because they just feel right for typing on, but I don't do that much regular typing. When I look at the time I spend using a keyboard, spending a little extra on something that is nicer to me is still dirt cheap. Its a tool, and I always get the right, quality tool for the job. If the job is typing, I'm going to get a nice keyboard. I've cheaped out enough to know you get what you pay for. If you saw my tool shed you'd understand. You'll see all the cheap tools worn out and busted and all the quality tools that have been used far more than the cheap tools, and work better than even when the cheap tools were new.
Post came out longer than I expected, hopefully it can help some people understand the decisions behind buying more expensive gear.
Originally Posted by PowerSlide
can't decide between kbt pure pro or leopold fc 660m, yes both is non standard replacing keycaps is hard but thats not the issue
decision is hard when can only afford one
Leopold is probably better quality based on reviews. I wish I had the resources to do a 60% review. I'd really like to get my hands on a Choco Mini, one of the Vortex boards and a few others. I almost got a Choco mini, but I need a full size 104 key keyboard. 2 of the 4 boards I had for review a few weeks ago were TKL, and.... let me just say you don't realize how much you use your ten keypad until its not there.
Can't go wrong with the CM QFs. If I hadn't received a WASD as a gift I would have kept one of the Quickfires I had for review. Build quality is pretty damn good, not to mention they are <$100. Side by side with a WASD, quality feels and looks pretty much the same, just the WASD has customized key caps, better rubber feet and a DIP switch.Edited by frag85 - 11/15/13 at 12:45am