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I found someone on ebay selling a bunch of Compaq MX11800s (Cherry Browns) brand new. If you wanna try out this switches without paying a ton for a Filco or whatever, here's your chance

Even if you don't care for the switches this is a good board to keep as a spare (especially if you have a headless server in the house) because of the built in trackball.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3DI%26otn%3D2

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Balls. He wont ship to the UK. I don't have any browns any more
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Balls. He wont ship to the UK. I don't have any browns any more
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What keys do the Razer Tarantula have i have that one atm? I just won a SteelSeries 7G is that keyboard good?
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The Tarantular uses some of the worst rubber domes I have ever used. They are thin and feel mushy and horrible.
It uses cheaper parts than a $20 logitech.
The stealseries 7G on the other hand uses Cherry black mechanical linear switches.
They are one of the best options for gaming and its a fantastic board! I love that you can use it with or without the oversized palm rest.
You should enjoy it very much.
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What keys do the Razer Tarantula have i have that one atm? I just won a SteelSeries 7G is that keyboard good?
It uses rubber domes, just like regular cheap keyboards.

The SteelSeries 7G uses Cherry MX Black switches, which are linear (no tactile bump, no click except if you bottom out). Some people really like these switches for typing (who knows, you might be one of them). But even if you don't, IMO they are still the best for a pure gaming keyboard. I've found that I can jump around keys a bit faster with them than any other switch, and I get almost no accidental double-key presses if my finger lands in between keys when I have to move away from the WSAD cluster (which I used to pretty often).

YMMV because everyone's got different tastes, but I'd say that yes its a great board for gaming, and I'd be willing to bet that it won't even take you 1 full minute of use to ditch the Tarantula for good
Edited by Manyak - 4/27/09 at 2:46pm
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I'm interested.

What is tactile feedback like? Is it like a false bottom for the keys? And if you push harder they bottom out? Do you need to overcome the resistance for the keystroke to register or something?
I'm wondering what would be a nice cheap keyboard that I could get to see if these are right for me. What would you recommend? I don't have paypal so I can't get the compaq you posted.
    
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I'm interested.

What is tactile feedback like? Is it like a false bottom for the keys? And if you push harder they bottom out? Do you need to overcome the resistance for the keystroke to register or something?
I'm wondering what would be a nice cheap keyboard that I could get to see if these are right for me. What would you recommend? I don't have paypal so I can't get the compaq you posted.
Tactile feedback is basically a sudden change in the force of the key. Some switches do it like you are describing, while others just suddenly give way. For example, buckling springs will increase their resistance gradually until the actuation point, and then the spring buckles to the side which suddenly drops the resistance almost completely until you bottom out.

But without using ebay it's pretty much impossible to get a cheap mechanical keyboard, you're looking at around $60+ for anything brand new. Maybe I can help you though....
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There are switches that have a very slight tactile feedback. The brown cherry switches for example only have a very slight bump on the way down. The idea being that you develop the muscle memory to not bottom out the key after the little bump.
It helps you type faster and is better for the fingers.
Like manyak says it can be hard to find a cheap new mechanical board.
The switches in a lot of them cost around $1 each. So it soon adds up with all the keys
I wish you luck finding one though. It might be an idea to try boot sales and charity shops. You can get lucky and find Model Ms. Not so much in the UK though as there are laws about selling used electrical equipment sigh.

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