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Any mechanical keyboards out there with dedicated media control keys?

I'd love a mechanical keyboard but I don't want to sacrifice the volume rocker on my G15 v.1 or on a G110 etc.
There are some, but there's also AutoHotKey. It uses scripts that you can either create yourself, or you can get one or more from their message board.

But one keyboard I can think of right now that has media keys is the Das Model S Professional, the Ultimate and the Silent. http://www.daskeyboard.com/ (but avoid the ones that are not the Model S).

However, I want you to know one thing: I upgraded from both the G15 and the Lycosa to the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO, and I thought that I knew I would really miss the media keys. But I don't! I haven't even looked into AutoHotKey yet. I'm finding that while I really enjoyed the media keys, I actually don't need them even though I thought I did.
Edited by TwoCables - 4/28/10 at 6:26pm
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There are some, but there's also AutoHotKey. It uses scripts that you can either create yourself, or you can get one or more from their message board.

But one keyboard I can think of right now that has media keys is the Das Model S Professional, the Ultimate and the Silent. http://www.daskeyboard.com/ (but avoid the ones that are not the Model S).

However, I want you to know one thing: I upgraded from both the G15 and the Lycosa to the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO, and I thought that I knew I would really miss the media keys. But I don't! I haven't even looked into AutoHotKey yet. I'm finding that while I really enjoyed the media keys, I actually don't need them even though I thought I did.
I was looking into the Das Model 2 Professional (Silent maybe? Is it worth getting over the regular?)... But I noticed that they discontinued the model with media control functions...

Still looks nice though.

Right now I absolutely love my setup... Logitech G15 v1 and Z-10s, each with a GamePanel LCD. I can look at either display to see what song is playing, what time it is, etc. And because the speakers are USB, the awesome "turntable-esque" volume rocker on the G15 controls not only system volume, but the volume of the speakers as well. So it's perfect.

However, I'm looking to purchase a new setup for college. Since the Z-10s are discontinued (really disappointing, they had phenomenal sound for 2.0s!) I'll be buying a set of speakers that connects via Audio In/Out, so a keyboard volume rocker that controls only system volume probably wouldn't be as effective. And because I'll be typing a lot in college, I want the most comfortable keyboard I can get... And hopefully one that doesn't drive my roommate insane (hence, the silent model?).

Question is: Will I miss my GamePanel display? Or my play/pause? <-- Super important IMO. Will I notice that much of a difference with the mechanical keyboard in terms of comfort, etc.?
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Originally Posted by Xombie View Post
I was looking into the Das Model 2 Professional (Silent maybe? Is it worth getting over the regular?)... But I noticed that they discontinued the model with media control functions...

Still looks nice though.

Right now I absolutely love my setup... Logitech G15 v1 and Z-10s, each with a GamePanel LCD. I can look at either display to see what song is playing, what time it is, etc. And because the speakers are USB, the awesome "turntable-esque" volume rocker on the G15 controls not only system volume, but the volume of the speakers as well. So it's perfect.

However, I'm looking to purchase a new setup for college. Since the Z-10s are discontinued (really disappointing, they had phenomenal sound for 2.0s!) I'll be buying a set of speakers that connects via Audio In/Out, so a keyboard volume rocker that controls only system volume probably wouldn't be as effective. And because I'll be typing a lot in college, I want the most comfortable keyboard I can get... And hopefully one that doesn't drive my roommate insane (hence, the silent model?).

Question is: Will I miss my GamePanel display? Or my play/pause? <-- Super important IMO. Will I notice that much of a difference with the mechanical keyboard in terms of comfort, etc.?
Oh those bastards did indeed discontinue it...

Anyway, the Silent model is referring to the switch type used: the Cherry MX Browns. It's not that the keyboard is silent, but it's that the switch itself doesn't make any noise. But if bottoming out the keycaps against the body of the keyboard, it will still make noise due to that "clack" sound (which depends on how hard you tap the keys). However, it's a light switch so it is therefore easier to press the keys which means that it's easier to type without bottoming out - or at least it's easier to reduce the sound of bottoming out since you can press the keys so easily.

So, the Silent model is indeed quieter, but it is by no means rubber-quiet. However, this doesn't mean that the others (the Professional and the Ultimate) that have the Cherry MX Blues are loud. I mean, the click of this switch is like the click of a retractable pen, only quieter. The sound of bottoming out is louder than the click of the switches. The tactile feedback of the Cherry MX Blues also makes the typing experience seem more precise because this tactile feedback is crisper, or more pronounced than with the Cherry MX Browns.

For an idea of how loud a keyboard can get with the Cherry MX Blues, I recommend watching some or all of the related YouTube videos found in these search results:

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...Mozilla-search

But will you miss the LCD display and the media keys? I don't know. I know that I don't miss a single thing about the G15 or the Lycosa, and I have the Majestouch! I think it's just one of those "wait and see" situations.
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Originally Posted by Xombie View Post
I was looking into the Das Model 2 Professional (Silent maybe? Is it worth getting over the regular?)... But I noticed that they discontinued the model with media control functions...

Still looks nice though.

Right now I absolutely love my setup... Logitech G15 v1 and Z-10s, each with a GamePanel LCD. I can look at either display to see what song is playing, what time it is, etc. And because the speakers are USB, the awesome "turntable-esque" volume rocker on the G15 controls not only system volume, but the volume of the speakers as well. So it's perfect.

However, I'm looking to purchase a new setup for college. Since the Z-10s are discontinued (really disappointing, they had phenomenal sound for 2.0s!) I'll be buying a set of speakers that connects via Audio In/Out, so a keyboard volume rocker that controls only system volume probably wouldn't be as effective. And because I'll be typing a lot in college, I want the most comfortable keyboard I can get... And hopefully one that doesn't drive my roommate insane (hence, the silent model?).

Question is: Will I miss my GamePanel display? Or my play/pause? <-- Super important IMO. Will I notice that much of a difference with the mechanical keyboard in terms of comfort, etc.?
Das Model S Professional $99.95 @ Sidewindercomputers
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Wow.

$100? Amazing deal.
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sidewinder computers return policy

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have to pay the restocking fee aka stupid tax but at least you can return it.
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God that's tempting at $100. Just got the M1 but I want to try something nicer.
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God that's tempting at $100. Just got the M1 but I want to try something nicer.
it's also discontinued actually all the Media Key layouts are discontinued and replaced with standard Windows Key layouts so the value should increase.

if you can get one for under $115 shipped that is a pretty good deal.
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it's also discontinued actually all the Media Key layouts are discontinued and replaced with standard Windows Key layouts so the value should increase.

if you can get one for under $115 shipped that is a pretty good deal.
Yeah and I personally would prefer the media keys as opposed to a Windows key. Must...resist...urge.
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O.o

Do want.

Question before I buy one - How easy are mechanical keyboards to clean? I remember that you could toss Model Ms into the dishwasher... How about these?

Also, are there any upcoming releases for mechanical keyboards this summer and/or over the next few months that may be worth waiting for over the Das?

And is there a manufacturer warranty? If the keyboard stops reporting keys 6 months in, what kind of assistance would Das provide?

Thanks!
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