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You guys are talking about the Old DeathAdder right? Cause the one I have is not glossy (matte, maybe?). I have the 3500 and I love it!
Nope. The Razer Lycosa is a keyboard.

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Well my Das Professional S Silent just arrived...and damn this thing types nicely. The sound it makes is just fantastic, I love the clicks! and the keys feel so nice; they travel smoothly and with ease.

I just need to pick up a wrist rest for it and I'll be set.

Hands down one of the best keyboards I've ever used.
Welcome to the "club", so to speak!

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I've probably read this thread 40 times. . . And I still haven't figured out what makes these better. . .
Unfortunately, this is one of those things where feeling is believing: you can only truly know why a good mechanical keyboard is superior once you've finally used one. So, it's just one of those things where you almost have to take everyone at their word who know the difference due to actually owning one. For example, I can tell you right now while I am typing on this mechanical keyboard that it really is dramatically superior to all rubber dome keyboards I have ever tried, including the popular G15 and Lycosa.

So the question is: why are there so many people who, when they get a good mechanical keyboard, will never, ever, ever, ever go back to a rubber dome keyboard?

It's kinda like building your own computer for the first time: until you do it, you really don't have a true understanding of why most people who've done it will never again get another pre-built for as long as they live. It's also kinda the same as overclocking in the same sense!

Or, it's like food: take steak, for example: a man would only be able to know that the local butcher's steak is far superior to the best steak at the local big-name grocery store once he's tried it. He could have 50 people tell him that it's better and still not be convinced because he's already extremely happy with the best steak at the local big-name grocery store. But once he tries that local butcher's steak, he is flat-out amazed at how much better it is and will never again eat that crap steak at the big-name grocery store.

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I can't imagine I am not enjoying my keyboard currently. . .
I enjoyed every rubber dome keyboard I have ever used. But this mechanical keyboard I am typing on is actually fun to use. It's a truly enjoyable experience. It makes me wonder how I ever enjoyed using any rubber dome keyboard.

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I guess lasting for ever would be nice though. . . .
Most mechanical keyboards will easily last 20 years. Most rubber dome keyboards last 7-10 years on average. Some do last a little bit longer, but it also depends on how much it has been used. But a mechanical keyboard will still feel brand new after 10 years while a rubber dome would definitely feel worn-out. Even after 15 years, a mechanical keyboard can still feel pretty brand new. After 20? Yeah, even after 20 (based on what I've read).

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I'm on a slim line wireless HP keyboard I bought over a year ago, and I love it cause it fits perfectly in my lap.
So does the mechanical keyboard I am using.


But I need to say something important here: I practically live on my computer. But for somebody who maybe only uses their computer like a half an hour a day or less - it would actually be a huge waste of money to get a mechanical keyboard. But I am just being practical. To be quite honest, I feel that it's worth the money no matter how little a person uses their computer. However, I like to be fair so I try to remain practical.

Although, a person who uses their computer as much as I do is much more capable of appreciating the superiority of a good mechanical keyboard as opposed to somebody who "almost never" uses their computer. I mean, the more the person uses their keyboard, the more appreciation they will have for how superior a good mechanical keyboard is.

So the best question I might be able to ask you is this: how many hours per day do you believe you use your computer?

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I'm not saying I won't like it. . . I just can't say it would be a worthwhile investment. specially when they are as expensive as they are.


Oh and this HP has been pretty damn good to me. But I use it because it is comfortable.
The Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO that I'm using is significantly more comfortable than any rubber dome keyboard I have ever used - including both the G15 and the Lycosa (or, perhaps especially those keyboards).
Edited by TwoCables - 7/26/10 at 9:18pm
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Most mechanical keyboards will easily last 20 years. Most rubber dome keyboards last 7-10 years on average. Some do last a little bit longer, but it also depends on how much it has been used. But a mechanical keyboard will still feel brand new after 10 years while a rubber dome would definitely feel worn-out. Even after 15 years, a mechanical keyboard can still feel pretty brand new. After 20? Yeah, even after 20 (based on what I've read).
Just to drive this point home: Just take a look at all the Model Ms being sold on ebay. A lot of them were manufactured as early as 1985, and used in the WORST possible conditions for it, like in machine shops or a mechanic's garage. Yet they still work. And still feel pretty good. And worst case scenario, replacement springs and keycaps are readily available for a few cents apiece.

So just imagine having paid the $200 for a new Model M in 1985, and having used it until today. $200 over 25 years averages out to $8 a year. And that's if it even broke down.

Of course, a lot of us couldn't stop at just one keyboard, lol.
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I was thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard because I use my computer everyday but I just can't decide on which one or why that one. I play a lot of games but also type quite a few papers for university. Any suggestions?

Awesome OP btw. I would have never thought about going mechanical if it was not for this thread.
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I was thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard because I use my computer everyday but I just can't decide on which one or why that one. I play a lot of games but also type quite a few papers for university. Any suggestions?

Awesome OP btw. I would have never thought about going mechanical if it was not for this thread.
Brown switches like on the Das S silent are a good starting point, as they are a pretty neutral switch. Read up on those a little bit, and try to think if you would like more click, maybe no click at all, or maybe if you would like the keys to be firmer.
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My uncle has this exact same Ambra mechanical keyboard shown below. Its an IBM model M thats been branded Ambra instead. Felt reallllly good to type on.
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If there was a keyboard with Cherry Blues that has the same type of keycaps as Topre I'd be happy.
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Just to drive this point home: Just take a look at all the Model Ms being sold on ebay. A lot of them were manufactured as early as 1985, and used in the WORST possible conditions for it, like in machine shops or a mechanic's garage. Yet they still work. And still feel pretty good. And worst case scenario, replacement springs and keycaps are readily available for a few cents apiece.

So just imagine having paid the $200 for a new Model M in 1985, and having used it until today. $200 over 25 years averages out to $8 a year. And that's if it even broke down.

Of course, a lot of us couldn't stop at just one keyboard, lol.
hehehe it's like Pringles: once you pop, you can't stop! Of course, I'd need to replace "pop" with perhaps "click". But then it doesn't rhyme.

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I was thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard because I use my computer everyday but I just can't decide on which one or why that one. I play a lot of games but also type quite a few papers for university. Any suggestions?

Awesome OP btw. I would have never thought about going mechanical if it was not for this thread.
It is definitely a decision that I believe shouldn't be entered into quickly (or lightly). After all, the keyboard is the primary input device or connection between the computer and its user. So, spend as much time as you can making sure that you get a good one! After all, it's perfectly ok if it takes over a month to finally make a purchase. It took me close to 2 months. But I am extremely happy with my keyboard, and I know that I got the absolute best keyboard for me. I sincerely doubt that I would have been able to do that if I had spent perhaps 2 weeks shopping around and doing research.

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Brown switches like on the Das S silent are a good starting point, as they are a pretty neutral switch. Read up on those a little bit, and try to think if you would like more click, maybe no click at all, or maybe if you would like the keys to be firmer.
This!

By "click", this is referring to the sound the switch would make. It is an independent sound that it makes all on its own. So if you see a YouTube video of somebody typing in a keyboard that uses the Cherry MX Browns, then what you're hearing is the sound of the keys and the sound of the user bottoming out. The switches themselves don't make any sound. But the Cherry MX Blues do, and most people feel that it's a pleasing and satisfying sound.

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My uncle has this exact same Ambra mechanical keyboard shown below. Its an IBM model M thats been branded Ambra instead. Felt reallllly good to type on.
That looks really nice! It even has different Alt keys than I'm used to seeing on IBM-branded Model Ms!
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Quick question:

Will a green USB-to-PS/2 adapter work for connecting an ABS M1 to PS/2?
    
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Well my Das Professional S Silent just arrived...and damn this thing types nicely. The sound it makes is just fantastic, I love the clicks! and the keys feel so nice; they travel smoothly and with ease.

I just need to pick up a wrist rest for it and I'll be set.

Hands down one of the best keyboards I've ever used.
I'm getting the exact same one very soon, hopefully. Glad to know it worked out good for you. How long did it take them to ship/process your order?
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青轴机械 means cherry mx brown? anyone here know? lol
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