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Due to the volume of requests for help with choosing a mechanical keyboard I think it would be a good idea to put together a set of standardised questions like they have for choosing a new mouse that I can put in the OP, so far I have these:

  • Price:
  • Switch type:
  • Backlighting (yes/ no and colour):
  • Size: (60%, TKL, full size etc)
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
    [*} KRO:


Can you think of anymore questions that should be appended to the list?
post #11792 of 36848
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

Due to the volume of requests for help with choosing a mechanical keyboard I think it would be a good idea to put together a set of standardised questions like they have for choosing a new mouse that I can put in the OP, so far I have these:

  • Price:
  • Switch type:
  • Backlighting (yes/ no and colour):
  • Size: (60%, TKL, full size etc)
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
    [*} KRO:


Can you think of anymore questions that should be appended to the list?

Macro keys (yes/no)
Media keys (yes/no)
Layout (US ANSI, etc)

Also, most people just don't know enough about switches, so perhaps optional (if the user doesn't know what switch they like) entries for:

Noise level (low medium high)
Stiffness (low medium high)
Tactility (low medium high)

And lastly, as it seem a point that is getting people riled up recently -

Built in memory (yes/no)
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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

Due to the volume of requests for help with choosing a mechanical keyboard I think it would be a good idea to put together a set of standardised questions like they have for choosing a new mouse that I can put in the OP, so far I have these:

  • Price:
  • Switch type:
  • Backlighting (yes/ no and colour):
  • Size: (60%, TKL, full size etc)
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
    [*} KRO:


Can you think of anymore questions that should be appended to the list?

Macro keys (yes/no)
Media keys (yes/no)
Layout (US ANSI, etc)

Also, most people just don't know enough about switches, so perhaps optional (if the user doesn't know what switch they like) entries for:

Noise level (low medium high)
Stiffness (low medium high)
Tactility (low medium high)

And lastly, as it seem a point that is getting people riled up recently -

Built in memory (yes/no)

I agree for the first 3, but I'm not so sure about the following 3, someone who needs advice on which keyboard to get will probably be getting their first one, and more than likely be going for one of the 4 main MX switches, so what about:

Noise level (high/low)
Tactility (yes/ no)
Stiffness (high/ low)

?

So the compiled list would be:

  • Price:
  • Switch type:
  • Backlighting (yes/ no and colour):
  • Size: (60%, TKL, full size etc)
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
  • KRO:
  • Macro keys (yes/ no)
  • Media keys (yes/ no)
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc)
  • Noise level (high/low)
  • Tactility (yes/ no)
  • Stiffness (high/ low)
post #11794 of 36848
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

I agree for the first 3, but I'm not so sure about the following 3, someone who needs advice on which keyboard to get will probably be getting their first one, and more than likely be going for one of the 4 main MX switches, so what about:

Noise level (high/low)
Tactility (yes/ no)
Stiffness (high/ low)

?

So the compiled list would be:

  • Price:
  • Switch type:
  • Backlighting (yes/ no and colour):
  • Size: (60%, TKL, full size etc)
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
  • KRO:
  • Macro keys (yes/ no)
  • Media keys (yes/ no)
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc)
  • Noise level (high/low)
  • Tactility (yes/ no)
  • Stiffness (high/ low)

Works for me. Personally, I would have picked up MX Greens or buckling springs for my first board if either was within my price range and in a board that wasn't hideous looking, but then I'm just weird tongue.gif

At any rate, make sure to put an asterisk next to switch type and the last 3 or something, to denote that the last 3 are optional and only really intended for people who don't already know which switch type they want.
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post #11795 of 36848
Yeah, you make a good point, so I'll change the order to this:

  • Price:
  • Backlighting (yes/ no and colour):
  • Size: (60%, TKL, full size etc)
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
  • KRO:
  • Macro keys (yes/ no)
  • Media keys (yes/ no)
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc)
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):
  • *Noise level (high/low)
  • *Tactility (yes/ no)
  • *Stiffness (high/ low)

Do you think I should start a "Keyboard suggestion thread" like in the Mouse subforum?
post #11796 of 36848
Look what my wife got me. Was suppose to be a stocking stuffer, but It just came in the mail today. It was so late, that the seller gave me a metal esc key for free.

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Look what my wife got me. Was suppose to be a stocking stuffer, but I just came in the mail today. It was so late, that the seller gave me a metal esc key for free. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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awesome! what switch!
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Anyone have experience with Yellow Alps? I found a DSI BF-I-113 (big font, Yellow Alps) keyboard for $30 shipped brand new. I figure it might be worth grabbing as an experiment board, but have a few questions before I decide if I'll grab it.

First, does anyone have experience with Yellow Alps? What are they like?

Secondly, at $30, I figure it could be a good board for conversion to another switch type. I just don't know what the model numbers are for the switches, so I'm not sure where to start looking for them and what specific model numbers to look for. Any help there would be great, as would any knowledge regarding specific Alps switches I that would or wouldn't be compatible with the keyboard.

Lastly, anyone know how much a Fentek keycap set might go for? I'd want to swap out the keys as soon as I could afford it and they seem to be the only place that really does Alps keys.
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Originally Posted by nubbinator View Post

Anyone have experience with Yellow Alps? I found a DSI BF-I-113 (big font, Yellow Alps) keyboard for $30 shipped brand new. I figure it might be worth grabbing as an experiment board, but have a few questions before I decide if I'll grab it.

First, does anyone have experience with Yellow Alps? What are they like?

Secondly, at $30, I figure it could be a good board for conversion to another switch type. I just don't know what the model numbers are for the switches, so I'm not sure where to start looking for them and what specific model numbers to look for. Any help there would be great, as would any knowledge regarding specific Alps switches I that would or wouldn't be compatible with the keyboard.

Lastly, anyone know how much a Fentek keycap set might go for? I'd want to swap out the keys as soon as I could afford it and they seem to be the only place that really does Alps keys.

If it's $30 I'd go for it and I've never tried the switches before. tongue.gif

As for more detailed information, you should definitely ask _AKIMbO_ wink.gif
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