Originally Posted by WhiteWulfe
I originally tried the Corsair K70 in silver, and had two problems. First one was that (sadly) it would seem my eyes react to the blue LEDs they use, causing too much glare and immediate eye strain (I am photosensitive, didn't realize that apparently certain blue LEDs trigger such). Second was the lack of feel with the Cherry MX Reds just wasn't my cup of tea at all, and at the time they only offered the keyboard in reds. The silver/bare aluminum backed version was the only one a local store had, and the black one's red backlighting wouldn't match the rest of the stuff on my desk. Beyond that, it was an awesome keyboard, just not for me.
I originally did try some of the CoolerMaster keyboards, specifically the QuickFire TK with Cherry MX Blues, as well as the QuickFire Rapid with Cherry MX Blues. The biggest thing that caused me not to choose those was fact there are no dedicated media keys (i use the volume roller on my G710+ a ~LOT~, especially if I'm checking things out on YouTube), as well as I use the media keys for VLC. Tenkeyless (for a main keyboard) was also a no go for me since I also regularly use the keypad for a variety of things (typically, inputting certain types of data).
As for my macro keys, oddly enough my past three keyboards have had macro keys but I never bothered to set them up on this particular keyboard (I might eventually). As for why I didn't look at the CoolerMaster QuickFire Pro? It didn't make it out of the case, because I didn't like the look of it (when your computer's in the living room, aesthetics play at least a bit of a role).
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED typing on the CoolerMaster QuickFire, and I'll probably pick one up for the express purpose of typing (well, specifically writing stories, and/or coding), especially since there's stealth versions, not to mention Blues as well as Greens available (and my local retailer stocks them). It's just for a main keyboard lack of dedicated media keys combined with no ten digit keypad makes life complicated for me.
Ducky wasn't looked at because Memory Express doesn't carry their keyboards, and it was my first mechanical keyboard, so I wanted to be able to actually give the keyboards a test drive at the store. Okay, I'll admit it, that restriction is also out of convenience (I do a lot of deliveries around that area anyways, and my boss likes to see the shiney new tech I take home since he doesn't get the shinier/fancier computer stuff), but still. I also absolutely hate waiting on packages in the mail. I've heard Ducky makes some great products, and I wouldn't doubt it with just how many amazing reviews I've seen of their products.
I typically believe in trying things out and knowing for certain it's what I want: I've only ever bought one product in my entire life on hope, and that was after a lot of research. It makes it a pain to do certain things, but it means no dealing with return shipping or restocking fees. But then again, I also am lucky to have one of the cheapest computer parts vendors in Canada in my city, and they'll price match pretty much anyone ^_^