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post #1921 of 36807
1. It depends entirely on how much you want to spend. Most are ~$100-160 in price.
2. I doubt that. But some do have a FN key, with media functions tied to a button combination.
3. MX Browns are quiet, as long as you don't bottom out. As for silent, Topre switches are, but those will set you back at least $250.

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post #1922 of 36807
You can also use a program like autohotkey to remap buttons or combinations of buttons to be media keys or whatever you want.

For a budget keyboard, model M's are pretty cheap on ebay but they're not quiet.

Of course you could get something specifically like what you're looking for if you're into modding stuff.
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Originally Posted by Jivix;12696312 
I know I'm not a mechanical keyboard guy - but I would really like to become one. I have see fascinatingly minute amounts of information on mechanical keyboards on the internet. Would you guys mind answering a few of my questions?

1. Are there any budget mechanical keyboards? I understand mechanical switches are more expensive than rubber switches, but I am still a poor college student.
2. Are there any mechanical keyboards with non-mechanical media keys? I find that this is my biggest reason for not switching, because I cannot find a keyboard with the extra keys I use day in and day out.
3. Are there any quiet or silent mechanical keyboards out there? Sometimes after a stressful day I just need to be in silence at my computer. Lately even my 120mm fans have been bothering me so I have just been using my iPad, which is thankfully quiet but can be a nuisance for browsing.

I really appreciate the help guys.

Well Steelseries.com has 30% Discount code here's a link from OP http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/962754-30-off-steelseries-direct.html

They have the 6GV2 mech keyboard for $99.99-30%=$69.99. It uses black switches which are about the same sound you hear on a silent low profile standard keyboards.

It also has those media keys you want. heres a pic for you http://www.hitechreview.com/gallery/steelseries-6gv2-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/steelseries-6gv2-mechanical-gaming-keyboard_1.jpg

I just ordered one cuz you never know when they'll run out or expire.
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post #1924 of 36807
glad to be here!

Anywho, I recently purchased a Logitech G110 that was on sale. It is a nice keyboard but a few keys squeak on it and I have no idea why. I have tried oiling the moving parts but there must be some area that I cannot reach that is squeaking. My favorite thing about it is that it is very quiet even when I am typing very fast, and it is dead silent while playing fps's. I have read every bit of info on mechanical boards and it sounds like it would be a great way to increase performance.

I'll throw in another question:
Is there any one store or website I can go to that has an inventory of all the current (last 2 years) mechanical keyboards? I'd like to avoid PS/2 if possible as my motherboard does not have a PS/2 port.

I appreciate your help guys!
post #1925 of 36807
6gv2 SOON! idk how long Steelseries' shipping takes but yea biggrin.gif excited to be part of it tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jivix;12698410 
I'll throw in another question:
Is there any one store or website I can go to that has an inventory of all the current (last 2 years) mechanical keyboards? I'd like to avoid PS/2 if possible as my motherboard does not have a PS/2 port.

I could be wrong but haven't seen a website, let alone a store, that has inventory of all the mech keyboards from the last 2 years.
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6gv2 SOON! idk how long Steelseries' shipping takes but yea biggrin.gif excited to be part of it tongue.gif

Post some pics of the board once you receive it so I can add you to the spreadsheet. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by reaper~;12701205 
I could be wrong but haven't seen a website, let alone a store, that has inventory of all the mech keyboards from the last 2 years.
Indeed. That would be pretty awesome, though. Although it is still a niche market, I think there are too many models for any one reseller to carry.
post #1928 of 36807
Jivix:

The only "mechanical" keyboard that can be that quiet is a board with the Topre Capacitive switches which would cost well over $200 (such as the Realforce boards). Even a keyboard with non-clicky switches like the Cherry MX Browns and Blacks will still be noisy when bottoming out. That's because it's the sound of the keycaps hitting the keyboard, not the sound of the switches.

Personally, I recommend finding a keyboard with the "Scissor" switches. Unfortunately, the only way I can help you find a good Scissor switch board is to recommend that you ask for help in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide in finding one. I mean, the only ones I know of are the Logitech boards below, and I don't know how good or bad their Scissor switches are:

Corded:

Wireless:

Logitech calls their Scissor switch system the PerfectStroke™ key system. I'd provide a link, but unfortunately their site doesn't work that way. Regardless, this is the same switch technology used in almost all laptops and notebooks. If I remember correctly, then I think the best one is the Lenovo Thinkpad. And actually, here's a standalone wireless Lenovo Thinkpad keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823218006

Here are some images of some scissor switches:

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So it's still a rubber dome keyboard, but it feels noticeably better, it lasts longer, and it's quiet! smile.gif
Edited by TwoCables - 3/12/11 at 6:14am
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post #1929 of 36807
The nature of Topre switches is that you almost always bottom out on them. They make a distinctive "thock" when you type on them. Not much louder than a regular rubber dome keyboard, but definitely louder.

The odds are that any non-clicky mechanical switch will be alright. Browns are silent enough.

IMHO, It's more the type of noise made than actual volume that is a more useful factor in determining how annoying the keyboard may be.
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post #1930 of 36807
I actually prefer scissor switches to rubber domes. I have a scissor switch at work and it's really not too bad.
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