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So what got all of you into mechanical keyboards in the first place?

For me it was because I "upgraded" from my old dell keyboard to some mainstream gaming keyboard, and suddenly ran into the trouble of the keys locking. Since I was trying to get the world record in THPS3, this was a pretty bad thing. Now when I tried to do a manual, it would ignore up and down to balance if I tried to turn, essentially rendering the keyboard unusable.

This all lead me down the path of researching why my keyboard was locking up, and discovering the ones that did not. I now use a Deck fire for gaming, and a Das for typing.
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So what got all of you into mechanical keyboards in the first place?

For me it was because I "upgraded" from my old dell keyboard to some mainstream gaming keyboard, and suddenly ran into the trouble of the keys locking. Since I was trying to get the world record in THPS3, this was a pretty bad thing. Now when I tried to do a manual, it would ignore up and down to balance if I tried to turn, essentially rendering the keyboard unusable.

This all lead me down the path of researching why my keyboard was locking up, and discovering the ones that did not. I now use a Deck fire for gaming, and a Das for typing.
For me, it all started when my Dell RT7D10 (picture) stopped working perfectly; the Spacebar stopped being consistent, and I think a couple of the other keys like Backspace stopped being consistent too. For the curious: this is just a rubber dome switch keyboard.

This lead me to purchasing the Razer Lycosa sometime last year. I actually ended up really liking this keyboard and found myself highly recommending it to others.

But then one day its USB port stopped working (I kept my wired mouse plugged into it), so I bought a new Lycosa and found that its USB port wasn't working either (it worked, but not properly). So I did an even exchange and found the same problem. Several Lycosas later, I gave up and bought the G15, but it was defective. So I did an even exchange and found out that the first one wasn't defective, but it was that I had to perform a goofy workaround to get it to work properly. But this 2nd G15 had a very squeaky Mute button as well as a couple of other imperfections that actually bothered me enough to give up on it.

So then I took out my original Lycosa and found a crazy physical workaround to bypass its USB port and plug directly into my rig (it actually wasn't easy).

After a while, I started to get really sick of this workaround because it meant that the mouse's cable was in my way and therefore it was quite irritating - especially after a few months. So I began shopping for a new keyboard by posting this thread: http://www.overclock.net/computer-pe...rd-please.html. Its original title was "Recommend me a new keyboard please!", but exactly 2 days later it became "Recommend me a mechanical keyboard please!"

The title change was all due to the following people, so I deeply and sincerely thank them for showing me the light (I listed them in order of appearance in my thread):
  • Phaedrus2129
  • yellowtoblerone
  • clownfart
  • lmnop
  • Ragsters
  • kyle-reece
  • Manyak
All of these people made for an excellent team of people to help me buy a real keyboard. So, to everyone in this list: I thank each one of you very much.

However, I began talking about this in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide as well, so I probably have like at least 5 more people to thank. So, if you're reading this and know that you helped me before I made my final decision, then I am deeply grateful to you as well.
Edited by TwoCables - 4/30/10 at 6:08pm
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So what got all of you into mechanical keyboards in the first place?

For me it was because I "upgraded" from my old dell keyboard to some mainstream gaming keyboard, and suddenly ran into the trouble of the keys locking. Since I was trying to get the world record in THPS3, this was a pretty bad thing. Now when I tried to do a manual, it would ignore up and down to balance if I tried to turn, essentially rendering the keyboard unusable.

This all lead me down the path of researching why my keyboard was locking up, and discovering the ones that did not. I now use a Deck fire for gaming, and a Das for typing.
Similar thing with me.

Grew tired of my G15, it was incredibly dirty so I decided to replace it. Ended up getting a Lycosa and it was the worst pos I every put my hands on. I didn't do much research on it, but being the nerd I am, I knew about some of the problems it had already. Luckily mine had none, but the quality of the product itself was so horrendous I had to wash my hands with holy water. So I went searching for something better. I considered the 7G and some other Gigabyte board with black MX's but ended up getting an ABS M1 since it was the cheapest. It also apparently had 6key rollover, but I soon found out it didn't and the rollover was similar to the Lycosa. I didn't like the feel of the switches that much, but I really like how they worked. I stumbled upon geekhack.org and did some reading. Great site lots of great people there too. After I got my Filco I was hooked. Found out about a few Korean keyboard sites, and all their mods and projects. Now it's a hobby.

And you're welcome TwoCables.
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Right. For some reason I thought that board was linear only, but the ICE was actually tactile only. My mistake. lol

People say that the tactile feel is bad for gaming, but I can't really see a con to these switches at all (except that the space bar sucks for jumping in any game period.)
IMO the tactile is not good for any fast paced gaming. The tactile bump interrupts the fluidity of quick movements. I don't bother switching keyboards to my linear deck if I'm just going to play a RPG like diablo 2 or something, but if I'm going to play a FPS or any fast paced game, I make the switch.
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abs mi
I know that you meant "ABS MI", but it's actually the number "1", and not a capital "I". So, it's actually "ABS M1".
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I walked into a local computer store a couple years back looking for a new keyboard and saw the Das on display, Metadot likes to use "Model M" and "clicky" in their advertisements. I used the Model M when I was a kid so I took a leap of faith and bought the Das Ultimate. about a year later I found geekhack and OCN.
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Sign me up! I've got a Das Professional and an ABS M1.
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I had just finished deciding that "laptop keyboards" were better than "desktop keyboards". Then a few days later I was browsing around for one of those old luggable PCs, because I was thinking of doing a case mod on one. In the process I managed to stumble upon some article about the Model M, praising it as the end-all of keyboards. And somehow it just made so much sense, because back in those days I don't remember having any keyboard trouble at all and typing just felt so much more natural, even though my hands were much smaller lol. So I just took a leap of faith and picked one up. And ever since I heard and felt the first spring buckle on it I never looked back.

A while later I found geekhack (completely by accident), and spent a long time between them and google just researching about mechanical boards and switches, and spent tons of money trying out every switch I could get my hands on. Several months later I wrote up the guide here, and that was that.
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I had just finished deciding that "laptop keyboards" were better than "desktop keyboards". Then a few days later I was browsing around for one of those old luggable PCs, because I was thinking of doing a case mod on one. In the process I managed to stumble upon some article about the Model M, praising it as the end-all of keyboards. And somehow it just made so much sense, because back in those days I don't remember having any keyboard trouble at all and typing just felt so much more natural, even though my hands were much smaller lol. So I just took a leap of faith and picked one up. And ever since I heard and felt the first spring buckle on it I never looked back.

A while later I found geekhack (completely by accident), and spent a long time between them and google just researching about mechanical boards and switches, and spent tons of money trying out every switch I could get my hands on. Several months later I wrote up the guide here, and that was that.
That's EXACTLY how I got into mechanical keyboards (minus writing the guide of course). I stumbled on to a blog post someone had written about their favorite mechanical boards and it happened to mention the model M. I then remembered that we had one when I was a kid and I always liked typing on it.

A few days later while doing some research regarding mechanical boards I came across geekhack and subsequently read almost everything I could about the various switch types (on both geekhack and info I found using google). Shortly after, I purchased a Filco Majestoch 104 key with cherry blues. Since then I've also purchased a majestouch 87 key with cherry blues and a Dell AT101W.

On kind of a side note, I eventually I want to get a Unicomp Customizer and I've also toyed with the idea of getting a Relforce board but I'm afraid of spending all of that money and hating it.
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