Originally Posted by sexybastard
here are some pics of mine in my gaming arrangement
Really liking its feel so far. Its quite loud but nothing that I can't stand. Feels comfortable and just feels so much different then the generic ones I have used in the past. This may be the beginning of my journey into the world of high quality mechanical keyboards...
Next step would be either a buckling spring or Cherry MX board. The iOne and Adesso mechanical keyboards are well priced and have Cherry MX switches, but they're cheap for a reason. The Unicomp Customizer is basically a slightly cost-reduced IBM Model M, and is very good, the oldest Model Ms are 25 years old and still trucking. Mine's 21 years old and still working fine. There are a couple of keyboards like the 7g, I haven't looked into them much. Then there's Filco and Das and Deck in the $100+ range.
And also consider used keyboards. The Model M can often be had for less than $30 shipped on eBay. The Compaq MX-11800 with MX browns (tactile, non-clicky, 45g (ligher than the M1 which is 60-70g), very quiet) can often be had for $20-$40. There are various Cherry and Chicony and other keyboards worth looking at as well...
Originally Posted by not2bad
Got mine today. I didn't expect it to be as loud as it is, but I guess I'll get used to it. It does feel a hell of a lot better to type on than my old Logitech though.
What keys are you guys assigning for multimedia keys? Right now I got:
Ctrl + - for Stop
Also, how much louder are other mechanical keyboards? Are there any that are really quiet and still have the mechanics?
The M1 is actually fairly loud for a mechanical. This is because it's very hard not to bottom out when typing on the imitation black Alps switches it uses, so your keys are constantly clacking against the metal/plastic plate (I forget which is uses), and the design of the keyboard makes the sound resonate. That bottoming out, the noise, and the rollover are why it isn't considered a top-notch board. But for $20, for a brand new keyboard, it's impossible to beat.
But most clicky switches (IBM buckling springs, Cherry MX blues, white Alps) are quieter than the sound of the M1 bottoming out. Think like a clicking pen. They do get loud when you bottom out, but it's easier to not bottom out with them, because of the sharper tactile point.
Originally Posted by paquitox
I love the clacking, kinda loud compare to my Razer but who am I gonna bother, my wife its the only person in the room and she doesn't care, so am good!
I love how the keys feel, like typing on a really old keyboard but with new tech, am thinking this may help me get better wpm. Also this thing is HEAVY, again compare to my other keyboard, which I though was already heavy enough, but its good cause it makes it feel solid and durable.
Here are some pics:
It is solid and durable. Not a tank like the Model M, or submarine-sleek like the Das, but it's built well enough.
Glad to see everyone enjoys them.