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Are there any keyboards out there that are silent, have a classic layout, and good response?

I was enticed by the Das Keyboard S Silent, but it is much louder than I had anticipated. I likely bottom out the keys every time, and I don't think I can change that, especially since I play games a ton. I basically need the key to stop moving. That said, price isn't too much of an issue if I return this one ($135).

My previous one is a beat up HP KB-0316. Its spec is rubber dome, but I don't know how it compares to other rubber dome keyboards. I don't really mind the feel of it, and it games well enough I guess.

Suggestions? :/
post #2 of 9
Does it have to be a mechanical? If so, Topre. If not, get a decent scissor switch board.

How long have you been typing on the Das? Not bottoming out is something that comes easily with the Cherry switches of all colours, but you need to type on it for a good bit to master it.
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Originally Posted by ch_123;11787280 
Does it have to be a mechanical? If so, Topre. If not, get a decent scissor switch board.

How long have you been typing on the Das? Not bottoming out is something that comes easily with the Cherry switches of all colours, but you need to type on it for a good bit to master it.

Nope. What's the downside to scissor switch boards though?

I've been using it for about 10 hours total now. I'll try to consciously not bottom out the keys, but I'm not sure how it will work out, if only because of gaming and not typing. I guess the majority of the noise is coming from that and not the switches themselves?
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I wouldn't even make a conscious effort to do it, just type on it normally and you'd probably pick it up yourself.

Personal experience with this - I switch between various types of keyboards, and I find that if I go from one of my stiffer keyboards to one of my lighter ones, it takes a while of typing before I stop bottoming out like mad on the lighter keyboard. Your muscle memory trains itself to deal with a stiff keyboard by pounding on keys. Once your fingers realize that they don't need to pound on keys, they will stop putting so much effort into pressing keys. Given that you're coming from a keyboard that probably required nearly 33% more force than the Brown Cherry switches require, you need time to adjust.

Then again, YMMV. I am not a doctor like my avatar may imply tongue.gif
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I guess the majority of the noise is coming from that and not the switches themselves?

Yes. Even if you don't bottom out, there will be some noise, but they are relatively quiet keyboards compared with other mechanical switch types.
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Nope. What's the downside to scissor switch boards though?

Compared with mechanicals in general, they'll wear out quicker. But this really depends on how good of a scissor board you get. Can't really recommend off the top of my head. Razer ones are meant to be pretty crap though.
Edited by ch_123 - 12/26/10 at 8:49pm
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Alright, thanks. Hopefully I can get a recommendation or two then.

I wonder if anyone has thought about something like rubber backings for the keys. I practically smash them haha.

edit: Read through this: http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html

So, assuming I will be bottoming out all the time while gaming, and prefer Cherry MX Blacks (because I think my problem with the sound comes from the key hitting the board, not the brown switches I have now), what's a good quiet board?
Edited by paroxysmal - 12/27/10 at 1:39am
post #6 of 9
pseudo ghetto "sound silencing" seems to fail most of the time, just pony up for a topre/realforce.
post #7 of 9
This is sure quiet. DealXtreme. Pick up some Cree UltraFire C3s for $10 while you're at it.
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I wouldn't recommend for full time use though or gaming(not enough tactile feedback). But at $18 each you can buy 15 of them with free shipping for one Topre.

In other words get Katamari Damacy Queen of All Cosmos earmuffs like the ones lmnop knitted for me.
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If money is not a factor, I bet you would be happy with a Topre based on the description of your typing style. Mine is similar, and I tried some Cherry switch boards before settling on a Topre as my daily driver.
    
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Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is very quiet.

http://www.digitalversus.com/logitech-k800-p496_9745_33.html

The wired version had a problem when W + Shift + Space were pressed at the same time, but that wireless version does not seem to suffer from this problem.

"The wired version had a problem with using the keys ( w + left shift + space bar ) at the same time which used often in fps games, but it's not a issue with this keyboard" source: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=23-126-194&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=100&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

"The K800 is very similar to the Logitech Illuminated but wireless and Shift+W+Space has been fixed" source: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1036413389#post1036413389
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