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im very new to mechanical keyboards and there's SO MUCH info here, ive just started reading the sticky but could someone recommend something specific for my needs?

it'll be used for typing and gaming, i play rts/fps games, no mmo's or anything that requires macros or extra keys on the keyboard...

i would prefer something that is backlit

it seems like the popular choices are ub9l and razer black widow but what is the difference between the two?


also, i heard theres a new xarmor mech keyboard coming out soon??? what's that about and is it worth waiting for??


oh and i have a lycosa right now and i HATE the finish, it's a finger print magnet... not sure if black widow is the same ..


thanks!!!! band.gif
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what about steelseries or other brands how do they comapre to the ub9l
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Well, safest choice is the mx brown switches, which will be on the new xarmor, whenever that comes out (soon I think).

So basically when choosing a mechanical keyboard, the first thing you should figure out is what kind of switches it sounds like you would enjoy typing on. The most common switches by far are Cherry MX, which are in most modern mechanicals. There are several kinds, and they are usually referred to by color, since Cherry colors the stem that the key goes into different colors for different switch types.


The quick and dirty list is:

MX Blue: These make a click, and have a tactile feedback when you get to the actuation point of the switch. This is of course when you press the key down far enough to have it register as being pressed. You will be able to feel a little bump to let you know you've hit the key, and a click that is audible as well. These are generally regarded as the best for typing, and worst for gaming. They can be bad for gaming since you have to basically raise the key all the way up in order to press it down again, and when you are switching directions quickly or double tapping, you may not bring the key all the way up.

MX Black: The polar opposite of the Blues, the blacks have no tactile feedback at all. The switch just presses down smoothly, and goes back up. These are generally regarded as the worst for typing, but best for gaming.

MX Brown: This is the safest switch, offering a little of both worlds. It has a tactile bump when you reach the actuation point, but does not make a click. It does not have the "double tap" problem that the blues have, making it perfectly acceptable for gaming, and decent for typing as well. Note: the tactile Deck keyboards use the MX clear switch, which is the same as the browns, except takes more force to press down.




Please note that this is very generalized, and that lots of people don't have any problems gaming on the blue switches. I'm just hoping this might give you a baseline to research further. I suggest reading topics of impressions from new mechanical keyboard owners here, and see what they say about each switch type.

Once you have decided on a switch, then you can bring up all the keyboards with that switch in your price range, and decide which one has the best features for you. If you get the wrong switches you could hate the keyboard no matter what great features it has otherwise, so the switch should be the first priority when choosing a mechanical.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000;11814014 
Well, safest choice is the mx brown switches, which will be on the new xarmor, whenever that comes out (soon I think).

So basically when choosing a mechanical keyboard, the first thing you should figure out is what kind of switches it sounds like you would enjoy typing on. The most common switches by far are Cherry MX, which are in most modern mechanicals. There are several kinds, and they are usually referred to by color, since Cherry colors the stem that the key goes into different colors for different switch types.


The quick and dirty list is:

MX Blue: These make a click, and have a tactile feedback when you get to the actuation point of the switch. This is of course when you press the key down far enough to have it register as being pressed. You will be able to feel a little bump to let you know you've hit the key, and a click that is audible as well. These are generally regarded as the best for typing, and worst for gaming. They can be bad for gaming since you have to basically raise the key all the way up in order to press it down again, and when you are switching directions quickly or double tapping, you may not bring the key all the way up.

MX Black: The polar opposite of the Blues, the blacks have no tactile feedback at all. The switch just presses down smoothly, and goes back up. These are generally regarded as the worst for typing, but best for gaming.

MX Brown: This is the safest switch, offering a little of both worlds. It has a tactile bump when you reach the actuation point, but does not make a click. It does not have the "double tap" problem that the blues have, making it perfectly acceptable for gaming, and decent for typing as well. Note: the tactile Deck keyboards use the MX clear switch, which is the same as the browns, except takes more force to press down.




Please note that this is very generalized, and that lots of people don't have any problems gaming on the blue switches. I'm just hoping this might give you a baseline to research further. I suggest reading topics of impressions from new mechanical keyboard owners here, and see what they say about each switch type.

Once you have decided on a switch, then you can bring up all the keyboards with that switch in your price range, and decide which one has the best features for you. If you get the wrong switches you could hate the keyboard no matter what great features it has otherwise, so the switch should be the first priority when choosing a mechanical.

sounds great tip for sure. What about this keyboard? Is it meet your needs well? Hope u find the best bet. Good luck.
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thanks for responding i appreciate it

so are the ub9l and black widow both MX blue?

which keyboards come with MX Brown & how much info is out on the XArmor MX Brown keyboard? price/eta/etc?
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Originally Posted by jp27;11814062 
thanks for responding i appreciate it

so are the ub9l and black widow both MX blue?

which keyboards come with MX Brown & how much info is out on the XArmor MX Brown keyboard? price/eta/etc?

not to be rude, but there is a lot of info about mechanical keyboards, as well as people asking the same question. Just browse the forums.
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Originally Posted by garricktlee;11814085 
not to be rude, but there is a lot of info about mechanical keyboards, as well as people asking the same question. Just browse the forums.

you can just link him the thread.
http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html
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Try the Deck legend ! Comes with MX black and MX clear!!

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/product_info.php?products_id=52

And it doesn't have many fancy options but even for mech keyboards it has a very high build grade. Also the LEDs they backlight it with cost a ton for the Manus and they last 10+ years and super bright.
     
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I just bought a Das keyboard S which has brown keys. Priced at $135 but around $104 if you go to college. Keyboard is great.
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