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I currently use a Logitech Cordless Desktop MX (pretty old). I'm looking to buy a new keyboard. I'll decide if it's too pricey for me so disregard price. Any suggestions?

Uses:
-Everyday use
-Casual to semi-hardcore gaming

Preferences/Looking For:
-Number pad
-The keys above arrows are aligned horizontally, NOT vertically
-Media controls (Play, Pause, Stop, Volume, etc.)
-Program(able) keys? (I don't know what they're called but they're buttons that I can press to open Internet Browser, IM, etc)
-Lights (I can type without looking, such as right now. But when I'm in the dark, I have a tendency to look at the keyboard...)
-USB port(s)
-Headphone/Mic jack
-Cherry MX brown, Scissor switch, or linear switch
-Letters don't wear away easily (for example, no Saitek Eclipses, letters rub away easily)

Thank you in advance
Edited by itzzjason - 1/9/11 at 12:58pm
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The boards that come out on the top of my head that meets those requirements are the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate and XArmor U9BL. XArmor is supposed to release the U9GBL in March with Cherry MX Brown switches. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate uses Cherry MX Blue switches, which are suitable for typing and occasional gaming.
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post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post
The boards that come out on the top of my head that meets those requirements are the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate and XArmor U9BL. XArmor is supposed to release the U9GBL in March with Cherry MX Brown switches. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate uses Cherry MX Blue switches, which are suitable for typing and occasional gaming.
what are cherry mx switches?

i just looked up a video review/unboxing of the U9BL. No thanks. I don't like that clicking. I prefer silence (like laptop keyboards) or regular keyboard sound
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what are cherry mx switches?
Mechanical key switches. They tend to cost more, but are higher quality then your normal "rubber dome" keyboard. There's a sticky at the top of the keyboard section if you want to learn more about them.
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Mechanical key switches. They tend to cost more, but are higher quality then your normal "rubber dome" keyboard. There's a sticky at the top of the keyboard section if you want to learn more about them.
Thanks. Already looked it up somewhat. I assume the mechanical switch is what those really old keyboards use, the ones with the coiled wire and larger plug (pre-PS2?). I used to have one and then threw it away cause the clicking noise was annoying me
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Thanks. Already looked it up somewhat. I assume the mechanical switch is what those really old keyboards use, the ones with the coiled wire and larger plug (pre-PS2?). I used to have one and then threw it away cause the clicking noise was annoying me
That would probably be a Buckling Spring switch. Cherry MX is a newer technology. They are identified by color usually.

The blue switches make a click, and are the ones found in most popular gaming keyboards. I think xarmor is coming out with a backlight keyboard in a few months that will have brown switches, otherwise you'll have to look at rubber dome boards, or give up some of your criteria.

Deck keyboards make backlit boards, but don't have any other features that you wanted.
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That would probably be a Buckling Spring switch. Cherry MX is a newer technology. They are identified by color usually.

The blue switches make a click, and are the ones found in most popular gaming keyboards. I think xarmor is coming out with a backlight keyboard in a few months that will have brown switches, otherwise you'll have to look at rubber dome boards, or give up some of your criteria.

Deck keyboards make backlit boards, but don't have any other features that you wanted.
Brown switches are silent?
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Brown switches are silent?
The switch itself doesn't make noise. It's still a little louder then a rubber dome since there isn't any rubber under the keys, so if you press them all the way down you get plastic hitting plastic, which is a touch louder.
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i know the mechanical keyboards are better and blah blah blah but since they were WAY too out of my budget i got a razor lycosa and so far i am happy. it has all the features you are asking for and is like half the price of any of the good mechanical ones. i have also had a merc stealth and microsoft X6 and both were great but sadly none of them live long when you have kids.
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I find the low profile keys on the Lyscosa very annoying to type on. Not as bad as some though.
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