Originally Posted by ch_123
So your point about the Das being better than the Razer is an issue of taste?
One could say that if your taste was based on the macro keys feature, but the switches being identical, I'd be more inclined to say it's an empirical statement. Same switches. Same feel, with the only real difference being the quality of the underlying board. The razer does nothing better than the das keyboard other than having a software suite and macro keys attached to it. Overall quality is better with the das.
Arguing between two totally seperate key switch designs however, would be a bit of a matter of taste.
Originally Posted by ch_123
Out of curiosity, have you actually tried a buckling spring keyboard?
In regards to feel, some people prefer one over the other. But there are ways in which the Unicomp is objectively better than any Cherry-based keyboard currently on the market - the dye sub keycaps won't wear out, whereas everything Cherry-based these days is either pad printed or lasered, both of which are prone to wear. There are double shot Cherry keyboards, but they don't come standard and are usually expensive relative to the price of the keyboard. There's also the durability issues, both in terms of the long term durability of the switch (Blue Cherries turn to mush with age, far moreso than the spring wear associated with some older buckling spring designs) and with resistance of the switch to damage - if you spill something over a Cherry switch keyboard, it's pretty much ****ed, whereas the way a buckling spring keyboard is constructed isolates the guts from the outside world. Then of course you have the whole double tap problem.
My point? Well, I guess you'd imagine that keyboards increase in quality as price increases, doesn't seem to be the case unfortunately.
Dye sublimination key caps exist for the cherry stems as well. One thing I'll point out pretty quickly is I prefer a blank key set. I do not need a legend to use a keyboard and I find that it's fun to show people my blank keyboard. Yes, it's pointless but fun.
What is more, you're arguing a completely different problem. The double tap issue isn't really all that important for gaming, because most gamers bottom out regardless and this is mostly isolated to blues. for that rare gamer that can actually use the keys for gaming the way they were meant to be used for typing, yes it might matter, but in my case... I have a brown based board now... which is better for gaming. The razer is equipped with blues. So is the das keyboard normal. Between the two, the das is empirically better.
Between the buckling spring and cherry key switches, yes there are advantages to the buckling spring approach, but ultimately, for an end user i think the feel is more important. if it doesn't feel right to you, then it lasting forever is immaterial.