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post #91 of 104
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A lot of mechanical keyboards can have higher key travel than a G15/other rubber dome. But there's lots of variety, that's the thing. There's no one feel that any mechanical keyboard's got.
    
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Not using one at the moment. If I manage to find a big enough desk to have my keyboard on all the time along with my G27 then I'd perhaps look into getting a mechanical keyboard. Considering my current one sits on my lap it would need to pretty much match my current keyboards shape and layout to even work, let alone be comfortable.
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post #93 of 104
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
"Slim" or "thin" keys are scissor switches, which are halfway to mechanical. If you prefer those over "tall" key rubber domes, then you'd probably enjoy a mechanical keyboard.

Though your G15 is hardly a "slim" keyboard.
I often think that people's like of scissor switch keyboards is because they don't have the mush associated with full travel rubber dome keys. Which of course results with people looking for low travel mech switches and the like.
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post #94 of 104
I Like my G15. And my model M gave me hand cramps just playing through HL2.
    
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post #95 of 104
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Originally Posted by Cryptedvick View Post
What?
are you talking to me?
If so, I don't have a G15 , I have a Delux slim keyboard that cost me $15
Its in my system specs ...
Huh, thought you did.


Anyway, the main reason most people like scissor switches even if they don't realize it themselves, is that the keys have much less wobble and much better tactility than a typical rubber dome, and when well designed will have less mush, because of the scissor-action stabilizers used.

Now, mechanical keyboard switches vary widely in tactility, from none at all (linear switches like MX blacks), to very subtle (like MX browns), to jarring (like black Alps), to precise (like MX blues), etc. Wobble varies depending on how well made the keycaps are, and by switch, but is generally better than a low-end rubber dome. And *no* mechanical switch will have the mushy landing that rubber domes have.

Mechanical keyboards won't make you magically better at typing or gaming or anything. And while generally made better than low-end rubber domes, not all of them will last a decade or more (MX blue switches are very sensitive to dust, for instance), though most will last at least five years with even heavy typists.

The main reason to buy a mechanical keyboard is because it feels good and makes typing more enjoyable. It's like the difference between a Civic and a BMW, between cheap speakers and a hi-fi bookshelf set, between a Dell and a custom made computer. It's more fun to use and can become a hobby all its own. You can pick and customize to get the keyboard that's best for you, not just something mass produced in China for a generalized "consumer", to be used and thrown out and replaced.


And as for the stereotypes of being bulky or loud or ugly or feature poor... Well, a picture is worth a thousand words.




post #96 of 104
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Originally Posted by Bassdoken View Post
Haha. What fun were you expecting, exactly?
I was already very happy with my Filco, and so I thought that it would almost be funny to go and use my rubber domes for a couple of hours. But instead I ended up in a little bit of pain that I had never felt before.

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Not all good keyboards are mechanical though. There are some very good-feeling and tactile rubber domes out there such as Topres and older Dell Quietkeys.
I know that not all good keyboards are mechanical. You're not telling me anything I don't know. But I'm curious: you said "tactile" rubber domes. Are there any linear rubber domes??

Besides, Topres fall into the category of "mechanical keyboards" so that it is easier to tell them apart from rubber domes when talking to the uninitiated. Calling a Topre a "rubber dome keyboard" can easily confuse someone once they have already heard great praises for mechanical keyboards in comparison to rubber dome boards.

As for the older Dell QuietKeys? How much older?

Speaking of which, the sticker on the bottom of my QuietKey doesn't show a date or a year. However, it does have something printed on it which I found to be quite amusing:

"WARNING: IMPROPER OR PROLONGED KEYBOARD USE MAY RESULT IN INJURY"

To that, I say "Well duh! It's a rubber dome keyboard!"

My hands feel much better today than they did during the days when I was using that keyboard every day. I am attributing it to the Cherry MX Blues.

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Originally Posted by Cryptedvick View Post
Thanks Still, I have much to learn because I can't really express myself properly so one can understand exactly what I'm trying to say.
This subject involved mostly basic english words ... I would fail in a political argument but then again thats not allowed to talk about on OCN

Anyway, I see why mechs are so good for you.
If I worked with a computer all day I would probably buy a keyboard that was the easiest to type on for long hours and it would probably be a mech.
Even tho I'm kinda contradicting myself here in relation to basically all I've said so far, but in the end, letting myself convinced by you, I agree that mechs are better, just that I didn't get to use a good one yet.
This is purely about the feel you get when writing on one. I still think they're ugly as hell!

Cheers.
They actually look much better in person. For example, I was a little skeptical about the plain appearance of the Filco Majestouch, but it's very different in person. It looks very sharp and classy, especially with the red Esc keycap installed.

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Originally Posted by Cryptedvick View Post
What?
are you talking to me?
If so, I don't have a G15 , I have a Delux slim keyboard that cost me $15
Its in my system specs ...
I saw some pictures of it, and it actually looks like it might just be a regular rubber dome because the keycaps are about the same size as the Razer Lycosa's. I mean, the Lycosa is a plain rubber dome and not a scissor-switch.

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A lot of mechanical keyboards can have higher key travel than a G15/other rubber dome. But there's lots of variety, that's the thing. There's no one feel that any mechanical keyboard's got.
This.

I mean, one of my favorite things about the world of mechanical keyboards is that I am not limited to the feel of rubber domes. I mean the feel is almost the same from one keyboard to another. Sure, there are differences, but they are minor. But when comparing a mechanical board with buckling springs to a mechanical board with the Cherry MX Reds, the difference is major.

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Originally Posted by angrysasquatch View Post
I Like my G15. And my model M gave me hand cramps just playing through HL2.
This only means that you learned that the Buckling Springs aren't for you. I mean, it sounds like something similar to the Cherry MX Blues or Browns would be much better.
Edited by TwoCables - 1/14/11 at 6:20pm
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post #97 of 104
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Originally Posted by angrysasquatch View Post
I Like my G15. And my model M gave me hand cramps just playing through HL2.
Out of curiosity, how old was it? Model Ms have got progressively less stiff over the years.

I have a 1985 Model M that's so stiff that it's uncomfortable to type on for extended periods. On the flip end of the scale, I have a Model M modded with new springs from Unicomp that doesn't feel that much heavier than a blue Cherry keyboard. Ones made in between vary.
Edited by ch_123 - 1/14/11 at 6:23pm
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post #98 of 104
Yep, and you can pry it from my stiff dead fingers! :-)
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post #99 of 104
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I like my Model M. It's got a trackball built into it.
    
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post #100 of 104
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Out of curiosity, how old was it? Model Ms have got progressively less stiff over the years.

I have a 1985 Model M that's so stiff that it's uncomfortable to type on for extended periods. On the flip end of the scale, I have a Model M modded with new springs from Unicomp that doesn't feel that much heavier than a blue Cherry keyboard. Ones made in between vary.
I had one that looked exactly like this:

http://www.recycledgoods.com/product...39940_zoom.jpg

It was old, but not old enough to use a parallel connector (it was ps/2)
    
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