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I mean.. It's ancient and people nowadays are spending $50+ on a mechanical keyboard when they can just go find one for like $2 at a thrift store or flea market.. And are they really that amazing?

i'm kind of posting this because im looking for a new keyboard and wondering if i should just go find a dirt cheap mechanical keyboard
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Originally Posted by teajayyy View Post
I mean.. It's ancient and people nowadays are spending $50+ on a mechanical keyboard when they can just go find one for like $2 at a thrift store or flea market.. And are they really that amazing?

i'm kind of posting this because im looking for a new keyboard and wondering if i should just go find a dirt cheap mechanical keyboard
Most of them aren't ancient... even if they were, how would that make them bad?
Yes they're that amazing.
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post #3 of 40
they arent that great tbh I've used one and I actually don't like them. Too much range of motion on the keys.
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post #4 of 40
It was either a mech one for 120 or a gaming keyboard for 120...



I think I made the right choice.
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Originally Posted by teajayyy View Post
I mean.. It's ancient and people nowadays are spending $50+ on a mechanical keyboard when they can just go find one for like $2 at a thrift store or flea market.. And are they really that amazing?

i'm kind of posting this because im looking for a new keyboard and wondering if i should just go find a dirt cheap mechanical keyboard
Mechanical keyboards are purely preference. If you want to enjoy your computing experience as much as possible, then going with a good keyboard + mouse is essential. Mechanical keyboards are as good as it gets when it comes to quality. They will last a long time and a lot of the time, the lettering on the keys takes a long time to wear off. However, where a mechanical keyboard really shines is the feel they have to them. There is a different switch for everyone, I have cherry blues and love them, they are great for typing and I very rarely have any gaming complications when using them.
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post #6 of 40
I spent 100$ on my rosewill, my first mech ever. It was a great investment because I abuse my keyboards and I about 10 cheap dome keyboards with broken keys in a closet, With this if a key/switch ever does go bad I can just replace it. Also I treat my keyboard better now that I respect it and the money I paid for it.

I don't type very much however, and mostly just use it for gaming, but I still justify it by not adding to my collection of broken keyboards.

Only real con I have found is when I touch a dome it feels so mushy, I never noticed it until I got my first mech and I don't see myself going back.
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I really like my black widow.
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post #8 of 40
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Originally Posted by strap624 View Post
I really like my black widow.
I was looking at that, but my room is usually dark so i would want a keyboard with back lights but don't want to spend $120 and my lycosa is being so buggy. keys will lock themselves down (not physically) or they will just stop working til i unplug the keyboard
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post #9 of 40
That's like asking why do people spend so much on <insert any hobby here>. It's just personal preference.
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except they're really good and are much better than regular domers. if you know how not to bottom out then you also increase your reaction time.
    
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