Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Keyboards › Why do you spend so much on mechanical keyboards?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Why do you spend so much on mechanical keyboards? - Page 2

post #11 of 40
It's like comparing microwavable TV dinners to actually going out to a nice restaurant. They both fulfill the same purpose - getting you full - but the experience is completely different. Since some people type or game frequently, it would seem logical to want to invest a little more money to get the nicest experience they can get.
post #12 of 40
I prefer switch keyboards myself, but rubber dome is just as fine, it's a false statement to say that only a mech keyboard offers the best PC or gaming experience.

If you abuse your keyboard enough that you need a mech keyboard then you have anger issues. My wife has rubbed the lettering off on keyboards before but that was more her nails than the keyboard failing, i have 2 keyboards that i have had for over 5 years and neither has any issues and neither are mech.
post #13 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by teajayyy View Post
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
I just had a situation really similar to this. Picked up a Lycosa (it was dirt cheap, and I could return it) to give it a shot. Within 24hours the keys would stop working or lock down as well and I would have to unplug it and plug it back in. Soon after, it would all happen again.

I ended up doing a bit more HW and went with the Microsoft Sidewinder X4. I absolutely love it. It has an awesome feel to it while typing, has an NKRO rating higher than I could ever possibly use, and is backlit (adjustable) which was a must for me since I'm usually playing games in the dark at night. It has a few other cool little features, but I'd really recommend checking it out especially because you can pick it up for about $50 brand new.
post #14 of 40
Why did I buy Mechanical?

Couple reasons:

1) I've been playing Bass guitar for 30 years, my hands are strong, and I pound standard keys into semi~functional oatmeal in a few months. Constantly buying new keyboards has gotten rather annoying. So I bought a Mech.

2) (see the above reason) I am also sensitve to the feel of the keys, and I do like the Mechs better.


Fairly new - we'll see how long it lasts.
Primary Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 960 EVGA E758 EVGA GTX570 6GB OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
OS/App 128GB SSDNow V+ // 500GB WD Caviar Black Plextor PX880SA (w/Lightscribe) Win 7 x64 Steelseries 6GV2 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair CMPSU 850HX Lian Li PC-K650WB Microsoft Sidewinder 
  hide details  
Reply
Primary Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 960 EVGA E758 EVGA GTX570 6GB OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
OS/App 128GB SSDNow V+ // 500GB WD Caviar Black Plextor PX880SA (w/Lightscribe) Win 7 x64 Steelseries 6GV2 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair CMPSU 850HX Lian Li PC-K650WB Microsoft Sidewinder 
  hide details  
Reply
post #15 of 40
Mechanical beasts will outlast any of the other junk. I have a Cherry keyboard that is still perfectly functional after 20 years of use in the shop. It's looking bad, keys are worn, the plastic is yellowed - but it is still a champ. Great for typing on, tough to beat for data entry style work, with the positive "click" with each keystroke. This is different from the other keyboards, of various qualities. The Acer one we have here is adequate for email and stuff, but is kind of crappy for typing and stuff. The Mac keyboards are even worse, because I have to tear them down and clean them out every year or so - cheap plastics, and that wierd rubber-carbon stuff that is the "contact".

But then, a "cheap" mechanical keyboard can be a disaster as well - there are lots of those around. So it comes down to what you value. If you do lots of typing, or are heavy into gaming, or have to write documents or reports, or have to do keypunch for eight hours a day - nothing beats a high quality mechanical keyboard. But if you are basically doing some email and fooling on Facebook, then it would be overkill.

Of course, price is a factor, but even a $100 keyboard is inexpensive, if you get 10 or 20 years out of it, compared to having a parade of inadequate, cheezy keyboards that save you money but give you carpal tunnel syndrome for the rest of your life.
post #16 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by calavera View Post
That's like asking why do people spend so much on <insert any hobby here>. It's just personal preference.
/thread
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H MSI TF3 7950 Tri-fire Samsung 30nm 4x4GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 320 160GB and a few samsung platters Windows7 x64 Catleap Q270 Rosewill mechanical 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX850 Xigmatek Elysium Razer Deathadder Puretrak talent 
Audio
Xonar Essence STX 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H MSI TF3 7950 Tri-fire Samsung 30nm 4x4GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 320 160GB and a few samsung platters Windows7 x64 Catleap Q270 Rosewill mechanical 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX850 Xigmatek Elysium Razer Deathadder Puretrak talent 
Audio
Xonar Essence STX 
  hide details  
Reply
post #17 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oh wow Secret Cow View Post
It's like comparing microwavable TV dinners to actually going out to a nice restaurant. They both fulfill the same purpose - getting you full - but the experience is completely different. Since some people type or game frequently, it would seem logical to want to invest a little more money to get the nicest experience they can get.
This sums it up quite nicely.

Reasons I bought mine:
- See what all the hype was about
- Got bored of having to replace keyboards for random broken keys every few months. I was buying roughly 3-4 keyboards a year at 15-20 a pop. I live in HK where the warranty service isn't as convenient as it is in the US.
- Frequently had keys jam (upon release, wouldn't return to original position), very annoying when gaming on my rubber dome logitech keyboards
post #18 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by teajayyy View Post
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 $120 and my lycosa is being so buggy. keys will lock themselves down (not physically) or they will just stop working til i unplug the keyboard
Get a desk lamp like me, or get an Xarmor back light one. Back-lighting is such a gimmik you pay 50$ more and all you get is a bunch of blue LED's in your board.
Edited by james_ant - 2/8/11 at 12:05pm
i7 3820
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3820 AsRock X79 Extreme6 Sapphire 6950 2gb Sapphire 6950 2gb 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)  Crucial M4 128gb LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Drive Corsair H80 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64bit Samsung XL2370 Cooler Master Quick Fire (cherry blues) Corsair TX850M 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Define R3 SS Xai SS 4HD Asus Xonar Essence ST 
  hide details  
Reply
i7 3820
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3820 AsRock X79 Extreme6 Sapphire 6950 2gb Sapphire 6950 2gb 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)  Crucial M4 128gb LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Drive Corsair H80 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64bit Samsung XL2370 Cooler Master Quick Fire (cherry blues) Corsair TX850M 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Define R3 SS Xai SS 4HD Asus Xonar Essence ST 
  hide details  
Reply
post #19 of 40
it's personal preference but they are just that much better than normal keyboards imo..
Once u start using a mechanical keyboard you can't go back to normal rubber dome keyboards... cuz they feel so crappy..
I've tried using a lycosa at my friend's house and it felt terrible... I don't even know how ppl can spend so much to buy a crappy keyboard like that..
mechanical keyboards also has a lot of features that are gaming friendly ( and by features I don't mean useless bling blings, lcd screens and tons of useless macro keys like other gaming keyboards )
post #20 of 40
I never get what is a mechanical keyboard D:
GTR-PC
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570k 4.3Ghz  ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 EVGA GTX 770 4GB FTW Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Zotac SSD - WD 1TB (x2) Zalman Performa W10 64 Bits HP 2509 25" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sidewinder X6 Thermaltake Smart 700w 80Plus CM Storm Enforcer Mionix Naos 3200 
Mouse Pad
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
GTR-PC
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570k 4.3Ghz  ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 EVGA GTX 770 4GB FTW Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Zotac SSD - WD 1TB (x2) Zalman Performa W10 64 Bits HP 2509 25" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sidewinder X6 Thermaltake Smart 700w 80Plus CM Storm Enforcer Mionix Naos 3200 
Mouse Pad
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Keyboards
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Keyboards › Why do you spend so much on mechanical keyboards?