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First of all, apologies for making yet another "need new keyboard" thread, I looked through a few here and didn't really find any that met my specifications.

I'm looking for a new keyboard for mostly gaming purposes. I need something that's fairly durable as this current one's left alt broke after only 7 or 8 months of playing a game where I use left alt often. I also don't want anything overly gaudy.
Picky interests: No mechanical please, backlighting is appreciated but not a necessity, I prefer shorter keys, none of those curvy "ergonomic" keyboards, and no Razer products.

I have looked at a few keyboards already and the Microsoft Sidewinder x4 looked pretty good to me. I was also interested in the x6 version mostly because of the detachable number pad since I never use it, but almost every comment I read on Newegg was negative.
None of the Logitech keyboards I saw really interested me but if you have good reasons I'll take a look at the one you suggest, same goes for the few Saitek's I saw.
I am not really familiar with any other brands than the ones mentioned in this post.

I'd like to keep the price under 70 USD.
Edited by Cpt.Teacup - 2/10/11 at 8:38pm
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is there a budget you have in mind?
    
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The x6 doesn't have the "Anti-ghosting" that the x4 has, so I wouldn't recommend it. The x4 is probably your best option.

Really the only other keyboard I'd suggest looking at is this I-rocks;http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-015-_-Product. It's a good value for that price, but has an odd layout.

I can't recommend any logitech or saitek board. The price to performance ratio just isn't there.
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i swiped the logitech g110 on newegg for 35 bucks when they had a sale recently. i've loved it so far. it's fairly quite for a keyboard, the backlight isn't too bright or too dim, and i haven't had any issues with it performance wise. the only thing i don't like is the barrel for a volume knob...i preferred my old g11 roll wheel.

if you can find it on sale somewhere like i did, i say get it. my old one is 2.5 years old and still going strong after 3 coffee spills on it...but i just wanted a new keyboard so i got the 110...
    
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Originally Posted by victorofhavoc View Post
i swiped the logitech g110 on newegg for 35 bucks when they had a sale recently. i've loved it so far. it's fairly quite for a keyboard, the backlight isn't too bright or too dim, and i haven't had any issues with it performance wise. the only thing i don't like is the barrel for a volume knob...i preferred my old g11 roll wheel.

if you can find it on sale somewhere like i did, i say get it. my old one is 2.5 years old and still going strong after 3 coffee spills on it...but i just wanted a new keyboard so i got the 110...
Yeah if you can get it for half price it's a decent board . That goes for a lot of things though. Heck even "Dr. Dre's" headphones get decent at half off.
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Yeah if you can get it for half price it's a decent board . That goes for a lot of things though. Heck even "Dr. Dre's" headphones get decent at half off.
lol, i put those on once to try them out...my ears felt pressurized by the enormously overwhelming and WRONG bass...i've had 30$ sony headphones that rip those apart...haha
    
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No, not really regarding beats.

The logitech keybaords like g110 and old g15v2 are great choices.
    
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone View Post
The logitech keybaords like g110 and old g15v2 are great choices.
Do you have any solid reasons? I need to know not only what board I'm getting, but why I'm getting it too.
Thanks everyone for the input so far.

And my budget is flexible, it kind of depends on how useful the keyboard is, though I guess it's best not to go above 70 USD.
Edited by Cpt.Teacup - 2/8/11 at 8:50pm
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post #9 of 21
I'm using a Razer Black Widow now...only problem with it I have is that I always feel like trying to type softly.

I've had multiple Saitek and Logitech boards. The Saiteks are decent but I don't think I would buy another one. The Logitech G15(not sure if it was v1 or v2) was excellent: keys felt great; the height of the keyboard and wrist wrest was comfortable; backlight wasn't too bright; and I never had problems in games with it.

I was looking at the K750(solar keyboard from Logitech) and the Ultranav(w/ and w/out keypad from Lenovo) when I upgraded. The Logitech is low profile style keys and the Lenovo is supposed to be a direct copy of the Thinkpad keyboards, which I love. Neither has any gaming/macro keys but that isn't a big deciding factor for me.
post #10 of 21
I have an X4 and couldn't be happier. I've owned many rubber dome keybaords (Siatek Eclipse II, G15, and the X4). The X4 is probably the most "comfortable" keyboard I've used of the three. This is my personal opinion and I can't say anything about mech. as I've never owned one.
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