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I would definitely consider a Black Widow. I just got mine recently and am very satisfied with it. For the price it can't be beat. It has good build quality and is very sturdy and heavy. Keys feel great and are very easy to type on. Along with it I got a Death Adder and so far i'm very impressed with Razer products.
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You see, each mechanical switch has its own unique feel. Your best shot of trying out a cherry MX (insert color here) switch is buying a used board somewhere. Trying out a board with black alps would be useless, since they feel very different to cherry MX switches. IMO, black alps (especially used ones) are worse than rubber domes.

Then again, cherry MX blues and blacks don't feel too much like each other.

You really have to experience THE switch you want to have to really know what it feels like. The difference between the feel of the different switches is pretty huge most of the time...
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post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
I was hoping for some kind of cherry switches. Any kind would do
Then I think the Razer Blackwidow is the cheapest you'll find. It has cherry MX blue switches. It's also probably the only one you'll find in computer shops, so go find one to try.
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post
You see, each mechanical switch has its own unique feel. Your best shot of trying out a cherry MX (insert color here) switch is buying a used board somewhere. Trying out a board with black alps would be useless, since they feel very different to cherry MX switches. IMO, black alps (especially used ones) are worse than rubber domes.

Then again, cherry MX blues and blacks don't feel too much like each other.

You really have to experience THE switch you want to have to really know what it feels like. The difference between the feel of the different switches is pretty huge most of the time...
Ugh this is going to be hard then

maybe I can convince my parents that there have been recent findings that using certain keyboards like theirs cause arthritis and they need to spend $110 and buy a ducky brand keyboard if I don't like it!

JK!
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post #15 of 34
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Yeah... Cheap is good. I just want to try one honestly..... I wish they carried one at Bestbuy or something..... just enough to justify in my mind spending $110 on an OCN Ducky!
Bestbuy actually does carry Razer KB's I believe. The boxes have a cut-out on the front so you can get a feel for it too.
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Bestbuy actually does carry Razer KB's I believe. The boxes have a cut-out on the front so you can get a feel for it too.
They only cary the blackwiddow online not in store.
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post #17 of 34
shopping.google.com

search keyboard model, pray for nearby stores, drive there, hope it's on display, play with it.
Edited by cuad - 2/25/11 at 12:49pm
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post #18 of 34
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Those look very rare.... Any idea what switches are in them? They also seem like they are fairly expensive.... I might as well spend the 80 bux on a black widow
Well, it's less than half the cost, and much less likely to fail after a month...

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I was hoping for some kind of cherry switches. Any kind would do
There's a huge variation across different Cherry switch designs. I'm not entirely sure why you'd concentrate on one brand, and not on others.
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Well, it's less than half the cost, and much less likely to fail after a month...



There's a huge variation across different Cherry switch designs. I'm not entirely sure why you'd concentrate on one brand, and not on others.
Those old IBM keyboards dont have crerry switches =(
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Again, why do you want Cherry switches in particular?
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