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I need some help deciding between some keyboards. From what I've read "blue" Cherry Mx's seem like a good choice. I'll be using my keyboard for just about everything (ie. gaming, programing, typing), so if another type of switch would be better for me, please inform me. Also if there are any other websites that have better products/pricing, I'd love to know (I live in Canada BTW).

So here are some keyboards that I've been looking at

- Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless w/Blue Cherry MX Switches
What's the VAT option?

- Archiss AS-KB87C
This website only sells them used, so i don't know if i should even consider this keyboard.

- Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 English Black
What kind of switches are in this keyboard?

- DK 9008-CELLB Overclock.net Edition


I was also looking at the Das Keyboard, but it seems really big and the glossy finish and typeface on the keys are a real turnoff for me.
post #2 of 21
VAT is value added tax which is only applicable if you are in Europe... it would help if we knew your location.
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VAT is value added tax which is only applicable if you are in Europe... it would help if we knew your location.
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...I'd love to know (I live in Canada BTW).
???
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post #4 of 21
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I was also wondering if there was anywhere where I'd be able to get lower-case Helvetica keycaps? I know that's really specific, but it never hurts to ask.
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If you want Helvetica, go with either a Ducky or a Rosewill RK-9000, or an HHKB or a Topre. Filcos are Futura Oblique, Leopolds appear to be Univers Oblique at the moment. The Das is Bank Gothic, and Razer is some unintelligible font.

The best Helvetica Cherry MX caps are Cherry's laser printed caps; they have crisp lettering but low contrast. You can harvest them off various black G80s or G81s with an L in their name. You can get them on Ebay.

Photos from Ripster:

FLA_1020.jpg by ripster55, on Flickr

FLA_0675.jpg by ripster55, on Flickr

And HHKB Lites use rubber dome switches. The Pro uses Topre switches.

Also, check out Unicomps and IBM Model Ms. They use an apparently custom typeface that's extremely similar to Helvetica ($ and ^ at least are off).
Edited by B757 - 3/2/11 at 1:43pm
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B757: he said lower-case Helvetica.

lol w/Plex

I suppose someone is going to recommend a rubber dome keyboard now.

marvkip: I recommend asking about lower-case Helvetica keycaps in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide thread.

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I need some help deciding between some keyboards. From what I've read "blue" Cherry Mx's seem like a good choice. I'll be using my keyboard for just about everything (ie. gaming, programing, typing), so if another type of switch would be better for me, please inform me. Also if there are any other websites that have better products/pricing, I'd love to know (I live in Canada BTW).
I'm not up on what's available in Canada, but you may be on the right track with the Cherry MX Blues because it sounds like not only will you be gaming, but you'll also be doing a ton of typing between programming and regular typing.

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So here are some keyboards that I've been looking at

- Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless w/Blue Cherry MX Switches
What's the VAT option?
In addition to the meaning of VAT being "Value Added Tax", this website is based in the UK. I mean, I don't know whether or not they ship to Canada.

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Originally Posted by marvkip View Post
- Archiss AS-KB87C
This website only sells them used, so i don't know if i should even consider this keyboard.
I haven't heard about this keyboard, so I can't say anything about it. But I recommend asking about this one in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide thread.

Quote:
Originally Posted by marvkip View Post
- Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 English Black
What kind of switches are in this keyboard?
This is like a hybrid between a rubber dome and a mechanical keyboard. Some have said that the feel of this keyboard is quite superior to any Cherry MX switch. Here's a little more information on it:

http://www.elitekeyboards.com/produc...2&pid=pdkb400b

I'm paying particular attention to the description of the switch type, not this specific keyboard model.

Quote:
Originally Posted by marvkip View Post
If you love Overclock.net, then this is certainly the very best choice. Plus, it's a good quality mechanical keyboard!

Quote:
Originally Posted by marvkip View Post
I was also looking at the Das Keyboard, but it seems really big and the glossy finish and typeface on the keys are a real turnoff for me.
I agree: I had the Lycosa which has a high-gloss finish too, and I hated it. I mean, I almost bought the Das Model S, but the reason why I didn't was because of how ugly my high-gloss finish became.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/2/11 at 6:38pm
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
B757: he said lower-case
This is like a hybrid between a rubber dome and a mechanical keyboard. Some have said that the feel of this keyboard is quite superior to any Cherry MX switch. Here's a little more information on it:

http://www.elitekeyboards.com/produc...2&pid=pdkb400b
The Lite uses cheap regular rubber dome membrane switches. You need the Pro to get the Topre switches, which are hybrid rubber dome/mechanical over a capacitative PCB. Some consider it the best switch ever, but switches are highly subjective.

As for lower case Helvetica, not happening. Very few keyboards at all use a lower case typeface. The only place you're going to find that is Shift, Backspace, etc.
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No wonder it has such a low price.
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Lower Case Helvetica?


The iPad can do that.
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Lower Case Helvetica?


The iPad can do that.
Backlit too even.

It's digital not mechanical though .
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