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I would like to get a new keyboard for my new build once it gets done this week. I don't have much of a budget if I really like whats worth it, but I would like to keep it under 200, reasonably. Let me know what you guys liked or worked for you or would be worth checking out if it fits about what I am looking for, it would be much appreciated!

Here is what I know I like/want:
I definitely want something with back-lit keys. I got spoiled by it and have been going crazy without it, so its a definite must have.

I haven't really messed with mechanical keyboards in years, but its not really a must have for me. I am not desperate for instant responsiveness in my keyboard as much as I am in my mouse, so either works. If something fits the bill and is mechanical, no problem, but otherwise, whatever works, as long as it works well.

Wireless would be nice, but I know its going to cut my options so its not necessarily a must. I can always get the Logitech K800 if I wanted back-lit wireless for general typing at least. So if there is anything wireless on the market I would like it as an option, but it isn't a must.

Flat keys and slim design, preferably island style but not necessarily. I've gotten very used to typing on island style keyboards, which is what my Asus G51 had, and I like it. I find I mistype a lot less often with them, but I know they aren't common in desktop keyboards. At the very least, I really don't like high raised/traditional style keyboards, so flat is preferred. Think Razer Lycosa style. In general thin design altogether.

Matte or rubber would be ideal, as much as gloss looks nice, as I despise fingerprints...I cant stand fingerprints and am OCD as hell about them.

I want a number pad.

And of course, good build quality and few/no common issues. I don't mind paying a premium to cut out dumb little frustrations over the next few years I'll probably be using it.

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EDIT: Should add that I am going to be using for a lot of gaming, but also just a lot of general typing of course, for school, general browsing, etc. But comfortability and functionality for gaming is definitely a priority, though I am not necessarily into extra function keys and the such. My gaming consists more of FPS, RTS, RPG, etc, but no MMO's.
Edited by MooCwzRck - 3/6/11 at 11:43pm
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I really like the Logitech G510. It has color changing back-lit keys. It has an LCD screen that can read out game stats, fraps info, media info, headlines, msi afterburner info, performance monitor etc. There are also a ton of programmable keys with three quick profiles. It's got media controls with volume knob. Overall I love this keyboard for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...26100&Tpk=g510
It's $10 dollars off and has a mail in rebate right now too.
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get a mechanical keyboard and call it a day.

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TLDR; Backlit keyboard, not too thrilled with mechanical, will be gaming, would like wireless but not a must, flat keys, budget is under $200.

I'm not sure. All keyboard that are aimed at the gaming demographic seem too plasticy and cheap to me, and mechanicals aren't very ideal for gaming (even though my ABS M1 does me fine). I agree that wireless would be great, one less wire to worry about. I'm just not familiar enough with keyboards to know anything that incorporate all these things :/
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post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
TLDR; Backlit keyboard, not too thrilled with mechanical, will be gaming, would like wireless but not a must, flat keys, budget is under $200.

I'm not sure. All keyboard that are aimed at the gaming demographic seem too plasticy and cheap to me, and mechanicals aren't very ideal for gaming (even though my ABS M1 does me fine). I agree that wireless would be great, one less wire to worry about. I'm just not familiar enough with keyboards to know anything that incorporate all these things :/
Believe it or not, there are many mechanical keyboard enthusiasts who are significantly happier with their mechanical keyboards than they ever were with any rubber dome keyboard that was made for gaming.

Although, I personally wouldn't want a BlackWidow because I've been seeing too many negative things about them even though they are truly awesome when they're brand new.

MooCwzRck: with a budget of up to $200, you can get pretty much the best of the best mechanical keyboards. So, I recommend asking for help in making an informed decision by starting a new discussion in the Mechanical Keyboard Guide thread.
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post #6 of 20
Judging by what you want, your sort of limited. If your looking for a wireless kb, flat keys, slim design, then you would be looking at maybe the apple wireless keyboard. Apple also has a wired version, still has the same design but includes the numpad.

If you want the back lighting and all the bells and whistles, you could go with the Logitech G19 or G510.

If your willing to try out a mechanical KB, I would recommend you try the Blackwidow (get the ultimate if you want the the back lighting).

The majority of people around here will recommend you into more of a typists keyboard, like Filcos and such. I'm a bit different in that I have used a bunch of keyboards and still find them fine. For example, I don't believe mechanical is the end all must have. It feels nice for typing but, I can make do with a rubber dome as well. I'm not really picky about how keys feel. At the end of the day, you figure out what your really looking for, don't let people sell you into a plain style mech keyboard if your looking for more out of it. Most of these guys just hate on keyboards unless they are mechanical or fit under certain brands they like.

I have had my blackwidow for alittle over 3 weeks and it has been really awesome. You will see some complaints around here but thats common for any product sold in high volume. You don't see as many complaints with Filcos and such because they are really niche products. If they where sold in higher volume to the states then you would see more complaints. People look at 10 guys that buy Filcos, and maybe 1 will post an issue. When 10,000 buy a blackwidow, and you see 50 threads on a forum, people get all worked up.

Goodluck with your choice, in the end you will usually have to make a sacrifice. Even going with something like a Filco or Leopold would be great. Just make sure thats what you really want. But for me, its about finding the kb that fits the majority of features I would like rather then conform to what keyboard snobs say I should be using. Some people go way overboard with that stuff. Tons of people type and game fine on $20 Dell KBs and you have these guys who will try to ram a Filco down your throat. lol
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Thanks guys, it looks like I'll have to do a bit more research into what will work for me...for now I'll buy the Logitech K800 that will work for me until I find something else. Wont be a bad temporary though, that K800 is a pretty sweet keyboard for being wireless, backlit, and thin. My only problem with it is they keys feel a bit cheap when typing on them.

I appreciate all the suggestions, and I'll keep in mind that I shouldn't offer rep verbally, haha.
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Thanks guys, it looks like I'll have to do a bit more research into what will work for me...for now I'll buy the Logitech K800 that will work for me until I find something else. Wont be a bad temporary though, that K800 is a pretty sweet keyboard for being wireless, backlit, and thin. My only problem with it is they keys feel a bit cheap when typing on them.
It sounds to me like a good mechanical keyboard would knock your socks off. And with a budget of up to $200, you can get one that will knock your socks off every single day.

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I appreciate all the suggestions, and I'll keep in mind that I shouldn't offer rep verbally, haha.
It's also against their rules, but there's a very good and logical reason for it.
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post #9 of 20
The mechanical keyboard that fits your needs the most (I believe it has flat keys and it's backlit) would be a Deck Legend. Unfortunately it's not slim, but I don't think any worthwhile mechanical keyboard is.

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/

Comes in 2 switch types, Cherry MX clear and black. First one is better for typing so I would recommend that.

edit: actually I'm not sure if the keys are flat... but I know there's something about this keyboard that's not like most keyboards in terms of shape...
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In the mechanical realm, your only options for backlighting are the BlackWidow Ultimate, the Xarmor U9BL-S, and the few Deck models. The BW has gotten some decent reviews, but there are a few QC concerns. The Deck is probably the most solid model, but I'm not a fan of the case design or the letterings.

I'm basically in the same situation as you are, and I'm opting for the U9BL-S in a couple months when I'm out of the dorms.
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