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I'm looking to get a new keyboard. I currently have a Saitek II.

I love this keyboard (mostly):
- There are no macro keys.
- The backlighting is not very bright or customisable.
- There's a big border of unused plastic around the edge.

I've had it for 4+ years and plan to use the next for just as long.
Mechanical keyboards are not an option, I do not like the extra noise they create.

I've considered the G110 and the Razer Anansi. If someone has used the Saitek II and either of these, please post!
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I chose the G110 over the Saitek II when buying.
- Macro system is great.
- Red light is brighter, blue is not so bright (I use it because it matches and I like the softer light)
- it's 19.5 x 1.5 x 7.2...a lot of keyboards have borders. I don't find it upsetting.

I bought it after having a G11 for several years and am just as happy.

Have no experience with the Anansi.
post #3 of 7
I upgraded from a Saitek Eclipse II to a Razer Lycosa and it was my worst buy yet!
I've sold my Lycosa and bought a Das Keyboard instead.

For you I think a Logitech G110 or any G series keyboard would be perfect as the key height and pressure is about the same as Saitek's.
They're hella durable as well. My little G5 mouse is going 6 years strong!

I sold my Lycosa because the build quality was too cheap for me, the keys are sticky, and overall it's horrid to type on.
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I love my saitek cyborg v.5, although it is getting a bit long in the tooth.
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post #5 of 7
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Thanks for the input guys.

Though I like the looks of razer keyboards, the consensus seems to be in line with what you're saying Pendulum. They are also a bit on the pricier side, and I'm always looking to save money.

I considered the Saitek .v5 and Eclipse III, but the lack of macro buttons made them come off the list. Whilst the Saitek Cyborg does have macro keys, I don't like the outer-edge fan style position they have, and the keyboard is quite ugly.

I haven't really considered Microsoft products because its Microsoft... but the Sidewinder X6 does have an interesting design. Any owners of this keyboard? How is the backlighting brightness? Does it have anti-ghosting?

The reason I consider the G110 the only logitech board I'd use is because the screen(s) seem like a space-eating gimmick to me. I can't think of any reason to want one on a multi-monitor setup.

Joe, as an owner of the G110, have you found the software and advanced uses of the keyboard pretty straightforward?
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The sidewinder x4 is better than all keyboards mentioned in this thread. x4 is newer than the x6 btw (and better). It has everything you ask for, except it does have this annoying irremovable plastic wrist rest. HOWEVER, if you type with a chair at the proper height it will be like it's not even there.
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Geofram View Post
Joe, as an owner of the G110, have you found the software and advanced uses of the keyboard pretty straightforward?
Profiler is easy to use - happy when it detected almost half of my games (the old G11 didn't detect more than a few). The profiles are easy to set up - basic drag-and-drop assignment and it works fine in-game. I especially like the volume control being a roll knob. The winkey lock is pretty valuable, too.

As mentioned by cuad, the x4 is also a good choice - the only reason I didn't buy it is because it's lit in red. It does have NKRO (I think 26 simultaneous keypresses). However, it doesn't have nearly as many extra combinations as the G110 - if that's valuable to you, then don't discount it. The x4 has 3x6=18 assignable keys per profile; the G110 has 12x3=36. If you're not going to use that many, than make sure you're certain before you pick.

EDIT: Note that the USB ports on the G110 are underpowered and won't power much of anything. I didn't buy it for that, though.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 3/8/11 at 9:23pm
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