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post #1 of 18
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Hey guys, my Sidewinder X6 is dying on me. More specifically, the "4" key needs a lot of force to register and the "3" key is now getting worse too. Really not a good situation when I bind my Nexus and Gates to those keys in SC2.

So, that's my excuse for a new keyboard One of the things I really liked about the X6 was the volume knob. Sooo much nicer than using buttons like most other keyboards. While I don't have to have a knob on my next keyboard, having one would be nice.

With that in mind, what do you guys recommend?

*Edit: price less than $100 please
Edited by ebolamonkey3 - 3/11/11 at 2:05pm
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post #2 of 18
I think it's possible to get an external USB volume knob. Given that volume knobs on keyboards aren't all that common, it will widen your range of options if you dont have to look for an integrated one.
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post #3 of 18
Logitech G110, G15, G11 are all keyboards I recommend since they all have macro keys built in

Also, why not pick up another SideWinder X6? Get em while there is still stock!

If you have some more income the Blackwidow might be a nice option for you as well.
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post #4 of 18
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I do have an external volumn knob from my speaker, but it's kinda flimsy and not as easy to reach. I liked the knob on the X6 for that reason, but if there's a much better keyboard w/o the knob then I'm all for it too.

Either way, I need a new keyboard since I can't play SC2 w/o my 3 and 4 keys.

Don't want another X6 though, since there might be QC issues. This is my second one. The first one had the space bar broken
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post #5 of 18
Sidewinder X6.
    
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post #6 of 18
Unless you want a mechanical...
If you want the closest thing to the X6 knob, try to find an old G11 for cheap. It has a flat knob at top-center (I liked it). If you don't want to hunt one down, look at the G110. Note that it has a roll knob which is oriented differently and is more sensitive than the G11 knob (not an annoyance here). I don't know how sensitive the X6 knob is. Unless you can justify the price, anything more expensive (other than a mech) is sort of useless.

If you think there's a lot to be gained with a mechanical keyboard, by all means get one and find a nice external knob. I got the G110 because it was around my price cap of $70.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post
Unless you want a mechanical...
If you want the closest thing to the X6 knob, try to find an old G11 for cheap. It has a flat knob at top-center (I liked it). If you don't want to hunt one down, look at the G110. Note that it has a roll knob which is oriented differently and is more sensitive than the G11 knob (not an annoyance here). I don't know how sensitive the X6 knob is. Unless you can justify the price, anything more expensive (other than a mech) is sort of useless.

If you think there's a lot to be gained with a mechanical keyboard, by all means get one and find a nice external knob. I got the G110 because it was around my price cap of $70.
Ahh, interesting. Never even noticed the G110 has a scroll on it!
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post #8 of 18
Check out the "For Sale" section, you might be surprised what you can find...such as a Sidewinder X6 and Roccat Kone for within your budget.

Shameless advertising, I know!

Honestly the volume knob as one thing that won me over on the X6, and I haven't really seen it on other keyboards. I think the Saitek's might have them too, but they are really cheap and flimsy feeling.
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post #9 of 18
G110/G11/G15 as ohzero suggested...all have volume scroll wheels.
post #10 of 18
Mechanical keyboard and a logitech x540 or a z5500

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