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As the title suggests, I'm interested in trying out mechanical keyboards. Are there retail establishments that sell and demo mechanical keyboards? I'm located in south east Virginia.

In particular, I'd like to get a feel for MX Browns, Blacks, and Blues.
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Well browns might be difficult to get your hands on but usually (at least here in finland) electronics stores have the most popular gaming keyboards on display, free to try (though they aren't plugged in)

You could possibly get the chance to try out the steelseries 6gv2 (blacks) or razer blackwidow (blues) very easily if there's any stores within your area that demo keyboards. Just ask them to put one of the keyboards you suggested up, if they have it.

Now browns. Those aren't too available in "gaming" keyboards, so even major stores probably won't have them.
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post #3 of 16
Go to to some OCN'ers house and try em.. doubt typical retail shops sell highend mechanical KB'ds. :/
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Fry's has the blackwidow (mx blue) and the Steelseries 7G (mx black) on display. I don't know about finding MX browns though.
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by De-Zant;12789582 
Well browns might be difficult to get your hands on but usually (at least here in finland) electronics stores have the most popular gaming keyboards on display, free to try (though they aren't plugged in)

You could possibly get the chance to try out the steelseries 6gv2 (blacks) or razer blackwidow (blues) very easily if there's any stores within your area that demo keyboards. Just ask them to put one of the keyboards you suggested up, if they have it.

Now browns. Those aren't too available in "gaming" keyboards, so even major stores probably won't have them.

True, I'll have to look around a bit.
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Originally Posted by shadow19935;12789595 
Go to to some OCN'ers house and try em.. doubt typical retail shops sell highend mechanical KB'ds. :/

Hmm.. this is probably the best scenario.
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Originally Posted by cuad;12791545 
Fry's has the blackwidow (mx blue) and the Steelseries 7G (mx black) on display. I don't know about finding MX browns though.

No Fry's within 3 states radius. frown.gif
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What about a Microcenter? They carry both keyboards as well and I'm sure that they will be on display also.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xyxyll;12793641 
True, I'll have to look around a bit.



Hmm.. this is probably the best scenario.



No Fry's within 3 states radius. frown.gif

Microcenter perhaps? And local stores might carry one or 2 as well. You never know.
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post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by cuad;12793683 
What about a Microcenter? They carry both keyboards as well and I'm sure that they will be on display also.
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Microcenter perhaps? And local stores might carry one or 2 as well. You never know.

Closest Microcenter is 5hr away. I have a Best Buy, but I don't recall ever seeing a BW there. I'll swing in there this week and see if they have any in store.
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If you're ever in New York City, J&R stocks a pretty good supply of mechanical keyboards for display and try-out. They typically have an Adesso and the DAS Professional. I think I've seen a couple of SteelSeries there as well. Better selection to try out than at a Microcenter.
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post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by theYipster;12868931 
If you're ever in New York City, J&R stocks a pretty good supply of mechanical keyboards for display and try-out. They typically have an Adesso and the DAS Professional. I think I've seen a couple of SteelSeries there as well. Better selection to try out than at a Microcenter.

Thanks for the tip! I frequently go up to NYC to visit friends, and I'll be moving up there as soon as I secure a job in the city.
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