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post #1 of 27
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So i have decided that its time to ditch the cheap keyboard and mouse ive had for like 2-3years and get something a bit better, currently looking at the Cyborg Rat 9 for the mouse (let me know what you think of it!) but i am unsure of what keyboard to get, dont really know much about machanical keyboards or anything.

The keyboard will be used for everyday tasks as well as gaming, i mainly play FPS, RTS, action games and such. I would like the keyboard to either have a set of media buttons or have like a set of macro buttons that i can set to do specific media functions - mainly for Xion music player other that i really have no clue what to get

Im looking for about £60 to spend but if there is something that is REALLY good then i am willing to up it with a max of around £100 - i want the keyboard (and mouse) to last me several years, say a min of 3 years so dont really want ones that break every 5seconds

any ideas would be very helpful
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post #2 of 27
If you want long lasting keyboards the only way to go is mechanical.
Judging from what you want (Media keys+Macro Keys+Price Range) I'd suggest you take a look at Razer's Black Widow series.
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post #3 of 27
You can get a razer black widow for about £65 on amazon. The macro keys are excellent, it has blue switches, but i'll be honest. The media keys are terrible. You access them by pressing FN and the associated keys on the F row.
post #4 of 27
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thanks, i was actually looking at the Razor Black Widow series, but wasnt too sure, never used a machanical keyboard or anything before so wasnt sure. Also i heard that arent that good for FPS games and they can be quite loud - is this true?
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post #5 of 27
No.

But there was a problem with a batch of them. The keys became very difficult to press after a while. Amazon next-day'd me a replacement though, before i even sent mine back. So hang on to your invoice.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by ArmageddonAsh View Post
thanks, i was actually looking at the Razor Black Widow series, but wasnt too sure, never used a machanical keyboard or anything before so wasnt sure. Also i heard that arent that good for FPS games and they can be quite loud - is this true?
Well cherry blues click when pressed... so I guess they CAN be loud.
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post #7 of 27
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okay thanks for the info, i take it you have one? what do you think of it? like is it solidly built, think it will last several years?
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Phenom II X6 BE 1090T Asus CrossHair IV iChill 770GTX 4GB Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB)  
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Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB (x1) Seagate 4TB(x1) Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE Corsair H80 Push-Pull Windows 7 
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Razor Naga 2012 Edition None 
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Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB (x1) Seagate 4TB(x1) Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE Corsair H80 Push-Pull Windows 7 
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Dell SP2309w Cheap Super Flower 750w Corsair Air 540 White 
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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by ArmageddonAsh View Post
okay thanks for the info, i take it you have one? what do you think of it? like is it solidly built, think it will last several years?
Its pretty decent but I gave mine to a friend since I like browns better. For its price range its actually quite good IMO and should definitely last for a while.
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post #9 of 27
It's a great value-for-money mechanical, if you get one that works. But the bad batch seemed pretty small.
post #10 of 27
Franky the BW could be a good typing keyboard that looks as a gaming keyboard.

But is not a gaming keyboard, as it uses the blue switches that are absolutely not suited for a gaming product.

Better to look to something else with black or brown switches, or look at some good membrane keyboard as the good old reclusa, the g110 which is not too bad or the x4 (haven't tried it) that unlike the X6 seem a good keyboard too.
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