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Hey all,

I've been reading the mechincal keyboard guide and I really want to pick up one for myself. I've currently got a saitek eclipse 2 but It's on its last legs so im looking to get myself something new.

Is there any good retailers that you can recommend online to get a keyboard in the UK

I was looking on amazon.co.uk (got a £30 voucher) and I really like the look of the razer BlackWidow, (dont think the ultimate is worth the extra although). Or the steel series 7g. The 7g looks very nice but seems a lot more expensive and I'm not sure wither or not i'll like the really small backspace key if im honest.

Primary use will be gaming and software engineering.

Been readin up and it seems that black or brown switches are the best for gaming is this true?

One more thing I'm not really fussed on the old style looking of some of the mechanical keyboards ones that look like the IBM model M, quite like the steelseries look.

So where would you recommend to pick up a good keyboard in the UK and which model?
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Filco makes very nice mech keyboards.

If I was in UK, this is where I'd buy it from...
http://www.keyboardco.com/
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Originally Posted by DarthBaiter View Post
Filco makes very nice mech keyboards.

If I was in UK, this is where I'd buy it from...
http://www.keyboardco.com/
Beat me to it, KeyboardCo are great. Really nice staff, too.
    
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Wow the filcos are nice looking but rather expensive £90 for a keyboard...
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post #5 of 11
They are solidly made, and very good.

If it's your first mechanical, you'd be fine going with a BlackWidow or similar for less, so it's not as much of a risky investment, and they are still great keyboards. Have a look on sites like Geekhack and Deskthority in their classifieds, I know on DT there is an MX Blue Keyboard going for 40Euros + shipping, albeit an older one. Cherry switches age well.
    
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post #6 of 11
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Cheers for the advice man, yea this is my first mechanical, started to invest abit more into my system since I've got a job lol new monitor and now new keyboard lol.

Mite try and get a steelseries cheaply off ebay as I really like the way there laid out
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post #7 of 11
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Cheers for the advice man, yea this is my first mechanical, started to invest abit more into my system since I've got a job lol new monitor and now new keyboard lol.

Mite try and get a steelseries cheaply off ebay as I really like the way there laid out
honestly, don't. The steelseries has (i believe) mx black switches which are linear

Basically the feel (to most) very stiff and unpleasant to type on. Statistically, the mx brown is the most popular, but blues are good too.

In the UK google 'dragon computers' Got my model m (which no longer works, coz of a bolt mod ) fantastic condition too.

If you REALLY want cherry, get the g80-3000, they are easier to come by in the uk
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cheers for all the advice

Gona hold off making a decision until mionix announces there new keyboard in a few hours
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post #10 of 11
Good idea. There's definitely room for improvement in the Backlit Mechanical Keyboard market.
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