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Hello everyone. I've been doing some research into keyboards for my upcoming Sandy Bridge build, but I've run into some problems. I'd really like to purchase a mechanical keyboard with either browns or blues since most of the time I will be using it for typing or workstation programs such as AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Photoshop, etc. (I'm assuming the blues would work better in this instance over the browns?) I only play games occasionally, usually RTS. Most of these mechanical keyboards do not use macro keys though (flame shield: on). I MUST have some type of macro key functionality, whether that is from having designated keys built into the board, by using a separate gaming pad, or by programming those macros into existing keys using software. There are many functions within these programs that require complex and numerous keystrokes, and I need to have macros to streamline my work efficiency.

My budget would probably be under $200 preferably, but I can go slightly higher if necessary. I'm not looking to get a lot of bells and whistles like headphone jacks or a "SUP3R L337 X-PRO" gaming pad, but a backlit system wouldn't be bad since I tend to work in the dark quite a bit. I just want a setup that has a nice tactile feel with macro functionality.
post #2 of 20
I think Razer has the slickest macro capability. ANY key can be programmed with a special function key combo.
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Does Razer's software allow you to program sets of macros? So for example, let's say I wanted 3 sets of macros, each with 10 macros hotkeyed to the number pad. Could I change between those sets on the fly?
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Yeah it lets you do that. I bought one a week ago. I suggest it! just check out their website and it will give you all the information that you need
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Despite it having the slickest macro capability nobody at OCN likes Razer.

I find this odd.
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The functionality looks great, but I've seen a lot of complaints on this forum and in the product reviews regarding Razer's product quality. Are there any other software options I could look into that would function similar to Razer's? This would give me some flexibility in my keyboard selection.

I will definitely look more into Razer's blackwidows though. Thanks for the input.
post #7 of 20
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Despite it having the slickest macro capability nobody at OCN likes Razer.

I find this odd.
its because a lot of people on here are elitists who would be willing to spend 200 dollars on a keyboard than 80 lol
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post #8 of 20
I'd rather spend the right amount of money to get the right product.
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I'd rather spend the right amount of money to get the right product.
so you would spend 200 dollars on a keyboard...? IMO thats a bit too much lol
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post #10 of 20
I have the RBW and I love it. Sure, I would imagine if you spent more money on a keyboard it would be better quality but isn't that how it's supposed to be? Spend more money for better things? The board isn't perfect but it is a decent mechanical board for less than $100.
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