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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 01:15 AM - Thread Starter
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Which mechanical keyboard should I buy?

Hi!

I'm looking for my first mechanical keyboard. The things I gathered that I want in it:
- Cherry MX Brown
- 75% keyboard
- PBT keycaps
- Functions keys row with multimedia controls
- MAC support (extra keycaps for it)
- ANSI

I found the following two, which one is better? Are they any good?

https://candykeys.com/product/vortex-race-3-ansi

https://mykeyboard.eu/catalogue/vort...-mx-brown_927/

Can you suggest something similar? Please keep in mind that I'm from Europe and I can only order from European sites. Thank you in advance!

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Not sure if they have exactly what you want but i have had a ducky brand one for near 8 years now, it has never given me any issues. ( and i spend probably too much time on the computer) https://www.overclockers.co.uk/brands/ducky



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Are you absolutely sure you want browns? I ask because I thought I wanted them after reading about switches when I was buying my first mech, and I ended up hating the experience.

If you've already tried them and liked it, ignore my post.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ToTheSun! View Post
Are you absolutely sure you want browns? I ask because I thought I wanted them after reading about switches when I was buying my first mech, and I ended up hating the experience.

If you've already tried them and liked it, ignore my post.
I second this. my first mech was an MX brown board as well, though it was okay at first, until I tried other switches.

Aside from light linear switches, browns are probably the ones I dislike most now, probably becuase they're not really tactile and leave something to be desired in term of smoothness(although more recent cherry switches are allegedly a bit smoother due to some re-tooling)
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I think a Vortex Race 3 (and by extension the Tab 75 for same reason outlined below) is a pretty esoteric choice for a first time mechanical keyboard purchase.

It is a good (actually great) board with impressive build quality and functionality but it certainly is a bit of a risk in usability.
Main reason for me saying this is that it comes with DSA profile keycaps which feel *very* different to anything you may have tried before.

They are certainly a love or hate affair since all the keys are symmetrical, low profile and the same height across all rows. I can't type or game properly on them at all personally.

I think a safer bet is just to try in this order: Leopold, Ducky, Varmilo or Filco keyboard.
Leopold is simply the best "out of the box" experience you can get in all aspects. I put Filco at the end of the list only because their stock keycaps are of a thin ABS and prone to shine, that aside they are great boards and built like tanks.

A wildcard recommendation seeing as you mention you enjoy tactile switches is the Topre Realforce, the switches are beautifully tactile and quiet.
They are expensive and not actually truly mechanical though, they are high quality rubber dome switches with springs and a electro-capacitive sensor.
If not for FPS gaming where I need to spam keys very quickly I would use my Topre board 100% of the time.
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Keep in mind a keyboard or mouse is a very personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer concerning best advice. They are the two most important items for interacting with your computer and what works for one person may not work for someone else. I would do just what you did a narrow down the options to what you believe you want from it. Then, you are just going to have to try a few in person and find out for yourself.

One thing I can tell you is there is a vast difference between a true typist and a non typist interacting with their keyboard. I simply can't believe the number of people I see that have never truly learned how to type and it makes a world of difference, unless you only intend to game and nothing else. This is why I personally choose either Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches. I can type about 90+ words/minute and never look at my keyboard once for a keystroke.

Best of luck, post back what you decide when you do.
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Quote: Originally Posted by HiTekJeff View Post
Keep in mind a keyboard or mouse is a very personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer concerning best advice. They are the two most important items for interacting with your computer and what works for one person may not work for someone else. I would do just what you did a narrow down the options to what you believe you want from it. Then, you are just going to have to try a few in person and find out for yourself.

One thing I can tell you is there is a vast difference between a true typist and a non typist interacting with their keyboard. I simply can't believe the number of people I see that have never truly learned how to type and it makes a world of difference, unless you only intend to game and nothing else. This is why I personally choose either Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches. I can type about 90+ words/minute and never look at my keyboard once for a keystroke.

Best of luck, post back what you decide when you do.
I agree with this. I mostly use my computer for work, and will game maybe 15-20% of the time. I used to use blue switches, but they were extremely noisy, especially late at night. Ended up switching to the Brown switches, which I've used ever since, and have no complaints over. (I tend to have more complaints in regards to the spacing between keys and the design of the keyboard and functions, rather than the actual switches themselves).

When I use a laptop, although my experience is limited, I really enjoy scissor switches. Acer's scissor switches are really good, and a joy to both type and game on.

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(I tend to have more complaints in regards to the spacing between keys and the design of the keyboard and functions, rather than the actual switches themselves).
Just curious if you have ever tried a Das keyboard Pro? Reason I ask is that I had heard good things about them but ended up sending mine back because I found it uncomfortable to type on due to the key spacing as you mention. Also, the keys seem a little too small and I would constantly have to adjust my hand span. For someone with smaller hands for a petite lady, it may be just fine, but I couldn't believe it got such good reviews and I am one of a few with those issues.

Actually, I wanted to mention that I ended up with the Corsair K95 with Brown switches. Like you I don't game much or often, but I found the RGB to be useful in keyboard shortcuts with various programs like Photoshop. I have solid colors and they highlight individual keys with other colors so I can remember and use them quicker when in the program. Then just go back to my standard profile or turn it off completely.
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Quote: Originally Posted by HiTekJeff View Post
Just curious if you have ever tried a Das keyboard Pro? Reason I ask is that I had heard good things about them but ended up sending mine back because I found it uncomfortable to type on due to the key spacing as you mention. Also, the keys seem a little too small and I would constantly have to adjust my hand span. For someone with smaller hands for a petite lady, it may be just fine, but I couldn't believe it got such good reviews and I am one of a few with those issues.

Actually, I wanted to mention that I ended up with the Corsair K95 with Brown switches. Like you I don't game much or often, but I found the RGB to be useful in keyboard shortcuts with various programs like Photoshop. I have solid colors and they highlight individual keys with other colors so I can remember and use them quicker when in the program. Then just go back to my standard profile or turn it off completely.
I cannot say that I have used a DAS keyboard. But as you alluded to in your second paragraph, feel of the keyboard really comes down to key switch brand and color, as well as the overall design of the keyboard. I agree, the per-key RGB really makes a difference when it comes to keyboard shortcuts. My keyboard (Roccat Ryos MK FX) also has per-key illumination, and I have mine highlighting WASD, as well as 1-5, since although I may not game, that is one of the main purposes of the computer, as well as the fact that most of my work involves word processing, I don't typically need any sort of macro keys, apart from the basics.

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