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The only way to tell which of these 2 are better, is for you to try them out yourself. Every person has their own feel for keyboards. Mechanical keyboards are said to be better for gaming because you do not have to press the keys all the way down to get the key to respond. I would go and see if you can try out both keyboards and choose the one you like best.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">The only way to tell which of these 2 are better, is for you to try them out yourself. Every person has their own feel for keyboards. Mechanical keyboards are said to be better for gaming because you do not have to press the keys all the way down to get the key to respond. I would go and see if you can try out both keyboards and choose the one you like best.</div>

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I would also advise you to try them out, but my mechanical has been a blessing. I used to have a Logitech (non gaming tho) board, and i still do not have any complaints about it after ~3 years of gaming. Now that i have my U9W, i feel my typing has improved and it's a lot softer than the traditional boards.<br />
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But to each one their keyboard.<br />
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I would recommend any board with not so soft buttons (i personally recomemnd MX blacks or MX blue switches, softer than regular domes but still hard enough to not be pressed accidentally).<br />
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I am still a bit of a noob with mechanical boards, so you can follow the link on my sig to ask the real pros on the topic.
 

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The short answer is NO.<br><br>
Technically a RD pushbutton is way easier to control than a mechanical key that actuates halfway, and blue switches are worst than most of the other microswitches.<br><br>
Then we can discuss if specific switch is better than a specific RD
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>The Solutor;14734048</strong> <br>
The short answer is NO.<br><br>
Technically a RD pushbutton is way easier to control than a mechanical key that actuates halfway, and blue switches are worst than most of the other microswitches.<br><br>
Then we can discuss if specific switch is better than a specific RD</div>
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That's actually not true for everyone. Everything is personal preference as to what people like. People have different preferences and therefore some will favor mechanical while others will favor a rubber dome. Mechanical keyboards have a much more crisp feel to them compared to rubber domes. Also blue switches are not bad for gaming... I love my blues because of that tactile bump. A lot of people prefer the blacks since they are linear but I personally like to feel and hear when I actuate a key.<br><br>
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The Solutor: Please stop making so many blanket statements on something that is completely subjective<br><br>
OP: Like i said when it comes to rubber dome vs mechanical it's up to a persons preferences. You can get rubber domes that need 65g for each stroke while other mechanical switches need 20g less.<br><br>
Advantages:<br>
Mechanical: Crisper key strokes, variety of switches, long lasting<br>
Rubber Dome: Wide variety of keyboards, bells and whistles, cheap<br><br>
Disadvantages:<br>
Mechanical: Price, fewer keyboards<br>
Rubber Dome: Mushy key strokes, cheaply made, don't last as long as mechanical keyboards.<br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">A mechanical keyboard has an actual switch under each key. They are much more reliable and last longer then a rubber dome keyboard. Rubber domes have little rubber domes under each keyboard which give you that resistance. Those domes wear out and the keystrokes just aren't as crisp as a mechanical. The problem is that mechanical keyboards are much more expensive. When it comes to mechanical keyboards there are also different switches for different preferences. The three main factors are the tactile bump, sound, and pressure. Here are the most common switches:<br><br>
Black: Linear switch (no bump in the keystroke) and are quiet<br>
Blues: Have a tactile bump (so you know when the key is activated) and has a clicky sound<br>
Browns: Have a tactile bump and are quiet<br>
Clear: Have a tactile bump and are quiet but need more force then the browns<br>
Reds: Linear and quiet yet lighter then the blacks<br><br>
One of the cheapest keyboards is the <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114011" target="_blank">Razer black widow</a>. It has Cherry Blues which give you that tactile bump but are also clicky which some people like.<br><br>
If you want to stick with rubber domes I would suggest the <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823204015&cm_re=irocks_keyboard-_-23-204-015-_-Product" target="_blank">IRock</a>. It is simple, cheap, has back lighting, and overall a solid keyboard.<br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html">Here</a> is the mechanical keyboard guide that will give you a mroe in depth description and some pictures <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
[Edit]<br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823330017" target="_blank">Here</a> is another mechanical keyboard that is pretty cheap and has cherry browns.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>VW_TDI_02;14734123</strong> <br>
That's actually not true for everyone. Everything is personal preference as to what people like. People have different preferences and therefore some will favor mechanical while others will favor a rubber dome.</div>
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Not really.<br><br>
You can get used to everityng, but the actuation mechanism is something of objective.<br><br>
I already had an endless discussion about this very argument with some mech zealots and don't want to repeat myself.<br><br>
But is pretty obvious that when you can control the key actuation with a 0.1mm movement (againist something), is better than having to control a key with a 2mm stroke (againist nothing).<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Also blue switches are not bad for gaming... I love my blues because of that tactile bump.</div>
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I love them too, but my love is not enough to lie to myself and to the newcomers about the gaming functionality.<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The Solutor: Please stop making so many blanket statements on something that is completely subjective</div>
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This is my opinion.<br><br>
Opinion based not on fanboysm but about some measurable facts.<br><br>
We are on a discussion forum so you can, obviously, disagree, but surely you can't ask to other users to not post their opinions.<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Rubber Dome: Mushy key strokes, cheaply made, don't last as long as mechanical keyboards</div>
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This is a completely false statement, at least if you don't elaborate further.<br><br>
Many RD are all but mushy and cheaply built, many RD will last like new for a decade years w/o any problem.<br><br>
ALL the microswitch based keyboard are surely less reliable than a random RD board, and some of them are less durable, especially the tactile ones.<br><br>
The only (so called) mechanical keyboards that are surely durable for ages are the buckling springs ones.
 

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I think the elegance of a mechanical keyboard is lost while gaming. Mechanical keyboards are for touch typing (not pressing the keys all the way down). When you are in the heat of battle while gaming I don't think you are going to gently press the WASD keys halfway down... I personally mash the hell out of them.<br><br>
I don't think there is anything wrong with using a mechanical keyboard for gaming, but there certainly isn't any advantage.
 

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IMO, I cant stand mech keyboards for gaming. they feel funny to me. I like my G510 for gaming, has better options and the keeys feel right.<br><br>
but when I work, I perfer a mech keyboard hands down.<br><br>
things like keyboard or mice is totaly up to the user and what he/she likes better, as stated above:)
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>The Solutor;14734347</strong> <br>
Not really.<br><br>
You can get used to everityng, but the actuation mechanism is something of objective.<br><br>
I already had an endless discussion about this very argument with some mech zealots and don't want to repeat myself.<br><br>
But is pretty obvious that when you can control the key actuation with a 0.1mm movement (againist something), is better than having to control a key with a 2mm stroke (againist nothing).<br><br><br><br>
I love them too, but my love is not enough to lie to myself and to the newcomers about the gaming functionality.<br><br><br><br>
This is my opinion.<br><br>
Opinion based not on fanboysm but about some measurable facts.<br><br>
We are on a discussion forum so you can, obviously, disagree, but surely you can't ask to other users to not post their opinions.<br><br><br><br>
This is a completely false statement, at least if you don't elaborate further.<br><br>
Many RD are all but mushy and cheaply built, many RD will last like new for a decade years w/o any problem.<br><br>
ALL the microswitch based keyboard are surely less reliable than a random RD board, and some of them are less durable, especially the tactile ones.<br><br>
The only (so called) mechanical keyboards that are surely durable for ages are the buckling springs ones.</div>
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What your opinions are based on are just that, opinions. Giving no real facts out here doesn't do well for you on this site. You could switch the discussion to something like guitars and it would fit actually. Saying that a Gibson is the easiest thing to play on and that the other guitars are all crap is a complete fabrication. There's a reason my dad had <i>me</i> pick a guitar that felt good to <i>me</i>. There's a reason that people don't like being forced to pick something that they're not naturally good with. Sure, you can learn and get better with a keyboard that you find clunky, but wouldn't it be better to test one out beforehand from a friend and see if it will suit your style?<br><br>
And using absolutes such as 'All' and 'Every' are only further proving that these are just opinions. Any bad experiences you may or may not have had with a certain device does not mean it's crap or performs poorly.<br><br>
I've owned a Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul Studio, and an Ibanez RG5EX1 and ALL of them were good guitars. Did I have to teach myself to play with the Ibanez after using the Fender for so long? Yes, but I got used to it and then went to the Gibson, and now back to the Fender and found that the Fender was that sweet spot I had found. I remembered why I bought it in the first place. Because it fit my style!<br><br>
But on track with things, you think going from my G15 to the keyboard on this laptop of mine wasn't a feat on it's own? Going from a good third inch keystroke to a chiclet built-in keyboard was very hard for me.
 
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I think they're better in my opinion in terms of consistency, i have cherry mx blues and use them for competitive fps gaming (tf2). People say they are not good for 'double tapping' but i find them to be perfectly fine.
 

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I have a Brazillian made Classical guitar, American Larivee Parlour and this ukelele. Bunch of electrics but I truly suck on electric. Love em all. If that makes me a fanboi so be it.
 

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I love them better in every occasion I can think of. I like the MX black switches for gaming better but recently I have been using ALPS switches and I am beginning to realize that they are better for gaming than I first gave them credit for.
 

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I like my buckle spring more than rubber dome keyboards. I don't have to press all the way down for the key to register yet its not that easy that you can accidentally press a key
 

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What your opinions are based on are just that, opinions. Giving no real facts out here doesn't do well for you on this site. You could switch the discussion to something like guitars and it would fit actually. Saying that a Gibson is the easiest thing to play on and that the other guitars are all crap is a complete fabrication. There's a reason my dad had <i>me</i> pick a guitar that felt good to <i>me</i>. There's a reason that people don't like being forced to pick something that they're not naturally good with. Sure, you can learn and get better with a keyboard that you find clunky, but wouldn't it be better to test one out beforehand from a friend and see if it will suit your style?<br><br>
And using absolutes such as 'All' and 'Every' are only further proving that these are just opinions. Any bad experiences you may or may not have had with a certain device does not mean it's crap or performs poorly.<br><br>
I've owned a Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul Studio, and an Ibanez RG5EX1 and ALL of them were good guitars. Did I have to teach myself to play with the Ibanez after using the Fender for so long? Yes, but I got used to it and then went to the Gibson, and now back to the Fender and found that the Fender was that sweet spot I had found. I remembered why I bought it in the first place. Because it fit my style!<br><br>
But on track with things, you think going from my G15 to the keyboard on this laptop of mine wasn't a feat on it's own? Going from a good third inch keystroke to a chiclet built-in keyboard was very hard for me.</div>
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Given you are making a pointless analogie with guitars, you must remember that here we aren't comparing Fenders with Gibsons, we are comparing Classic guitars with electric ones.<br><br>
So if someone ask "what's better to play flamenco ?" i reply a Classic guitars, and (again) is an opinion backed by facts.
 

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Given you are making a pointless analogie with guitars, you must remember that here we aren't comparing Fenders with Gibsons, we are comparing Classic guitars with electric ones.<br><br>
So if someone ask "what's better to play flamenco ?" i reply a Classic guitars, and (again) is an opinion backed by facts.</div>
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Pretty sure you've never compared a Fender to a Gibson then. One is stiff as a board, referred to, by most, as playing a 2x4 with strings. I have to agree. The Fender is about the opposite.<br><br>
But again, this is beside the point at hand. The OP probably didn't want someone like you telling him what's what on one of the largest online computer communities ON THE INTERNET. But I've said my piece.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Imglidinhere;14735520</strong> <br><br>
But again, this is beside the point at hand. The OP probably didn't want someone like you telling him what's what on one of the largest online computer communities ON THE INTERNET. But I've said my piece.</div>
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The OP as asked something, i replied with my opinion based on <b>facts</b> and in 30 years of experience in electronics and IT. Period.<br><br>
Frankly I couldn't care less that you don't like my opinion.<br><br>
And a large community v.s. a small community doesn't change the way the microswiches (or the guitars) are working.
 

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Best you guys stop bickering amongst yourselves. His question has been answered multiple times, so leave it be. Egos aren't required for answering questions, so please refrain from using it.<br><br>
@OP: I agree that you have to experience it firsthand before you can decide anything. I've tried the BlackWidow in my local Fry's and although it did feel differently from my RD Lycosa, it was certainly louder than I could tolerate.
 

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Some facts.<br><br>
How DID you get 22 rep anyway. Family?</div>
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Giving useful suggestions looks more effective than writing fanboy sentences... Isn't it ?<img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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