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<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:36px;"><b>Welcome to OCN's Keyboard Suggestion thread!</b></span></div>
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Firstly, we suggest looking at the <b><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1369214/recommended-mechanical-keyboards">OCN Recommended Mechanical Keyboards thread</a></b>, there you can see some of the most popular and recommended boards, suggested by members of OCN.<br><br><br>
This thread is mainly for advice on keyboards, so please keep general keyboard talk to the <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/538389/mechanical-keyboard-club"><b>Mechanical Keyboard Club</b></a>.<br><br><br>
I will only be giving suggestions to people who adequately fill out the questions below, these questions are designed to streamline the process of you getting help, so it isn't dragged out over several posts. If you don't know enough about mechanical keyboards to provide an answer for the questions, visit the <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide"><b>Mechanical Keyboard Guide</b></a> so you understand what tactility, KRO etc means.<br><br><br>
It's worth noting you will only receive <b>suggestions</b> in this thread, we can't objectively say which board is better for you, in the end it's your money being spent, so it's job to pick which board to spend your money on.<br><br><div class="bbcode_code">
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  • Size (60%, TKL, full size etc):
  • Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):
  • USB/ PS2:
  • KRO:
  • Macro keys (yes/ no):
  • Media keys (yes/ no):
  • Layout (US/ ANSI, etc):
  • Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):
  • *Noise level (high/low):
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Price:70-140<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):would be a plus but no<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc):full size<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):Gaming<br>
USB/ PS2:USB<br>
KRO:high<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no):not needed but would be a plus<br>
Media keys (yes/ no):yes ok if you need a fn button for it<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc):US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):Cherry red<br><br>
My roommate got the steel series with mx black and i like it is a little tough to push the buttons down so he recommended the reds<br>
i've been using the g15 for about 6 years now and its still in good condition but im looking for an upgrade to mechanical keys thx in advance
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kira20203</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread#post_19308896"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Price:70-140<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):would be a plus but no<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc):full size<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):Gaming<br>
USB/ PS2:USB<br>
KRO:high<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no):not needed but would be a plus<br>
Media keys (yes/ no):yes ok if you need a fn button for it<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc):US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below):Cherry red<br><br>
My roommate got the steel series with mx black and i like it is a little tough to push the buttons down so he recommended the reds<br>
i've been using the g15 for about 6 years now and its still in good condition but im looking for an upgrade to mechanical keys thx in advance</div>
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<p>Cooler Master Storm Trigger:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.cmstore-usa.com/trigger-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/" target="_blank">http://www.cmstore-usa.com/trigger-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/</a></p>
 

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I currently have a Razer BlackWidow but am looking for something a little bit quieter, although I like the tactility of the BlackWidow so I think cherry browns are what I am looking for.<br>
Any keyboards you currently have in mind: ducky shine 9008<br>
Price: <150<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): yes<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): full size<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games/programming<br>
USB/ PS2: either<br>
KRO: high<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): not necessary<br>
Media keys (yes/ no): not necessary<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): i think cherry brown/black<br>
*Noise level (high/low): low<br>
*Tactility (yes/ no):<br>
*Stiffness (high/ low):
 

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Any keyboards you currently have in mind: <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201051" target="_blank">Rosewill RK-9000BRI</a> (but i'm not sure about it as i've heard it has problems with the mUSB plug)<br>
Price:<110 (could go a little over if it's worth it)<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): could do with or without<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): don't care, as long as it has the numpad area<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games (fifa mainly) and programming<br>
USB/ PS2: would preffer ps/2<br>
KRO: highest possible<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): don't care<br>
Media keys (yes/ no):don't care<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc):us<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): red or brown
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>samstaee</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread#post_19309276"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I currently have a Razer BlackWidow but am looking for something a little bit quieter, although I like the tactility of the BlackWidow so I think cherry browns are what I am looking for.<br>
Any keyboards you currently have in mind: ducky shine 9008<br>
Price: <150<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): yes<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): full size<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games/programming<br>
USB/ PS2: either<br>
KRO: high<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): not necessary<br>
Media keys (yes/ no): not necessary<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): i think cherry brown/black<br>
*Noise level (high/low): low<br>
*Tactility (yes/ no):<br>
*Stiffness (high/ low):</div>
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<p>You could try the RK-9000BL. It's currently <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201045" target="_blank">$60 on Newegg</a>, and the MX-Black switchs may suit your needs well. MX-Blacks may be a bit tiring, but that just depends on the person.</p>
<p>You could also buy the MX Brown version for <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201051" target="_blank">$90</a> at the same time. Spend your whole budget, and sell the board you don't like.</p>
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<p>Besides the switches & casing color; there is no difference between the boards and they're both solid options.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kira20203</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread#post_19309543"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
ok thanks tator i decided on that keyboard you were a big help</div>
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<p>No problem, it's an excellent board. Solid build quality & value to it.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pandalin</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread#post_19309837"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Any keyboards you currently have in mind: <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201051" target="_blank">Rosewill RK-9000BRI</a> (but i'm not sure about it as i've heard it has problems with the mUSB plug)<br>
Price:<110 (could go a little over if it's worth it)<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): could do with or without<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): don't care, as long as it has the numpad area<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games (fifa mainly) and programming<br>
USB/ PS2: would preffer ps/2<br>
KRO: highest possible<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): don't care<br>
Media keys (yes/ no):don't care<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc):us<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): red or brown</div>
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<p>The plug issue on those boards is a bit overblown as long as you're not tossing your keyboard all over the place. The plug doesn't fall out if the board is just sitting there and you're typing or gaming on it.</p>
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<p>The other options could be the <a href="http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=264" target="_blank">Ducky DK2108 Zero</a>.</p>
<p>A solid built budget board.</p>
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<p>If you want to add backlighting and wouldn't mind something a little odd, there's the <a href="http://www.cmstore-usa.com/quickfire-tk-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/" target="_blank">QuickFire TK</a></p>
 

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Any keyboards you currently have in mind: None, I shopped once about 10 months ago, but I know keyboards are like headphones in that respect, that once you see them, if the run's gone, they're rare.<br>
Price:0-130<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):Would be great, but not required, I wanted to dye or buy custom keys.<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): Full Size<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Gaming and Typing evenly. I want Cherry MX Browns, I <i>think.</i><br>
USB/ PS2: Doesn't matter, as long as there full duplex, no ghosting.<br>
KRO: See above, I'm not that critical, but at least 5-7 keys.<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): Could be nice, but not required.<br>
Media keys (yes/ no): These are the devil. A lack or key dummy for a windows key on one side would rock.<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Cherry MX Browns please<br>
*Noise level (high/low): My old keyboard was loud, I don't mind it, but my Mumble-mates do.<br>
*Tactility (yes/ no): I dislike flat keys. A lot. For typing I need the scalloped keys, just been too used to them now.<br>
*Stiffness (high/ low): I like the way rubber domes feel, honestly, but I would like smoother/lighter key presses.<br><br>
EDIT: I haven't actually tried any mechanical keyboards except for the old spring keys before. Those were strange. I am assuming I'd like Browns.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>RevenantX3</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread#post_19313380"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Any keyboards you currently have in mind: None, I shopped once about 10 months ago, but I know keyboards are like headphones in that respect, that once you see them, if the run's gone, they're rare.<br>
Price:0-130<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):Would be great, but not required, I wanted to dye or buy custom keys.<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): Full Size<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Gaming and Typing evenly. I want Cherry MX Browns, I <i>think.</i><br>
USB/ PS2: Doesn't matter, as long as there full duplex, no ghosting.<br>
KRO: See above, I'm not that critical, but at least 5-7 keys.<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): Could be nice, but not required.<br>
Media keys (yes/ no): These are the devil. A lack or key dummy for a windows key on one side would rock.<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Cherry MX Browns please<br>
*Noise level (high/low): My old keyboard was loud, I don't mind it, but my Mumble-mates do.<br>
*Tactility (yes/ no): I dislike flat keys. A lot. For typing I need the scalloped keys, just been too used to them now.<br>
*Stiffness (high/ low): I like the way rubber domes feel, honestly, but I would like smoother/lighter key presses.<br><br>
EDIT: I haven't actually tried any mechanical keyboards except for the old spring keys before. Those were strange. I am assuming I'd like Browns.</div>
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<p>Your criteria actually leaves you open to many different keyboards.</p>
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<p>Leopold FC500R would probably be right up your ally though. All of the features you want, and no guff. If you really wanna quiet them down, I'd get some of the firm soft landing pads from Elitekeyboards with it.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tator Tot</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread#post_19310793"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
You could try the RK-9000BL. It's currently <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201045" target="_blank">$60 on Newegg</a>, and the MX-Black switchs may suit your needs well. MX-Blacks may be a bit tiring, but that just depends on the person.<br>
You could also buy the MX Brown version for <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201051" target="_blank">$90</a> at the same time. Spend your whole budget, and sell the board you don't like.<br><br>
Besides the switches & casing color; there is no difference between the boards and they're both solid options.<br></div>
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Thanks, I will have to see how much this board costs in New Zealand. But from what I can see it looks like it will fit my needs.<br><br>
Edit: This keyboard doesn't look like it is backlit, maybe I could try the RK-9100BR?
 

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Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire<br>
Price:0-80<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):No, but included would be nice<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc):Doesn't matter<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):99% of its use will be typing of some sort, 1% of its use would be gaming<br>
USB/ PS2: Don't care too much<br>
KRO: Not too important ?<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): No<br>
Media keys (yes/ no): No<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): I'm assuming blue will be best for typing<br>
*Noise level (high/low): High can be tolerable<br>
*Tactility (yes/ no):<br>
*Stiffness (high/ low):low<br><br>
Thanks ahead of time! <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bk7794</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread/0_20#post_19316435"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire<br>
Price:0-80<br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ):No, but included would be nice<br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc):Doesn't matter<br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc):99% of its use will be typing of some sort, 1% of its use would be gaming<br>
USB/ PS2: Don't care too much<br>
KRO: Not too important ?<br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): No<br>
Media keys (yes/ no): No<br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): I'm assuming blue will be best for typing<br>
*Noise level (high/low): High can be tolerable<br>
*Tactility (yes/ no):<br>
*Stiffness (high/ low):low<br><br>
Thanks ahead of time! <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif"></div>
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A Quickfire TK sounds perfect for your needs, although if you will be typing around others predominantly, Blues might not be the best choice.
 

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Any keyboards you currently have in mind:<br><br>
Logitech 710 (Not a huge fan of the color scheme), Corsair k60/k90 or k65/95 (seems as if the first series is plagued with issues), Tte Sports, and CM Trigger.<br><br>
Price: Not really an issue $150-250; more concerned with quality and meeting my requirements without compromise.<br><br>
Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): Yes.<br><br>
Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): Full size or no number key<br><br>
Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): Gaming and internet surfing/emails.<br><br>
USB/ PS2: You tell me ?<br><br>
KRO: No idea what this is.<br><br>
Macro keys (yes/ no): Yes<br><br>
Media keys (yes/ no): Yes (very important)<br><br>
Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br><br>
Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): I believe Browns.<br><br>
*Noise level (high/low): Low<br><br>
*Tactility (yes/ no): Yes<br><br>
*Stiffness (high/ low): Low
 

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Interesting! Where would I find one of these keyboards if I were to find one? I haven't the slightest, since the site is down now for stock on those models.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tator Tot</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread/0_40#post_19314496"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Leopold FC500R would probably be right up your ally though.<br></div>
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How does the FC500r compare to the das/filco/ducky keyboards?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sn0w</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread/10#post_19326774"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
How does the FC500r compare to the das/filco/ducky keyboards?</div>
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<p>Just as good and competitively priced. ~$100 for a board. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>RevenantX3</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread/10#post_19325345"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Interesting! Where would I find one of these keyboards if I were to find one? I haven't the slightest, since the site is down now for stock on those models.</div>
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<p>Either one of the import sites (if you're not in the US) or EliteKeyboards if you are in the US. </p>
 

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•Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Corsair Vengeance K60 @ $65 after MIR<br>
•Price: $20-80<br>
•Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no): Not needed. nice to have.<br>
•Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): full size (not sure what to put for this)<br>
•Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games and typing<br>
•USB/ PS2: USB<br>
•KRO: ???<br>
•Macro keys (yes/ no): no<br>
•Media keys (yes/ no): yes<br>
•Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
•Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): ? mechanical<br>
•*Noise level (high/low): low<br>
•*Tactility (yes/ no): yes<br>
•*Stiffness (high/ low): low
 

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•Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Corsair Vengeance K60 @ $65 after MIR<br>
•Price: $20-80<br>
•Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no): Not needed. nice to have.<br>
•Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): full size (not sure what to put for this)<br>
•Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games and typing<br>
•USB/ PS2: USB<br>
•KRO: ???<br>
•Macro keys (yes/ no): no<br>
•Media keys (yes/ no): yes<br>
•Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
•Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): ? mechanical<br>
•*Noise level (high/low): low<br>
•*Tactility (yes/ no): yes<br>
•*Stiffness (high/ low): low</div>
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<p>You'll wanna look for an MX-Brown keyboard if you want tactile switches.</p>
<p>If you don't need the num-pad, the QuickFire Rapid is $80.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>james8</strong> <a href="/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread/0_20#post_19348021"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
•Any keyboards you currently have in mind: Corsair Vengeance K60 @ $65 after MIR<br>
•Price: $20-80<br>
•Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no): Not needed. nice to have.<br>
•Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): full size (not sure what to put for this)<br>
•Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): games and typing<br>
•USB/ PS2: USB<br>
•KRO: ???<br>
•Macro keys (yes/ no): no<br>
•Media keys (yes/ no): yes<br>
•Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): US<br>
•Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): ? mechanical<br>
•*Noise level (high/low): low<br>
•*Tactility (yes/ no): yes<br>
•*Stiffness (high/ low): low</div>
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I'd suggest <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129005" target="_blank">this</a> given that the K60 uses linear MX Red switches and you asked for tactile. The board I linked uses light, tactile MX Brown switches, more in line with what you've answered the questions with. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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