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<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><b><span style="font-size:36px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">OCN's Recommended Mechanical Keyboards.</span></span></b></div>
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This list has been compiled to help users looking for a new mechanical keyboards find a reliable board that is right for them, here you can find the mechanical keyboards most recommended by users of OCN. It's worth noting however that this list is not an absolute guide on the only mechanical boards worth buying, there are probably a few keyboards that haven't been added to the list yet because they haven't been recommended enough, this is simply a list of suggestions rather than the definitive authority on which mechanical keyboards are good.<br><br><br>
Would you like to make some suggestions of boards to add? If so fill out the form below.<br><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Mechanical keyboard recommendations</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_TfDraChLzTfQk5J3MHeBwqI5hUTMHf-e_0ybgUihNQ/viewform?embedded=true#start=embed" width="600" height="750" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe></div>
<br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Other links!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">If you'd like to learn more about mechanical keyboards, you can go <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide"><b>here.</b></a><br><br>
If you'd like to join our mechanical keyboard club, you can go <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/538389/mechanical-keyboard-club"><b>here.</b></a><br><br>
If you'd still like more help choosing a mechanical keyboard you can go <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1361490/keyboard-suggestion-thread"><b>here.</b></a><br></div>
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If you spot an error anywhere in the list, feel free to send me a PM about it and it will be fixed.<br><br><br>
Due to the fact that prices vary from store to store and country to country, instead of listing a specific price I've opted for using Low, Medium, High and Very High to give you an estimate of the boards cost, these are only a guide though, depending on your location the prices could be slightly lower or a lot higher.<br><br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li><b>Low</b>: <$80</li>
<li><b>Medium</b>: $80-$130</li>
<li><b>High</b>: $130-$200</li>
<li><b>Very High</b>: >$200</li>
</ul><br><br>
In light of some users not realising which boards have less common layouts for the bottom row key sizes, the list has now also been updated to show which boards have a “standard” layout for the bottom row, and which have a different layout.<br><br>
For the purposes of this thread, I'll define the “standard” bottom row layout as having the following key sizes from left to right:<br><br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li>Ctrl – 1.25</li>
<li>Windows – 1.25</li>
<li>Alt – 1.25</li>
<li>Spacebar – 6.25</li>
<li>Alt Gr – 1.25</li>
<li>Windows – 1.25</li>
<li>Menu – 1.25</li>
<li>Ctrl – 1.25</li>
</ul><br><br>
If the keyboard has a “non-standard” layout, the key sizes will be stated from left to right.<br><br>
Need some help deciding on a switch? Learn more about them in the <a class="bbcode_url" href="www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide">Mechanical Keyboard Guide</a> or discuss them in the <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/538389/official-mechanical-keyboard-club-because-saving-money-is-boring">Mechanical Keyboard Club</a>.<br><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Here are the boards recommended by users of OCN:</b></span><br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#8A2908;">MX Brown</span></span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2197689" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 117px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: USB 2.0 passthrough, detachable cable<br><br>
Cons: Detachable cable can be hard to plug in/ remove<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard - 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1749873" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 81px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Great build quality<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340814" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 76px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Filco Majestouch 2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1343666" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 112px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Logitech G710+</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343704/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1343704" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343704/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 111px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: Multimedia keys, macro keys, USB 2.0 port, backlighting, removable wrist rest, preinstalled O-rings<br><br>
Cons: Some of the old batches had problems with the backlighting, orange section not for everyone, only available with MX Browns<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.25, 6.5, 1.25, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363292/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363292" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363292/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 62px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Customisable backlighting (choose what switches you want what colour at point of sale), 2x USB 2.0, audio jacks, braided cable<br><br>
Cons: Availability<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">QPAD MK80</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1404859" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: high<br><br>
Pros: Backlighting, 2x USB 2.0, media keys<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, price(?)<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">WASD v2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363319/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363319" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363319/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 200px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium – high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, DIP switch, customisation (Standard available with your choice of base colour and WASD, Esc colour, Custom available with complete customisation of each keycap colour, font and lettering). Extras like O-rings pre-installed also availble for a surcharge.<br><br>
Cons: Shipping expensive for outside North America<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340719" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 96px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: low - medium<br><br>
Pros: Multimedia keys, detachable braided USB cable, can deactivate Windows key<br><br>
Cons: Excessive amount of branding on some of the older versions?<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3 TKL</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340809" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 89px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1339168" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 95px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>KUL ES-87</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2067649" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Excellent build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location, keycaps not amazing.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Compact</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure Pro</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601329" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 133px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons: Short backspace, short right shift.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1, 1, 1.25, 5.5, 1, 1, 1 + standard left, down right arrow keys.<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Race</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363293" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 85px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: Available with PBT keycaps, removable USB cable<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 6.25, 1.25, 1 + 1.25 left, down and right arrow keys.<br></div>
<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#0080FF;">MX Blue</span></span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2197689" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 117px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: USB 2.0 passthrough, detachable cable<br><br>
Cons: Detachable cable can be hard to plug in/ remove<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard - 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1749873" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 81px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Great build quality<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340814" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 76px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Filco Majestouch 2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1343666" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 112px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Max Keyboard Nighthawk X7</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363292/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363292" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363292/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 62px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Customisable backlighting (choose what switches you want what colour at point of sale), 2x USB 2.0, audio jacks, braided cable<br><br>
Cons: Availability<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">QPAD MK80</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1404859" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: high<br><br>
Pros: Backlighting, 2x USB 2.0, media keys<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, price(?)<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">WASD v2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363319/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363319" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363319/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 200px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium – high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, DIP switch, customisation (Standard available with your choice of base colour and WASD, Esc colour, Custom available with complete customisation of each keycap colour, font and lettering) Extras like O-rings pre-installed also available for a surcharge.<br><br>
Cons: Shipping expensive for outside North America<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340719" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 96px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Multimedia keys, detachable braided USB cable, can deactivate Windows key<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3 TKL</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340809" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 89px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location, Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1339168" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 95px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium to high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout – Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>KUL ES-87</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2067649" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Excellent build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location, keycaps not amazing.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Compact</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601320" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 102px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons: No arrow keys?<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure Pro</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601329" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 133px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1, 1, 1.25, 5.5, 1, 1, 1 + standard left, down right arrow keys.<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Vortex KBT Race</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363293" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 85px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: Available with PBT keycaps, removable USB cable<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 6.25, 1.25, 1 + 1.25 left, down and right arrow keys.<br><br></div>
<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">MX Red</span></span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2197689" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 117px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: USB 2.0 passthrough, detachable cable<br><br>
Cons: Detachable cable can be hard to plug in/ remove<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard - 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1749873" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 81px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Great build quality<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340814" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 76px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Filco Majestouch 2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1343666" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 112px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium to high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Max Keyboard Nighthawk X9</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363292/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363292" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363292/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 62px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Customisable backlighting (choose what switches you want what colour at point of sale), 2x USB 2.0, audio jacks, braided cable<br><br>
Cons: Availability<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">QPAD MK80</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1404859" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: high<br><br>
Pros: Backlighting, 2x USB 2.0, media keys<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, price(?)<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340719" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 96px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Multimedia keys, detachable braided USB cable, can deactivate Windows key<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3 TKL</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340809" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 89px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1339168" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 95px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium to high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>KUL ES-87</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2067649" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Excellent build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location, keycaps not amazing.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Compact</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601320" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 102px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons: No arrow keys?<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure Pro</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601329" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 133px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1, 1, 1.25, 5.5, 1, 1, 1 + standard left, down right arrow keys.<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Vortex KBT Race</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363293" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 85px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: Available with PBT keycaps, removable USB cable<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 6.25, 1.25, 1 + 1.25 left, down and right arrow keys.<br><br></div>
<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;">MX Black</span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Ultimate</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2197689" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2197689/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 117px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: USB 2.0 passthrough, detachable cable<br><br>
Cons: Detachable cable can be hard to plug in/ remove<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard - 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340814" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340814/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 76px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium to high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Filco Majestouch 2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1343666" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1343666/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 112px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium to high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">QPAD MK80</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1404859" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1404859/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: high<br><br>
Pros: Backlighting, 2x USB 2.0, media keys<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, price(?)<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">WASD v2</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363319/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363319" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363319/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 200px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium – high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, DIP switch, customisation (Standard available with your choice of base colour and WASD, Esc colour, Custom available with complete customisation of each keycap colour, font and lettering) Extras like O-rings pre-installed also available for a surcharge.<br><br>
Cons: Shipping expensive for outside North America<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340719" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 96px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Multimedia keys, detachable braided USB cable, can deactivate Windows key<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Ducky Shine 3 TKL</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340809" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340809/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 89px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, great backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Cherry stabilisers<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1339168" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1339168/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 95px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium to high<br><br>
Pros: Build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>KUL ES-87</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2067649" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Excellent build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location, keycaps not amazing.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Compact</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601320" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 102px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons: No arrow keys?<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure Pro</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601329" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601329/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 133px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1, 1, 1.25, 5.5, 1, 1, 1 + standard left, down right arrow keys.<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Vortex KBT Race</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363293" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363293/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 85px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: medium<br><br>
Pros: Available with PBT keycaps, removable USB cable<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with extra keys – 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 6.25, 1.25, 1 + 1.25 left, down and right arrow keys.<br><br></div>
<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#31B404;">MX Green</span>, <span style="color:#585858;">MX Clear</span> or <span style="color:#848484;">MX White</span></span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Deck Legend Ice Edition (MX Clears)</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1586989/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1586989" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1586989/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 81px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Great build quality, 7 levels of backlighting<br><br>
Cons: Price is a little high, keycap font/ general aesthetics of the board not to everyone's taste.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with an extra key – 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 6, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1.25<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT (MX Greens)</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1749873" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1749873/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 81px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Great build quality<br><br>
Cons:<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid (MX Greens)</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340719" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340719/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 96px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: medium<br><br>
Pros: Multimedia keys, detachable braided USB cable, can deactivate Windows key<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>KUL ES-87(MX Greens and MX Clears)</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2067649" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2067649/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price range: high<br><br>
Pros: Excellent build quality, simplistic design, very compatible with aftermarket keycap sets<br><br>
Cons: Non-braided cable, can be hard to find depending on location, keycaps not amazing.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Compact</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">KBT Pure (MX Whites)</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601320" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601320/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 102px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: Yes<br><br>
Price: Medium<br><br>
Pros: Two-layer PCB, removable USB cable, available with PBT keycaps<br><br>
Cons: No arrow keys?<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#08088A;">ALPS</span></span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Matias Quiet Pro</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340824/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340824" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340824/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 133px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: medium - high<br><br>
Pros: 3x USB 2.0 ports, it's quiet. <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br><br>
Cons: Glossy case (?), Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 7, 1.5, 1, 1.5<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Dell AT101W</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601173/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1601173" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1601173/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: Low<br><br>
Pros: Easy to find for relatively cheap<br><br>
Cons: It may take some work to bring the board up to a usable condition (whether it be aesthetically or functionally).<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Standard<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><br></div>
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<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#173B0B;">Topre</span></span></b><br><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Realforce 103u</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340834/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340834" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340834/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 200px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: High<br><br>
Pros: Topre switches<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 7, 1.5, 1, 1.5<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>TKL</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Realforce 87u</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363221/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1363221" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1363221/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 125px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: high<br><br>
Pros: Topre switches<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard – 1.5, 1, 1.5, 6, 1.5, 1, 1, 1.5<br><br></div>
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Compact</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Happy Hacking Professional 2 and Type S variant</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340901/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340901" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340901/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 108px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340904/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1340904" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1340904/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 128px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: high - very high<br><br>
Pros: Topre switches<br><br>
Cons: Can be hard to find depending on location<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with no Ctrl or Windows keys – 1, 1.5, 5, 1.5, 1<br><br></div>
<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color:#610B5E;">Other</span></span></b><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Full size</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">IBM Model M</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1451074/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1451074" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1451074/width/200/height/400/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 86px"></a><br><br>
Backlighting: No<br><br>
Price: Varies wildly if you can find them, also depends on version.<br><br>
Pros: Legendary build quality, for many it's the progenitor of mechanical keyboards<br><br>
Cons: Originally IBM versions are harder to find commerically as they are now produced by Unicomp.<br><br>
Bottom row layout: Non-standard with no Windows or Alt keys – 1.5, 1.5, 7, 1.5, 1.5<br><br></div>
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Not sure if you would like us to recommend?<br><br>
I thoroughly enjoy my Leopold Full Keyboard with Brown Switches. Very good build quality for a good price:<br><br>
Standard: <a href="http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize&pid=fc500rtab" target="_blank">http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize&pid=fc500rtab</a><br><br>
Otaku: <a href="http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize&pid=fc500rtabn" target="_blank">http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize&pid=fc500rtabn</a>
 

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Hey, I'd love the recommendations but could you possibly do it via the form <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1369215/recommended-mechanical-keyboard-thread-we-need-your-help">here</a>?<br><br>
It's just so it's easier to collate the results more numerically. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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for full size mx blues and browns , das keyboards. they make super awesome stuff. ive had mine for years and its been one of the best investments for my computer
 

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I just filled out the survey, but I am sure Ducky will be a popular model (don't own one).<br><br><br>
Also, just ordered a Chco Min - can't afford a HHKB yet, so keep it in mind.
 

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Cheers guys. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Also in the MX Brown TKL section there is an example of how I might lay out the entries, what do you think?
 

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Hey, I'd love the recommendations but could you possibly do it via the form <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1369215/recommended-mechanical-keyboard-thread-we-need-your-help">here</a>?<br><br>
It's just so it's easier to collate the results more numerically. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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Done. Thanks <img alt="cheers.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/cheers.gif">
 

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Can I get some opinions on the layout so far? I've added some more boards to test if the layout is ok. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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looks good so far. add the HHKB to the topre tkl catagory <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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I broke a storm trigger in about a month. I dropped it from about a foot which hit the mini USB detachable cord connector. The connector is soldered directly onto the PCB by 4 points and the force was enough to shear it off completely. I am admittedly hard on equipment but I have dropped many keyboards many times and actually never damaged one, except the storm trigger. Not a big deal for most users but thought I would toss it out there.<br><br>
Why do I drop so many keyboards, my gaming station...<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1341857/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1341857" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1341857/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 373px"></a>
 

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I don't think the fact the board broke when you dropped it would warrant it being taken off the list. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I dont know If I recommend cherry mx red or blacks to anyone, I have used them for gaming myself for weeks and they don't even compare to cherry mx browns or blues, even this professional gamer says that <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.yurtopic.com/tech/gadgets/cherry-mx.html" target="_blank">cherry mx browns are the overall best keyswitch for gamers</a>. Tactical feedback is so important for both gaming and typing and when you have keys that simply just press down with no feedback that the key was triggered is pointless.
 

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I don't think the fact the board broke when you dropped it would warrant it being taken off the list. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"></div>
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never said it should <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif">
 

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I don't think the fact the board broke when you dropped it would warrant it being taken off the list. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"></div>
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never said it should <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"></div>
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Oh ok, I misunderstood. <img alt="redface.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/redface.gif">
 

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I dunno, from what I can see the CM Storm trigger is built pretty well... They had the car run over it in that one video. <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br><br>
I'm not really a Das fan. It's glossy, it does have USB ports, but at the price point I expect more. I suppose it's like a Ducky; the extra price is for the built quality. I got quite a bit of flak in my review of the Das because I was accused of simply reviewing the price. Well, yeah. Price is relative. Unless I'm reviewing or looking at a $500 keyboard, which is obviously a price-no-object keyboard, I will keep the price in consideration. I personally consider the Ducky to be superior to the Das completely except price. I still prefer CM Storm Trigger. You get 5 macro keys, USB ports, backlight for the same price, and I like the look of it. I think it's an excellent keyboard at its pricepoint if you're looking for a Red-led mechanical keyboard at the price point. I don't know what's so good about a braided cable but, CM Storm Trigger has one. I did see it go on sale on Newegg for $70! That's insane. This keyboard reminds me of the Corsair keyboard. I never tried it, but I heard some good things.<br><br>
Ducky is expensive, but has very good build quality... it has many, many backlight settings. Very straight foward.<br><br>
I think Topre is only really for those with really deep pockets or type for a living. The look turns me off. No backlight?
 

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Yeah, at the moment it's a bit awkward to organise as I need pros, cons and the price range of each of the boards and there are a lot to put in. <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif">
 

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Logitech G710+<br>
Pros: Logitech quality, feels very good, same software than the G15, multimedia keys,configurable shortcuts and macros.<br>
Cons: Only comes in Cherry MX Brown, O-rings could be thicker, <b>old batches</b> has faulty leds, fixed in recent ones (don't buy from newegg!), num/cap/scroll lock lights are very bright, only a single usb port.<br>
Price range: 149,99 ±10$ depending on reseller.
 

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Logitech G710+<br>
Pros: Logitech quality, feels very good, same software than the G15, multimedia keys,configurable shortcuts and macros.<br>
Cons: Only comes in Cherry MX Brown, O-rings could be thicker, <b>old batches</b> has faulty leds, fixed in recent ones (don't buy from newegg!), num/cap/scroll lock lights are very bright, only a single usb port.<br>
Price range: 149,99 ±10$ depending on reseller.</div>
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Not sure "Logitech quality" is always a pro, my G19 had poor quality. <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br><br>
But cheers for the suggestions, I'll get them in the OP.
 

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Not sure "Logitech quality" is always a pro, my G19 had poor quality. <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br><br>
But cheers for the suggestions, I'll get them in the OP.</div>
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Aha yeah, my webcam is kinda crummy, and it's a C910.
 

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Hey for a full layout Cherry MX Green you can add<br><br>
1.Ducky DK9008G2 Pro Limited Edition (not sure if you would add this as it's a Limited Edition)<br>
Pros: Build quality, Side inscription on keys<br>
Cons: Not fully backlit, only WASD<br><br>
2. CM Storm Trigger<br>
Not sure on pros or cons but the Triggers seem to get solid reviews, and look to be quite good quality.<br>
I would put red backlit as a con though, as it's seriously played out IMO <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br>
Pricing should be on CM Storm website.
 
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