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CMetaphor June 24, 2011 09:27 AM

New Keyboard Time
 
So my lovely Everyglide DKT keyboard is showing its age.... The paint on the "A" key started wearing off long and now it seems I've broken my "W" key (it pops out completely) - guess I've been playing too many FPS games, haha.

So! I'd like a few suggestions for a replacement. Here are some "likes" and "must haves" as well as a few questions:

Must Have:
- Durable, not cheap feeling
- Not huge

Likes:
- Backlit
- No Numpad or very small numpad
- Red theme or backlight, or white. NOT BLUE (for once, haha)

Questions:
1) IF I decide to get a mechanical keyboard, I dont want something thats loud.... like at all. Is that even possible for mechanicals? I've never used one since ye olden days, but I always remember them being annoying. So, can I get a SILENT mechanical keyboard?

2) Has anyone used the Thermaltake eSports keyboards? If so, what are your impressions? I've been looking at this one: Buy THERMALTAKE [MEK007US] Thermaltake eSports Meka Mechanical USB2.0 Gaming Keyboard Ultrapolling Cherry Black
there's also this one (backlit but not mechanical): Buy THERMALTAKE [CHP001US] Thermaltake eSports Challenger Pro USB Gaming Keyboard Red Backlit With Cooling Fan

What do you think HWC? Lemme know your thoughts!

lowfat June 24, 2011 12:43 PM

All mechanical keyboards are somewhat loud. Unless you have a light press and don't bottom out the key. Something w/ Cherry brown keys would be as quiet as possible, but even then it will be lower than something w/ rubber membranes.

CMetaphor June 24, 2011 01:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 527467)
All mechanical keyboards are somewhat loud. Unless you have a light press and don't bottom out the key. Something w/ Cherry brown keys would be as quiet as possible, but even then it will be lower than something w/ rubber membranes.

Hmmm, so much for mechanical then. I am a LOUD typist. I type very fast and aggressively sometimes.
Could you suggest a good solid non-mechanical one then? I dont get online as much as i used to, i fear i am falling behind ... thanks though !

Jackquelegs June 24, 2011 04:18 PM

These have Cherry Browns in them
NCIX.com - Buy Metadot Das Keyboard Professional Model S Silent Mechanical Keyboard - Metadot - DASK3PROMS1SI (8 55800 00118 0) - in Canada

I'm currently using the Razer black widow ultimate with Cherry Blues (superb tactile feedback). It is QUITE LOUD, much louder than my model M for that matter.

A good keyboard that I used was the old Logitech Illuminated. Those scissors keys are very comfortable but can be stressing at times since the keys bottom out very quickly :thumb:

CMetaphor June 24, 2011 05:26 PM

Hmmm, yeah thats a definite No then for Mechanicals. Id drive everyone and my neighbours crazy with the noise, haha.

Logitech Illuminated is one of my options, and i really dont mind keys with a short keystroke - im used to typing on laptops. As long as its solid I'll like it.... so was it solid feeling? lol

Ill take other suggestions as well, of course :P

Luay79 June 27, 2011 12:59 AM

Steel Series 6g V2 or the more expensive 7g are as quite as mechanical keyboards get. That Razer Black Widow is a screamer.

lowfat June 27, 2011 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Luay79 (Post 528076)
Steel Series 6g V2 or the more expensive 7g are as quite as mechanical keyboards get. That Razer Black Widow is a screamer.

The Cherry 'black' key switches it uses are still far from quiet. When they bottom out there is still a loud clack.

Shadowmeph June 27, 2011 12:12 PM

sorry off topic a bit
What is the deal with Mechanical keyboards, what makes them so special?

lowfat June 27, 2011 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Shadowmeph (Post 528184)
sorry off topic a bit
What is the deal with Mechanical keyboards, what makes them so special?

They are generally very nice to type with. The keys have a nice light weight to them. They don't need to be bottomed out in order to register a keystroke, so you generally don't have to type so heavy. Plus the fact that the key switch bounces back the key up faster than the rubber membrane boards.

Shadowmeph June 27, 2011 03:11 PM

huh sound cool thanx for the info


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