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Old February 15, 2013, 07:44 PM
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I am thinking on replacing my K350 with a wired gaming keyboard, given the fact that I am tired of changing batteries, not being able to see keys properly at night, and tired of dropped inputs. To top it all off my unifying USB receiver just died last night. Anyways, I was looking around for a couple of hours and based on reviews,opinions, ratings, and personal taste I came up with these 3 candidates:


Razer BlackWidow USB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 5 Macro Keys Black

Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard USB Programmable Backlit Keys USB Audio


Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard

I was looking at this guide: Mechanical Keyboard Guide, and I honestly don't know what to pick from there, other than the blackwidow that seems to be very popular. Also my budget is about $100 including tax and shipping. I am planning on playing FPS , MOBA, and fighting games.

Features and preferences:
- Back light
- Durable
- With wrist rest or ergonomic (not a must have)
- Anti-ghosting around WSAD AT LEAST
- Has numpad
- Media keys (?) (Lower volume & mute mic is all I use in my current keyboard )
- Not too noisy
- Somewhat soft keys
- Big left SHIFT key (VERY IMPORTANT) and back space

Not needed (but ok to have):
- Macros
- LED panel

Thoughts and comments are appreciated.
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Old February 16, 2013, 07:59 PM
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Hi,

Features and preferences:
- Back light
- Durable
- With wrist rest or ergonomic (not a must have)
- Anti-ghosting around WSAD AT LEAST
- Has numpad
- Full Anti-ghosting
- Media keys (?) (Lower volume & mute mic is all I use in my current keyboard )
- Not too noisy
- Somewhat soft keys
- Big left SHIFT key (VERY IMPORTANT) and back space

Not needed (but ok to have):
- Macros

Thoughts and comments are appreciated.
Don't have any those 3 keyboards, but I've been using a Corsair Vengeance K90 for a couple of weeks and find it's quite robust. So far no problems with it.

- back lit (blue) - - 0% -33%- 66% - 100% brightness
- very durable rubber coated wristrest
- has numpad
- plus 18 programmable (macro X 3) keys on the left (slightly lower than regular keys)
-media keys - mute and a unique roller volume control that I find better than Up/Down vol keys
-also has 4 media keys: Stop, Reverse, Pause, Forward under volume roller
-keys are Cherry MX and softer than my DASKeyboard (can add O ring dampeners - see Corsair's forum)
-left shift about 1 1/2" inch wide; right shift about 1 3/4"; Backspace 1 1/4"
-brushed aluminum base, easy to clean compared to most keyboards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z41fLzviKK0
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:28 PM
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I did not like the Razer BlackWidow and returned it after a weekend of use. I ended up getting a Gigabyte Osmium and love it. Needless to say (or type) I wholeheartedly recommend it. Awesomeness
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Old February 20, 2013, 10:15 PM
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Love my cooler master storm quickfire pro with brown switches, friend of mine has went through 3 black widows in the time I have had this KB seeking a board a quiet/solid as mine(to no avail). The only board I have found I liked more then this one is the minox zibal... but I really did not like the green back lighting.
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Old February 20, 2013, 11:34 PM
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In that price range, go with the G110. It is my favourite membrane keyboard. The 510 is ok, but the keys don't feel as nice as the 110.

If quiet is a requirement, then stay away from the blue or brown mech keyboards. I am using a G710 right now and I love the quality, feel etc... But even as an o-ringed brown it is crazy loud compared to a membrane keyboard. I can't imagine Blues without o-rings.
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