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amy thompson Mar 15, 2012, 02:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've had this keyboard

[url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055VNEL6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie...B0055VNEL6]http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Reclusa-Gaming-Keyboard-Black/...000MR1XWK/[/url]

for quite a while now (almost 5 years) and it has been quite an adventure. The basic UI it came with was perfect (as I don't want to spend hours and hours trying to figure out how to open my media player with 1 button). Leading me to my basic and very important need for a new gaming keyboard.

My new keyboard will need to have media controls...that open things besides Windows Media Player (Ituns, Spotify, etc). I despise WMP and often click to use my music without a thought. It's convenient and a luxury I no longer choose to live without. I don't care whether the KB is mechanical or not as long as the keys aren't squished together, raised to ridiculous "ergonomic" heights, or covered in a rubber that will fade in a few months.

My reclusa has just one button that the letter has faded from in it's 4 years of use, I think that's pretty awesome when world of warcraft is basically just spamming one button for hours at a time.

I would like my new KB to have macro keys besides the media panel (which I'm assuming all gaming KBs come with today) and as user-friendly as possible. I looked up the BlackWidow linked as the "Unicorn" KB on MMO's Setup of the Month and found that quite a few people are experiencing issues with keys becoming stuck in some way or another or just failing to work at all...something like 8-9%. I don't want to play the lottery when I'm spending this much money on a luxury item. The "Narwhal" keyboard G110 seemed fantastic until I realized the keys are TINY, smaller than my laptops keyboard. This is just unacceptable.

So all-in-all guys (and gals), I am looking for your kind help. If you've got the perfect KB (or maybe have owned one in the past) that meets my needs, please post its name/model! Very much appreciated

Also, what the hell is the big deal with "mechanical" keyboards?

Req. Again:
1) Keys that won't fade
2) Keys the standard (or close to) size
3) Media controls (for things besides WMP)
4) Easily programmable macro keys
5) Backlit (Could be red, white, and blue as long as it lights up with some form of lighting)
6) Not required but would be nice, headphone jack that does not cut out any sound


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mothow Mar 18, 2012, 05:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 18, 2012, 05:32pm EDT

 
>> Re: Keyboard Replacement!
Ducky has the best mechanical LED lit keyboards imho .Little pricey but worth it.
I have a Rosewill RK9000 with cherry MX blue switches and its a great keyboard but no leds or macro buttons

Thread about Ducky Backlit keyboards

http://www.overclock.net/t/942878/overclock-nets-line-of-ducky...-keyboards

http://www.overclock.net/t/1067887/ducky-shining-info


Also, what the hell is the big deal with "mechanical" keyboards?

I never used one til i got my Blackwidow.And typing on it was great.Much better feeling than the G15 that i had been using for almost 3 years before buying the BW.Then i went and grabbed a Rosewill Mechanical KB which felt about the same as the black widow but without all the extra buttons.I sold the BW and kept the Rosewill because i dont like all the extra buttons on my keyboards.I never used the macro keys on my G15 either.

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john albrich Mar 18, 2012, 05:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 21, 2012, 01:53am EDT

 
>> Re: Keyboard Replacement!
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Some nitty-gritty things to look for in any keyboard purchase.


Re: keycap quality (for both opaque and backlit keycaps).
Here's an item on it. There's a better article which I can't find at the moment on the different types of keycaps. I'll keep looking for it.

Some keycaps are MUCH more durable and look better than others. Some manufacturers offer different models of similar keyboards that use different types of keycaps.
http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=All+About+Keys

Generally, the higher quality and more durable the keycaps, the higher the cost of the keyboard.


Re: key mechanical operation
Cherry switches are pretty much the "gold standard" (used in some keyboards, usually the higher quality ones). Cherry offers multiple types of keys in the "MX" series. Some are better for gaming, others are better for normal typing. The design defines how they operate, respond, feel, etc. Here's a short article describing some of the key designs, what makes them different from each other and other switch types, and which keyboards use them.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/242037/mechanical_keyboard_faq_...witch.html


edit to add:
You should add n-key rollerover / anti-ghosting/jamming to your list of vital keyboard features to examine, especially if gaming is an important part of the planned usage. There are lots of article out there on the topic, and a few free programs to test (both online and downloadable). Of course, be alert for possible malware in any software/online tests. Make sure the website providing the app is trustworthy and is known to do a good job of vetting any software to which it provides access.
http://blog.controlspace.org/2010/08/n-key-rollover-what-it-is...ow-to.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollover_%28key%29

edit to add:
A decent keyboard technical reference document. It covers a mix of information to help one better understand keyboards. I'm pretty sure this is the "better article" I was remembering at the beginning of this post.
http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide

My post on how to stop additional wear on keyboard letters and how to restore already worn-off keyboard letters.
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/78297/

A reference that just contains a TON of info (and images and videos) on key manufacturing old and new.
http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?29591-Ripster-s-ALL-ABOUT-Keys-Guide

mothow Mar 19, 2012, 10:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Keyboard Replacement!
john albrich said:
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Some nitty-gritty things to look for in any keyboard purchase.


Re: keycap quality (for both opaque and backlit keycaps).
Here's an item on it. There's a better article which I can't find at the moment on the different types of keycaps. I'll keep looking for it.

Some keycaps are MUCH more durable and look better than others. Some manufacturers offer different models of similar keyboards that use different types of keycaps.
http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=All+About+Keys

Generally, the higher quality and more durable the keycaps, the higher the cost of the keyboard.


Re: key mechanical operation
Cherry switches are pretty much the "gold standard" (used in some keyboards, usually the higher quality ones). Cherry offers multiple types of keys in the "MX" series. Some are better for gaming, others are better for normal typing. The design defines how they operate, respond, feel, etc. Here's a short article describing some of the key designs, what makes them different from each other and other switch types, and which keyboards use them.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/242037/mechanical_keyboard_faq_...witch.html


edit to add:
You should add n-key rollerover / anti-ghosting/jamming to your list of vital keyboard features to examine, especially if gaming is an important part of the planned usage. There are lots of article out there on the topic, and a few free programs to test (both online and downloadable). Of course, be alert for possible malware in any software/online tests. Make sure the website providing the app is trustworthy and is known to do a good job of vetting any software to which it provides access.
http://blog.controlspace.org/2010/08/n-key-rollover-what-it-is...ow-to.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollover_%28key%29

yep didnt even think of those benfits john

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