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#1 Malek Nyghtson

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 17:59

I had a Logitech G15 v1 which I used for many years it finally died on me last yr since then I have been using this cheap Microsoft keyboard my nephew loaned me I am looking to buy a good keyboard that will last as well as the G15 did for me. found a keyboard i really like but it will not be available til later in the year which is the Steel Series Apex.

I am not really wanting to wait to get a new keyboard I am an avid gamer and a writer so I need a keyboard that will perform quite well for both I really do not care if it is mechanical or not as long as it responds quick enough. I was originally considering the Logitech G19 mostly due to the luck I had with the G15 lasting as long as it did but a lot of the reviews I read are saying cheaply made and not lasting long at all.

I will take any suggestions into consideration the planks I am currently considering are these
Mad Catz Cyborg V7
Steel Series Merc Stealth
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013
GX Imperator Pro


the list was quite a bit longer than that I have narrowed it down to these few planks I use macros quite often in my games and a bit of key remapping is nice but not a requirement, mostly I need a quiet responsive board my wife is a light sleeper and I have woken her several times just by typing on one of my novels i am working on. I have seen a few "Modular" boards and sure they looked like a possible good idea I ultimately decided against them as my rather large desk does tend to get a bit cluttered at times .

any other boards that will handle as I want that I may not have considered please feel free to suggest them at this point I will consider everything

Thanks in advance to everyone for their time


#2 1941

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:26

I keep wearing the letters off of the Keys. I can only get the MS Wireles to last one year. Some of the other ones I have tried only lasted a couple months. I am a key pounder. :)

#3 ajcdotme

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 23:11

Recently switched to daskeyboard model s. http://www.daskeyboa...sional-for-mac/

I still can't believe I invested that much in a keyboard, but I type 10-12 hours daily and the build quality is exceptional. I'm really very happy with it.

#4 threetonesun

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:33

I keep wearing the letters off of the Keys. I can only get the MS Wireles to last one year. Some of the other ones I have tried only lasted a couple months. I am a key pounder. :)


You could go mechanical and then only have to replace the key caps as the blow off....

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:00

Recently switched to daskeyboard model s. http://www.daskeyboa...sional-for-mac/

I still can't believe I invested that much in a keyboard, but I type 10-12 hours daily and the build quality is exceptional. I'm really very happy with it.


I have that keyboard too... it's AMAZING!., sure you pay a lot ($130) but it will probably be the last keyboard you will ever have to buy.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:20

I would get a Logitech. Stick with em you'll be glad you did. They're awesome.

#7 Boz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:15

Malek, you won't be dissapointed with that Razer one you listed.. it's using different switches (to avoid the clicky sound - i have the 2 Black Widow Ultimate 2012 and 2013) and it's one of the finest keyboards you can imagine.

You want to go with a mechanical keyboard with laser etched keys (those don't wear off). Most of the keyboards including ones from Logitech feel like toys and a joke when you use these next gen mechanical keyboards.

DasKeyboards are great too but they don't offer back lighting and they are mostly for coders and similar without any thrills.

Plus, as people have said you can replace keys super easy with mechanical keyboards.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:21

Cherry

Those mechanical switches DasKeyboard is famous for are actually made by Cherry.

p.s. I hear that SteelSeries too uses Cherry swtiches.

#9 threetonesun

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 13:21

Pretty much everyone uses Cherry switches now.

#10 BrainDedd

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 13:49

Logitech has the G710+ now which is mechanical, backlit and supports macros?
http://www.logitech....eyboard?crid=26

#11 +Chicane-UK

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 14:10

I actually have an Apple aluminium keyboard both at home and work, on my Windows PC's.. I absolutely love them for various reasons.

* Look nice
* Very quiet when typing (more appropriate for the office)
* Nice even key layout - none of this ergo crap
* USB ports on the keyboard so ideal for a wireless mouse receiver to plug into one, out of sight
* Really easy to clean - disconnect from the PC, put some cleaning spray onto a cloth and wipe vigorously - key travel is quite short and the keys go level / flush with the base. The surround of the key in the frame is quite narrow meaning not too much debris gets in there.

Definitely my favourite keyboard by a long way - and pretty reasonably priced too (around £30). I game on this keyboard too (on my home PC) and have no problems with it.

#12 Wakers

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 14:27

Apple keyboards are absolutely horrible for gaming and typing for long periods of time.

Mechanical is the way to go. For gaming and extensive typing, blue or brown switches would be the best idea. Black and red switches, typically found in gaming keyboards are not good for typing.

Das certainly make good keyboards. WASD make custom keyboards, I have one of those with blue switches, and I'd definitely recommend the service.

#13 Jan

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 14:34

http://www.corsair.com/k95/

Get a Corsair K95. (When it's available).

Fully mechanical, backlighting, macros and media keys.

#14 Ezaura

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 14:40

Just avoid blue all together. Unless you want your keyboard to emulate the sound and volume of a typewriter.

#15 Wakers

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 15:15

Just avoid blue all together. Unless you want your keyboard to emulate the sound and volume of a typewriter.


I have blue, it's nowhere near that loud. There's a definite tick, but as loud as a typewriter? No.

http://www.corsair.com/k95/

Get a Corsair K95. (When it's available).

Fully mechanical, backlighting, macros and media keys.


Again, it uses red switches which are really bad for typing over long periods.



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