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I got a mechanical keyboard

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Rowsol, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Rowsol

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    EDIT: since I got o rings for this it's not so bad. Still wish I had gone for a different switch though.

    And here I am typing on my sidewinder x4. I gave it to my mom.

    I wanted to try one to see if my typing would get better. I bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823162028.

    I knew that it would be noisy, but I had no idea just how loud it would be. My mom is in the other room and I can hear her typing over my music playing and through the wall.

    The illumination on it is crap. The top of the key gets all the light while the symbol at the bottom of the key gets almost none. The icons above the numpad will burn your retinas even on the lowest light setting.

    The keys do feel better than this x4, but at what cost? I thought I could deal with having to press the func key to use the multimedia keys but it was annoying very quickly. I listen to music whenever I'm not watching a show or playing a game so I use them a lot.

    Overall I don't recommend that one unless you don't use the func key and you don't use the backlight.
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    Mechanical keyboards can be a bitch, deal with it. However pressing the function key to use multimedia keys is indeed ridiculous, but what are you gonna do when it has no dedicated multimedia keys? If you use them that much, I wouldn't have compromised there. Pressing a button to press a button is always annoying, has always been and always will be. See laptops.

    Unless keys are individually illuminated, it ain't gonna look ideal.

    About the noise, its a preference thing, really... I also didn't expect my keyboard to be that loud but I got used to it quickly.

    Overall, I recommend trying out mechanical keyboards in a shop if you have the chance. They differ greatly in look and feel, and also noise, as mentioned.
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    Unfortunately, you got sucked into the marketing.

    It seems like mechanical keyboards are the trendy thing to market nowadays; I haven't seen a vendor in recent history advertise a membrane keyboard no matter what features it had. Despite the large number of people unequovically praising mechanical keyboards, it's definitely a personal preference and they are not clearly superior to membrane keyboards. Many keyboard reviewers are biased towards recommending mechanical keyboards. Their reviews always imply that if you care at all about typing, you get a mechanical keyboard since they are a "vastly superior" typing experience. It's definitely not that clear cut. I guess it comes down to that the only people who review mechanical keyboards are the ones who enjoy using them; there is no group of people who actively advocate other keyboard technologies.

    I was curious and went to a local Micro Center to try out a few mechanical keyboards. I couldn't stand the noise and didn't notice enough of a difference in the tactile experience to justify it. I agree there are some models that are quieter than others, but the idea of a "silent" mechanical keyboard is an oxymoron to me. I do a lot of typing, but mechanical keyboards are not the ultimate typing experience they are frequently praised to be. I just hope that there aren't many others who get fooled by the marketing.
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    It isn't marketing, it is a whole different feel to keyboards, and with the right switch, both comfort and speed can be improved. The trick isn't to go "push some keys in a store", you have to actually use it for a few hours or days and get completely used to it. Then go back to your rubber dome and you will see the mush you have been putting your fingers through.
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    I can see your point about needing to get used to one for a while before making a judgment. However, I have been using one of the old IBM mechanical keyboards at the lab where I work (it's an old piece of equipment and it was the only PS/2 keyboard I could find lying around). I find no improvement in my typing over the membrane keyboard that I use at home other than the IBM keyboard being monstrously loud. I know some people prefer the "click," both audible and tactile, that confirms that a key was pressed. I don't find myself needing that tactile cue in order to type, so all I notice is the noise. I suspect I'm not the only person who feels that way.

    It's all about different priorities for different people, and it's unfortunate that most of the recent keyboard reviews tout mechanical as clearly better than membrane keyboards when it really comes down to personal preference. The reviews should be comparing mechanical to mechanical and membrane to membrane, not intermixing the two like is done in most of them.
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    Deal with it? I did, by getting rid of it.

    Well now I know not to compromise...

    That's the thing, every key has an LED light under it. I looked it up after seeing it lit up. The problem is the light is above the switch and it shows...

    I wish I would've gotten brown switches.

    My town is small and I don't have stores like that here. With that said, my mom seems to like it.
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    So where do we put Topre keyboards then, since they are hybrids...lol
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    Most of the sites recommending mechanical keyboards are just shills for the companys, of course they are going to recommend them, imagine some gaming website saying they are noisy and crap, aint gonna happen.

    I'm happy with my Roccat Arvo.
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    Wait wait wait.....so I am a stooge because I prefer mechanical's and voice my opinion to that? Seems sort of harsh. While I get that some are very happy with their rubber dome keyboards, I for one am converted. Not by marketing, not because a company told me to, because it is what works for me, and with the place reviewers have, it is our job to voice our opinion based on our experiences, not because a company told us to. Also I have no issues failing a product that is not worthy of people buying it!
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    i got the luck to try a G710+ in my local shop and i didn't liked it, actually i use a Gigabyte Aivia K8100v2: Membrane but different pressure level per key, i have to say it's the best keyboard i had since a long time, feel good while playing and while typing, i thought first the range of pressure needed (50g>60g>70g) would be a problem for typing but no: pretty comfortable.

    after all it is just a matter of personal liking.

    But the most important thing: is to test it before buying ... that's mainly why for keyboard and mouse i shop locally and not online (unless i tested it and i find one cheaper at my fav etailer )
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    I assume that has to be some sort of spring assist (hybrid) switch. What do you see under the key caps on that board? Can you provide an image?
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    Not saying anyone is a stooge, but lets face it, most tech sites are recommending them now, if they get one to test they are gonna say it's good, don't want to bite the hand that feeds them eh?

    If people like them it's fair enough, marmite syndrome.
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    I think this is more due to marketing being focused upon mechanical keyboards as opposed to to bias. The only review samples sent out are mechanical. When was the last time you saw a membrane/rubber dome keyboard being reviewed?
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    I bite that hand all the time! If a product is not worthy, it fails. The companies learn from it and we both move on. Not like they are going to quit sending products to an honest and truthful reviewer. At least it has not been my experience.


    There are rubber domes being sent out, but the real issue is until mechanical's got so prevalent, companies were charging near $100 for a gaming dome board. Now if I can get a better feel and more productivity for say $20 more, why is that not the better deal, assuming the software allows the same functionality? For instance I have the SteelSeries APEX color keyboard to review. It is about to get failed simply because the software is dysfunctional.
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    Exactly, the companys making them want people to buy them, so why would they send out rubber dome ones. mechanical ones are expensive, so why would they recommend rubber dome ones when they have expensive mech ones to shift.

    No onje complained that rubber dome ones were crap when that was all that was available, now mech ones are available rubber dome ones are crap funnily enough.

    If you have a more expensive product to sell, why would you recommend the cheaper one over your more expensive product.

    Fair enough mech ones might be good, but there is nothing wrong with dome keyboards.

    It is all down to personal preference i guess. And i am not knocking no one for buying one or preffering one. All i am saying is, of course these companys are going to recommend the more expensive product as they have to sell them.
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    I don't speak for anyone else, but for me, mechanical is my preference. I've used several membrane keyboards, my current laptop has one. Seems I always have issues with not hitting a key hard enough with the membrane keyboard, there by missing keystrokes while typing. I've even tried replacing my current mechanical with a Razer Lycosa. I returned the Razer within 2 weeks and went back to my 7 year old mechanical Logitech Elite LE. I just don't like the feel of membrane keyboards. I'd replace my laptops keyboard with mechanical one if I could buy a mechanical replacement.
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    I'm a passionate hater of mechanical keyboards. It took me 2 years to find one I could stand, during that time I found a new love for membrane after being driven to insanity. Rocca Isku membrane was nice, but nothing compared to my glorious Dell QuietKey from the late 90's.
    I was saved by the opportunity to get a K90 with MX reds for cheap though. Every other mechanical keyboard I've tried just gave me bloodrage to go and murder some cookie salesmen.
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    Great points tigger, but this is where trust comes in, at least in my opinion. If a guy like me has been using rubber domes for years, then gets into mech's and praises the benefits, you either trust I am telling you the truth, or you trust I am a sheep. I never said it was wrong to like domes, it is just that to me, the feel, longevity, solidity, and the fact that everything that comes on a $90 rubber dome board can be found in most $120-140 mech offerings. Plus I know it matters very little, but there are mech boards being run over by cars and still going, let me see that happen with the weakly constructed and very flexible dome offerings. While running it over with a car is sort of irrelevant as a test, if it were to drop off the desk, the mech will survive much longer than the dome. Just saying there are more factors at play to a recommendation than the feel of the switches ;)
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    Funny you can pay as much for a rubber dome. Anyways it's down to preference how ever you look at it, i for one like mech over dome the feel is much more positive and i dislike the spongy feeling of domes..

    Build quality will effect the sound of the keys too, i hate to think what blues sound like on a cheap plastic based keyboard. And sound levels go down after a while too as you learn not to bottom out the key + you can get o rings to improve on that.
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    I think there's a mechanical keyboard out there for everyone. Sometimes the one for you is harder to find than for everyone else.
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    Tbh the Roccat Arvo i am using sounds quite clicky, but it is rubber dome. Plus the fact that i just dont have Ā£90 to spend on a keyboard that essentially does exactly what my rubber dome one does, and will not make me better at typing or at playing games.
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    This is exactly my feeling as well. but it takes time to see if reds are strong enough or if greens are too tough, then of course there are hybrids like Topre, or even Alps switches to look at. Even those little key chain switch testers are not what I would consider a good solution to testing, it can take a week or two to know for sure if you have the right mechs or not. For me I have fat fingers, and press multiple keys at once on softer mechs and domes, moving the Cherry MX greens has eliminated that issue for me all together.

    @ tigger, the right mech switch for you can make you more productive at typing, not so much at gaming unless it is because of NKRO support or Macros.
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    luckily the K8100v2 received pretty good review and feel nothing as cheap, plus here in switzerland it was 61chf instead of 129.90 to 219.90chf for a mech (Ryos MK to Ryos MK Pro), the dollar actual change is 1.01$ for 1chf so the comparison is pretty easy :D :roll:

    my two previous keyboard where Logitech G15 (1st serie) and Razer Lycosa, which i didn't liked due to the fact that the key marking is dark and i had to keep it lighted all the time, i don't have to do that on the Aivia. so i guess im a membrane addict.
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    It's also worth noting that a lot of the sound the blues make isn't actually the key hitting the switch, but rather the key bottoming out on the keyboard. O-rings make a huge difference for how loud the keyboard is. There is a really good bet that if you do fine with dome keyboards, you may be hitting the keys on mechanical keyboard too hard. If you press a key slowly and wait until you hear the switch go off, it's only a soft ping that it makes. Domes are traditionally quiet because they sit on top of a rubber dome, activation comes when you bottom out the key, mechanical keyboards don't work that way.

    I like mechanical keyboards because the amount of force to push down any key is about the same. I've have a lot of dome keyboards where certain keys might need more force to push them down and it would slow me down when I would "miss" a key because I didn't fully activate it. So, at least for me, the blues have done wonders for me and my typing. With this all said though, I don't mind the domes in Apple keyboards, keys are typically easy enough to push down and they don't have very far to go.

    Edit: I should also note, that I was not thinking about gaming at all when I wrote this post.

    This video is a comparison.
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