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  1. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    Inb4 bumblebee and her massive rants on mechanical keyboards, YES IM GOING MECHANICAL.



    The current choice is the Razer Black widow ultimate.

    It has a list of things i really want.


    • Black keyboard
    • Blue LED
    • Mechanical switches
    • USB port
    • USB soundcard built in (for LAN use - not a neccesity)
    • Easy to use Macro keys
    • Standard key layout - i HATE keyboards where its altered, or the keys are a different size to normal.
    • Compact size - keyboards that are three feet wide due to 5 rows of G keys and 12 feet tall due to an LCD are out. this thing has to fit on cramped desks at LAN events.
    • Media Keys are a must

    Things i dont like
    • Price
    • Noisy keys - hell they advertise its as loud as a mouse click, that worries me. a lot.
    • Media keys are controlled through a Fn key. its ok, but i prefer dedicated keys.


    So, does anyone have any alternatives that i can buy in australia, that meet my requirements?


    edit: G19 is ruled out due to it requiring external power. so please dont suggest it. (yes, i know its not mechanical - but its a similar price range)
     
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    I love mechanical keys. I still use a Model M keyboard. I suggest that. The keys are noisy like all mechanical keyboards, but it is worth it. FYI I bet the Razor new mechanical keyboard is noisy! I suggest the Model M with quiettouch. http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/customizer.html
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    the deck legend ice looks good
    http://www.deckkeyboards.com/product_info.php?products_id=96

    but even with the Fn key pressed, it has no media controls. media controls are a must have.

    i like the sound of tactile keys (that 'thud' out when pressed down far enough) but DONT like the noise the razer promises as a 'feature'
     
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    I have a Razer Lycosa and it works great but im pretty sure it does not have mechanical keys so it dont fit your bill, but i can attest to its quality.
    They take a beating, the key surface don't wear off at all in fact im surprised at the fact i have had no problems whatsoever with this keyboard even the keystroke feels as good as new and the USB port is a full power USB2.0 unlike my old G15.

    The software is also much better then logitec's, its simple to use all the features and works perfectly on xp-win7 32 or 64 bit
     
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    not black, no LED, no media keys?

    try harder :p


    batou: to be honest i have a really low opinion of razer. every product i've bought from them from mousepads to mice, has always been very cheaply made and low quality. the black widow only got me to consider razer, because it sounds great apart from the noise problem.
     
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    Don't know about the keys being Mechanical... but Roccat Valo... I know you love to do "bunch of things" plus Star Craft 2...
     
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    The Razer is the closest thing you'll get to what you want.

    I guess this too, but the Razer's got macro keys.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    that one looks like quite a good alternative, only thing i dont see mentioned is if its noisy or not - i guess i'd better watch the vid


    so that people know, by noisy i know that my current keyboard aint exactly silent - i just dont want it to sound like a damn typewriter.



    edit: lol i'm getting sick of hearing first LED backlit mechanical keyboard... every brand says that >.<


    would the noise on the Xarmor be similar to the razer? cause it doesn't sound too loud.
     
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    Holy crap! Is that BlackWidow Ultimate a brand new keyboard?! :O I don't think I have seen that one until now.
     
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    yeah, its being released early next month.

    if i cant find better before it comes out, i'll just get it.
     
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    Yeah wow! Thanks for the info. I have been looking for a new keyboard too for a long time.. I am also a little picky. Most of all, I need extra macro keys on the side, a bright back light, black keyboard, gaming mode and just in general an actual GOOD design and it's been very difficult to find one. But this new BlackWidow looks very promising actually. One of the best I have seen so far.

    Btw, Mussels, in your first post, you misspelled the keyboard in your link. Just saying. ;)
     
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