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What's different from normal keyboard to gaming keyboard?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by kurosagi01, May 31, 2009.

  1. fenurch

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    I do realise that I'm ressurecting an ancient thread but now there is a new option - The Steelseries 6Gv2 which has Mechanical Switches and is relatively cheap (compared to 7G) at 79.99 Euro.

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    Let's discuss
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    hate it looks to plan need more bling bling. and yes this is one old thread
  3. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

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    80 euros for that mmmmm how much per mechanical switch does that work out at.
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    EastCoasthandle New Member

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    Even OEM keyboards have a little more to them then this at that price. To me it's just to plain looking and IMO to small.
  5. fenurch

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    Nah, this is my 'dream' keyboard as it's so standard (i love the old IBM, standard keyboards) and its just the right size. If only they had added backlighting this would be perfection.
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    Price :roll:
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    I'd much rather have that than ANY Logitech hunk of junk with gimmicky keys and LCDs.
  10. DrPepper

    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Only gimmicky if you don't use them. I do so they're not gimmicky. LCD screen ? well it's nice if to watch video's on for me because I only look at them periodically.
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    I hate large keyboards, and think they are quite ugly and annoying to use. Not to mention the fact that Logitech boards are kinda cheaply built, especially compared to Steelseries boards.

    But, none of that matters, all that matters is what works the best for you, so if you like your Logi board, more power to you. I hated every one I ever owned.
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Actually I just got rid of it. Infact two of them for a microsoft X6. I like it but I need a new desk which makes typing on any keyboard bad.
  13. fenurch

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    That makes me wonder - what is your desk? (Maybe a ghetto solution?)

    Meh, Logitech are fairly decent, course not comparable to Steelseries quality but they're not too bad although for the price you pay for certain keyboards (e.g. G19), you really aren't getting your money's worth.

    Again, it's my personal opinion but I believe that many people would concur.

    And well, tbh I'm not surprised as Logitech has been around for ages and they can 'afford' to build shit keyboards and sell them for millions even if keyboard half the price can do a better job but no-one would buy it cuz it's a dodgy brand.
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    Basically yer pays yer money yer makes yer choice,whatever floats ya boat etc etc.

    I have a G15 and find it a pretty good board,the screen is useful for teamspeak,core temp,etc.

    The only mechanical keyboards i can remember trying are the crappy old white ones from the 80's AT pc days.
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    You don't understand... these mechanical KB's are pure awesomeness... I tried to type with some, and OMG its great lol... and everyone I know that tried this KB love it
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    Ive always used cheap keyboards.. for many years. I bought the logitech g15 simply for the backlit keys and after using the keyboard I realized I was so deprived all those years.

    I never thought a friggin keyboard would be my favorite piece of PC hardware but it is.
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    I got the G15 at the beginning and have been using it (them, as you will see) since then, mainly heavy writing all day long plus gaming.:eek: Yes, true :laugh:

    The 1st was returned under warantee because of the painting and I received TWO new G15 from Switzerland :D

    The new ones show no paint problem.

    After 3 years I had to replace the G15 because of dirt :rockout: and now I am using my last one :p

    What will I buy next time... Don't know.

    For sure I have learned this from the G15:

    + Can't live without the LCD anymore
    + Love the backlight at night but (See below)
    + Love the volume and mute keys, the rest is not relevant to me
    + Macrokeys look useful, just need a neat way to paste text or icons on them :)
    + the 2 horizontal holes or grabs are great to hold notes, pens, sticks, stuff...
    + the 'feel' while writing is good IMHO, although it doesn't feel as good as old MS or Cherries.

    - Too big (I would have killed the numeric)
    - Yet backlighted, in sunny daylight the symbols on the keys are hard to see: it's like dark blue letters on black keys (I can write blindly, but not use all the keys blindly)
    - USB vr. 1 ports : sucks obviously and sometimes not providing enough power to run some things.

    Summing it up: next time I will be looking for a keyb with
    1) display and backlight (gamer part)
    2) equal or better feel, better contrast of the text on the keys

    Of course if I would stuff the whole gamer-gadget aspect I would go for a small mechanical of course! (BUT, they last soooo long that the keyboard lasts longer than your capability to CLEAN it properly :D

    my 2 cents:rolleyes:
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    Don't eat over your kb and you won't have to clean it so often xD
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    You're left with 2 options, another G15 or the newer G19.
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    There is little choice if you want the LCD. However, if you can live without the LCD, then there will be much more choices.
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    Buy the ROCCAT VALO true gaming keyboard!
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    Surely if a USB keyboard can display a little LCD can't you just buy a sepperate USB LCD for temperatures and such like?


    Also how many other people just adapt to the keyboard they're using?
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    I like the LCD because of its hardware logging of course, but also the Newsfeeds during game loading, songnames, unread email, office calendar, and whatever... yet ingame I never look at the custom display of deaths/bullets because it is already shown in game... Maybe strategiy games can show stock markets or supply % but I am not into that games.

    I think one of the newest Asus i5 or i7 mobos has a external USB display not only for BIOS logging but for general purpose from inside Windows...

    W7 features the Sideshow that potentially could be exploited by anyone to make add on LCDs...

    True but sad, for now it's Logitech or Logitech... No way am I gonna spend 190 € for a G19, 90 was ok for the G15, but....

    I hope this one lasts a bit =8
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    Maybe I'm missing something but what switches does this keyboard use. The 50 million life points to cherry blacks like the 7g. If that's so then I'll most likely pick this up when it releases.
  25. fenurch

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    It doesn't actually state what mechanical switches they are on the website but if I remember correctly (and I'm probably not) then they are Cherry MX (or something like that) because I remember watchin an interview but don't hold me to that cause I'm not 100% sure.

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