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#1
Hey guys,

My Logitech G110 just started locking up and not recognizing keys while spamming random keys. In order to get it to work i had reboot my machine and then it only worked for ~30min before repeating the problem.

So, I'm looking to upgrade to a Mechanical keyboard. i have looked at the Corsair K60 and K90 but have read hardware forums talking about the problems people are having with them so i dont know. what do you guys recommend. please provide either a detailed reason or a link proving it. my range is up to ~120 USD. Multimedia keys would be nice as well as macros but not over necessary. The macros would be more necessary than the media keys.
 

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I have both Corsairs, and the only issue I had was a blown LED on the K90, nothing functionally wrong though.

As with any mech thread I strongly suggest looking at Matias...love the Alps switches over any cherry offering:D
 
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not every key on corsair k60/90 are mechanical
 

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i looked at the max and the Matias. I think they are a little high priced though for the most part. What about ones I could get on newegg?
 

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I would personally pass on anything Razer, but that is just me.
I had the GB Osmium, larger board, but I really liked it.
Corsair I really have no issues with, they do the job, even if not "fully" mechanical.
 

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I just picked up a logitech G710+ and really like it. All of the keys are mechanical, including the extra GKeys, and it also has a full setup of media keys(though those aren't mechanical, but we can't have it all), and it has the button to turn off the Windows key. Basically all that awesome stuff of their other G series keyboards, but with all mechanical keys(except the media keys of course).

I would personally pass on anything Razer, but that is just me.
Not just you.
 
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I have K90. Nothing bad to say about it. Good Mech. keyboard
 

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I have the CM Quickfire Pro w/ brown switches and its terrific. My only qualm would be no palm rest, which I really like. I also have the Levetron Mech 5 w/ blak switches and its really nice too, with included palm rest.

After gaming on both (fps and tps), I can say that I prefer the browns: lighter actuation so little less effort, and I do like the actuation. Both are nice though.

The CM Quickfire pro has been on sale recently for ~$60-70, down from the $95 I paid.
 

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Isn't that the one with the poopy back lighting of just the WASD and arrows?
Like 3 different settings: off, WASD and arrows, and what's pictured below (and arrows), this being the most
 
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Gigabyte Aivia Osmium owner here (Cherry MX reds), and this keyboard rocks. It's my first mechanical keyboard and I've had it for a week, but it is leaps and bounds better than my mushy Logitech G15. Backlighting is fully dimmable, all keys are independently lit and mechanical, and it has built in USB 3.0 and headset pass through extensions. Supposedly it handles 64 simultaneous keys being pressed as well. If you are looking for a really heavy, tough feeling keyboard, I would check this one out. Some people are put off by the 45g actuation force of the MX Reds but I game most of the time and I don't type the proper way you are "supposed to."

Probably one of my only complaints is that there is no indent on the caps lock so I hit it randomly when gaming. It's also a little easy to hit adjacent keys as they "seem" a little bit closer together.
 
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thanks for the replies. if you could have a top 10 or top 5, what would it be. keep in mind the 120 usd max. macros would be needed for teamspeak and ACRE on ArmA II. well, not really macros but programmable keys would be good.
 
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Nobody is going to give a top 10 or top 5. Take the recommendations from the thread and make your choice.
 
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Nobody is going to give a top 10 or top 5. Take the recommendations from the thread and make your choice.
i dont know enough about mechanical boards. i need this one to last me a long time. which one out of all of them would be good for FPS and typing? i dont know anything about these brands. i do pay attention but there have been several boards recommended. its like cpus. most guys recommend the 3770k. or the 8350be. im just looking to narrow it down a bit. thats all.
 

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#21
I feel your pain ducky. It took me forever when looking for a mech keyboard, and I changed my mind so many times. I ended getting 2 to figure which one i liked more lol

This is the one I have: Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Pro SGK-4010-GKC...
It's $75, then a $20 MIR :toast: It's a great keyboard.
 

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honestly I would try to hit up a few stores and get a feel for each switch type. No matter what board they are on you are going to get a good "feel" for what the switch does.
 
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honestly I would try to hit up a few stores and get a feel for each switch type. No matter what board they are on you are going to get a good "feel" for what the switch does.
unfortunately, i live in mississippi and afaik such stores do not exist :mad:
hence why in many threads you see me asking lots of times and questions simply because i dont have access to the goods in person. i also can not financially afford purchasing 2 boards.
 

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another thing you can do is go to youtube, they do audio comparisons of various switches too.
 
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#25
another thing you can do is go to youtube, they do audio comparisons of various switches too.
I do watch the NCIX Tech Tips and linus's Stuff from NCIX as well. He is where i found out about mechanical keyboards and specifically the Corsair K60.