Recommend me a gaming keyboard

You are a ridiculous man.

Thin_J wrote:

I didn't say anything about it because nobody else here would ever have ordered one anyway... But I bought a Ducky Year of the Dragon board. Tenkeyless, mx reds, backlit, media shortcuts, customizable backlight patterns, etc. It's ridiculous but I'm loving it. Both my Leopold boards are now spares :P

lol. Of course you did. Don't suppose you want to part with one of those Leopolds?

The Logitech looks pretty nice. I wish they hadn't made the WASD keys a different color though. I use ESDF, and that key color issue excludes the Logitech right out of the gate.

oilypenguin wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

I didn't say anything about it because nobody else here would ever have ordered one anyway... But I bought a Ducky Year of the Dragon board. Tenkeyless, mx reds, backlit, media shortcuts, customizable backlight patterns, etc. It's ridiculous but I'm loving it. Both my Leopold boards are now spares :P

lol. Of course you did. Don't suppose you want to part with one of those Leopolds?

I had actually preordered it and forgotten all about it. I was pretty angry with myself when it showed up because I was trying to save money... But there it was imported from Taiwan or wherever from a place with no return policy. So I figured I might as well enjoy it.

Oily I'd happily sell the board with red switches if you like those. I've been using the brown switch board with my laptop though.

complexmath wrote:

The Logitech looks pretty nice. I wish they hadn't made the WASD keys a different color though. I use ESDF, and that key color issue excludes the Logitech right out of the gate.

MX switch keycaps are easily replaceable and there's several places you can order caps from.

complexmath wrote:

The Logitech looks pretty nice. I wish they hadn't made the WASD keys a different color though. I use ESDF, and that key color issue excludes the Logitech right out of the gate.

I don't like it either. I use WERD.

Thin_J wrote:
complexmath wrote:

The Logitech looks pretty nice. I wish they hadn't made the WASD keys a different color though. I use ESDF, and that key color issue excludes the Logitech right out of the gate.

MX switch keycaps are easily replaceable and there's several places you can order caps from.

But how many of them are designed to let a backlight shine through? I don't think I've found any like that in my brief time looking for keycap options.

psoplayer wrote:

But how many of them are designed to let a backlight shine through? I don't think I've found any like that in my brief time looking for keycap options.

I'm just saying if it means getting a keyboard with the features you like over one that you might like less, there are ways.

Try white keycaps with black lettering from WASD or somewhere. The LED's will make the white plastic caps glow and the dark lettering will be plenty clear. Go all custom on it and make all your central letter keys white and leave the others black or something. I dunno.

I quite want to create a good vim keycaps set for my work computer, but I lack the diligence to map it all out.

Thin_J wrote:

I didn't say anything about it because nobody else here would ever have ordered one anyway... But I bought a Ducky Year of the Dragon board. Tenkeyless, mx reds, backlit, media shortcuts, customizable backlight patterns, etc. It's ridiculous but I'm loving it. Both my Leopold boards are now spares :P

My buddy got the full size one.

x-post from deals:

It wouldn't be my recommendation, but just in case someone already had their heart set on one, Woot is running some refurb Razer keyboards and mice over here including the mechanical BlackWidow.

Newegg has a deal for the Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Pro SGK-4010-GKCM1-US Mechanical Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches. Comes to about $60 after instant discount code and a $10 mail-in rebate.
I did some casual checking without going too in depth on comparisons and price and am just hoping for a quick sanity check.

I've typed on Reds and Blues, but not for enough length of time to truly appreciate how it changes the interaction with something like Wasd controls in an FPS. Browns sound like a nice 'jack of all trades' switch.

Edit: Link to product page. Deal good 'til the 18th.

Edwin wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

I didn't say anything about it because nobody else here would ever have ordered one anyway... But I bought a Ducky Year of the Dragon board. Tenkeyless, mx reds, backlit, media shortcuts, customizable backlight patterns, etc. It's ridiculous but I'm loving it. Both my Leopold boards are now spares :P

My buddy got the full size one.

Ducky makes a lot of full size boards but as far as I know the LE model I bought is the only backlit tenkeyless board they've ever made, and there really aren't any other options out there.

Rezzy wrote:

Newegg has a deal for the Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Pro SGK-4010-GKCM1-US Mechanical Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches. Comes to about $60 after instant discount code and a $10 mail-in rebate.

Looks like Cooler Master is clearing stock. Amazon has the CM Storm Trigger on sale for $80 after the discount and $10 mail-in rebate. I guess the notable difference is whether full LED backlighting is worth an extra $20 to you. Regarding the keys though, I'm going for browns. I like the mechanical feel but I just don't want the clickety clack of the reds--my wife would kill me. Thanks for the tip! The Trigger was on my shopping list anyway, so this just saved me about 30 bucks. Not quite as good a deal as the Storm, but I really want the full backlighting.

complexmath wrote:

Regarding the keys though, I'm going for browns. I like the mechanical feel but I just don't want the clickety clack of the reds--my wife would kill me.

Reds aren't noisy; if anything they're quieter than the browns. Blues are the clickety clack ones! I've put the rubber dampening rings on my K90 (reds) and it's comparable to rubber membrane in sound.

psoplayer wrote:
complexmath wrote:

Regarding the keys though, I'm going for browns. I like the mechanical feel but I just don't want the clickety clack of the reds--my wife would kill me.

Reds aren't noisy; if anything they're quieter than the browns. Blues are the clickety clack ones! I've put the rubber dampening rings on my K90 (reds) and it's comparable to rubber membrane in sound.

Yeah, reds and blacks are non-tactile. No bump in the switch motion and no sound. Browns have a tactile bump in the switch motion but no loud clicky sound.

Blues are definitely the loud ones.

Oops! And the difference between red and black is spring tension, right? It's been a while since I looked at that chart. Either way, what I like about browns is the tactile response but also the quiet.

Blacks are my personal favorite, but I think I'm the only one on here who uses them. I definitely wouldn't like a clicky type. I like the buttons registering without having to push them all the way down necessarily.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Blacks are my personal favorite, but I think I'm the only one on here who uses them. I definitely wouldn't like a clicky type. I like the buttons registering without having to push them all the way down necessarily.

Even on the browns and blues you don't have to push them down all the way. All the various Cherry switches activate at about the same point in the stroke. The difference is all in the feedback that you get from the switch either tactile or audible. The tactile feedback on the browns (and audible on the blues) is at the halfway point where the switch activates so you know when you can release. On the reds and blacks you just have to learn that point for yourself.

First Amazon, now Newegg. The Shell Shocker deal is currently the Cherry MX Black edition of the Coolermaster Storm Trigger for $90 (down from $120 msrp) with free shipping.

My Storm Trigger arrived yesterday. The keyboard is surprisingly heavy and solid. It really does feel like an upmoded version of my dad's old mechanical IBM keyboard with the metal backplane. The wrist rest is plastic with three clip points though, which was a marginal disappointment. I'm nervous the clips will be busted by my kids if I can't keep them away from my desk (which is what happened to my old keyboard). The tactile feedback of the brown keys is pretty subtle, but I love the overall feel of the mechanical keys--there's absolutely no comparison to non-mechanical keyboards. Unlike the non-mechanical keyboards, typing still makes a "tikka tikka" sound as the keys bottom out, it just lacks the explicit "click", so we'll see how my wife reacts to the added noise. I'm feeling very good about this purchase though.

complexmath wrote:

Unlike the non-mechanical keyboards, typing still makes a "tikka tikka" sound as the keys bottom out, it just lacks the explicit "click", so we'll see how my wife reacts to the added noise.

You can reduce the noise from hitting the bottom of the stroke by installing these rubber dampeners under all your keys, as I have on both my mechanical keyboards. It's a little labor intensive to get them installed, but it quiets things down a good bit, as the only remaining significant sound from typing is from the keys hitting the top of the stroke after being released. I have some left over (as my leopold is tenkeyless, and my K90 isn't 100% mechanical switches) so if you want to try them out I can send a couple dozen your way.

Went with the Tesoro Durandal. After using a Logitech for 7+ years, I can't believe what a difference having a new keyboard makes. It has MX Browns which have just the right amount of "clickiness" for me. Been using it about two weeks now and have zero complaints.

Love it

Am I correct that all the Cherry mechanisms don't click at the instant of key activation?

Malor wrote:

Am I correct that all the Cherry mechanisms don't click at the instant of key activation?

http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...

psoplayer wrote:

You can reduce the noise from hitting the bottom of the stroke by installing these rubber dampeners under all your keys, as I have on both my mechanical keyboards. It's a little labor intensive to get them installed, but it quiets things down a good bit, as the only remaining significant sound from typing is from the keys hitting the top of the stroke after being released.

Thanks. I picked up a set of reds. I guess I'll spend an evening soon watching TV and installing the dampeners.

I got a 10% off coupon so sometime in November I may upgrade from my $5 logitech keyboard the to Razer Black Widow Ultimate Stealth Edition. I have a thing for Razer stuff and blue backlighting, and this thing seems pretty schweet.

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyb...

Any reason to not do this?

Squee9 wrote:

I got a 10% off coupon so sometime in November I may upgrade from my $5 logitech keyboard the to Razer Black Widow Ultimate Stealth Edition. I have a thing for Razer stuff and blue backlighting, and this thing seems pretty schweet.

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyb...

Any reason to not do this?

The thing that gets me about the Razers are the offset function keys. But if that's not an issue for you...

Squee9 wrote:

I got a 10% off coupon so sometime in November I may upgrade from my $5 logitech keyboard the to Razer Black Widow Ultimate Stealth Edition. I have a thing for Razer stuff and blue backlighting, and this thing seems pretty schweet.

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyb...

Any reason to not do this?

I shorted a corsair vengance with a beverage earlier and replaced it with one of the green backlit versions. I like it very much. Bonus points because all the keys are mechanical, to include the macro keys on the right hand side. It weighs a bloody ton(no joke, I swear it weighs as much as my 10 month old does), and I really like the MX Blues that they used, even if they're clicky as all get-out.

So, yea, totally worth doing IMO.

Monoprice seems to have just added another cheaper mechanical keyboard with blue switches. It's $56.

Rezzy wrote:

Link to product page. Deal good 'til the 18th.

Bit the bullet and have used this for the last few days. Am extremely happy with the results. Jumping around in Borderlands felt MUCH snappier and once I got used to the half-inch key shift (limited space on my keyboard tray and the board sits just a little further left) my fingers have had no problems adapting. I didn't really notice the difference immediately, but now that I've shifted between Home and my Work keyboard a few times I can definitely tell. While this keyboard is pretty good (Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000) I'm suddenly painfully aware of the 'squishy' tactile feedback at the bottom of the stroke compared to the clean 'tak tak' of the mechanical switches.
I'm also digging the illumination. I currently have it set to minimal at the lowest brightness setting and it creates a stark effect that is very pleasing to my eye. At low brightness only the labels on WASD and arrow keys are red. No ambient glow, no piercing LEDS. Just a red highlight that is visible even in total dark. I haven't needed the illumination for key identification yet, so I'm glad that it can be subtle yet aesthetically satisfying.
Added bonus... I have two WIN keys. I haven't used them yet, but it's comforting knowing they are they if things start going sideways in a firefight. I do hope it is just a toggle setting though since I do enjoy a challenge from time to time.