• Mechanical Keyboard Megathread V.2
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Do it then, they're not bad.
[QUOTE=Gravity Ponds;35705049]Maybe its different over there or something but I'm fairly sure I wouldnt be allowed to use my own mech keyboard at school Why are you walking around with a keyboard why is your keyboard so loud why do you need your own keyboard dont be stupid go to detention[/QUOTE] that's funny cuz I originally got my Model M from my school. My computer info sys. teacher let me have it cuz I made up some story that I needed a keyboard that my G15 died (well, it actually did) and I needed a keyboard to borrow. He said I don't have to return it. For the rest of the day I kept getting questions as to why I have it, I just replied I took it in to repair it. It was an amusing day.
Just got my Majestouch 2 Blue Switches Tenkeyless. Sweet. [editline]26th April 2012[/editline] Heres a pic. [t]http://i.imgur.com/FIaOx.jpg[/t]
Quick, someone tell me what the good mainstream mechanical keyboard brands / models are I just found out some places actually DO sell mechanicals here but they prefer to not say they're mechanical for some goddamned reason. Instead, they advertise their braided cables and extra function keys. some i've seen: -Blackwidow Ultimate (there's a guy selling a normal one but charging $400 for it :v:) -Thermaltake Challenger (it looks pretty good but it has MX Blacks and I want the tactile bump) I've started to save money in case someone starts selling Das here or something, but I think my best bet is still finding someone who can sell me a board for ~$125 (fat chance but whatever)
CM Storm Quickfire series boards are very nice, I love my Cherry Red one.
Found out my Mtek k104 has ghosting and thus I cant do certain key combos (Such as WAQ, or SDC)
Just bought a CM Quickfire with blue switches, should be here by monday!
[QUOTE=SomeGuest;35724524]CM Storm Quickfire series boards are very nice, I love my Cherry Red one.[/QUOTE] I had a CM storm mouse. Great build quality even though it was ugly as fuck and was choc full of gaming features. Surprised me actually, I would trust to make a nice keyboard as well.
God I wish I had the money for a new keyboard, I'm using a 10 year old Gateway beige board.
[QUOTE=q0q;35726682]God I wish I had the money for a new keyboard, I'm using a 10 year old Gateway beige board.[/QUOTE] Got my mechanical for $0,07, that's how much solder I used to fix an old Cherry G80-3000.
[QUOTE=VistaPOWA;35726934]Got my mechanical for $0,07, that's how much solder I used to fix an old Cherry G80-3000.[/QUOTE] I live in a pretty conservative town in which people usually just throw away old electronics when they replace them, our Craigslist is horrible :/
Anyone know if the Thermaltake eSports Challenger is any good? (it's covered in ricer shit but it's pretty much the only mechanical they sell around here) also it's MX Black, will it be noisy or tactile? I'm between that ($85) and a normal, no backlight Blackwidow ($148) [QUOTE=q0q;35726952]I live in a pretty conservative town in which people usually just throw away old electronics when they replace them, our Craigslist is horrible :/[/QUOTE] Dumpster dive/ask in repair shops? That's how I got my Model M.
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35737139]Anyone know if the Thermaltake eSports Challenger is any good? (it's covered in ricer shit but it's pretty much the only mechanical they sell around here) also it's MX Black, will it be noisy or tactile? I'm between that ($85) and a normal, no backlight Blackwidow ($148) Dumpster dive/ask in repair shops? That's how I got my Model M.[/QUOTE] It will be neither tactile or Clicky, and I would personally not recommend it for $85 there are better options.
There aren't better options [I][B]in my country[/B][/I] and I have no idea what the shipping would cost or how much it would take from another country
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35738776]There aren't better options [I][B]in my country[/B][/I] and I have no idea what the shipping would cost or how much it would take from another country[/QUOTE] Alright, to tell you the truth I think you would be better off sticking with your Model M. Also I don't believe the Challenger is a Mechanical Keyboard.
My model M is broken, rip, it was a good keyboard. ...and then it turns out the Challenger isn't, goddammit. I still really want a mechanical, so Blackwidow it is, I guess. I'm gonna save the money, and buy that thing. Offer for anyone who can send me a keyboard from the US is still up.
What country are you from My black widow was like, $89 AUD.. but Black Widow standard is certainly better than the Ultimate. Simply for price to shit you get ratio
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35740462]My model M is broken, rip, it was a good keyboard. ...and then it turns out the Challenger isn't, goddammit. I still really want a mechanical, so Blackwidow it is, I guess. I'm gonna save the money, and buy that thing. Offer for anyone who can send me a keyboard from the US is still up.[/QUOTE] how's it broken? Keyboards are pretty simple devices.
I spilled coffee on it and it leaked through to the PCB which I can't access unless I manually chop every single dot of molten plastic off the steel backing of the thing. The keys A, S, Z and X no longer work. [editline]28th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Gravity Ponds;35740487]What country are you from My black widow was like, $89 AUD.. but Black Widow standard is certainly better than the Ultimate. Simply for price to shit you get ratio[/QUOTE] I'm in Argentina, and the cheapest I can find is $148 US Dollars for a standard Blackwidow.
Wash it, throw it in a dish washer or something. Keys don't just break. If the others are working, it's likely fine and something's just breaking contact on those keys, or shorting out with those keys. AFAIK you can open buckling springs up, too. If you're just done with it, you should send it to me.
If a model M is hitting the dirt, I need a replacement spacebar, numpad - keycap and preferably a new top case half, just saying.
[QUOTE=chipset;35745110]If a model M is hitting the dirt, I need a replacement spacebar, numpad - keycap and preferably a new top case half, just saying.[/QUOTE] iirc Unicomp sell them.
For my first mechanical keyboard I'm thinking about ordering a Ozone Strike with MX blacks as it seems to be one of the cheapest with good reviews. My only other option seems to be getting a Razer Blackwidow Expert at a local store and that comes with MX blue keyswitches which I personally can't stand the sound of.
[QUOTE=plants;35770171]For my first mechanical keyboard I'm thinking about ordering a Ozone Strike with MX blacks as it seems to be one of the cheapest with good reviews. My only other option seems to be getting a Razer Blackwidow Expert at a local store and that comes with MX blue keyswitches which I personally can't stand the sound of.[/QUOTE] Why not get a WASD or Filco instead. WASD come with THE best custom keycap sets going and Filco's are made out of some sort of tank armour, they're that well built that you could probably lamp someone with one and they'd come off worse than the board. [editline]30th April 2012[/editline] Or a Ducky shine if you want a backlight.
who the hell wants or needs a backlight I just don't understand that
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35770868]who the hell wants or needs a backlight I just don't understand that[/QUOTE] Sometimes they look nice when they're done right.
My CM Quickfire came in today, blue switches. Damn does this feel awesome on my fingers.
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35770868]who the hell wants or needs a backlight I just don't understand that[/QUOTE] sometimes my monitor blinds me even in a well lit room and the brightness on 5. I look down and the letters take a second to show up and have a glare. That would be resolved having a backlit keyboard
[QUOTE=altern;35776944]sometimes my monitor blinds me even in a well lit room and the brightness on 5. I look down and the letters take a second to show up and have a glare. That would be resolved having a backlit keyboard[/QUOTE] You should probably reduce the brightness of your monitor.
[QUOTE=chipset;35778983]You should probably reduce the brightness of your monitor.[/QUOTE] or (not to be a dick, but) memorise the layout of your keyboard better. You should pretty much be able to work out what keys you're on based on the way the keyboard feels. Sure, look down every so often to work out where your hands are on the board but it shouldn't be to find out which [del]key[/del] letters your fingers are above.
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