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Hardware Thread, Mechanical Keyboards - The only way to type or waste of money? in Technical; Since getting a new mouse I've contemplated whether I should upgrade my standard keyboard to something a bit nicer given ...
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    Mechanical Keyboards - The only way to type or waste of money?

    Since getting a new mouse I've contemplated whether I should upgrade my standard keyboard to something a bit nicer given how much use it gets. I'm tempted to try out a mechanical keyboard as a lot of people swear by them but they're a bit pricey! What's the general opinion of people on here regarding them. Are they a noticeable improvement over standard membrane keyboards or a waste of money?

    Does anyone use one on a daily basis?

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    Shaun and I both have mechanical KB's. When you go back to a membrane type you definately notice how much worse they are. Mechanical FTW.
    <click-click-clickitty-click> Nothing comes close!
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    Thanks for the feedback. I prefer compact keyboards (without the numpad) as I find them a lot more comfortable so I was thinking of going for a Corsair K65.

    The other thing confusing me is the talk of all these different coloured (blue, red, etc.) switch types? I think the ones in the Corsair are cherry MX red. Which type of keyboard are you using if you don't mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Does anyone use one on a daily basis?
    I have an genuine, original IBM Model M, around 20 years old, connected up to my snazzy modern all-in-one PC at home - I had to get a special USB-to-PS/2 adaptor to plug it in and everything. It's good to type on, doesn't have one of those sissy Windows buttons, and in a pinch can be used as a blunt instrument / bullet-proof shield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I prefer compact keyboards (without the numpad) as I find them a lot more comfortable so I was thinking of going for a Corsair K65.

    The other thing confusing me is the talk of all these different coloured (blue, red, etc.) switch types? I think the ones in the Corsair are cherry MX red. Which type of keyboard are you using if you don't mind me asking?
    Just be careful. I have one like that and as it's a 'compact' the actual keyboard area is 1cm shorter than normal full sized KB's resulting in many typos!

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    That's a good point but I'm sure the keys and spacing are regular full size on the K65. It's just the keypad that's missing.

    Having said that I've been burned by that before by that issue when I bought a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 keyboard and found that the keys were slightly smaller than a regular keyboard. Net result being I couldn't actually type on it at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    The other thing confusing me is the talk of all these different coloured (blue, red, etc.) switch types?
    This may help...

    Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches? « Super User



    ^ The keyboard above is a Coolermaster mechanical key switch demo board.

    I would quite like to try a mechanical keyboard, but even the ones with quiet switches are noisy. Adding sound dampeners helps (see video below), but I'm not sure if the keyboard would still be too noisy if you were typing at night?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    doesn't have one of those sissy Windows buttons
    Some mechanical keyboard manufacturers (like WASD) allow you to customize the OS key since it's quite a useful key to have. It's not just for Windows.


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    I've used a K65 since the start of the year and it's a solid bit of kit, if you're not using extra keys it's definitely worth the price saving over the K70 (the keys are full size by the way). Coming from a membrane you'll really notice the noise, you'll get used to it in no time but could be annoying for people trying to work or sleep nearby.

    Also I Razer just released their own orange and green switches aimed at gamers if you're into that kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Some mechanical keyboard manufacturers (like WASD) allow you to customize the OS key since it's quite a useful key to have. It's not just for Windows.

    I find the Windows key to be very useful, there are a lot of shortcuts I use with it on a daily basis

    Win+R, Win+E, Win+D and Win+Pause are my most used ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    I find the Windows key to be very useful, there are a lot of shortcuts I use with it on a daily basis

    Win+R, Win+E, Win+D and Win+Pause are my most used ones.
    i hate the fact that laptops especially seem to be losing keys in the quest to be smaller the ones that i miss on modern laptops seem to be the 2nd windows key (right mouse click) and the pause button both of which

    i slightly prefer a mechanical keyboard but im a lousy typist i suspect if actually can touch type they are much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Some mechanical keyboard manufacturers (like WASD) allow you to customize the OS key since it's quite a useful key to have. It's not just for Windows.

    That's it, if I ever get a mechanical keyboard (that is, can ever afford one, as I'd love one) I'm getting it from WASD so I can have an Amiga keycap. It'll be used as a Windows key but I don't care, I want to pretend. Anyone know if there's a way to set Ctrl + Amiga + Amiga as an alternate to Ctrl + Alt + Del?

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    The one thing that stopped me getting mechanical is the noise. I tend to have overnight gaming sessions on the weekend while the missus sleeps - if I had bought mechanical, that would have come to a swift end!

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