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Metall_pingwin

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#1 8 years ago

Long story short, mine is gross and clanky. It also has those annoying windows buttons so that every time my finger slips off Ctrl, it hits the calculator button, my game minimizes and it's a pain in the ass.

After a completely failed attempt at getting a gross brown layer of dirt off the sides of my keys I decided it might be a good time for something new.

However - I'm completely green in the field of keyboards. I've only ever used ones that came with computers I bought, and since the last two I built on my own, my current keyboard is about six-eight years old.

I'd of course, like a pretty keyboard. I'm rather attracted to the flat squarish design of most modern keyboards. My laptop introduced me to the wonders of backlit keys, but I'm not sure how necessary this is on a desktop. A few programmable buttons might be nice too. Other than that, I don't ask for much.

The first one I looked at was the G-15 I've been hearing about so much. It looks nice and the LCD display sounds like a fun addon, but the $100 pricetag is a little staggering. (Not to mention the $200 G-19)

Anyway, I'm not quite sure how large the keyboard market is. What price range is considered low or high, what brands to stay away from and what to look after.

Any product suggestions or buying tips would be appreciated. I would kind of like to treat myself to a keyboard with an LCD display, but I'd like to do it for a little less than the G-15... Still, not ruling anything out.




*Daedalus

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#2 8 years ago

Razer Lycossa - flat square keys, looking amazing in my opinion, no programmable keys though Microsoft Sidewinder X8 - looks cool also, has programmable keys, as well as funky media controls and a detachable number pad. Logitech G11 - a crapload of programmable keys, media controls, and though it has the full-style keys (the non-flat ones) they're very soft pressed.

All of the above have backlit keys also. They'll all probably run you around $70, roughly.




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#3 8 years ago

If it's for gaming, all these so called gaming KBs that are ultra expensive may soon pale in comparison to what may soon hit the market. No matter what features they throw in, all the current ones lack one thing, pressure sensitive keys. MS has a prototype of a pressure sensitive KB that already has apps written for it. In games it will allow players to vary run and jump speed and height via amount of pressure used on the keys.

This tech has much broader potential though. It could probably be used in race games as well to vary throttle, brake and steering sensitivity. Note that they indicate existing common KB technology combined with an inexpensive opamp circuit board can be used to make one of these. My guess is they'll debut in the $30 -$100 range, and have various features to suit a wide range of uses.




Metall_pingwin

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#4 8 years ago

That does indeed look cool, but I seriously doubt it's what I'm looking for. God knows when it will be released and when it is, it's probably going to be a tad above my budget. :p




kow_ciller

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#5 8 years ago

Saitek eclipse. Bang for the buck, one of the best keyboards out there.




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#6 8 years ago
Metall_pingwin;5239836That does indeed look cool, but I seriously doubt it's what I'm looking for. God knows when it will be released and when it is, it's probably going to be a tad above my budget. :p

It's been in R&D for a while now, and they already had an app making contest for it. Only reasons I can see why it hasn't already hit the market is they're probably still in the process of contracting with various vendors and software engineers to determine how many KB models and apps will be available at launch.

Also, I really don't see a need for much concern on price. Like I said, the demonstration video, which is the same one MS has on their site, emphasizes it leverages existing tech with the addition of inexpensive opamps. You can clearly see in the video they're using an existing model of inexpensive KB to apply the tech to.




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#7 8 years ago

Do you like the thin clicky style of laptop keys? If you do, you'll love the Razer Lycosa. I can't stand most desktop keyboards these days; they just feel too mushy, if you get my meaning.

Lycosa:

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What I use is a Belkin/Razer N52TE keypad for gaming, alongside just a generic Dell keyboard for typing and general use. It's pretty awesome. It's got 15 programmable keys, including a thumb key where the space bar would normally be, along with a 4-way D-pad/joystick kind of thing, and a little thumb trigger. All of the buttons, keys and directions on the D-pad can be configured however you like.

The N52TE:

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SchaffinOSX

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#8 8 years ago

That looks pretty sweet, Zamamee. I'm thinking of getting another keyboard as well. However, considering I use a Mac, I've become so accustomed to the feel of my current keyboard that when I use PC keyboards I generally type pretty slowly. However, due to the fact that I've actively been using my keyboard for the past year or so, it is definitely beginning to wear. The "Caps Lock" button doesn't even completely work, unless you click it in the corner of the button or click it with quite a bit harder than you normally would.

Edit: Just read your post a bit closer, Zamamee. Seems that the style of the keyboard you posted (based on your description) is exactly what I need. I'll definitely need to give that a look.

Anyway, best of luck Metall_pingwin on finding a keyboard to your liking. I understand your frustration in regards to having an older keyboard.




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#9 8 years ago

I'm currently using a cheap HP keyboard and never have been using anything more fancy in the past. That Razer Lycosa looks nice though.

Does anyone have experience with those pads attached to the front of the keyboard? While typing I usually don't rest my palm anywhere, which works well enough for me, so I'm curious whether that would be actually helpful or rather distracting.




SchaffinOSX

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#10 8 years ago

MrFancypants;5239866I'm currently using a cheap HP keyboard and never have been using anything more fancy in the past. That Razer Lycosa looks nice though.

Does anyone have experience with those pads attached to the front of the keyboard? While typing I usually don't rest my palm anywhere, which works well enough for me, so I'm curious whether that would be actually helpful or rather distracting.

Yeah I've notice those before. I don't really rest my palms... More so, I rest a bit below my wrists where my desk comes to an end. I would find it difficult to actually rest by palms when typing. I'm guessing the pads might make it easier to do so, though.