Hey peeps, this may seem like a mundane question. I'm looking for a keyboard.
I want a keyboard with media controls and a backlight, preferably multiple lighting options and maybe programable keys (not all that important but they would be nice.) Any help would be great! Thanks!
PS, price range $40-50, I can go higher but I'll have to convince my dad.
The Razer Lycosa is pretty good keyboard. It's got blue backlighting, and a media control panel.
I don't know that you will find what you are looking for in a $40-50 keyboard. Well, you might be able to find a good sale or somesuch. I personally use the Microsoft Sidewinder X6. I love the volume control on it, in the form of an actual dial. Red back lighting is easy on the eyes, and has brightness control. Has the basic media controls as well, macro function, auto-fire button, and a keypad which you can move from one side to the other, or remove completely. I don't think I could use a keyboard that had the numpad on the right side anymore.
It's about $70 though. The Lycosa that Zam posted was going to be my second choice, also around $70.
I would suggest the Saitek Eclipse III, it has touch sensitive media controls and Adjustable multi-color backlighting.
The Lycosa feels to much like a laptop keyboard to me but that's just a matter of preference.
I'd get the G11.
I would recommend the Lycossa also, except that the media controls for it are touch sensitive, and that turns me off them. I love having an actual dial for volume control. If you don't mind that, that, or the X6 that Afterburner mentioned, would be your best bet. They are out of your pricerange though.
Tanith;5232263The Lycosa feels to much like a laptop keyboard to me but that's just a matter of preference.
That's what I love about it. Short-travel scissor-switch keys are way better than the typical rubber or silicone domes in regular keyboards. Second only to the click-clacky mechanical switch keyboards of the 1990's. =p
I tried one of those "tactile touch" KBs once, horrible IMO. I don't even like them for typing let alone gaming. I found two things bothered me. The keys are too close together, and too easy to press. The combination of the two makes for anyone with larger than average hands like myself accidentally hitting adjacent keys, esp while playing games that have a LOT of movement controls, like those you can simultaneously crouch, lean and strafe in. I'd also often hold down a key too long while typing due to the super short keystroke.
I MUCH prefer a keyboard with a good 1/4" spacing between keys, as long as the keys are big enough for my fingertips and not too concave on top. I was talking with a neighbor in my apt bldg earlier today and he asked if I'd heard about the pressure sensitive KB coming out. Well after a quick Google check I found several links about it with a video demonstrating it. Pressure-sensitive keyboard lets you express fury, tenderness -- Engadget
IMO, this looks to be a MUCH better idea than the wafer thin, fumbly tactile KBs that only allow a micro stroke on/off effect. Leave that for space inhibiting LTs I say. The shape of the KB itself could use some work though. I prefer something with the lowest row of keys sloped in shape, vs having sharp corners on them, but I'm sure there will be more ergo models offered. This is merely a prototype.
I've seen links dating back to Aug '09 for this KB so I assume it will hit the market soon.
I'm looking at the Logitech G110 and the Saitek Eclipse III right now. Has anyone used both? Which one do you like better? The G110 is cheaper than the EIII on newegg right now, so that gives it favor.
I haven't used the G110, but I've used Logitech's G15, and I did not much care for the feel of the keys. They were very mushy and tactile response was nonexistent. However, that's my personal preference (I prefer thinner clickier laptop-style keys).
It did have very good anti-ghosting for multiple keypresses.