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#0: 04-29-2013 @ 11:44:48 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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So I know a few people in here have more experience buying keyboards for gaming than I do so I thought I'd start a discussion topic on it.  I'm in the market for a new keyboard.  My current one, which I think I've had for quite some time, possibly since before I graduated from college. It's been good to me, but buttons are getting worn out, and I keep feeling like I'm seeing inputs dropped, especially during Guild Wars 2 and LoL (I suspect SC2 as well but I'm so used to mashing commands there that I think I notice less?).

About four years ago I bought a gaming mouse for the first time.  Before then I tended to buy keyboard/mouse combos with my computer, going super cheap, favoring laser when available.  Then, out of desire to have more buttons to help me assign a vent push-to-talk button, I bought my first Razer mouse and loved it.  Since then I've been sticking to gaming gear for my mice (currently using a limited edition GW2 Steel Series mouse.  It's pretty good, though I think Razer makes a slightly better product), but its been so long since I bought a keyboard, the one I have is still this super normal wired keyboard.  I'm debating if now is the time to get some sort of gaming-focused keyboard or not.

Here's what I'm looking for in a new keyboard:

  1. it MUST be wired.  I have a wireless keyboard I dig that I use with my laptop when it's plugged into my HDTV, but that's so I can use the computer from my couch.  For serious gaming I don't want to run the risk of running out of batteries or having signal interference while doing something critical gaming wise. 
  2. I don't like fancy ergonomic keyboards.  I actually like typing on my super simple Apple Keyboard at work.  I've never used it for gaming, but I know I like typing on it.  I think it's the noticeable space between keys, as well as how large the keys themselves are, that makes it easier to use?
  3. I'd like it if I could line up the Fkeys with the number keys but it's not mission critical.
  4. I've not owned a mechanical keyboard since the time when ALL keyboards were mechanical.  I do remember liking the satisfying click, but I've not done serious gaming on one since like 2001.

I've done a little bit of shopping and was between these guys:

  1. Microsoft Sidwinder X4 $59
  2. Logitech G710 $119 (they advertise this at LCS on Twitch)
  3. Razer Anasi $99 or Blackwidow 2013 $139
  4. Steelseries Apex[RAW] $69

Thoughts?


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#1: 04-29-2013 @ 12:40:44 pm
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The green backlight on the Blackwidow looks sick as hell.  What's up with the giant-ass space bar on that last one though?

I, being a laptop person, am probably not in a position to offer advice.  Is there any place that you could go that would carry any of these (or something similar) for you to physically try out though?  I'd be worried about dropping that much on a keyboard and then hating the feel of it.


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#2: 04-29-2013 @ 12:48:05 pm
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I, being a laptop person, am probably not in a position to offer advice.  Is there any place that you could go that would carry any of these (or something similar) for you to physically try out though?  I'd be worried about dropping that much on a keyboard and then hating the feel of it.

Not really.  Some of them, like the Logitech and the Razer ones I posted, are at my Local best buy and I can test them out a bit.  However I'd never heard of that MS Sidewinder Keyboard until today and I think it has the kinda look and price point I'd love to go for if it's not a terrible product.


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#3: 04-29-2013 @ 03:04:13 pm
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I'm a huge fan of this guy because it is wired, the function keys line up with the number keys, and it is dirt cheap. It has the simple layout similiar to the Mac keyboard, though not as much space between the keys. I ordered mine on September 22nd of 2012 and have had zero problems with it in that time.

EDIT: Looked at your linked keyboards and none of them would work for me. I absolutely need the F-keys to line up with the numbers if I'm going to game on it. Keybinds are so important!

This post was edited by Misharum Kittum on April 29, 2013, 5:12 pm


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#4: 04-29-2013 @ 08:56:10 pm
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Bought my BlackWidow Ultimate and I never looked back. It has literally been absolutely everything I wanted in a keyboard ever since. It's incredibly satisfying to type with and the fact that a keypress registers without needing to fully push the key in all the way to the bottom while also giving you the audio-feedback of hte 'click' feels *right*.

That said, I live alone and I *LIKE* the clickity-clackity sounds it makes while typing. I also hear it very clearly even with my headphones on. If you do decide to go the Black Widow Ultimate route, be sure to try it out with KittyDono around at some point, just to be sure it isn't going to irritate the hell out of her (or yourself). Heck, next time we do D&D I can try to bring it over so you can try it out for yourself?

Cuz with the pricetag that high you've got to really want it, IMO.

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#5: 06-04-2013 @ 07:02:35 am
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Lifehacker did an article on choosing a mechanical keyboard some of you keyboard enthusiasts might find interesting!


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#6: 06-04-2013 @ 07:50:15 am
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You probably already made your decision by now but I figured I'd toss this out there as far as keyboard type things go. I personally really like my Belkin/Razor n52 gamepad (currently under Razor now I believe, was Belkin). Normally not a fan of Belkin stuff and it is a tad bit expensive than I'd normally pay but I got it as a gift as I had taken an interest in it. I love it and honestly if it broke I'd probably want to replace it at this point as opposed to getting a new keyboard. The thing is great and is extremely customizable and I know I'm not even making full use of all it's features. Having one spot to change my "keyboard" settings is fantastic, no fiddling around and looking through whatever menus I need in a game and is great for games that might not even allow key remapping. It'd probably seem like an annoyance to switch between gamepad and keyboard for chatting but I never notice when I'm doing it. It's also kinda nice to not have my keyboards wasd be worn out after a period of time. This thing also works great for MMO's and the 8 million keys you need for them since I can map different profile "sets" and swap to a different "set" with a quick button press. For example, on GW2, I originally ran out of buttons on the main layout and still needed to map my F keys and a few others on the pad so I had the button near my thumb set to switch to a different layout when I press it so I was able to put my F1-F4 keys there. In combat as my ele? Use main layout for combat and dodging and what not. Need to change attunement? Press button, switch profiles and my fingers are already over the attunement buttons, change to one I need, and then unpress to head back to normal layout. It's pretty handy and I don't even think about it anymore.

Only real downsides besides price is occassionally I forget to change the gamepad profile when going between games. Been a few times when I started a LoL match and forgot I still had it on GW2 but it's a super quick alt-tab and change so it's hardly a bother. Also, the dpad thing they have on there is pretty useless. I've tried to make use of it but it's just to awkward to use with your thumb. Those are pretty much my only complaints.

I know it's not a keyboard but I really like it. At this point I'm just using a cheapy keyboard specifically for typing and not gaming and it doesn't get worn out as quick as keyboards I've had in the past. I won't feel as bad wearing this thing out due to gaming since it's specific function is for gaming unlike the keyboard which serves multiple purposes and I always feel weird needing to replace it just cause my gaming keys are wearing out. So yeah! If you're willing to give a gamepad a try, I recommend it.


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