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Is a mechanical keyboard worth it?

#1Super_trunkxPosted 10/18/2013 6:43:03 PM
Is it actually worth the price?
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#2TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 10/18/2013 7:22:20 PM(edited)
It depends on how you type and how often you type.

For someone like me, definitely not.

However, if I had a lot of money and got a mechanical keyboard, it would be this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823436010

Black switches, thick frame, numpad, Fn key/media keys, good backlighting, and extra keys for gaming are all very nice. It's the most complete mechanical keyboard for gaming I've seen.
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#3MaKhaosPosted 10/18/2013 6:49:05 PM
Well it is a very pleasant experience to type on them and they last a very long time. I just bought my first one, the CM Storm Quickfire XT with Cherry MX Browns, and it has been heaven for my fingers and ears.
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#4cuteboi100Posted 10/18/2013 6:54:23 PM
Once you get a mechanical keyboard, you can never go back to membrane keys. It's just comfortable.I would also say that reaction time increases and fatigue decreases as actuation force is lower (most dramatically so if you get MX Reds). If you are a typist, you might want some kind of tactile feedback, but MX Reds are top-notch for gaming, okay for typing. Never gamed on Blues before so I don't know about those.
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#5Silent Sniper IVPosted 10/18/2013 6:56:31 PM(edited)
I love mine (K70) and will never go back. It's a huge quality of life improvement for typing. The way I see it, I put money where I spend the most time. Stuff like a good mattress, chair, and quality keyboard are all solid investments because of how much you'll use them. I used my last keyboard for almost 13 years, so I figured, why skimp on cost?

If fatigue is an issue for you (It is for me, especially after lots of typing at work, then coming home to game) cherry reds are the best thing ever.
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#6AsucaHayashiPosted 10/18/2013 6:59:39 PM
the feel is just ugly if you're not going to switch over permanently.

my friend had a mechanical keyboard where the keys were slanted inwards if that's what you call it and where i would normally hit ctrl on my own keyboard, i would usually end up pressing the stupid macro keys to the side instead on the mechanical.

i'm sure not all keyboards are like that but it was a razer if i'm not mistaken and the experience alone was enough to convince me not to get one.

personally i'm sitting with a microsoft sidewinder x4 with no ghosting which i got for like $18 on sale and works fine enough for my needs.
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#7JudgmenlPosted 10/18/2013 7:02:05 PM(edited)
There's a considerable difference if you're used to a specific kind of keyboard. This keyboard i have right now that's a POS really messes up my accuracy (I still type at around 90wpm so it's no big deal). I did however learn how to type on an old Compaq Keyboard that I don't have anymore that actually had good keys.
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#8PraetorXynPosted 10/18/2013 7:01:09 PM
Yes.

Whether it's worth it to you to get the absolute best is a different question entirely.

If you care about backlighting like I do, the Deck Legend is the ONLY keyboard in existence where the lettering will never rub off. That's just the most distinct example of its quality, the thing weighs like 4 lbs. You could probably beat someone to death with it.

Love this keyboard :)

If you don't care about backlighting, personally I'd recommend a Filco Majestouch over a Das Model S, though the cable on the Das is much nicer.
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#9Digital StormPosted 10/18/2013 7:09:32 PM
Depends on who you ask, depends on you. I had a K90 for three months and had numerous issues with it, one of which was it being far too sensitive. I swapped back to my G15 and I'm going to buy a unicomp keyboard in the next couple of months.

I used to type on a Model M for the longest time and honestly, at this point in my life, my WPM isn't going to increase any further regardless of keyboard type.
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#10Ch3wyPosted 10/18/2013 7:09:46 PM
It definitely is for me.

At first it was a bit awkward to type on, and hard to avoid typos(I got a red). But after about a week I ordered a second one for use at work.

Last time I used a rubber dome keyboard it was painful to use, literally. Granted I have carpal tunnel in both hands so it probably wouldn't be literally painful going back for most people, but mechanical is clearly easier on the hands. And just more pleasing to type on in general. I hate blacks though, browns and reds for me.
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