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Any recommendations for a keyboard and hardware monitor?

#1betatechPosted 12/10/2013 3:24:47 AM
My G15 keyboard seems to be broken and although I'm going to try repairing it first I'm doubtful it will work.

So I need to start looking for a replacement for it with the G510 being the most immediate replacement but I've decided to check out alternatives first.

But there's an issue, the main thing I like about the G15 is the software "Sir Real Panel" which allows me to monitor my system usage in real time (e.g. CPU, RAM, download, volume, etc.) on the keyboard itself as opposed to on screen. If possible I would like something which can replicate these features even if it's a separate device.

So what would be a good replacement for the G15, preferably backlit?

My budget so far is 80.
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#2_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 12/10/2013 9:21:33 AM(edited)
I would focus on just getting a good keyboard, and get a 5.25 control panel for your case. Though depending on where your case sits, this may not satisfy you.
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#3betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2013 10:11:19 AM
_GRIM_FANDANGO_ posted...
I would focus on just getting a good keyboard, and get a 5.25 control panel for your case. Though depending on where your case sits, this may not satisfy you.


I do intend on primarily getting a good keyboard (seriously, I'm stuck using this god awful Apple keyboard from my old G3), although if possible I'd like something that I could place under my monitor.

Of course it's less likely that such a device exists but the keyboard is the most important part for me.
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#4betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2013 11:12:16 AM
Just wondering, is there a specific name for the type of monitor that I'm after (if there even is one)?
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#5betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2013 12:58:01 PM
Bump.
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#6betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2013 2:21:54 PM
How noisy are mechanical keyboards compared to your typical one?
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#7PraetorXynPosted 12/10/2013 2:54:52 PM
betatech posted...
How noisy are mechanical keyboards compared to your typical one?


Depends on the switches you get and how you type.

Blue switches are insanely clacky and loud; your neighboors will hate you if you live in an apartment.
Browns are pretty much the average.
Red and Black are linear switches, so if you can learn the point where the switch actuates in muscle memory you can type completely silently, though I just bottom out all the time with my Blacks.

In short, they'll be a bit louder than a traditional keyboard, nothing significant.

As for the control panel, what you're looking for is a 5.25" temperature monitor.

Here's an example of one that's supposedly a fan controller as well:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=130_151_257&products_id=23953

Here are some more.
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g34/c137/s292/list/p1/Bay_Devices-Temperature_Monitors-525_Temp_Monitors-Page1.html
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#8betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 1:00:23 AM
Thanks for the info on keyboards, but in regards to a replacement for sir real panel, this is more what I'm after (maybe hardware monitor was the wrong term to use):
http://www.gamingbus.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/sirreal_panel.jpg
http://techgage.com/reviews/logitech/g15_revised/logitech_g15_revised_10_thumb.jpg

note: I know the former link is in windows, it's what happens if it doesn't detect the keyboard but the latter is how it appears on the keyboard.
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#9betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/12/2013 7:47:57 AM
Ok so I definitely need a replacement keyboard as the repair failed, so I need to find a replacement.

What are these two like:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Blackwidow-Expert-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B00A0H9BY4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1386863173&sr=8-3&keywords=mechanical+keyboard

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Blackwidow-Expert-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B00A0H9BY4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1386863173&sr=8-3&keywords=mechanical+keyboard

I know blues are loud but I've read that they can be more comfortable so I'm willing to give them a shot.
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#10betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 12/12/2013 8:24:26 AM
Just realised I posted the wrong second link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Qpad-Gaming-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B005DTFDQE/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1386865245&sr=8-15&keywords=mechanical+keyboard

So are these keyboards ok? I inclined to go with the above since it has the USB port at the back, slightly prefer the look and it has a backlight.
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