/mkg/ - Mechanical Keyboard General
Buyer's Guide: http://pastebin.com/QJD7fSGU
>want new keycaps
>there are really cool keycaps on sale for $80
>$80 keycaps lol
>surf around the world wide web a bit more
>find some other keycaps for like $39 and $20.
how much is too much to spend on keycaps
On the lowest end you can get key caps for ~$20-$30 either by being used or by some site like Massdrop. If you want "good" key caps, expect to spent minimum $50 and upwards of $150.
The reason why they're so expensive is because no one really mass produces them in such large quantities that the price can be reduced all that much. Tai-hao are looking to change that starting mid - late next year with their mass produced PBT keycaps though.
This exact set and others like it are available in a group buy right now. They're a classic beige PBT set with dye sub, so they won't shine or wear down like normal key caps.
Link to the group buy is here:
Would this be a good keyboard? First time purchasing a mechanical. I'm aware of the switches (I like red best) but everything else I'm kinda in the dark about. Any and all feedback would be great.
You're better off with going for a CM Quickfire rapid at that price point. The keyboard you posted has a layout that is more difficult to find keycaps for if you ever want to get an aftermarket set (which most people do).
Finished hooking up my switch tester today. No idea what I should program the six buttons to do however. Ideas are appreciated.
DSA Dolch from Signature Plastic with DSA RGB mods you lovely piece of shit.
Its a CODE Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Clears and see: >>45878519
For key cap information.
Hey /g/, I was considering buying a mechanical keyboard from WASD. Essentially, this:
With cherry mx blues and possibly o-ring dampeners, except I'll buy the rings for cheaper elsewhere, and I'll buy the board and key caps from WASD separately (it's a bit cheaper like this).
My question is: where can I get a better buy?
In particular, are there boards with blue switches whose caps I can replace? If so, what brand of keyboard, and where do I find the key caps?
I was thinking about getting a QFR with blues and replacing the caps - anyone know where to find caps?
For $40 - 50 here are your best options:
- Something used
- Used Model M
- Data911 (its a cherry MX black keyboard that cops use in their cars)
- Something on a really good sale
Theres also a CM Quickfire rapid. I've seen it go on sale for as low as $55 which is just above your range, but well worth it.
Used CM storm from ebay. You can pull off the keys and wash them in a tub, then vacuum out the food and hair from the interior.
You're not going to find a new mechanical keyboard for less than 80.
>With cherry mx blues and possibly o-ring dampeners
This is a strange combination. The dampeners are used to make your keyboard more quiet, but you have an extremely loud switch with blues. What is your goal here?
>where can I get a better buy?
For a keyboard or keycaps? WASD keyboards are fine boards, they're just a tad expensive. If you want to save some money go for a Quickfire Rapid, but otherwise there is a big list of good boards in the buyer's guide.
>anyone know where to find caps?
For keycaps, the best ones are always from group buys on geekhack, theres a link to one going on right now here >>45877113
Theres also group buys on pimpmykeyboard.com and other similar sites.
>How is a mechanical keyboard going to be any better than my default HP keyboard?
It's not objectively better. However with as much time as the average /g/tard spends in front of their computer, it makes sense to splurge a little for a different experience. A clicky keyboard is IMO more satisfying to type on, a model M is IMO more fun to bang on.
It's like a Herman Miller chair vs a Walmart office chair. Both will serve their purpose equally well, but if you're going to spend 8+ hours in your chair every day, that extra inch of adjustment goes a long way.
Not necessarily. I'm not a fan of noisy switches, I enjoy the feeling and the customizability.
Nice guide. You might want to link to the fairly comprehensive OCN guide too http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/official-mechanical-keyboard-guide
Just bought this beauty here. Won't get here in a month, though.
Kinda new to this but i've been looking to get something with a light color like off white or beige. Custom caps down the line would be nice.. any reccomendations? I really like the look of the rapid but i wish it wasn't all black
What if I want to use a small TKL portable keyboard for when I use my laptop like in bed?
I want something like pic related, but if you happen to know the one in the pic, that would be perfect.
NKey rollover is #1 appeal for me.
Your standard keyboard won't even allow certain combinations of just 3 keys.
I was playing borderlands and can't do something as fucking basic as crouch (control) + move right (D) + move forward (W).
And that's a very basic 3 key press, god forbid you try playing a flight sim where you need 3-4 keys for movement but you also want to be shooting two sets of different weapons and adjusting your throttle.
Many combinations of keys in video games are simply impossible on the standard budget keyboard.
It's common to get a mechanical keyboard that you can press absolutely any keys at same time and they work (NKR or N-Key Rollover)
He posts in these threads all the time, you'll get a reply from him eventually. I don't remember exactly what he's got.
The QFR is one of the better ones you can get for lower prices. You can always try to get a used one like this anon said >>45879246
Mechs hold up pretty well so there isn't much to be afraid of.
Different anon here, just want to say thanks for informing me of the Data911's existence - just pulled the trigger on one. It'll make a perfect HTPC board, plus it has massive appeal to my inner m/o/torist.
No problem anon. This is optional but there is a spill guard installed by default. While its nice and handy, it makes pressing the keys feel mushier. You can easily remove it by first taking off they keys and just removing the plastic layer.
I got one of those Unicomp monster 122 key boards on ebay. I'm using it with a Microsoft Trackball Explorer.
If you're posting my keyboards, what am I supposed to post?
Also, Happy New Year.
>christmas bucks das keyboard ultimate in transit
Wouldn't normally have considered it but on sale it was less than a ducky shine would have been over here without a god-knows-how-long backorder wait
>keep coming across model M's
>always end up selling them in a pinch
Unless I some day come across a space saver. I'd never let that go.
amazon might still have quickfire rapid browns still, i managed to order one yesterday
$90 free shipping
It's actually black posterboard from walmart.
Eh I just have one of those cheapo logitech wireless keyboards with the touchpad on the side for stuff like that. Getting a whole other mkb just for browsing youtube in bed seems overkill.
If I have it's been a long time.
I desperately need a new desk.
I believe there's another Tai Hao group buy on GH. Doesn't get any cheaper than that.
Got a G710+ For christmas...
Anyone here got one, any recomendations? Debating removing the dampening rings. Also is this compatible with any random fucking MX Switch Cap seller out there in case i want to make my keyboard have multiple colored caps like OPs pic *maybe not that style, but you know*?
That was probably me.
It could be any one of these:
Noppoo Choc Mini
KBT Race II
Sweet jesus, that font >>> (also nice color scheme)
I love the design of these keyboards, but it bothers me for whatever reason, like more than i hate the fact that muh tenkeys are gone, but it's 'too' minimalist too me, *although these ones with the detachable wires are absolutely great