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Topic # 115000 9-Mar-2013 20:23
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Finally finished building my PC, and I've still got my Logitech K120 ha.

Was wondering what is the best keyboard for around ~$150, no razer (just personal preference)

Thanks,

~Dylan.

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  Reply # 777497 9-Mar-2013 21:14
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I have no experience with them, but as a draughtsman I'm actually looking at the Logitech G110 (about $100) and a Razer Deathadder mouse. Gaming gear is so much nicer than anything else...






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  Reply # 777503 9-Mar-2013 21:40
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I've got the G110 myself and find it to be a good keyboard with sharp, accurate strokes. Highly recommended for your price range

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  Reply # 777531 9-Mar-2013 23:35
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Any of the Logitech G series are very good.
I have personally had the G15 original with the LCD that can close and second edition G15 with the fixed position LCD and I'm now using the G19 with the 2" color LCD keyboard.

All of them are very nice to type on, they are build well, do not fell cheap, and the programmable G keys are very handy in games for macro's and custom key binds etc.

Also they have gaming mode which disables the windows keys, so you don't hit the windows key in the middle of your game.

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  Reply # 777656 10-Mar-2013 15:42
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I have the Logitech G15, really great keyboard. Nice having the programmable keys, and many new games are all ready set up to work with it. The screen is also rather handy when gaming.

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  Reply # 777669 10-Mar-2013 16:31
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I've got the Logitech illuminated keyboard both and home and work. It might not be a 'gaming' keyboard but sure is nice to use, and possibly the only reason I decided to add to this thread ;)

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  Reply # 778120 11-Mar-2013 17:49
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I have a M$ Sidewinder x4, I just love the backlit keys :)

AND it matches my Cyborg RAT7

Still doesn't improve my gaming skillzors though hah


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  Reply # 778131 11-Mar-2013 18:10
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I have a Microsoft Sidewinder x6 Keyboard - It's okay, works perfectly although installing the drivers are helpful as you get access to a million marco keys that may or may not benefit you.

Biggest downside is that there is no way to raise the back of the keyboard off the desk, so I used a piece of cardboard folded over itself to form a wedge, which gave it the right typing angle.

The number pad is helpful how it comes off, since it's magnetized it quickly comes on and off and doesn't interface with the OS - just the keyboard (so no 'new device' sound when you plug num pad into keyboard).

 

I probably wouldn't buy it again but I have no plans to get rid of it.

 

 

 



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  Reply # 778139 11-Mar-2013 18:21
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Do the logitech series keyboards have cherry switches?

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  Reply # 778502 12-Mar-2013 13:14
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Logitech don't make any keyboards with mechanical switches (cherry etc) as far as I know.

Playtech and Computer Lounge have good ranges of mechanical keyboards

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afa.asp?strOrderBy=Lowest+Price&strKeyword=&CATID=794&idWebPage=39234&page=1&ListOptions=Submit

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentlist.asp?parttypeid=645&t=10

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  Reply # 778552 12-Mar-2013 14:30
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Logitech does have a mechanical keyboard. Lookup Logitech G710+.
I was about to buy that but then decided to get the Cooler Master Trigger.
Still adjusting to the mechanical feel of the buttons.


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  Reply # 788073 27-Mar-2013 16:14
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dylandylandylan: Finally finished building my PC, and I've still got my Logitech K120 ha.

Was wondering what is the best keyboard for around ~$150, no razer (just personal preference)



FWIW, I didn't like Razer keyboards either. Or their mouses for that matter. I've been using a Razer Abyssus for the past six months after finding nearly every other mouse was just too big for my hand. I switch out to a RAT7 for gaming with but always come back to the Abyssus for everyday use. It's surprised me by how well it works for me. 

Last week I installed my new Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013. I wanted mechanical for both everyday use and gaming and, despite wanting to steer clear of Razer, it ticked all the boxes for me at the right price (note, I was heavily influenced by being in Canada at the time and seeing it selling for CAN$139). So far, I love it. With Cherry MX Blue keys its definitely not a keyboard for LAN parties, or in games where you talk to other people. But the more I use it the more I am falling in love. 

Whether these two peripherals will be enough for me to get over my Razer bias or not remains to be seen. The Abyssus mouse has hit the spot as the all-time best mouse for me but with a small hand its not as though I have a huge amount of choice anyway. 

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  Reply # 788093 27-Mar-2013 16:40
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I have recently got myself in the whole mechanical keyboard hype. I was comparing a CM Trigger Pro and a Razer Blackwidow. Both with Blue Cherry Keys.

I ended up getting a Logitech G710+ that has Brown Keys.

My preference was a keyboard with media keys and i did not really want to go with razer as i would need to install their software. I have a logitech g9x mouse so I am already running the logitech gaming software. so it kinda made sense for me to get the logitech keyboard. And honestly, there is no going back once you have used a mechanical keyboard.

I am perfectly happy with my logitech g710+ keyboard. It has made my typing better, i have noticed improved speeds and typing is just a pleasure now.

I would highly recommend this keyboard. I was lucky enough that PB tech was running their sale at the time and I was able to pick it up for 160 bucks. I was considering it at 180 so 160 is a bargain. Definitely worth the price at that stage.

So ya. If not that, go to your local computer shop and try out the different keys for yourself before buying it. i tried out blue, black, red and brown. I was choosing between the blue and the brown and since the logitech came with brown, thats the path i went down.

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  Reply # 788095 27-Mar-2013 16:41
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And here I am, a games player, plodding along with my Logitech Ultra Flat....




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  Reply # 788114 27-Mar-2013 17:08
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Once you go cherry MX, you'll never go back.

I'm using a Filco with browns. Another Filco with red switches is in the mail from the UK.

Playtech are selling Duckys for as little as $135. Get in there son!

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  Reply # 788128 27-Mar-2013 17:25
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Krishant007: 
My preference was a keyboard with media keys and i did not really want to go with razer as i would need to install their software.


Not wanting to appear to be supporting the Razer gear, but for the people who come later and read this thread I thought I should respond...

You don't need to install the Razer software (Synapse in this case). It is possible to just use the Razer drivers. The gotcha is that if you do install Synapse its not straight-forward to go back to just using drivers. So, don't install Synapse for a test run if you think you might want to uninstall and go the driver route. 
Synapse requires internet connection to download and set-up the keyboard (or any other Synapse-enabled devices). This also requires registration. Unless you really need your configuration and macros stored in the cloud so they are available in other locations then look very hard into the pros and cons of Synapse before you install it. 

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