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tomastaz

My Das 4 Professional beats all of these in terms quality by many times.

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maddingo

ugh... the only one of those i'd be willing to consider having on my desk is the Rosewill the rest are abominations of gaudy plastic ...imho

the corsair isn't quite as bad ...but meh..

also.. no WASD, no Ducky or Filco.. come on dudes.. most gamers I know don't want these gimicky things they want nice simple designs and NKRO (well and a choice of which cherry switch to chose...as there are many different views on which mx switch is best.

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John Pombrio

Funny story. My son has the DAS Keyboard, completely black keycaps. I cannot type on the thing. He decided to clean the board so he removed all the keycaps and cleaned underneath. Unknown to him was that the keyboard has a an upward bend so the keycaps change shape as they go up the keyboard. And there are NO markings on the keys. Lots of trial and error ensued getting the keycaps back in the right place.

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John Pombrio

On the Corsair K95 keyboard, I use those macro keys a ton. Copy, paste, Outlook, FF, Word, games, etc.

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fygquas

The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium with Cherry Red is pretty good, except:

- program has difficulty memorising macros.

- sometimes keys get "stuck",
a button stays pressed on, until you press that button again to deactivate it.

- sometimes the downward arrow button comes undone.
when you release that key too fast, the spring bounces back with significant force,
kicking out the keycap!

Overall, 7/10 experience.

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Erris

An upcoming keyboard to keep in mind before making a purchase - Corsair Vengeance K95 RGB. :)
Definitely one that has drawn my eye.

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/landing/k95-rgb

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John Pombrio

Yeah, when Gordo put that into the Dream machine, I was SO envious!

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nadako

I have the STRIKE 7 keyboard and it is my personal favorite. As a programmer that has a ton of batch files laying around I love that I can assign them to the keyboard and hide them away from praying eyes. I am not a huge fan of mechanical keys because they make too much noise. And the frame for the keyboard is amazingly well built and very sturdy. So for me the STRIKE 7 is at least a 9 for me but I can see why most people would rate it much lower.

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FrancesTheMute

I got a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate about a year or so ago. It's the 2013 edition so it still has the Cherry MX Blues, not the newer one that has supposed custom designed switches which are actually re-branded Kailh switches. So far I love it, after a week or so of using it I started to wonder how I'd gone so long not having a mechanical. I'm thinking about getting another mechanical for work as typing on a rubber dome cheap Dell keyboard sucks now.

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nick779

im still happy with my Ideazon (now steelseries) Zboard. Going on 10 years old in may.

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spectrex

I went from a MS Natural Elite to a MS Natural 4000 only because I wanted black. It's all about the feel and muscle memory for me. The slight change of the key size and key placement took quite some time before I stopped fumbling in games.

Some people like tactile response some don't, it's all about personal preference. What really can make a difference is the chip controlling the keyboard. How many key commands that can be sent and how quickly the commands can be sent. When I started out computing, the motherboard was the limiting factor at that time. It's hard to argue over which keyboard is the best when it's the person operating it that determines the end result.

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radarblips

Are they designing these keyboards to appeal to ten year olds?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Yes.

This is just a very small slice of the pie. Search "gaming keyboard" at Amazon, and you will see so many over-the-top, ridiculous designs that your eyes will bleed stupid.

The principles of good design and taste are generally far removed from everything we see for gaming.

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Ghost XFX

Pshhh! Don't care, got Daskeyboard, still boss

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John Pombrio

Only if you have the ones that are completely blank. Then you are boss!

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Volleynova

I've got a Corsair Vengeance K70 Red Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard and my goodness it took me a while to get used to this coming from my 5 year old Logitech G15 Second Edition. So far so good though and I find myself enjoying typing even more.

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Rogue74

I don't see why people are still using these old style keyboards. The ergonomic type, like MS Natural, are so much more comfortable to type and game with. Along with that, why people aren't using gaming keypads like the Logitech G13 or Razer N52TE.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Not everyone is a touch typist.

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JosephColt

Keyboards and mice are a personal choice, and it depends on the individual.

I have the K95 and it's a well constructed device. The k95 is probably one of the best keyboards I've used to date.

Several of the keyboards posted in the article look like they are for kids or teens who want the flashy gear. They look too bulky, ugly, and have a weird design.

I love Corsair keyboards because they look simple and elegant at the same time while being built solid. I hate the flashy look of many keyboards and mice which look childish and tacky.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

If you're suggesting the Logitech washable as a gaming keyboard....

I paid $30 for a Perixx Periboard: low-profile short throw chicklet-keys, and backlighting. No phantom key blocking (a la Logitech), so you can actually play games with it. The keys have fantastic action, and the keyboard is QUIET.

Those mechanical keyboards are great, but they are also louder than hell. Not everyone can use a loud keyboard at home.

And domes with scissor switches can be very nice to work on. Again, keyboards don't have to sound like a jackhammer to be good.

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rawrnomnom

What about the Poker 2 for mobile gaming. Fully programmable, small enough to take with you, and available with black, red, brown, and blues.

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Ethan Vanderbuilt

I did an unboxing of my new Unicomp Classic 104 Black Buckling Spring USB keyboard. This is actually made in the USA.

ethanvanderbuilt.com/2013/07/02/unboxing-unicomp-classic-104-black-buckling-spring-usb-keyboard-made-in-the-usa/

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Vagabond Steve

The Rosewill RK9100BR is not available and is discontinued according to NewEgg, and I got one for $70 or $80 last January so don't worry about the price - for both reasons!

BTW, I really like mine!! Illuminated keys with WASD & arrow mode and two other modes makes low light work/play easy, Cherry Brown mech switches are a great choice for all around use and the non-detachable keyboard cord appears to be a FAR better choice than the 9000 series detachable one. (9000 non-illuminated is available if it appeals to you, and well under a $100.)

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Led Weappelin

No mention of the Corsair K70 which is also like the K95, a fully mechanical keyboard. It's a good board for those that don't need macro keys therefore saving a few dollars. Cherry MX Red switches with looks to kill.....with. :)

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NoD |CKY|

I bought my Logitech 710+ for 100 bucks. You can find it on Amazon for pretty cheap if you keep your eye open. Its probably the best keyboard I have ever had. I used to have the G15, before that, it was some crappy 15 dollar keyboard. I have used a CMStorm Quickfire, but missed the keypad. I didn't try the Quickfire Pro though, probably the difference between night and day.

All in all, the Logitech G710+ is probably the best keyboard I have ever used, or had the pleasure to use, even with all my frequent trips to all different kinds of gaming cafe's in So. Cal. I decided I would try mechanical keyboards when I started looking, and had no regrets in this purchase.

I did about a month of research and was about to go with the Razer Blackwidow, but I kept seeing people talking about the poor build quality and the fact that they tend to break after about ~3 months of use. So glad I didn't go with the Blackwidow.

Its a great minimalist keyboard, with 6 macro buttons. And my favorite feature, a full keypad :D If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, I would recommend this keyboard. No real bells and whistles, just 6 Macro buttons and 4 Profile buttons, other than that, just a reg. mechanical keyboard. It has Brown MX switches too, which IMO is the best of both worlds, the clicky solid feel from a key depression, but not having to require you to pound on the key to push it down.

All in all I would give it 9 or possibly 10, because its that great of a keyboard. If MaximumPC got the board for what I did, they probably would have gave it a 10 too lol.

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captainjack

I would like to chime in with a secondary opinion as I have had the keyboard for a little under a year. While the switches are rated for millions of presses, the actual key caps are quite weak. It's an issue that is quite extensively documented on several forums. The problem is compounded by the fact that Logitech does not sell replacement keycaps. I had to buy a whole new set from a 3rd party.

I still love the keyboard, but potential buyers should know that the keycaps are likely to break, especially the 1.5 size keys like ctrl and tab.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Logitech makes a lot of trash. Well-marketed trash. I've never had a Logitech mouse on which the DPI switches did not fail after a few months' use.

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jimofnyc

How come nobody ever includes deck Keyboards? http://www.deckkeyboards.com/ They may not have macro keys but they are built really well and have nice clicky Cherry keys...

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NoD |CKY|

I agree, but the deck boards tend to be pricier too :S I was seriously thinking about saving money up to get one of their high end customer keyboards lol.

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Sparx10

I'm quite happy with my Gigabyte Aivia Osmium gaming keyboard with Cherry MX Reds. Goes nicely with my Razer Black Mamba mouse too

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firefox91

I love my $10 Dell keyboard off ebay. So much so, I bought spares for this one breaks. It plays games too!

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ilfipian

The Kinesis ergonomic keyboards rule them all.

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Sempai

A bit cornfused as to why you folks decided to use the K90 rather than the K95.

I've been using the K95 for a few weeks now, and while it was an adjustment from my sad life of always using membrane keyboards, i'm not sure i can ever go back now.

Thus far this has been a significant leap in feel and responsiveness from what i'm used to as an old hardcore gamer.

It feels great, looks great, along with the LED lights not being too bright, and yet they are precise to each key.

I've heard quite a bit of Q&A issue's over at Corsair as of late, but it seems i received a good one.

It's a lovely piece of hardware. Two thumbs up.

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John Pombrio

I had a K90 and ended up having to resolder several of the keys as they would flake out on me. When the 3rd time I needed to take it apart, I said t'hell with it and sent it back. I got a K95 in return. So far, both K95s in the house are working great.

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kiaghi7

Well, the K90 and K95 are essentially the same keyboard, so you can't really go wrong with either of them...

The K95 ends up with a few potential benefits:

1) Per key lighting options, so if you wanted to ONLY light a certain array of keys for a specific game or profile, you could do so, and only those keys would light up. Perhaps beneficial, perhaps novelty, depending upon the individual who's using it.

2) Built in BIOS switch, in some 30 years of fiddling with computers, I have YET to need such a feature, however I'm sure there is someone out there who's said to themselves "FINALLY!" so for that one person the K95 fills a gap.

3) It's black with white lighting rather than silver with blue lighting... If you are working on a theme, perhaps one color combination is preferable.

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Sempai

Also keep in mind, the K95 is a full mechanical keyboard, the K90 was part mechanical, part membrane.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

I would never use one of these keyboards for gaming really.

Honestly a basic ducky or Filco keyboard with your choice of Cherry Switches are the best option. as for the more money than brains category go with a happy hacking Topre switch keyboard, best mechanical switch out there and its no nonsense and has some very nice colour schemes.

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nadako

I personally love my S.T.R.I.K.E 7 keyboard it is very comfortable! I love that I can assign programs to the touch screen display. This not only includes some of my games but also some of my batch programs for a sleep timer that I wrote. Even though it does not have mechanical keys I feel that this is not a major issue because they are just as responsive. The screen responsiveness it a tad bit slow and the keyboard is very pricy but for the comfort it gives I feel like the price is justified just like the R.A.T 7 or 9.

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Zyphron

Why put the Corsair K90 in this list? The K95 was already released and fixes many of the problems with the original K90.

The price difference is about 20 bucks more for the newer model.

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MustangCruiser

I am still rocking with my IBM PS/2 keyboard since the early/mid 90's. While it is a trifle loud, I love the action on it. I just wish it had a Windows key. It limits my hardware choices a bit as every time I upgrade my system I have to find a motherboard with a PS/2 jack, but so far so good.

I used to have two of these keyboards, but one died about 8 months ago. I was able to buy another PS/2 style keyboard, but it is just not quite as nice as my IBM keyboard (it is close and it does have a Windows key, but I still like my IBM plank the best).

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Renegade Knight

Make sure to get an Active USB/PS2 adapter if you can't find the PS/2 jack.

The Adesso on Amazon rates well.

That said. Unicomp makes the IBM Keyboards you like but with the Unicomp logo. They sell them with a windows key. USB or PS/2 formats.

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MaximumMike

You can get a PS/2 to USB adapter for a few bucks and never be limited in your mobo selection again.

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rsaotome

STILL waiting for the release of the "ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro" which was announced back in Jan @ CES, then again in Jun @ Computex. It's supposedly going to be available in a variety of Cherry MX switches.

Kinda surprised there wasn't any mention of the "RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2013", been using it since it came out, so far so good...could've used better wrist support thou.

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CaptainFabulous

Another article about keyboards and again no mention of the venerable Model M? WTH MaximumPC?

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reutnes

The Model M and most other mechanical keyboards that were omitted do not actually have any gaming features. I mean, just look at the S.T.R.I.K.E.7 and ask how you could go to a boring Model M and expect to be happy!

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audiomatron

I know, right? Blasphemy! All hail the Model M!

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Hey.That_Dude

I love my G710+. It is wonderful to use although my friend thinks it's "too loud."

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nsvander

So does the Isku have Macro Keys or not, and what about software? The article reads like it had Macro Keys and Software for it, the verdict reads otherwise!

"Where the Isku really shines is in its expansive set of features. It has eight macro buttons (including three “thumbster” keys under the spacebar), with on-the-fly recording, and profile switching. It gets further mileage out of the bindable keys and macros with an “EasyShift” button where the caps-lock key would normally be, which temporarily switches the functions of all right-hand-accessible keys while held down. There’s a lot to customize, and the included software suite is intuitive and up to the task.

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kiaghi7

Let me preface this by saying I'm a happy owner of a Corsair K90, so I indeed admit I am biased in that I do own it, am typing on it, and am absolutely loving it.

It is easily the best keyboard I've ever had.

IF you have to choose among any of the keyboards here, it's simply head and shoulders the K90 or a VERY VERY close runner-up in the logitech G710+ that only lost out (for me) to the K90 by the number of macro keys since I like them for all my typical daily functions and programs I routinely call up. Both are exceptional in an otherwise cluttered field of good yet somewhat lacking planks for my needs and my liking...

As for the knock that not all keys are mechanical, only the macro keys, function (F1 through F12), and the Print-Screen area keys are "dome caps". Frankly those keys are far and away the least used keys on a keyboard. The difference in feeling, despite what the article claims is negligible at best, and at most the only difference I've ever noticed even when typing or hammering away in a game is a modestly longer "stroke" on the key since it has to bottom out on the dome cap keys.

For me at least, it's actually been a tremendously helpful benefit that the "exception" keys that are comparably rarely used keys feel just different enough to ensure minimized miskeying them. I actually greatly prefer them that way so that when I am hitting them it is with both intent and awareness of it.

So what's marked as a "con" isn't necessarily so, granted not all will see it as a "pro", and I completely understand the idea of buying a mechanical keyboard to be entirely mechanical, no argument there and it of course makes complete sense as well. However, I wouldn't hesitate to wager that the vast vast vast majority of users, even the most elite of the elite, hit their F-keys even a small fraction as much as they hit their number keys, and even smaller fraction of that first fraction as they use their typical letter keys.

The curious suggestion that the macro keys are not well arranged is dubious at best, particularly in the light that the heralded logitech G15 (which I keep as a backup to this day) has an IDENTICAL key lineup, and actually has arguably FAR better spacing between the 3 sets of 6. Add to that, I have never once had any issue knowing which key I'm hitting in the macro set. They are quite easily arranged in three groups of 6 (3 keys wide and 2 keys tall) with ideal spacing comparable to the size of the rest of the keyset across the rest of the board.

If you're hitting the wrong key, that's not the keyboard's fault; after all, you don't blame the gun for when you miss the target do you? It only shot where you aimed it, just like your fingers land where you press them down, so while Murphy's laws are of course always in effect, that in no way takes your participation in the process out of the equation...

Frankly, if you have to look THAT hard to find a fault, that should speak to how good it is...

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John Pombrio

I ended up with flaky keys on my K90. I found that if I resoldered them to the board, they would work. After my fourth key went tho, I sent it to Corsair and got a K95. I did buy one of the first K90's that were shipped tho.

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