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Offline Steve Elliott

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Mechanical Keyboards
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:38:02 PM »
Loud Mechanical Keyboards - or any 'raised' key keyboard have sadly been phased out in the name of compactness.  Don't get me wrong, I always bought a loud clacky keyboard (rather than a spongy mess) but didn't invest in a proper mechanical keyboard until recently.  They're amazing and are currently having a huge resurgence - and rightly so.  I've always cut corners when it came to buying a keyboard.  A huge mistake.  I will never go back to anything but a mechanical keyboard, they're amazing to type on and encourage productive work.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2020, 02:49:47 PM »
100% this.

I get why some people don't like them.  Buying a random one "off the peg" is asking for trouble if you haven't tried it out first or at least done some research into the different types of key switches available.  Mechanical keyboards are not all born equal.

Personally I like Cherry Speed switches as there's not a lot of resistance when you press them.  I'm also fine with Cherry Blues or Browns.  But there are probably about a dozen or more other Cherry variations, and that's without any consideration for the bespoke ones that the likes of Razer use.

But yeah, membrane keyboards are generally crap.  I have a cupboard full of the damn things before I splashed out on a mechanical keyboard and never looked back.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2020, 06:10:57 PM »
@Steve: what mechanical keyboard do you have?
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2020, 06:27:43 PM »
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@Steve: what mechanical keyboard do you have?

I have the Logitech G512SE, it's fantastic to type on, but I wish every part of the key was lit up or it would be perfect, I don't understand why they didn't address this issue - maybe price.  If you have a key with 2 symbols only the top symbol is lit.  So when you need to shift on a key it's much harder to read in a dark room.  So for instance the 0 key is lit, but the close bracket is not; this won't be a problem in a brightly lit room..Despite this I love typing on it, it's a stunning mechanical keyboard.  It's my first mechanical keyboard and certainly won't be my last, I'm hooked.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2020, 10:58:08 PM »
I mightve got a dell mechanical keyboard for 2 quid from a charity shop, seems mechanical ish, when I was using it on a conference call.... I got asked to mute my Mike as it was.... Too noisy!

Offline Steve Elliott

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2020, 11:50:17 PM »
A keyboard can never be too noisy!  Louder the better.
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