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    Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    Over the last few months I started to notice a lot of discussion about mechanical keyboards. Initially I didn't know what they were but after some reading it began to make sense.

    But they cost how much? For a keyboard?!

    Basically today I realised that my venerable Microsoft Digital Media Pro keyboard is long past it's best. It only cost something like £20 about 7 years ago so I can hardly complain, and now I'm thinking I should take this opportunity to look into the latest craze amongst us tech-heads.

    This has all been brought on by having a new keyboard delivered in work, it's nothing fancy - a Lenovo something or other, but it's very nice to type on and by contrast my home keyboard feels very 'squidgy' if that makes sense, now I know the Lenovo will go like this over time due to the rubber domes but it feels great now. The question is will a mechanical keyboard provide this lovely feel for its usable life, or is this just the feel of a new keyboard which will ultimately wear off - mechanical or not.

    I once read that we spend all day tapping away on a keyboard, stroking a mouse and staring at a screen so these are 3 things you shouldn't skimp on. I'm a strong believer in this.

    However......... circa £80 for a cheap mechanical keyboard?

    Am I mad for even considering this?

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    i spent upwards of £100 on my mechanical keyboard and i dont regret it one bit. I got the QPAD 3200 as its the only one i could find that had backlit keys aswell (and isnt Razer *shudders*). Its so much more comfortable to type on, that clicky sensation NEVER gets old.

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    I dont think they are that amazing, i am yet to find a better keyboard than my thinkpads. Not even joking.

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    I recently got a mechanical Filco Majestouch-2 (http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_d...sp?PRODUCT=648), which I must say I am very impressed with - especially in regard to finger fatigue - however I would say:

    It is much improved over a regular keyboard, but not proportional to its price - I did expect this though.

    For £100 it would have been nice to have metal rather than plastic.

    I haven't had any really extended typing sessions so it may be its best is yet to come.

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    Thanks for your responses everyone.

    I've took the plunge and ordered a Filco Majestouch-2. I figured if I was going to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a keyboard then I might as well get the best of the lot.

    Kudos to Helen at the keyboard company too. Outstanding service, instant responses to my emails.

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    If noise is no concern it's definitely worth getting mechanical keyboard. Together with ease and pleasure of typing/gaming comes longevity of the keyboard too - mechanical switch lifetime 50 million strokes vs. rubber dome 1-5 million strokes. When you compare prices of those mechanical keyboard clearly delivers better value for money. I ordered das keyboard from new egg in US, saved 30 quid.

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    I'd love one like that, but there is no way I'd spend that amount of money ! Though if someone gifted me one I wouldn't say no !

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    I'd love one like that, but there is no way I'd spend that amount of money ! Though if someone gifted me one I wouldn't say no !
    I hope that wasn't supposed to be a hint

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    lol well I've got a birthday coming up this weekend

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    Really want to get a Das Keyboard Ultimate

    http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-ultimate/

    All the keys are in the right places, and they're all blank

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    why would you want it to be blank?

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    Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Worth it?

    Because, uh-oh, we're dealing with a badass here

    It's kinda an e-peen thing.

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