I was going to say that maybe after you get the Das you wouldn't mind the glossy finish too much after all. If you still did then they have a 30 day return no questions asked. But congrats on your buy hope you like it!
Yeah it was a tough choice but I have a Logitech DiNovo Edge which is mostly black glossy and I was constantly cleaning it. That's something I didn't want to do on an every day keyboard. I still use it from the couch when watching videos as it's a great little Chiclet style keyboard but not for every day.
Just want to chime in and welcome you to the wonderful world of Geekhack and mechanical keyboards! You'll thank us, but your wallet won't!
Anyways, I think your choice was quite respectable. The higher end Duckys are really solidly built, and Cherry browns are a great starter switch. I have done a blind and deaf test of both browns and blues, and they feel amazingly similar (I couldn't tell them apart). The really distinctive click of blues seems to trick your brain into thinking it's more tactile. Whatever you do, just stick with the switch for a week, and you'll learn to love its strengths. When I got my first mech (the browns I'm typing on right now), I was expecting more, and to be honest, was disappointed. Key feel is a very sensitive thing, and after about 3 days, I couldn't imagine going back to my cheap Dell rubber dome.
Two more quick things: don't let people scare you into thinking backlighting is evil. Keys are often more durable than people make out (you don't hear thousands of people ever come on and post "Hey! I've been using my keyboard for a year and it's still in perfect condition!"). Also, don't expect to come out of here without a lot of cash missing. I came in only to research a well built mechanical keyboard. Right now, I'm up to 3 boards and looking into buying a $300 one, along with several others.
I wish you luck.
Thanks for the warm welcome:)
I don't scare easy, LOL!! Before I registered I spent a week maybe more reading a lot of different threads around here and it became very clear very fast that there's a group of users who consider anything more than CAPS lock LED to be beneath them and if you're too stupid to understand why you should not have the right to own a mechanical keyboard and should probably stop procreating immediately LOL:rolleyes:
I stopped having children about 22 years ago so I think I'm good in that regard :tongue1: The rest I'll just ignore :lalala:
Getting back to my choice, as I said above it was a tough choice. I kept going between a tenkeyless filco, Das and Ducky/Deck. The Decks were just a bit more than I wanted to spend but I can see one creeping onto my desktop in the future. The Deck 82 is just God awful ugly. I don't see how anyone can like that keyboard. Maybe the pictures do it an injustice and it might look better in person but I somehow doubt it.
I eliminated the Das for the reason above, glossy nuf said.
So it really came down to the filco tenkeyless in white vs the Ducky full with either yellow or white LED. In all the pictures and videos the Ducky looks gorgeous and a backlight was high on my want list. The filco in either black or white looks very nice but for that price I would like a few more features. I actually toyed with getting the CM Storm Rapid for about a day but I didn't want to get red switches for my first keyboard. It was either brown or blue. The Ducky pretty much hit everything on my want list except for a USB port but I can live without it. I also emailed MechanicalKeyboards.com with a few questions and one of the nuggets I managed to get was that they will be getting PBT backlit caps in the coming months ($40-$45 for 104 key set) which pretty much nailed it for me. To be honest, if Deck had Cherry Brown or Cherry Blue there's a good possibility I may have went with one of those. As it is they only have Black or Clear switches at the moment.
And if I'm going to be honest here, I already know that I will be buying a white filco in the not too distant future making you 100% correct about spending more than wanting to:thumb:
So now I'm just waiting for delivery of my new Ducky. I just know I'm going to love it. Oh and by the way, if the Cherry Blue was in stock in white, blue or yellow LED I'm 90% sure I would have went with that. But that's cool, from everything I read I think the Cherry Brown was the better choice for me.