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Offline booyahwarrior_

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Keyboard Reccomendations?
« on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 18:21:14 »
I was wondering what some good keyboards for me would be. I want something that is good for typing. I am currently using a Corsair K70 Rapidfire, which is great and all, but I do feel like I made a mistake buying it instead of something better and cheaper. I am not a big fan of Cherry MX Browns unfortunately. 60% would be ideal for the keyboard. What would you guys recommend for me?

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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 18:28:05 »
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 18:59:56 »
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 20:03:08 »
I was wondering what some good keyboards for me would be. I want something that is good for typing. I am currently using a Corsair K70 Rapidfire, which is great and all, but I do feel like I made a mistake buying it instead of something better and cheaper. I am not a big fan of Cherry MX Browns unfortunately. 60% would be ideal for the keyboard. What would you guys recommend for me?

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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 20:06:59 »
Matias clicky switches. Although if they aren't in a Dell AT101 chassis you're missing out. Also I cannot find any affordable parts for 60% ALPS boards.


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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 20:17:31 »
Dell AT101W with Matias Quiet Clicks and Tai Hao Dolch caps (but not the CapsLock and space bar). This is my go-to utility PS/2 keyboard in the regular rotation.

Very high in the Alps realm.
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 21:02:14 »
Dell AT101W with Matias Quiet Clicks and Tai Hao Dolch caps (but not the CapsLock and space bar). This is my go-to utility PS/2 keyboard in the regular rotation.

Very high in the Alps realm.

The Matias stabilizer kit has a wire that works with the Tai-Hao spacebar. Tai-Hao also sells a black Alps capslock compatible with the AT101.

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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 20 September 2018, 23:45:37 »
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 21 September 2018, 03:40:54 »
Copied and pasted from an "old" post of mine with some updates.

I will always recommend the TADA68 to newcomers:

1. "Novelty" 65% layout but still retains the "normal" keys like arrows and home/end.
2. Nice white backlighting, configurable but not too RGB-garish.
3. Usually comes with Gateron switches, for which I recommend the Gateron Brown, as they are much smoother than Cherry Brown and also makes the board less costly.
4. Cheaper. One can get a TADA68 from KBDFans via fast shipping for $100 or below.
5. Various case options: Plastic or Aluminum, high or low-profile. The new Tofu 65% is just great.
6. Good resale value, as other buyers may rather buy directly than importing from China.
7. Great key programming software that works on all platforms and can let you do a lot more than you expect. Also supports QMK.
8. If you want to start off extra strong, you can always order a pre-assembled one from KBDFans with Zealio switches for a bit higher price.

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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 22 September 2018, 05:37:22 »
I love my old IBM Model M keyboards and it's a joy to type on but for everyday use i choose my Apple Extended Keyboard.

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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 22 September 2018, 22:59:18 »
Copied and pasted from an "old" post of mine with some updates.

I will always recommend the TADA68 to newcomers:

1. "Novelty" 65% layout but still retains the "normal" keys like arrows and home/end.
2. Nice white backlighting, configurable but not too RGB-garish.
3. Usually comes with Gateron switches, for which I recommend the Gateron Brown, as they are much smoother than Cherry Brown and also makes the board less costly.
4. Cheaper. One can get a TADA68 from KBDFans via fast shipping for $100 or below.
5. Various case options: Plastic or Aluminum, high or low-profile. The new Tofu 65% is just great.
6. Good resale value, as other buyers may rather buy directly than importing from China.
7. Great key programming software that works on all platforms and can let you do a lot more than you expect. Also supports QMK.
8. If you want to start off extra strong, you can always order a pre-assembled one from KBDFans with Zealio switches for a bit higher price.

What he said - the Tada68 is a great starter board. I bought one, used it for a short bit, used it as a desoldering project, then passed it on to a friend when I moved on. Liked it so much later on, I bought it again when it became a 'kit' and was able to make it hot-swappable.

iKBC / Vortex also makes great products for most.
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 28 September 2018, 09:16:16 »
it's a lot of personal preference & trying different stuff. is there a keyboard group in your area or a member with a ton of stuff that's local that you can make friends with & check out their gear?

for me... i love my 60% (pure), but can't stand the 65-ish% form factor. next favorite form factor would be something similar to the apple M0110 or A9M0330 (IIgs board, 1st ADB keyboard) which is just alpha & numpad & ALPS. Most recently, i've built a split ortholinear board and i'm really liking it.

once you have a idea of what you'd like, see what other info/reviews you can find of it. Thomas does a ton of reviews on all kinds of boards & switches.  https://www.youtube.com/user/Chyrosran22/featured

all in all, it's really a journey and your preferences may change the longer you spend in this hobby.

good luck on the hunt.
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 28 September 2018, 09:19:44 »
Dell AT101W with Matias Quiet Clicks and Tai Hao Dolch caps (but not the CapsLock and space bar). This is my go-to utility PS/2 keyboard in the regular rotation.

Very high in the Alps realm.


wow. best looking AT101 i've seen. nice job.
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Re: Keyboard Reccomendations?
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 01 October 2018, 09:50:18 »
If you can spare the money I always recommend Topre. Either Realforce (fullsize 104 or tenkeyless 87). If you want to go even smaller PFU HHKB Pro 2, I love it. Im not the first here to recommend that tho.

Best board I've ever typed on was a IBM Model F. If you like vintage boards consider one, tho you will have to use a adapter and perhaps even new controller to make it work. Otherwise Model M is rock solid as well.