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#101 2019-02-13 11:56:59

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

What I tend to do is visit PC stores and go hands-on with as many keyboards as possible. At the least you might find you can exclude manufacturers that don't suit your needs.


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#102 2019-02-13 12:06:11

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

Last time i went to my pc store they tried selling me snake oil, but i suppose ill have to grin and bare bear it for a good quality peripheral.

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#103 2019-02-13 12:11:56

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S7.L wrote:

... but i suppose ill have to grin and bare it for a good quality peripheral.

I hope that is a typo, otherwise you may be arrested for a public order offense ops


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#104 2019-02-13 12:42:06

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^ oops. Typo, no one is seeing my junk for a decent keyboard  yikes  neutral

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#105 2019-02-13 13:41:33

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

@OP When I need a good keyboard, then I go to the shop and ask for Logitech keyboards, an not the cheapest models.

But then, I'm not gamer, yet I use a keyboard all the time.

And going to the store and actually trying one or two as damo suggested, is the best advice.


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#106 2019-02-13 13:58:47

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Thanks Imbecil, Damo, you see we have a place where i am called bigw and they have a few keyboards there and i thought atleast a $15 keyboard would be ok, sub par but ok, i thought wrong.

Logitech is there so is microsoft and hp and that cheap no name knock off brand, i just thought someone might have a suggestion away from the monopoly of brands such as this.

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#107 2019-02-13 14:15:53

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

S7.L wrote:

... i just thought someone might have a suggestion away from the monopoly of brands such as this.

Yeah sure, but until you put your hands on one it is a gamble if you will like it.

There have been several forum threads about the subject eg BL Keyboard discussion thread


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#108 2019-02-13 14:20:56

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^ appreciate that

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#109 2019-02-13 14:36:08

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Well I am a bit bias, but naturally I would suggest going the mechanical keyboard route, and it's possible yay!

sure the cheaper ones tend to appear gamery, but I am just throwing that option out there.


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#110 2019-02-13 14:40:11

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^ dont like the red BL Keyboard Troll, but i value your input away from some dickhead in a superstore.

I have a feeling you are a bot of some sort though?

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#111 2019-02-13 14:52:42

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I just threw it out there as a suggestion, you can take or ignore as you like lol.

and a bot? I guess I really am predictable lol.

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#112 2019-02-13 15:01:09

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^ Hey im just messing with ya. How long have you been using said keyboard brand or said keyboard? What are your thoughts on its quality and build?

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#113 2019-02-13 15:16:54

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I haven't exactly used that particular one, but from a lot of those videos about budget mechanical keyboards and even just from other users, they vouch for that, plus for the price for what you get, worth the gamble imo.


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#114 2019-02-13 16:40:29

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

Having changed to a mechanical keyboard a couple of years back (plain one without fancy lights thanks) I wouldn't willingly go back to the more common type.  They are more expensive though it has to be said.


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#115 2019-02-13 17:09:47

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

S7.L wrote:

I had to buy a new keyboard a week ago for my other pc and i went the cheap route and now i regret it. The original keyboard i had was a microsoft keyboard from back in 2012 i think, i tried cleaning it to make the keys work better but i think the problem of sticky keys is due to plastic expansion,malformation due to heat, long term use and such, wear and tear of course but the keyboard still works ok albeit a few keys being sticky, especially the U key, you know how hard it is to type in gnu/linux without proper use of the U key!.

So this new $15 (gecko) keyboard being brand new is even worse than my old one. You have to press harder than normal and im forever getting typos and conjoined words when typing.

Any recommendations? Budget would be about 50 US $

I can definitely recommend Suara Roccat backlit keyboard
I have this keyboard and it is excellent
suara Roccat

OOps sorry I just read the bit about being in the $50 price range sorry

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#116 2019-02-13 18:12:15

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Here's a video I saw recently about mechanical keyboards under $50 which might also help you in choosing one a bit more easily.

but I am also a keyboard nut, here's my current daily driver lol


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#117 2019-02-13 19:26:53

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C#Coder4ever wrote:

Here's a video I saw recently about mechanical keyboards under $50 which might also help you in choosing one a bit more easily.

but I am also a keyboard nut, here's my current daily driver lol

How do you manage without the function keys
It looks really nice but dont you miss having a full keyboard?


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#118 2019-02-13 20:00:16

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

THX1138 wrote:
C#Coder4ever wrote:

Here's a video I saw recently about mechanical keyboards under $50 which might also help you in choosing one a bit more easily.

but I am also a keyboard nut, here's my current daily driver lol

How do you manage without the function keys
It looks really nice but dont you miss having a full keyboard?

There is a Fn key on the left, so I guess it enables the top row as function keys?


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#119 2019-02-13 20:07:01

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

damo wrote:

There have been several forum threads about the subject eg BL Keyboard discussion thread

could we please merge this thread with that thread?

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#120 2019-02-13 20:14:22

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ohnonot wrote:

Since I really wanted a keyboard with a local layout, I decided to go to a shop and buy it there.
They had this budget model on offer.
No-frills, no stoopid RGB LEDs or programmable macros.
Even so, it can be made to do some silly stuff, besides normal steady backlighting.
The red LED is not my favorite color, but one can dim or completely switch it off.
It has really good reviews (surely the low price also helps people to feel happy about it).

First test, it feels much better now. Less typos also smile

not cherry mx, but I saw earlier that the outemu (there's a typo on the web page, it says otemu) switches can be purchased separately, so that surely is a good sign.
now, only time can tell...

PS:
it doesn't show so well in the image, but it also has the open architecture that will hopefully make cleaning much easier.

time has told.
it's been what, 9 months of full-on usage now. it definitely pays to spend some money on a mechanical keyboard if one is typing as much as I do, but I could've spent just a little more on it and maybe gotten something much better.
two gripes:

  • it's not clicky and the keys have little resistance. since i'm a hacker in the physical sense, and fat-fingered at that, that's not ideal.

  • the labels on the top row keys are totally confusing! even after 9 months I have to look closely to find {[]}\?+ and such.

but the overall typing experience is really much better now!

and since i originally bought this to be able to clean it better, i must say: mission accomplished! i can only recommend this open design. I can shake out crumbs & fluff simply by holding the keyboard vertical.

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#121 2019-02-13 20:29:18

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

ohnonot wrote:

Since I really wanted a keyboard with a local layout, I decided to go to a
but the overall typing experience is really much better now!

and since i originally bought this to be able to clean it better, i must say: mission accomplished! i can only recommend this open design. I can shake out crumbs & fluff simply by holding the keyboard vertical.

Red is my least vavorite colour, bit it is a nice looking keyboard other wise.

I can shake out crumbs & fluff simply by holding the keyboard vertical.
Best deal yet!  Is it heavy or a featherweight.  I hate "featherweight keyboards.  GRRRRR!


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#122 2019-02-13 22:36:21

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

THX1138 wrote:

How do you manage without the function keys
It looks really nice but dont you miss having a full keyboard?

No not really, I only really need 2 layers and an Fn key, though it is nice to have a semi-split keyboard and have the numpad right in the middle.

damo wrote:

There is a Fn key on the left, so I guess it enables the top row as function keys?

Bingo, as well as some other functions of course.


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#123 2019-02-14 04:52:32

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

ohnonot wrote:
damo wrote:

There have been several forum threads about the subject eg BL Keyboard discussion thread

could we please merge this thread with that thread?

Done.


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#124 2019-02-15 20:58:45

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

Sector11 wrote:

Red is my least vavorite colour, bit it is a nice looking keyboard other wise.

no, it's pretty ugly.

I can shake out crumbs & fluff simply by holding the keyboard vertical.
Best deal yet!

i know, right?

Is it heavy or a featherweight.  I hate "featherweight keyboards.  GRRRRR!

sufficiently heavy. the base has a brushed aluminum top.

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#125 2019-02-15 21:58:40

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I can shake out crumbs & fluff simply by holding the keyboard vertical.
Best deal yet!

hahahahaha


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