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MSI GK-601 Mechanical Keyboards
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Default MSI GK-601 Mechanical Keyboards - 05-02-2013, 13:03 | posts: 21,306 | Location: Guru3D testlab

MSI has expanded its Gaming catalogue with its first Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Built on the popular Cherry MX Red linear switches, the MSI GK-601 provides superb feedback and sensitive key responsiv...

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Default 05-02-2013, 13:39 | posts: 6,859 | Location: Dubai, UAE / London, UK

Looks like a very basic keyboard, nothing special...
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 07:24 | posts: 68

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Looks like a very basic keyboard, nothing special...
Except that it's mechanical, has laser etched keys and it's backlit? If the price is low this will be a winner.

Edit: The GK series is the backlit one, which is a shame. The yellow theme is kinda ugly. Also, there's no wrist wrest and choice of switches (at this time) which is a deal breaker for me.

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Default 05-05-2013, 08:07 | posts: 3,814 | Location: The Netherlands

Looks basic indeed apart from it being Mechanical.

I recently bought a Logitech G710+ as my first ever Mechanical Keyboard and i'm really happy with it. I did replace all o-rings with Red ones tho, ordered at WASD. I came from a G19.
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 08:38 | posts: 1,866 | Location: Babylon 5

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Except that it's mechanical, has laser etched keys and it's backlit? If the price is low this will be a winner.

Edit: The GK series is the backlit one, which is a shame. The yellow theme is kinda ugly. Also, there's no wrist wrest and choice of switches (at this time) which is a deal breaker for me.
Well, in Asia, Cherry Red is the more popular switch among users here, so perhaps MSI is taking its cue from here....
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 09:19 | posts: 26,663 | Location: Hampshire, UK

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Looks basic indeed apart from it being Mechanical.

I recently bought a Logitech G710+ as my first ever Mechanical Keyboard and i'm really happy with it. I did replace all o-rings with Red ones tho, ordered at WASD. I came from a G19.
My g710+ is coming on Tuesday. Why did you replace the rings?
   
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My g710+ is coming on Tuesday. Why did you replace the rings?
It comes with Black o-rings and they arn't really soft. So they don't absorb really well.
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 17:32 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

I would have preferred it if they had a Cherry MX Brown switch variant. It'll be great for those like me who do more typing than gaming but don't want the loudness of the Cherry MX Blue.

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Default 05-05-2013, 17:50 | posts: 4,005 | Location: Finland

I love cherry mx red over anything else O.o blues are horrid. Blacks are next best thing imo. Then brown. I own Gigabyte Osmium really good kb
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 18:01 | posts: 3,814 | Location: The Netherlands

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I would have preferred it if they had a Cherry MX Brown switch variant. It'll be great for those like me who do more typing than gaming but don't want the loudness of the Cherry MX Blue.

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Then get the Logitech G710+. You get some great profiler software aswell.
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 18:49 | posts: 8,012 | Location: Urban`Jungle

whats this cherry MX red, brown, blue, black you all talk about?

those mounting switches on keyboard keys?
   
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Default 05-05-2013, 19:30 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

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Then get the Logitech G710+. You get some great profiler software aswell.
Ya, I know about that keyboard, but don't feel like replacing my current board, mechanical keyboards aren't cheap . I'll just stick it out with my Razer BlackWidow (Cherry MX Blue) board for a couple more years.

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Default 05-05-2013, 19:44 | posts: 3,814 | Location: The Netherlands

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whats this cherry MX red, brown, blue, black you all talk about?

those mounting switches on keyboard keys?
It's the switches themselves, the different colors all work different. Some have more resistance, the other less deadzone, the other more noise.
   
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Default 05-06-2013, 18:06 | posts: 8,012 | Location: Urban`Jungle

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It's the switches themselves, the different colors all work different. Some have more resistance, the other less deadzone, the other more noise.
Great, thanks!
   
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Default 05-06-2013, 18:26 | posts: 1,228 | Location: UK

I can recommend to anyone thinking about using a mechanical keyboard to advancing that thought process to a purchase.

Not just for gaming, but simple typing becomes a joy also as the keys have such a satisfying 'ping' to them; you'll want to type more. Run-on sentences are your problem.
   
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Default 05-07-2013, 01:49 | posts: 4,005 | Location: Finland

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I can recommend to anyone thinking about using a mechanical keyboard to advancing that thought process to a purchase.

Not just for gaming, but simple typing becomes a joy also as the keys have such a satisfying 'ping' to them; you'll want to type more. Run-on sentences are your problem.
True that and if possible test every switch before deciding cause. For me red was a clear winner. And for my friends brown. I just like the fact that these keys aren't tactile and actuation requires no force whatsoever. And well I don't exactly like the sound of typewriter that comes with mx blue
   
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Default 05-07-2013, 08:33 | posts: 3,814 | Location: The Netherlands

The only thing i don't like about the G710+ is the Spacebar. But it been over 2 months now and nothing really bothers me anymore about it. You get used to it.

I came from a G19 which is dome keys, and the first week i was like "Screw this, i'm gonna return this noisy crap". Now i wouldn't want anything else anymore.

And i really really like the look of the G710+, no idea why ppl complain about it on other forums.

Another thing i done was paint the top of the activation LEDs of Numpad and such Black with a Marker, as the LED control doesn't change the brightness of time. But that was an easy fix

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Default 05-07-2013, 16:42 | posts: 4,280 | Location: MI, USA

Backlit in yellow? What are they on? Wouldn't be worth it because I'd have to mod the leds to blue or white.
   
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Default 05-07-2013, 16:55 | posts: 3,713

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I would have preferred it if they had a Cherry MX Brown switch variant. It'll be great for those like me who do more typing than gaming but don't want the loudness of the Cherry MX Blue.
This.

As much as I like gaming, constant typing when coding or making documentation means Red or Blue switches a no-no.




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Default 05-07-2013, 16:56 | posts: 4,005 | Location: Finland

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Backlit in yellow? What are they on? Wouldn't be worth it because I'd have to mod the leds to blue or white.
Yellow is way more easy on the eyes then blue or white. But ofc not as pretty.
   
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This.

As much as I like gaming, constant typing when coding or making documentation means Red or Blue switches a no-no.
Hmmm weird i like Red ones for typing, i guess it's personal reference. I just wrote my Thesis with these not that bad to write 4-8 pages a day feels good
   
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Default 05-07-2013, 17:31 | posts: 3,713

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Hmmm weird i like Red ones for typing, i guess it's personal reference. I just wrote my Thesis with these not that bad to write 4-8 pages a day feels good
I'm from 'that' camp that likes the tactile feel of old keyboards. =)
Brown is the one I need to provide the tactility I need while keeping things quiet-like; Blue is too loud for me.




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