New keyboard....again

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  1. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Well, I'm sick of wireless keyboards. I've been looking for a new keyboard for the last few weeks. Every time I wander past a keyboard display in store I have to stop and "play" with the keyboards on display. I'm having a hard time finding a keyboard I like because my desk (keyboard/mouse tray) is very small at just under 24" (or just a tadbit over 60cm). Currently I have an MS Wireless Keyboard 2000 which has issues recording keystrokes from time to time. I want something with a wire...period. I've had nothing but problems from wireless keyboards since moving to this house. So far, the Roccat Arvo and the GEAR HEAD KB1700U are the best options I've found. I'm leaning more towards the Roccat Arvo but wanted to see what people think about Roccat products in general. If you have experience with this particular keyboard, I'd appreciate you sharing it. If there's something better with a similar size, please share.

    Opinions, options, facts.....share it all. I'm about ready to start pulling my hair out trying to find a suitable keyboard....
     
  2. lehtv

    lehtv Ancient Guru

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    Logitech Illuminated?
     
  3. MM10X

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    Leopold tenkeyless with either MX blue(more clicky, louder) or MX brown (less clicky but still tactile, quieter) switches.

    http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200rcab


    After nearly a year behind my razer BlackWidow( MX blues) and months using my leopold tenkeyless otaku for work (MX browns) I can say that I love both for each situation, and they have still not lost any feel or responsiveness since I bought them.
     
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  4. sirrith

    sirrith Ancient Guru

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    I really like my razer blackwidow stealth.
     

  5. ground_zero298

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    Anything but a razer, had 2 key boards, both had driver issues. All they sell is a name, no quality.
     
  6. MM10X

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    My tarantula was pretty bad, but my blackwidow has been flawless.

    Compared to the fact the blackwidow was comparably priced to other mechanical keyboards, its actually quite good.

    The Cacharias I had lasted 4 years of hard use before the cables started fraying internally, perhaps it was a bit premature but I was not exactly gentle on the cables.
    A lot better than the logitech headsets I had that lasted 3-5 months before breaking. (I had 3, they broke like clockwork !!)
    Also my Mamba has been pretty good, and I just got a Blackshark that's been pretty phenomenal so far.

    The BlackWidow stealth uses cherry MX brown keys, the regular blackwidow uses MX blues.
     
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  7. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Unfortunately, the Blackwidow is too wide.

    The Logitech Illuminated keyboard is wider than my MS Wireless Keyboard 2000....wider isn't an option as my mouse has to fit on the tray with my keyboard.
     
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    As I said, check out the leopold tenkeyless models, I have one on my desk I just measured 14 1/8" wide.
     
  9. Brendruis

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    I second the Leopold and they have a matte finish. If I were to buy again I would get it over my current Daskeyboard for that reason alone.
     
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    ^ Exactly this. I have heard some smack about the quality of some Razer products, but I have had absolutely no problem with my Blackwidow. Its of a solid build quality and types VERY well. My model has the Cherry Blues, but like he said the stealth one comes with Browns. I guess the Blues are supposed to be the bomb for typing, while the Browns are supposed to be a balance of "good for typing" and gaming. While this has been great for me, I can honestly say I don't know if the Cherry MX Blues offer any real advantage in gaming.

    EDIT: oops, I didn't realize you said the BW is too wide for your work space. Nevermind. Check out the Rosewill or the CM Storm ones, they are affordable and less wide.
     
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    What about CM storm quickfire rapid. Small enough for your desk.
     
  13. Brendruis

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    Yeah but apparently it has rampant QC issues look at the reviews there

    The switches on them are nice but I think they need an entire product that is good before charging $80 US
     
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    i went for a ducky shine with cherry reds. its more or less the same as my old leopold fc500r except this has a few extra keys/functions and has full led backlight.
     
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    CM Storm Quickfire Rapid $70 AR. Compact and simple mechanical keyboard with NKRO, modular wire, multimedia keys. It has no numeric pad so it's only 14 inch wide, leaving 10 inches for your mouse.
     

  16. sykozis

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    I've added the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid to the list of potential purchases. The wife shot down the Leopold due to the $100 price tag.

    Current list is:
    ROCCAT Arvo
    CM Storm QuickFire Rapid
     
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    The Arvo is $54 shipped from Newegg...

    The Gear Head keyboard has been removed from the list
     
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    I would not go for CM storm products again, although I've only experienced their mice. First one was horrible (issues with skipping etc...), second one just died for absolutely no reason after 2 years of moderate use (got up to get a drink, came back and the sensor was completely dead).
     
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    Seems the only complaint I've found for the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid is the noise from the mechanical key switches (Cherry MX Blue switches).

    Being that I typically just walk into BestBuy and grab whatever keyboard is cheapest, I don't know **** about these Cherry MX switches and what exactly the colors mean other than blue seems to be rather loud and a lot of people seem to prefer brown.
     

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