What happened to the high end keyboards, is there anything worth considering?

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  1. 0blivious

    0blivious Ancient Guru

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    I have the exact same keyboard (the RGB version) and can confirm. This is one loud ass keyboard. It literally makes my fiance, across the house, down a hallway with a door around another corner, get up and close the bedroom door. She has said as much. She says it sounds like I'm "typing angrily". Otherwise, I like this keyboard aside from the software being really clunky.
     
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  2. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    And it should be a large project because trust me on this - the final result is a great satisfactory feeling when you use your keyboard on a daily basis.

    Clips wise, they won't magically make it silent, for that, I suggest also adding internal foam and to use a mouse mat/towel below your keyboard. But all of those will definitely make it quieter and reduce key "wobble".

    Looking forward to seeing your results.
     
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  3. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Hehe, thanks for the worthy anecdote, I can picture that exactly :)
    Mine needs quieting for similar reasons.

    ps
    Its worth clamping a small black tie wrap round the braiding where it enters the keyboard.
    Mine started to come undone, the tie wrap has kept it in perfect order since.
    I had the same problem with a Corsair K50, that ended up quite messy without a tie wrap.
     
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  4. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    This project is getting serious consideration but recently realised I'm not bad at art and need to put spare time into it.
    It wouldnt be difficult being an electronic engineer, this is my kind of stunt. A couple of previous projects are posted here.
    But I could be without my keyboard for a long time!
     
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  5. 0blivious

    0blivious Ancient Guru

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    Appreciate the heads up on that. So far so good but that braided wire is awfully stiff so I can see it being a potential issue.

    ...*searches PC bins for a black zip tie*...
     
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  6. jbscotchman

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    Personally I think high end keyboards aren't worth the cost for some fancy lights. Honestly I just buy $15 Logitech keyboards for the last 10 years.
     
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  7. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Some part of me agrees but another part get annoyed they dont last more than a few years.
    The only keyboard I have owned that lasted more than just over 2 years before developing a problem is my current mechanical at just over 3.5 yrs.
    I have a strange aversion to the right shift key working and lights remaining lit on non mechanical keyboards.
     
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  8. Calmmo

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    People confuse high end with light shows, high end is more than lights. I'd never bought an expensive mechanical keyboard before the k95. (i've been putting together my own PC's since the 90's, i've bought plenty of different keyboards)

    It's just better than all my cheapo crap put together, simple as that.
     
  9. DerSchniffles

    DerSchniffles Ancient Guru

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    I have used many keyboards, just not many higher end ones, this is my 3rd mechanical I've ever bought. Finding a good keyboard and mouse that works perfectly for the user can be really challenging. I think most people are ok with good enough or don't know any better.

    You seem knowledgeable on keyboards, I am genuinely curious as to what makes a keyboard stand out to you and what you don't like about mine.
     
  10. cryohellinc

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    Read my massive post on the second page if you want to understand from what point of view I'm coming from. Generally, all of the mainstream keyboards have two features - lots of RGB and barebones typing experience.

    I care for typing experience, I want to enjoy it instead of just mushing on loud keys with some cheap keycaps.
     

  11. TyrantofJustice

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    i also have the K95 I have the speed switches ... this is my first mechanical KB si idk what is loud ... sound no louder than any other KB i owned and through ICUE software the lighting possibilities are endless. I have the mouse pad .. mouse.. cooler.. headphone stand .. headset.. fans.. all to match ,all synced to ICUE same colors same lighting effect.
     
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  13. Mufflore

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    Whatever you do, avoid Steelseries lit keyboards.
    My Apex Pro has 8 LEDs that failed ... so far, all are blue.
    The rainbow pattern only shows red/orange/green/yellow/black on those keys.

    The blue LEDs failed one by one, suddenly starting to dim and within a few weeks the blue is dead.
    This was an expensive keyboard too, QA is lacking!
    fyi
     
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  14. k3vst3r

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    Yeah I avoid anything Steelseries makes, customer support doesn't care expect you buy brand new product instead honouring warranty on products.
     
  15. Mech kb's have come a good way in the last few years, nowadays you can get a hotswap capable, sound foamed, sturdy keyboard with pre-lubed switches for a little over 100 USD or thereabouts.

    I have a Glorious GMMK2 in 96 % size - it's quite handy practically no wider than a TKL but has a numpad - and have put lubed Ajazz Diced Fruit Kiwis in it (tactile) and it's quite enjoyable.
    The prebuilt cost abt 130 EUR and the stock linear switches (Glorious Fox) were easily the best linears I had used but I prefer tactile.

    Tried out Kailh Pro Purples first which were decent but only very subtly tactile so wanted something more tactile, been quite happy with the Kiwis so far!

    I went through several market prebuilts from a few brands before finally getting a hotswap capable KB and in retrospect should have done it way earlier.
     
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  16. Mufflore

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    I had fun and games getting them to pay for the return of a faulty Sensei Pro mouse to Denmark because they have no UK support.
    Eventually they sent me another mouse in a box looking brand new, with explicit instructions to destroy the old mouse.
    It didnt take long for both main mouse buttons to start double clicking. I noticed the pads on the underside had been removed before.
    They had packaged up another failed return as a new mouse, shocking support.

    Much later I gave them another try buying the Apex Pro keyboard hoping there would be no problems because I'm not accepting a return product from them again. Their QA sucks.
    They used up all the good karma I had left, no more Steelseries here.
     
  17. mrrulez911

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    I've had a logitech g15, G19, G910, switched to corsair k95 and then finally to a Ducky One 2 Mini (60%) and now a new version of it. My plan is to buy a Wooting (made in Holland) 60% analog keyboard.

     
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  18. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    I currently have Keychron Q6 myself, with hand lubed (done msyelf) Cherry MX Silent Red switches and 45g springs replacement.

    Nothing but 2,5 KG of quality.
     
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    Over 4 years later, and the Das Keyboard Professional is still the best mechanical keyboard out there.
     
  20. mrrulez911

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    I've just received my Wooting 60HE.

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