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Keyboard for gaming.....and typing!

Discussion in 'Gaming Peripherals' started by andy85wsm, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. andy85wsm

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 21, 2012

    Posts: 740

    Hey all,

    Currently using a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 which I've had for YEARS!

    Looking to upgrade, and wondered if there was a keyboard good for typing as well as gaming? I do a lot of the latter, and don't just use this computer to game.

    Budget is around 100-150, want something decent.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Wulfster

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 12, 2016

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    Location: 2 metres away

    Take a look at Ducky’s range.

    Well made, good quality keycaps (pbt doubleshot) with a clean aesthetic and stylish looks. The software is optional too and is with most keyboards, the lighting can be switched off if so desired.

    best

    Wulf
     
  3. Vince

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003

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    Gaming I use a Ducky Shine 7 "year of the dog" and it's a great keyboard but for pure typing and working I use the Microsoft Modern with fingerprint and you will be hard pushed to find a nicer board to type on, it games ok as well.
     
  4. andy85wsm

    Hitman

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  5. Wulfster

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  6. andy85wsm

    Hitman

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    That's something I noticed after.

    I'll probably get a full keyboard version, just because that's what I'm used to!

    Thanks again :)
     
  7. Joelw291

    Associate

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    I would recommend a Fnatic Ministreak (TKL) or Streak (Full Size) The build quality of the keyboard is very good, nice aluminum finish (feels more premium than the corsair offerings imo) they come in cherry silent red and brown switches, could do with some PBT keycaps though, they're standard layout so any set should fit.
     
  8. champion1642

    Gangster

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    I personally use K70 rapidfire, the actuation is pretty light, so you don't have to use much force to type, it's like gliding your hands on top of the keyboard, almost effortless.

    Some people don't like it because the keys are too easy to press meaning sometimes you may press a key you don't want to, but for me it's perfect. So if you're looking for something similar, then I highly recommend it.

    I'm not really into the whole RGB stuff, so I can't really comment on that, but the backlight is pretty clear to night time typing (I just have it on default red setting) though you can change the colour to whatever you want through Corsair's software (which I haven't installed).
     
  9. aoaaron

    Mobster

    Joined: May 19, 2012

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    I'd get a Ducky if wired, G915 if wireless (if you can get LG student discount)
     
  10. arc@css

    Caporegime

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    Sorry to jump in, but am I correct in thinking that cherry reds are the quietest of all the switches?
     
  11. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jun 21, 2006

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    Mechanical keyboard IMO are gimmicky.

    I've never had an issue with membrane. I use membrane at work as office supplies us with them and I've never missed a keystroke.

    They are also loud and I mean LOUD.

    I have 2 mechanical keyboards at home I bought a budget chinese one brand new and a decent one second hand for cheap.

    No real difference between them. I believe the switches alone on the decent one are worth like £50+.

    I'd say just buy a cheap mechanical no need to spend £150.
     
  12. andy85wsm

    Hitman

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    Posts: 740

    Is there anything good for gaming/typing that is also quiet? :)
     
  13. Psycho Sonny

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    Nope my mechanical has the cherry MX reds which are supposed to be one of the quietest and they are very loud so I'd hate to see what normal ones are like.

    My cheap Chinese also has clones of the reds and they sound the same.

    Apparently they now have silent versions but I would take that with a pinch of salt.

    I don't understand why mechanical are so popular everyone raves about them. They are imo worse than membrane.

    I don't have a membrane in the house anymore apart from a mini one for console and TV use. I use mechanical and decent ones too as they are reds but I would honestly save the cash if I could go back and just buy a normal keyboard.

    Stick gaming onto a bottle of water and I bet you people would pay £101 for it vs a £1 bottle of water.

    If my keyboard broke tomorrow I have a backup but if I didn't I'd probably spend £50 max on a replacement.

    Get the below if you want a mechanical they are all loud so I wouldn't care what switches it uses.

    Otherwise spend £20 on a normal keyboard which will be silent.

    Logitech G512 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Special Edition,RGB Lightsync Backlit Keys,GX Blue Clicky Key Switches,Brushed Aluminum Case,Customizable F-Keys,USB Pass Through,QWERTY UK Layout - Black

    The above is circa £55
     
  14. Vince

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    I disagree with what Sonny is saying in terms of good performing keyboards, switch feel and noise between the different switches (or if you have o-rings installed to reduce the clickyness) etc but imo there are some really nice non mech keyboards that are silent in operation and perform beautifully for both typing and gaming. I went through a lot of keyboards and I have now settled on what I think is one of the best mech keyboards and the best non mech which imo is the Microsoft Modern as seen in the image below. It is a chicklet style membrane board but built with a really nice key feel and exceptional quality while being completely silent in operation, it also has a fingerprint reader that supports windows hello:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. andy85wsm

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  16. Vince

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    I mean that doesn't look bad at all. It will be a decent keyboard for sure. The only thing really to consider at that price point is the looks and they are subjective. I think id hit the go button and that and see how you like it. FWIW my mech has blue switches and they are very clicky. Much better with an o-ring but still clicky.
     
  17. andy85wsm

    Hitman

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    Are you mentioning the blue switches because my thoughts that brown is probably better than me is correct? Or have I missed something? :)

    It's probably between this - https://www.overclockers.co.uk/duck...ical-gaming-keyboard-uk-layout-kb-231-dk.html

    Fnatic Streak

    Or Corsair K70 RGB MK.2

    All around the same price unless there's another keyboard I'm missing
     
  18. Vince

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    I just mentioned them to let you know blue are pretty loud, brown and silent reds would be much less clicky imo. Either way there are ways to reduce noise should it be a bit loud for you.
     
  19. andy85wsm

    Hitman

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    Okay thanks!

    Will do some reading on the Corsair and Ducky and then get one purchased!
     
  20. Safetytrousers

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    I adore my Royal Kludge. I don't use it for gaming, but it has the WASD keys lit up in a different colour.