Mechanical Keyboards: Do They Live Up to the Hype?

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#1 Posted by shufu7-11 (943 posts) -

Hey guys. I currently have a cheap rubber-dome keyboard (this one, to be exact: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823107120) and am looking into getting a mechanical keyboard. But before I drop that much dough for something I don't neccessarily need, I'd like hear from those who have used or are using mechanical keyboards themselves. Are they worth spending that much extra money on? And if so, which type of keys should I look into getting? I use my desktop pretty much 50/50 typing/gaming. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! :)

#2 Posted by Cyberdot (3926 posts) -

Yes, they are very responsive. Once you press a key, it responses straight away.

Mechanical keys also feels good to press.

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This should help you in deciding which kind of Cherry MX switch you want.

#3 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10895 posts) -
The type of keys highly depends on the user. I also use the keyboard for 50/50 typing and gaming, so I picked out a keyboard with MX Cherry Browns. LOVE THEM! Now I hear blues are good for that too (but more nosier). Or maybe Blacks will help you more. Depends on how you type and stuff.
#4 Posted by shufu7-11 (943 posts) -

Yes, they are very responsive. Once you press a key, it responses straight away.

Mechanical keys also feels good to press.

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This should help you in deciding which kind of Cherry MX switch you want.

Cyberdot
Thanks for the link! I guess my question now is can I expect a significant increase in my performance during gaming, i.e. will the increased responsiveness lead me to play any better than with my current cheap-o keyboard?
#5 Posted by shufu7-11 (943 posts) -
[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]The type of keys highly depends on the user. I also use the keyboard for 50/50 typing and gaming, so I picked out a keyboard with MX Cherry Browns. LOVE THEM! Now I hear blues are good for that too (but more nosier). Or maybe Blacks will help you more. Depends on how you type and stuff.

Thanks for the suggestion. I was leaning toward browns so it's nice to get confirmation from someone else!
#6 Posted by General_X (9136 posts) -
[QUOTE="Cyberdot"]

Yes, they are very responsive. Once you press a key, it responses straight away.

Mechanical keys also feels good to press.

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This should help you in deciding which kind of Cherry MX switch you want.

shufu7-11
Thanks for the link! I guess my question now is can I expect a significant increase in my performance during gaming, i.e. will the increased responsiveness lead me to play any better than with my current cheap-o keyboard?

I wouldn't expect a performance increase, just a comfyness increase and a keyboard that'll last forever.
#7 Posted by shufu7-11 (943 posts) -
[QUOTE="shufu7-11"][QUOTE="Cyberdot"]

Yes, they are very responsive. Once you press a key, it responses straight away.

Mechanical keys also feels good to press.

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This should help you in deciding which kind of Cherry MX switch you want.

General_X
Thanks for the link! I guess my question now is can I expect a significant increase in my performance during gaming, i.e. will the increased responsiveness lead me to play any better than with my current cheap-o keyboard?

I wouldn't expect a performance increase, just a comfyness increase and a keyboard that'll last forever.

I suppose the increased comfort would certainly be worth the upgrade!
#8 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7653 posts) -

Skill > kb.

Maybe it would help you with rts since you can hear every click you make.

Cherry browns, I have blues and they are bit stiff there are stiffer ones that I don't recommend.

#9 Posted by Cyberdot (3926 posts) -

[QUOTE="Cyberdot"]

Yes, they are very responsive. Once you press a key, it responses straight away.

Mechanical keys also feels good to press.

--------

This should help you in deciding which kind of Cherry MX switch you want.

shufu7-11

Thanks for the link! I guess my question now is can I expect a significant increase in my performance during gaming, i.e. will the increased responsiveness lead me to play any better than with my current cheap-o keyboard?

Possibly.

I was comparing mechanical with membrane, and I can see the difference which I feel gives a good benefit to my gameplay. I don't think I'll go back to membrane after using mechanical; if you go mechanical, you'll get hooked. I don't like the "loose" feel in the gameplay from membrane keyboards.

#10 Posted by ChocolateCake10 (759 posts) -

I really enjoy using mine. It feels good to type on and is very responsive. 

#11 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23944 posts) -
They're ok. Feel nice, but they will most likely make you type slower than a rubber dome keyboard. Chiclet keyboards are what I use and they feel much better than rubberdomes and they are the fastest to type on. Chiclets are really cheap as well.
#12 Posted by homeboylizard (1289 posts) -
[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]The type of keys highly depends on the user. I also use the keyboard for 50/50 typing and gaming, so I picked out a keyboard with MX Cherry Browns. LOVE THEM! Now I hear blues are good for that too (but more nosier). Or maybe Blacks will help you more. Depends on how you type and stuff.

My Cherry MX Blue serves me good, and I type a lot of text, and they are not bad for gaming either. But they are noisy as hell!