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VostokProgram
Feb 20, 2014



I posted in here earlier asking about cheap tenkeyless or even smaller keyboards, but after seeing the vortex race 3 on massdrop I'm now thinking 75% would be the perfect size for me. Does anyone have suggestions for stuff in this space?

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teraflame
Jan 6, 2009


Look no further than Tada68, its perfect.

Generic Monk
Oct 31, 2011



OnceIWasAnOstrich posted:

My old cheap keyboard died recently so I went and bought an MK Disco Brown PBT. I would be happy with it except I ran into three issues. The biggest is that the left alt key does not seem to function at all, no keypress is detected by windows. Also the space bar appears to be attached at three points, the switch in the middle, and two smaller switch-like things on each side, but it doesn't actually stick to the one on the left, so it levers itself up anytime you hit it on the right side, which is unfortunately where I always hit space, so it slams into the base of the keyboard louder than all the other keys. Also I found random stickers with arrows on them inside the left control key because it felt kind sticky, I guess hidden stickers are a good reason for that to be the case...

Hopefully the mechanicalkeyboards.com people can get me a fully functional keyboard, because the combination of tenkeyless, brown switches, and the PBT caps for a reasonable price is great, and I love how if I leave all of the lights off it is very plain and subtle.

keyboard megathread: i like how if i leave all the lights off it is very plain and subtle

SymmetryrtemmyS posted:

That has always seemed pretty expensive to me. I mean, sure, he had to make a mold, but come on, $50 for a manual waffle iron? It's $70 at regular price, and that's just ridiculous.

fwiw i think his market research of 'nerds who have too much money' seems pretty sound

Generic Monk fucked around with this message at 12:46 on Jul 22, 2017

Dogen
May 5, 2002

Bury my body down by the highwayside, so that my old evil spirit can get a Greyhound bus and ride


Got my Vortex doubleshot backlits and put them on. Keys definitely have a different feel. Sound more hollow/flat, better rebound, slightly textured. They feel weirdly dry. Backlighting works great. Spacebar previously had no lighting on top of key and now has a few dots which is cool.

edit: also I think it doesn't let quite as much light through, but previously I had it on the lowest setting, and setting it to the highest seems to get it about where I like it.

Dogen fucked around with this message at 22:12 on Jul 22, 2017

The Electronaut
May 10, 2009


OnceIWasAnOstrich posted:

My old cheap keyboard died recently so I went and bought an MK Disco Brown PBT. I would be happy with it except I ran into three issues. The biggest is that the left alt key does not seem to function at all, no keypress is detected by windows. Also the space bar appears to be attached at three points, the switch in the middle, and two smaller switch-like things on each side, but it doesn't actually stick to the one on the left, so it levers itself up anytime you hit it on the right side, which is unfortunately where I always hit space, so it slams into the base of the keyboard louder than all the other keys. Also I found random stickers with arrows on them inside the left control key because it felt kind sticky, I guess hidden stickers are a good reason for that to be the case...

Hopefully the mechanicalkeyboards.com people can get me a fully functional keyboard, because the combination of tenkeyless, brown switches, and the PBT caps for a reasonable price is great, and I love how if I leave all of the lights off it is very plain and subtle.

They should. I had an issue with the space bar on my Disco and they helped me out.

colas
Feb 14, 2007



I know some sites were linked but...what KB should I get just to see if I like it? I haven't used a MKB since I had an IBM in the 90s.

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars


colas posted:

I know some sites were linked but...what KB should I get just to see if I like it? I haven't used a MKB since I had an IBM in the 90s.

What's your budget?

colas
Feb 14, 2007



The Unlife Aquatic posted:

What's your budget?

sub $100 and sub $50 if that's possible

Weedle
May 31, 2006




colas posted:

I know some sites were linked but...what KB should I get just to see if I like it? I haven't used a MKB since I had an IBM in the 90s.

The Magicforce 68 is $40 right now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E8KO2B0

ColHannibal
Sep 17, 2007


Monoprice with blues

Alarbus
Mar 31, 2010


Weedle posted:

The Magicforce 68 is $40 right now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E8KO2B0

If it matters, that one has OUTEMU switches. The one with Cherry MX Brown is $70 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01872MCIA/ They have several different switch options, you have to double check the listing.

(I just bought the one I linked and like it quite a bit)

trinary
Jul 21, 2003



College Slice

I'm looking for a TKL or 75% with cherry clear, brown or equivalent switches. I don't care about backlighting that much.

A regular ESC key above `, full set of function keys, directional keys a little bit separated are what I'm after. Having PgUp/Down and so on is a bonus, but not necessary. Is the WASD Code TKL my best option (at $150, and out of stock everywhere) or are there other keyboards I should consider? I have been typing a long time but haven't invested in a good mechanical, using either mac wired/wireless from a few years back before they went to minimal travel or lovely rubber domes. I tend to type very hard, so maybe clears with an O-ring would work best? I write code, long-form documents, and occasionally play games but nothing too serious there.

Apologies for the "tell me what to buy" post, but the options are kind of bewildering. I'm willing to spend some cash, but $150 seems a little high. If that's what it takes though...

SamDabbers
May 26, 2003



The Cooler Master MasterKeys S seems like a solid TKL option. It's a refresh of the CM QuickFire Rapid with stock PBT keycaps, and is only $80.

I've been using a QFR with browns and o-rings for a couple years and it's great. Thanks thread for showing me that custom keycaps are a thing; the ABS caps have gotten a bit shiny from my disgusting oily hands, and I've spent way too much time trying to justify buying new ones for more than I paid for the keyboard itself. I am also sorely tempted by a custom controller for tinkering.

SamDabbers fucked around with this message at 04:18 on Jul 25, 2017

teraflame
Jan 6, 2009


If you're gonna type a lot and want tactile, I highly recommend a board with matias quiet click switches. KBP V80 supports it.

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars


SamDabbers posted:

The Cooler Master MasterKeys S seems like a solid TKL option. It's a refresh of the CM QuickFire Rapid with stock PBT keycaps, and is only $80.

I will vouch for CM's boards. My first mechanical keyboard was CM Quickfire with Blues and it was really great.

trinary
Jul 21, 2003



College Slice

SamDabbers posted:

The Cooler Master MasterKeys S seems like a solid TKL option.

It does indeed, thanks for the tip.

LochNessMonster
Feb 3, 2005

I need about three fitty



Assdrop is doing a Godspeed XDA set in PBT on the 1st of August.

If the price is even remotely ok I'm going to order one.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdr...stom-keycap-set

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

Let's get a little crazy. Let's have some fun.

LochNessMonster posted:

Assdrop is doing a Godspeed XDA set in PBT on the 1st of August.

If the price is even remotely ok I'm going to order one.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdr...stom-keycap-set
Ha interesting. Looks like this is partly a result of the development of the Canvas XDA set - there was a bit of messing around with that one until they got the result MiTo wanted but it seems like with the knowledge gained from that he's using the same manufacturer for these.

So it'll be quite different from the Godspeed DSA set that just got delivered (obviously, different profile, PBT, etc.), but def worth a look. It probably will be about the going rate for this sort of thing. Hopefully it won't take quite as long for whoever goes in it.

buglord
Jul 31, 2010




Buglord

With the desktop market shrinking and a lot of brick and mortar PC stores going out of business, I wouldn't expect a weird resurgence of mechanical keyboards places like Best Buy, or even Target. I got into the mechanical keyboard craze back in 2010, where it was impossible to find mechanical keyboards in any store. Asking people about mechanical keyboards got you weird stares.

Nowadays though, I can go into my local Best Buy and have a variety of options to play with (granted its all Razer/Logitech/Corsair). Price points went way down too. My first and only mechanical keyboard was a DAS keyboard ultimate which was like $120. Now I can nab one for $60? I ended up giving away my mechanical to a friend just because I wanted something wireless and easy to move around ( I went from a full tower ATX machine to a mITX gaming machine, so lighter weight and portability become things I focused on.).

I still game and enjoy a fine ~pc gaming battlestation~, but lately my favorite keyboard has been the Logitech K480 which I got for $26.

Keeping on the theme of light and portable, this keyboard is pretty impressive given my usage. It connects to three devices through Bluetooth, and you can switch on the fly with very little delay. Right now its paired with my PC, iPad, and iPhone. Makes texting and using iOS apps infinitely less painful because touchscreen will never be as fast as a physical keyboard. Better yet, I'm able to dock my iPad on there and look at guides when playing controller-games like Dark Souls. I'm stoked with how useful this thing is. In a dream world, it would have mechanical keys. But also, the thought of a wireless Bluetooth mechanical keyboard with a dock, settings dial, and battery operation seems like something that will likely never happen, especially for less than $50. But I can dream right?

Megabound
Oct 20, 2012




I have a mate who, due to a motorcycle accident, needs a ergonomic macro pad for his right hand so he can continue to graphic artist comfortably. Something like a logitech G13. I tried to get him into an Ergodox but he doesn't want to spend enthusiast level money. Any recommendations?

Megabound fucked around with this message at 09:22 on Jul 25, 2017

Rexxed
May 1, 2010

Dis is amazing!
I gotta try dis!



Megabound posted:

I have a mate who, due to a motorcycle accident, needs a ergonomic macro pad for his right hand so he can continue to graphic artist comfortably. Something like a logitech G13. I tried to get him into an Ergodox but he doesn't want to spend enthusiast level money. Any recommendations?

You can turn any usb num pad or keyboard into a macro pad with some software and time:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Mak...d-for-less-tha/

I'm sure the software they mention there would work for gaming keypads also. This one is ugly as hell but looks to be suitable for either hand, and there's a lot more gaming pads on amazon:
https://smile.amazon.com/Profession...t/dp/B0198CRU1C

Here's a video with one of the linus tech tips editors making an entire keyboard into a macro pad for video editing out of a second keyboard and some labels. He used hidmacros and autohotkey as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arn8ExQ2Gjg

The main reason to DIY with a gaming keypad is because most of the mainstream macro pads are over $100 and aren't especially ergonomic:
https://smile.amazon.com/XK-24-USB-...s/dp/B003MB780E

ColHannibal
Sep 17, 2007


Megabound posted:

I have a mate who, due to a motorcycle accident, needs a ergonomic macro pad for his right hand so he can continue to graphic artist comfortably. Something like a logitech G13. I tried to get him into an Ergodox but he doesn't want to spend enthusiast level money. Any recommendations?

Ducky pocket, fully programmable RGB numpad.

Its a bit strange to program but it can all be programmed inside the numpad with no external software so he can move from computer to computer and take it with him.

teraflame
Jan 6, 2009


This one looks nice, fully programmable, just need your own keycaps. You can ask them to solder it for all 1U keys.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/21-Key-NPKC...ZeuoubgrLomkP6Q

Paul MaudDib
May 2, 2006

"Tell me of your home world, Usul"


buglord posted:

I still game and enjoy a fine ~pc gaming battlestation~, but lately my favorite keyboard has been the Logitech K480 which I got for $26.

Keeping on the theme of light and portable, this keyboard is pretty impressive given my usage. It connects to three devices through Bluetooth, and you can switch on the fly with very little delay. Right now its paired with my PC, iPad, and iPhone. Makes texting and using iOS apps infinitely less painful because touchscreen will never be as fast as a physical keyboard. Better yet, I'm able to dock my iPad on there and look at guides when playing controller-games like Dark Souls. I'm stoked with how useful this thing is. In a dream world, it would have mechanical keys. But also, the thought of a wireless Bluetooth mechanical keyboard with a dock, settings dial, and battery operation seems like something that will likely never happen, especially for less than $50. But I can dream right?

These are like $26 on Amazon right now, too. I didn't know these existed before today but I think I need two

I am trying to declutter my life, right now I have far too many spare keyboards for various machines I occasionally need to directly interact with, and the idea of one keyboard that can talk to 3 machines sounds fantastic. Also, I've been meaning to get a new wireless keyboard for my TV PC anyway, getting off my rear end when I need to adjust the volume sucks and I'm not entirely thrilled with using a Steam Controller as my sole remote at present.

The only other thing it's missing is a small touchpad for mouse control as far as I'm concerned (or just a mouse with equivalent functionality) but this is definitely workable.

How is Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris compatibility with Bluetooth nowadays? I've never tried it there to be honest, I have zero idea about how to pair on Linux/etc. Or is there a standard way to make this look like a regular HID keyboard to the OS?

I guess related question, what do I want for a BT adapter? I've used the little micro-adapters that protrude like 1/4" from the port but I was never satisfied with range or reliability. Are there any chipsets that have better compatibility than others that I should prefer?

Constellation I
Apr 3, 2005
I'm a sucker, a little fucker.

Just get a K400.

Paul MaudDib
May 2, 2006

"Tell me of your home world, Usul"


Constellation I posted:

Just get a K400.

Perfect for the HTPC, thanks. I had some of the cheapo Chinese versions but they kinda sucked.

Odette
Mar 19, 2011



Megabound posted:

I have a mate who, due to a motorcycle accident, needs a ergonomic macro pad for his right hand so he can continue to graphic artist comfortably. Something like a logitech G13. I tried to get him into an Ergodox but he doesn't want to spend enthusiast level money. Any recommendations?

There should be government funding for this kind of thing. Has he looked into that?

surebet
Jan 10, 2013

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i'm, uh, batman?

https://en.zfrontier.com/collection...xkey-superheroi


The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
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I never thought I could hate anything more than artisanal keycaps yet here we are.

teethgrinder
Oct 9, 2002



Soiled Meat

The Unlife Aquatic posted:

I never thought I could hate anything more than artisanal keycaps yet here we are.

Kill with fire: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/waffle...-artisan-keycap

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars


Because clearly keyboards are better when they stare at you with dead plastic eyes.

Charles Mansion
Oct 20, 2008


The Unlife Aquatic posted:

Because clearly keyboards are better when they stare at you with dead plastic eyes.

They are.

Bakalakadaka
Sep 18, 2004



I'm looking to rearrange my living room gaming setup and need some wireless things. What should I look at for a wireless gaming keyboard? Cherry red or speed? I want a full size keyboard. I currently use Logitech G710+ which is fine but the wires are starting to be annoying and the browns are occasionally too slow for twitchy stuff.

Also is there like a living room PC gaming thread somewhere or interest in one or an I weird?

FAT32 SHAMER
Aug 16, 2012
Tell your mum I said hi lol

Ok guys I need a keyboard for work that I can use to show off my fancy new keycaps



No I don't speak Japanese shuttup

Anyways I'd like to keep it on the sub 100$ end since these were 35$ but as long as it's got nice mechanical switches I'm just going to be pretending to program on it. I've been meaning to look into building a keyboard but I'm incredibly lazy and I'm not really sure I'm ready to become that kind of keyboard sperg yet

Edit: welp guess I should have read the OP

FAT32 SHAMER fucked around with this message at 04:35 on Jul 27, 2017

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars


FAT32 SHAMER posted:

Edit: welp guess I should have read the OP

Speaking of that, I was considering updating the recommended picks in the OP. Are there any boards people would suggest I put in there?

I want to make sure to have options to target people who want to spend a bit less on a board, but still make sure they get decent build quality. A few more towards the more typical 150 dollar price point is OK too.

Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005



I think several of us have Code keyboards and like them.

I love mine with Clears. I wonder if Clears are just a gateway drug to cherry whites?

The Unlife Aquatic
Jun 17, 2009

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars


Ultimate Mango posted:

I think several of us have Code keyboards and like them.

I love mine with Clears. I wonder if Clears are just a gateway drug to cherry whites?

Already in the OP!

Honestly, I don't see why Clears are so popular. Blues and Greens are my favorite. I think my dream board right now might be a Vortex Race 3 with Greens.

teethgrinder
Oct 9, 2002



Soiled Meat

Clears feel great and are socially acceptable.

unpronounceable
Apr 4, 2010

You mean we still have another game to go through?!


Fallen Rib

The Unlife Aquatic posted:

Speaking of that, I was considering updating the recommended picks in the OP. Are there any boards people would suggest I put in there?

I want to make sure to have options to target people who want to spend a bit less on a board, but still make sure they get decent build quality. A few more towards the more typical 150 dollar price point is OK too.

A more budget 100% board would be a nice addition. I'm nowhere near as familiar with brands as others here, but I think someone said Cooler Master makes decent basic keyboards. I'm pretty happy with mine in the OP, but then again, I've only tried a few different ones, and none of the really nice ones.

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teraflame
Jan 6, 2009


OP needs the tada68.

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