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keyboard recommendation
Which keyboard will you recommend?  I never used Mechanical Keyboards so this might be a good time to try.  Budget is around $100.  

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Do you want a mechanical 100%? Because there are a lot of good keyboards a bit cheaper that aren't mechanical.
For a mechanical I would recommend the Suora - TTC Brown, pretty simple, good price, good keyboard overall nothing too fancy. (around 100 bucks)
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I went with Cooler Master: Quick Fire RAPID-i You can chooste between brown, red and blue, depending on what you're aiming for.

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I love my Corsair K70 Rapid Fire.  Warning the keys are very sensitive.  You just have to tap the keys for them to trigger. 

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I love my Corsair K70 Rapid Fire.  Warning the keys are very sensitive.  You just have to tap the keys for them to trigger. 

Yeah this one is using the red (cherry) switches. I personally went with Brown on my CM (middle ground between red and blue) so it isn't as loud but still a pleasure to type in.

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Thanks for the input.  What is best for DF?  I have no clue what is brown / red / blue .  I did some reading on http://www.pcgamer.com/best-mechanical-switches-for-gaming/ .  Maybe I should walk to nearest Best Buy / Microcenter and try them out?

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Thanks for the input.  What is best for DF?  I have no clue what is brown / red / blue .  I did some reading on http://www.pcgamer.com/best-mechanical-switches-for-gaming/ .  Maybe I should walk to nearest Best Buy / Microcenter and try them out?

You should go try them out for sure. The general idea is:
- Red - they are the loudest and most "sensitive". You see a lot of "gaming" oriented keyboards going for that
- Blue - not as loud and you have to press them a tiny bit more/harder than the red ones.
- Brown - something in the middle between Blue and Red.

Some basic info is here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mechanical-keyboard-razer-logitech-gigabyte,3505-2.html

Best in-depth resource on this is http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/official-mechanical-keyboard-guide

You definitely should go to a shop and try the red vs blue vs brown. If you can take the constant clacking noice, I'd consider red, but I personally find brown more bearable and just as good. I type a lot.

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I recently spent a lot of time testing high end keyboards

I decided that I MUCH prefer ones WITHOUT a numberpad so that I have more comfortable mouse room

I also decided that cherry mx brown switches were my favorite. Less noise, low actuation force, and that proper little "bump" im used to that lets me know it registered

I also decided LED backlight was a MUST for me because I always play in the Dark and even though im a great typist it still helps to see when doing more complex or unusual stuff.

Further more I decided I really wanted macro keys on the left side for extra easy to hit stuff like mute mic/ record/ stream/ mount/ switch to buff bar ect

The problem was finding one that had all those features

Here are ones I tried

If you want a Full size keyboard WITH numberpad and every feature you could possibly want id pick the Logitech Orion Spectrum no question but its more like $170 http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g910-orion-spectrum-rgb-gaming-keyboard

If you want a keyboard with a SMALL footprint for more room for other stuff and DONT need extra macro keys on the left  but still has the ability to use numpad commands with an alternative mode/ good switches/ lights/ build quality/ AND most import easier to reach F1-F12 keys then pick this at around $120 (this is my current favorite) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091QHIR2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I use that + this wrist rest which is amazing https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V5AXNS0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And if you want one with great switches, lights, volume wheel, AND A DETACHABLE NUMPAD that can be switched to the LEFT side and used as macro keys then get THIS https://www.asus.com/us/Keyboards-Mice/ROG-Claymore/

The Claymore WOULD be my favorite but they decided to go goofy on the edge near the spacebar instead of straight and that bothers my OCD because I can't get my wrist rest as close

I don't know why the fuck companies do that stupid lip logo bullshit by the spacebar

I also have a Deck Francium Pro 87 key that I really like with white LEDs it was the best in 2013 but unless you want fancy lettering and PBT backlit keycaps and some of of the more obscure features you probably don't want want to pay the $170 premium. If it had macro keys on the left of the F1-F12 keys closer easier to reach and 84 key like the NOPPO it would be LITERALLY flawless

So again it all depends on what you value most and features, but if you're just a regular guy almost any of the common brands are going to make you happy and you can't go wrong with cherry mx browns if you're coming from a non mechanical IMHO

People either really like or really hate most of the other switches and you'd have to try them yourself

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Whatever you do: don't get Razer. Whatever you do: get Logitech.

I have Logitech G710+ and love it. G710+ is used by a lot of pros, and I have seen being used by a lot of IT people. I got better at BF4 after switching from Microsoft SideWinder X4. I see Smurf mentioning Orion Spectrum and if you got the cash, you should get it!
All my opinions and suggestions for game design are based on expectation of 10000 players per server.

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Whatever you do: don't get Razer. Whatever you do: get Logitech.

^ both junk compared to Corsairs K70.

I bought the Orion waiting for my Corsair rapid fire with cherry speed switches to test from Best buy,  you can't even program individual keys so what's the point and the volume roller was a cheap knockoff of the corsair. The Corsair K70/K65 series really is the best nobody comes close, every Key is programmable and the qualities top notch

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Reply #10
Steelseries Apex 300 is pretty solid. Love mine so far!

https://steelseries.com/gaming-keyboards/apex-300

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Reply #11
Steelseries Apex 300 is pretty solid. Love mine so far!

https://steelseries.com/gaming-keyboards/apex-300
That's a nice looking keyboard. How's the large space bar feel? Wobbly or good response across it all?

If I ever play with keyboard again, I'll probably try it out.

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Whatever you do: don't get Razer. Whatever you do: get Logitech.

I have Logitech G710+ and love it. G710+ is used by a lot of pros, and I have seen being used by a lot of IT people. I got better at BF4 after switching from Microsoft SideWinder X4. I see Smurf mentioning Orion Spectrum and if you got the cash, you should get it!

I forgot I ALSO had the logitech g710+ before the orion spectrum

The G710+ was very good but the numberpad bothered me after being used to tkl and the Orion Spectrum has a slightly easier to reach macro keys and more of them as well as the ability to plug in your phone to use as an LCD screen to monitor discord/comms/playlist stuff. The switches are also a little different G710+ is legit cherry mx browns while the Orion uses a slightly different version that SOME people in high APM games claim gives them a tiny edge because the reduced travel distance, but honestly a normal person is going to be happy with either

Both are great I know a LOT of top RoA players using the G710+ for quite a while just because its been out longer and costs less

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Steelseries Apex 300 is pretty solid. Love mine so far!

https://steelseries.com/gaming-keyboards/apex-300
That's a nice looking keyboard. How's the large space bar feel? Wobbly or good response across it all?

If I ever play with keyboard again, I'll probably try it out.

It's firm, not wobbly at all, the overall responsiveness is great too. The macro keys are great for Darkfall aswell.

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I went with Cooler Master: Quick Fire RAPID-i You can chooste between brown, red and blue, depending on what you're aiming for.

Got the same keyboard. Solid keyboard and not overpriced like other shit products.

You dont need anything else.