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Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:15 pm

I'm trying to figure out a keyboard to replace my current Mionix Zibal 60, a full size keyboard with MX black switches, the arrow keys and a full numpad, and since I need to save space and find myself using both the arrow key section as well as the numpad once in a blue moon, I want to save some space on my desk and get a keyboard without one or even both of those sections, if they exist. Here's a rough list of criteria that I want for my keyboard:

Backlighting - I prefer the green of the Zibal but any color would be fine
MX Black switches
Solid build quality
Standard layout - no odd shaped delete, enter, or shift keys, though a function or windows key is fine
Good sized wrist rest - the one on the Zibal is about 3-4 inches deep, something the same depth or slightly more would be nice

Also, if possible, I want the keyboard to be easy to clean. I really like the idea of Corsair's keyboards not having the plastic shroud around the keys in which dust and crumbs and such can easily become trapped, and I know there are other innovations in this category, but it's not as important as the other parts of my criteria. Thank you
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:27 pm

Well, not a lot of illuminated spacesaver keyboards out there, unfortunately. Since you're already rocking a mechanical keyboard, I'd recommend the Leopold FC660, or if you really want minimalist, a Happy Hacking keyboard. Neither of them have backlit keys, so if you really want it, the Ducky Mini is pretty much your only option there:

http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=44418.0

Edit: Alright, there are more:

http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=759
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:39 am

If you're looking for a Keyboard that is easy to clean buy the Logitech K310. It's waterproof and you can immerse it in 12" of water and clean it if it gets dirty.

It's not backlit but it has laser etched white keys on a nice black background. I can highly recommned it and its very similiar in design to the Apple keyboard.
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:56 am

Lordhawkwind wrote:If you're looking for a Keyboard that is easy to clean buy the Logitech K310. It's waterproof and you can immerse it in 12" of water and clean it if it gets dirty.

It's not backlit but it has laser etched white keys on a nice black background. I can highly recommned it and its very similiar in design to the Apple keyboard.

Guess you missed the bit where he said he requires MX Black key switches...
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:36 pm

just brew it! wrote:
Lordhawkwind wrote:If you're looking for a Keyboard that is easy to clean buy the Logitech K310. It's waterproof and you can immerse it in 12" of water and clean it if it gets dirty.

It's not backlit but it has laser etched white keys on a nice black background. I can highly recommned it and its very similiar in design to the Apple keyboard.

Guess you missed the bit where he said he requires MX Black key switches...


That keyboard is also full size, which defeats the purpose of looking for something that's space saving :P

I think I found one though. The Ducky Shine 3 DK9087. Apart from the ease of cleaning it's pretty much everything I wanted. I'm not sure if it has a wrist rest though, but I might purchase one of those gel keyboard wrist rests separately if I need to
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:14 pm

Logitech K310 I used before, it is quite easy to use and comfortable. Later my daughter broke, pity.
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:40 am

drsauced wrote: a Happy Hacking keyboard


The Happy Hacking Keyboard has a weird type of capacitive switch. It feels really different than Cherry MX switches.
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:03 am

backlight and small? hmmm

small: http://www.tesorotec.com/gaming-keyboar ... html?sl=EN
it has mechanical (unsure of type) but its small and the numpad detaches

small with num - but blue switch/blue lighting: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.as ... 1ZmzfldVoQ


These are supposed to be good (Ducky): Ducky DK9008 Shine II Mechanical Keyboard Green LED Backlit (Black Cherry MX) << has numpad, but doesnt have wide borders... now.. the hard part is finding one lol
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:07 pm

http://www.amazon.com/CM-Storm-QuickFir ... B00C2MBG02

CM Storm QuickFire Stealth - Compact Mechanical Gaming

Blue, Brown, Green, or Red CHERRY MX switches
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Re: Looking for a new keyboard

Postposted on Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:19 pm

internetsandman wrote:
Backlighting - I prefer the green of the Zibal but any color would be fine
MX Black switches
Solid build quality
Standard layout - no odd shaped delete, enter, or shift keys, though a function or windows key is fine
Good sized wrist rest - the one on the Zibal is about 3-4 inches deep, something the same depth or slightly more would be nice

Also, if possible, I want the keyboard to be easy to clean. Thank you


Ever check out Deck

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/products

also the code, whites are the about the same spring force as black with a tactile bump, but no clicky.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/ ... board.html
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