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I need a new gaming keyboard.

dustin1706

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anything but green led. macro keys arent needed but dedicated media controls are nice to have. numpad yes and brown or black preferably.

i think the 710 uses brown switches.
That narrows it down quite a bit.

Sounds like the Logitech 710 is the winner, but runs about $160. The K90 meets all your requirements except it has red keys but can be had for $120.

I think that's it for media controls, though several others have "function" media controls. The normal razer blackwidow and Mionix Ziabal 60 are nice but are backlit green. The razer blackwidow BF3 version is backlit orange if you don't mind the BF3 scheme.

The CM storm quickfire pro looks interesting, but is only partially backlit.
 
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I don't know a thing about gaming keyboards. But I keep reading about Filco Majestouch 2 series. When on sale at NCIX they are in your price range.
 

snatchby

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That narrows it down quite a bit.

Sounds like the Logitech 710 is the winner, but runs about $160. The K90 meets all your requirements except it has red keys but can be had for $120.

I think that's it for media controls, though several others have "function" media controls. The normal razer blackwidow and Mionix Ziabal 60 are nice but are backlit green. The razer blackwidow BF3 version is backlit orange if you don't mind the BF3 scheme.

The CM storm quickfire pro looks interesting, but is only partially backlit.
thanks for the input. i like razer's hardware, i own a mamba and its been good to me for the last two years. its their software ive never been too fond of.

feedback is slowly coming in on the 710 and apparently theyre having problems with the leds. some people have had them die within days of buying the keyboard, maybe i better not jump on this one yet. :p

one other feature i forgot to mention was a usb hub and audio jacks for my headphones.

as far as media keys go i guess they dont have to be actual media keys. if it has "gaming keys" or function keys i could just remap them...
 

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I'll chime in. I recently decided to venture into the world of mechanical gaming keyboards. My first purchase several weeks ago was the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate (non-2013 model) kb. First, the drivers/firmware needed for this keyboard wreaked havoc on my system. With some trial and error I got it working properly. The most annoying thing about the Razer is all the macros & settings are stored on Razer's cloud, called Synapse, so you must have an online account with them and be logged in to get full feature KB functionality. I also did not like the shiny piano-black finish of the keyboard or the character fonts on the keys . So I returned it after a weekend with it.

I was going to pick up the Corsair K90 to try based on reviews but when I saw it in person I thought it looked butt-ugly. I didn't want to turn my desk into some futuristic tank cockpit. Sitting near the K90 @ the store was a keyboard I never saw before, Gigabyte's Aivia Osmium. I asked the compstoredude if he could open it up so I could take a look and when he did I was impressed. I ended up buying it and couldn't be happier with it. Keys are relatively quiet, compared to the Blackwidow, it looks good, feels great, and it's nice having both USB 2 and 3 pass-thru ports on the kb. I highly recommend it if anyone is in the market and haven't considered Gigabyte for keyboards.
 

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I'm sending my Razer BW Ultimate back. I didn't know mechanical keyboards were so damn noisy. I could hear the clank clank noise over my headphones. I prefer smooth and quiet.
 

Slik

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pretty sure it uses blue switches too which ive never tried but from reading about them i can tell its not what i want.
You should check out the Alienware TactX Keyboard. Every color under the sun,and VERY good quality. I think they sell for about $80. Non mechanical. Nice and quiet.
 

AkG

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I'm sending my Razer BW Ultimate back. I didn't know mechanical keyboards were so damn noisy. I could hear the clank clank noise over my headphones. I prefer smooth and quiet.
Yeah IF yours uses "blues" the click can be loud...BUT the CLACK is a simple fix:
Cherry MX Rubber O-Ring Switch Dampeners (125pcs) - Keyboard Accessories - Products

Buy em. Use em. Love em. As you are most likely bottoming out the keys. As an added bonus the bumpers will make them feel much nicer;)
 

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