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Mechanical Keyboard Help

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey Guys, I'm looking into getting a mechanical keyboard to replace my SS Apex Raw one.

 

A quick list of things i'm looking for:

1. Compact - One gripe I had with the Apex is that it's big. With or without numpad is fine

2. Has backlight - I really really like backlight on my keyboards since I like typing in the dark. White is good for me, but programmable ones are okay too.

3. Silent - I don't want to get too loud. Browns are okay.

 

and the most important features:

4. USB Hub - So I can reduce cable clutter by plugging my mouse to the keyboard

5. Audio passthrough - again, audio clutter. Plus I hate having to reach to my CPU to plug in headphones

6. Media controls - I don't like alt-tabbing to change the volume

 

So far, here are my choices:

Steelseries 7G - has USB, audio, and is compact, but no backlight!

BlackWidow Tournament - Nice and compact, but no backlight, usb, or audio!

Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth - I guess this is my best bet, but I don't like green backlight plus I don't have a use for macro keys anyway.

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I'll need to stew on if there's a keyboard exactly like the one you want.

 

The Logitech G710+ is everything you want, except it's not compact at all.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

wait. so you want a keyboard with audio passthrough and usb passthrough ?

Yes I do. Some of the above mentioned keyboards have these.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'll need to stew on if there's a keyboard exactly like the one you want.

 

The Logitech G710+ is everything you want, except it's not compact at all.

Yeah, I don't think that one has USB and/or audio passthrough.

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Yes I do. Some of the above mentioned keyboards have these.

i wouldn't advise that. lag etc will come into play when you do pass throughs 


 
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Posted · Original PosterOP

i wouldn't advise that. lag etc will come into play when you do pass throughs 

Don't worry, the USB and audio passthrough have their own cables apart from the keyboard's own. Like what's here on the 3rd pic.

 

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http://www.maxkeyboard.com/max-keyboard-nighthawk-x8-blue-backlit-mechanical-keyboard.html

This one is pretty much the same as the ASUS Echelon that was posted above. Again, no dedicated audio buttons (Fn + F key combos) but you can program easier to use combos with autohotkey. I have a Ducky and programmed Windows key + End to play/pause, Win + Del to go back and Win + PgDn to go to next song.


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Don't worry, the USB and audio passthrough have their own cables apart from the keyboard's own. Like what's here on the 3rd pic.

 

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then why not just buy a good mech keyboard and use ur headphone and mouse cable like normal lol ?. but sure if you want no one is stopping you


 
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Posted · Original PosterOP

then why not just buy a good mech keyboard and use ur headphone and mouse cable like normal lol ?. but sure if you want no one is stopping you

Because I use my mouse and my headphones on my laptop as well, and I don't want to go down to my CPU everytime I want to detach them from my desktop. At least with passthroughs, everything is neat, tidy and accessible because it's connected to the keyboard. Imagine having just the single keyboard cable running from your CPU to your desk instead of having one for the keyboard, one for the mouse, and one for the earphones.

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http://www.maxkeyboard.com/max-keyboard-nighthawk-x8-blue-backlit-mechanical-keyboard.html

This one is pretty much the same as the ASUS Echelon that was posted above. Again, no dedicated audio buttons (Fn + F key combos) but you can program easier to use combos with autohotkey. I have a Ducky and programmed Windows key + End to play/pause, Win + Del to go back and Win + PgDn to go to next song.

Wow this one's good. I'll have a check if it's available locally.

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Because I use my mouse and my headphones on my laptop as well, and I don't want to go down to my CPU everytime I want to detach them from my desktop. At least with passthroughs, everything is neat, tidy and accessible because it's connected to the keyboard. Imagine having just the single keyboard cable running from your CPU to your desk instead of having one for the keyboard, one for the mouse, and one for the earphones.

whats CPU ?. are you referring to central processing unit ?


 
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Posted · Original PosterOP

you don't plug stuff into your CPU... you plug it into the motherboard .. 

 

Well from where I come from, we call the case + everything in it the CPU. If you're referring to the processor, then indeed, we can't plug stuff to that (god, did you really think I'm stupid enough to think that I should plug stuff to the processor)

 

Anyway, enough with the technicalities please. This doesn't really contribute to the topic at hand.

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Well from where I come from, we call the case + everything in it the CPU. If you're referring to the processor, then indeed, we can't plug stuff to that (god, did you really think I'm stupid enough to think that I should plug stuff to the processor)

 

Anyway, enough with the technicalities please. This doesn't really contribute to the topic at hand.

You Pinoy? Lol xD

Welcome to the LTT forums, btw :D

Most members here are very technical. They tend to correct you most of the time, it can be in a good manner or sometimes not so good. Just take it as it is :P

Anyways, about your post on finding mech keyboards, you won't find them all in one keyboard, even in Gilmore. Most probably they are available online through amazon or through one of those custom mechanical keyboard website that i forgot, but i saw it here on the forums once.


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