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January 27, 2014 11:22:43 PM

Nothing new beats the responsiveness of classic PS/2 keyboards.
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January 28, 2014 4:38:21 AM

I have the G710+ and love it!!
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January 28, 2014 5:44:24 AM

I have the BlackWidow and I think it's fantastic. Before that, I bought a keyboard very similar to the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid (QuickFire TK). While I loved the mechanical keys, I just could not get over the fact that I had to hit a button to switch between arrows and 10-key. I took it back for the Black Widow, and I am really happy with the results.
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January 28, 2014 6:24:52 AM

Best gaming keyboard isn't a keyboard at all. n52/Orbweaver.
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January 28, 2014 8:02:57 AM

How much did Razer pay you for this article?
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January 28, 2014 8:38:51 AM

Really, the amount of Razer, they're overpriced imo.Also, Sidewider best budget gaming keyboard? What about Corsair Raptors K30/K40?
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January 28, 2014 9:17:59 AM

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How much did Razer pay you for this article?
They sell themselves cheap. It's usually just the reviewed products that they get to keep and nothing more. Razer sends them some KB's today and they're the best. Tomorrow, another company sends them some other keyboards and they become the best.
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January 30, 2014 8:34:15 AM

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Nothing new beats the responsiveness of classic PS/2 keyboards.
This. Who needs hyperesponse or megams, or whatever silly name these guys come up with next for advertising their USB overclocking method on a keyboard when you have a direct line to 09h and n-key rollover. I don't have time to wait for USB.
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March 28, 2014 3:21:29 PM

The SteelSeries Merc Stealth is the only keyboard I have EVER seen to have a side area with the WASD layout, with 1-6 and 7-11 right above it. It is PERFECT for MMO, FPS, regular RPG (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Witcher types). All of the keys are positioned just right. It has a backlight, has great sounding keys (though not mechanical), and durable.The only problem is that they discontinued it but they are still on Amazon and eBay for sixty bucks. I will probably get another just to have a backup.No one else makes one like this, and I don't want a stand-alone WASD-like mini-keyboard.
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July 9, 2014 12:06:37 PM

I don't know why people complain about Razer, it's a bit expensive but it's not like they are billing themselves as cheap. I have a Razer Naga Hex and the Razer Tiamat 2.2, which I bought after I bought the Black Widow, to me they were worth the premium for their features and it looks cool. Why dog on a company that is specifically trying to cater to gamers?
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July 11, 2014 11:35:42 AM

Might be nice to specify that the K-70 with Red LEDs is the only one of the series released together that hasn't been EOL'd (End Of Life).
P.S.: Sorry to everyone who got/is getting shafted by Corsair with being forced to take a black keyboard with Red LEDs. Or if you complain enough a black keyboard with White LEDs that also fail.
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August 6, 2014 5:42:59 AM

Every single keyboard shown here are BORING!! When is a real next-generation ergonomic AND moular keyboard and game controller combo setup going to be released that allows for the gamer to configure it based upon their gaming style? Also, the option for changing the LED backlight (16 million colors!) should be standard on all keyboards by now. Let's stop living in the 20th Century. It's time to start innovating agan!
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August 7, 2014 12:55:33 PM

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How much did Razer pay you for this article?


No one paid us for this article. There are articles/white papers/advertorials we get paid for, but those are clearly indicated and marked as such, and we don't sell review ranks. Tom's has a very longstanding history of being the site that doesn't care whether or not you'll pull your ad money if we tell the truth about your product. It's how we made our bones in the first place way back in the day with the CPU reviews and all the pay for play that was going around. We don't play around with our core essence like that.

At least the editorial/news guys don't. Me, well I'm in Community and I don't write hardware reviews. I'm super open to big checks and goodies. :p 

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They sell themselves cheap. It's usually just the reviewed products that they get to keep and nothing more. Razer sends them some KB's today and they're the best. Tomorrow, another company sends them some other keyboards and they become the best.


The editorial/news guys aren't for sale. You can send them a product to review, but it goes into a pool, and the pool is reserved for future reviews so we can compare the future stuff with the past stuff. Which company sends us what isn't a determining factor in anything. If an OEM is smart, it'll send us their latest product, our guys review it, and the thing goes into the pool. If an OEM isn't smart, but a bunch of you guys are asking for us to review something, a lot of times the guys will pester the OEM to send us a product to review, and in other cases, we'll just go out and buy one. Either or, the result is the same.

-JP
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September 4, 2014 6:10:12 PM

I use a Roccat Ryos MK Pro and one month in it is imo better than my razor ultimate stealth. The per lighting is useful to, not just for good looks. it cost about the same as my razor. I even swapped my razor naga for a kone i was so impressed by the ryos.
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November 14, 2014 9:12:41 AM

I have the BlackWidow Ultimate at work. I took a while to decide between it and the Corsair k70 vengeance. I preferred the look of the vengeance, particularly the rounded WSAD keys, but I ended up getting a blackwidow as I was able to test it out at Best Buy.

For typing, it's a dream. I like the mechanical sound although some others may find it to be too loud. Best keyboard I've ever owned. Also, the audio jack in the side is one of the first ones that actually doesn't have any static or hiss to it when you plug your headphones into it.

I get a lot of comments on it.
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December 17, 2014 4:58:45 PM

Been offered a choice of a tablet or an iPad. Which is better?
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January 22, 2015 7:32:41 AM

I would say the Corsair keyboard is garbage, I had one and it caused me nothing but issues, go search their forums and you will see its not just me with the issues. I returned it and got the Razer one.
Corsair just rushed out their keyboard, it doesnt even truely display 16.8mil colors like they claim, yet, but supposedly an update is coming 'in the future'...
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January 23, 2015 8:39:43 AM

Uh, the Sidewinder X4 is a $100 keyboard.
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April 7, 2015 9:58:50 AM

BUDGET OPTION??? 170$$$ Am I that poor?!?!
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April 8, 2015 9:07:02 AM

Jose Luis Lopes said:
BUDGET OPTION??? 170$$$ Am I that poor?!?!


Pretty sure the "budget" option is listed at $59. In any case, a gaming/mechanical keyboard is a luxury item and a completely non-vital peripheral. A "budget luxury item" is a bit of an oxymoron anyway. If you're on a real budget, get a generic $10 keyboard :) 
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April 30, 2015 11:13:04 AM

I can't stand the Razor keyboards. My wife had gotten one of the Black Widow Ultimates. The keys felt way too mushy like they weren't even mechanical and it quit working 2 weeks later. Durability seems to be a common issue with most Razor products from my experience. Luckily, she was able to return it for a refund.

I am currently using a Rosewill with Cherry Blue switches that I got for Black Friday at over 50% off (normally around $130). I am actually quite happy with the performance of it and haven't had the issues at all that I've seen some reviews give of it. A great budget board when on sale.
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June 14, 2015 10:50:38 AM

After almost a week of reading reviews of mechanicals finally I went to a shop to test the candidates. There I've seen the Roccat Ryos MX that I barely have seen included in reviews it wasn't on my list and I have paid no attention to it until the moment I looked on it. The build quality is excellent, the outfit is not at all a 'gamer' gimmick. I don't mind the fixed wrist rest it would be always on anyway. The software is brilliant, not simple but after the 2nd day I feel absolutely confident with it. It can do literally everything you need and even more. There is a good chance for someone who loves customizing a new hardware to be lost in settings for a couple of days. I'm still looking for flaws, one I can come up with is the secondary characters are not very well lit, but it's a common issue for Cherry mechanical as I've read the forums... I know the layout so it will be no problem to live with it after having the Fn+F1-12 functions memorized ... getting there already. I thought I will be missing dedicated media keys, but mainly volume - + and mute I'm using so I put them to T1-T3 it does the job for me. Every button is programmable to run macro or a software or whatever you want... awrsome!

Shame there aren't many "best x mechanical keyboards of 201x" like reviews promoting this absolutely brilliant hardware. I'm coming from a Logi G15 where my rubber dome and long button supporters got broken causig loose keys. The LCD on it I found very handy from the first moment and I've got attached in the last 6 years... yes, it has served it's time pretty well, I was a bit worried losing it until I found the roccat power grid software, solution to use mobile devices to show info and control desktop. Well, a proper AIDA64 implementation is still really missing, but... no but, I hope it (or a workaround) is coming soon. I have most of the info on it already, tho... but gpu usage, temps, actual multiplier, actual cpu speed is missing (for me).

If you are looking for a new mechanical but don't want "gamer" lookalike, consider this roccat beast.
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July 7, 2015 6:08:22 AM

the only one ive ever used is the G710, its nice and I love it. amazing how much positive reviews we have on other gaming keyboards. But why but another when the one I have still functioning to taste.
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July 11, 2015 8:48:30 AM

Titillating said:
Jose Luis Lopes said:
BUDGET OPTION??? 170$$$ Am I that poor?!?!


Pretty sure the "budget" option is listed at $59. In any case, a gaming/mechanical keyboard is a luxury item and a completely non-vital peripheral. A "budget luxury item" is a bit of an oxymoron anyway. If you're on a real budget, get a generic $10 keyboard :) 


I love the old "Microsoft Internet Keyboard" ... its cheap and reasonably ergo.

I keep my eye of for these ... I also like the old HP black mechanical Keyboards ... they were particularly robust.

I bough the son a Razor (the green backlit model with the braided cable).

I had to sell one of my kidneys .. but the stitches are out now and my urine colour has returned to normal.

I still have the twitch in my right eye ... probably for playing Freelancer for a couple of decades.

I killed the arrow keys on at least 15 keyboards along the way.

:) 
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