Advice to replace my old keyboard

JerryBels

23 Jul 2020, 12:33

So, after 8 years of good and loyal services, my daughter decided that my Logitech G15 needed cleaning with window cleaning liquid. Now, when typing m, it gives m5. When typing n, it goes like n and then ctrl+f. CONSISTENTLY. Oh, and both / and 0 are like, yeah, let's do /0. Sure, laugh at me ! :)

Tried to open it and clean it, but it didn't help. Now, I'm looking for a replacement. I did lots of gaming before, much less nowadays, but I'm a writer and a programmer as well. So I still need a good hardware. But I'm also a father of 3, soon to be 4, and so I also need money for lots of stuff. Which means I'm on a budget - not a tight one but don't go over the moon. Let's say around $100 - and I live in Israel, prices are not the same as in the US - sometimes it's close, sometimes it's ridiculously costier.

Anyway, I liked a few things about my G15 :
Wrist rest.
Programmable keys.
Backlighting.
Media control keys.
Screen displaying essential informations (mostly for music, didn't use it too much for gaming).
So I'm looking at the market nowadays and thought, let's go for a mechanical! So, started to look at some options... Here is what I found. I know I won't have a small screen on there - it's fine, it was the least important of the features I was liking.

- Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
So, this has backlighting, programmable keys, media control keys, wrist rest... But it's not a mechanical keyboard. It's the only one I found in my price tag that has it all though - but I really wanted to go for a mechanical now.

- Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard
This one has backlighting and media control keys alright, lacks the programmable keys and its plush wrist rest looks weird, I don't know. Also, it's stated as having "Mecha-Membrane Switches", which as I read is not as good a real mechanical.

- Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
This has a good wrist rest, programmable keys, media control keys... But, unexpectedly, it lacks backlighting! It's a Logitech so it's Romer G switches - I read that they're not as good as Cherry Mx. Also, wireless - meaning battery stuff etc. Not a big deal though.

- Logitech G610 Orion
This has backlighting, media control keys, lacks wrist rest and programmable keys, but has real Cherry MX switches.

- HAVIT Mechanical Keyboard
Found this on aliexpress (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32961779773.html) - it has backlighting, a small wrist rest, looks to have programmable.... lightning keys ? Not sure if the can be used as fully programmable keys. Have media control. Seems fine, but I don't know of the brand.

So, I was undecided. Every time my heart goes one way, I'm like "eh but it lacks X" and I feel sad. I don't like feeling sad. And then, I told myself, let's ask people, right?

Thanks ahead!

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vvp

23 Jul 2020, 14:45

Well, I would go with Kinesis Advantage but it is not in your budget.

JerryBels

23 Jul 2020, 16:37

Erm... Hum... Sure, that looks great, but I didn't want to go to Pluto yet! Just... A little escapade to the moon, you know? Simple mechanical? :D

ntv242

23 Jul 2020, 17:34

Idk how the second hand market in Israel work, but with your requirement i would hunt for a Das keyboard on ebay. At least in UK I can get one used for under $100.

JerryBels

26 Jul 2020, 12:02

Thanks for the advice, I will take a look at it

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hellothere

26 Jul 2020, 18:04

JerryBels, I'll send you a PM in a minute.

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