Help to choose a good gaming keyboard.

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terorvlad
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Hello, I cannot decide between a SteelSeries 6G v2, a G110, a Razer Black Widow and a TT Challanger Ultimate.
The steelseries keyboard is perfect for me, but for the same price the Black Widows also comes with illuminated keys. The challanger ultimate and G110 pack a lot of features, but lack mecanical switches. I am interested in the best keyboard to type and game on. I don't really need a illuminated keyboard but it would be nice to have because I sometimes loose the position of keys. Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks.

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You mention you want the best keyboard to type and game on...It doesn't get better than mechanical switches for that, so you can automatically eliminate the G110 and Challenger Ultimate. Not to mention Mechanical keyboards are much more durable and have a consistency that cannot be achieved with rubber dome keyboards. In other words, you don't have to mash your finger into your keyboard to KNOW the switch actuated, when you press on a mechanical keyboard...you don't have to second guess. This results in a much better typing experience and less fatigue.

So basically what it comes down to is if you want the 6G v2 or the Blackwidow. There are many other mechanical boards out there but I'll just comment on the ones you've chosen. However, I will recommend some boards upon your request.

The Steelseries 6G v2 comes with MX Cherry Black switches, which are a heavy (60-65 grams) linear switch. By Linear, I mean it provides no tactile feedback when the switch actuates, its a steady force all the way down. Also, do keep in mind the Steelseriees 6G v2 doesn't have a Windows key on the left side, it's on the right side. I believe the key on the left in substitute of the windows key is the boards Function key for its media shortcut capabilities. This is useful because you wont accidently hit your windows key while in-game, however it could be annoying initially if you're used to using the windows key to open up your start menu.

The Razer Blackwidow comes with MX Cherry Blue switches, which are light-medium weighted (45-50 grams) tactile feedback (It also makes a "clicky" noise, similar to that of a mouse click) switches. This board does have a windows key on the left side, however, with the "Gaming Mode" option of the keyboard, it can be disabled at any time with the Function + F11 key to put the keyboard into "Gaming Mode". Like the 6G v2, the Blackwidow also has Media Function keys to control your media player and put your system to sleep. It also comes with 5 "Macro" keys that you can bind to macro's on the fly or assign them to open applications. I personally own this board and can vouch that the build quality is good, I actually spilled some water on it a few weeks ago, let it dry out for about 8 hours...plugged it back in and worked good as new (That doesn't mean you should pour water on your keyboard! :P).

Overall basically what it comes down to is if you want MX Black or Blue switches. My neighbor owned a 6G v2 and claimed the keys felt "squishy" and absolutely hated it. He bought a Blackwidow and never looked back. However one of the main complaints with Blue switches is that they're loud, so that is something to take into consideration as well, however they're excellent to type on. I modded mine with "O-Rings" so they're not quite as loud when the keys bottom out.

Your best bet is to find a store with display models setup and test the switches in person to see which one you like better. Some people swear by Black switches, other swear by Blue switches...It's all a matter of preference. If you're looking for a good decent and cheap mechanical keyboard, you can't go wrong with the basic Blackwidow keyboard if you don't want to pay $50 more for the backlight (which is the only difference).

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Terorvlad, CM Storm Quick Fire keyboard or Trigger keyboard are not an option?
Trigger - http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/keyboards/Trigger/
Quick fire Pro - http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/keyboards/quickfirepro/

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terorvlad
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sadly, in Romania ,no... they are those are not a option. CM doesn't distribuite keyboards around here

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What about Corsair Vengeance K60, is it available?
http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-k60-performance-fps-mechanical-gaming-keyboard.html

I like the Cherry MX Red switches, that is why I asked about the CM and this Corsair keyboard.

terorvlad
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well, it's a bit expensive, but will definitley consider it.

terorvlad
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Thanks for the mini reviews. Definitley helpfull and made me understand how the switches are different. Now I am also considering Vengeance K60 FPS Gaming. The g6 v2 and Black Widow are also awesome but the corsair took my eye with the layout of the razer and the improved switches of the steelseries.