OCAU Mechanical Keyboard Thread (No selling here, please use the Trading Forums)

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Hardware' started by stenchlord, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. SSJ4

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    I got you brother.

    This is what you want: HOTSWAP, RGB, HIGH END BOARD, USB C, Completely configurable.

    Keep in mind with the price you will need to buy switches and keycaps. I would choose the alu and plastic case. It comes to $85USD. Add some gateron yellows (amazing linear switch very smooth much better than Cherry MX reds) Tada68 PBT keycaps (very nice).

    This keyboard is a great base for modifying. The hotswap sockets will allow you to swap in any new switch you like without soldering. There are a bunch of aftermarket metal cases like the Tada68 alu and Tofu65 alu.

    If you buy an off the shelf board then its upgrade path is kinda done. I recommend buying this kit instead.

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  2. riccoo

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    stepping up again thanks dude and ill try out your settings in my stream thread :)
     
  3. interlopr

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    Hey guys, Have just noticed a little issue with my Ducky One 2 RGB TKL keyboard. Purchased in Feb of this year and it seems I have a Blue/Green LED dead on my left Alt key (See pictures). If i set the keyboard to all white back light it will only display red on that key. If i put it on rainbow wave it will go blank on every colour but red.

    Is this worth sending the keyboard away for RMA or do I just attempt to fix it myself?
     

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  4. mr626

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    If it was purchased locally, I'd def. RMA it. If it was overseas...unless you get them to pay shipping I'm not sure it will be worth your while
     
  5. SSJ4

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    If RMA for sure. A bit of a pain but it's only a few months old.
     
  6. interlopr

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    Key is now completely dead, have requested RMA form with PCCG
     
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  7. SSJ4

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    Yeh sounds like something is going on in the PCB. the LED and switch are completely separate so its got to be the PCB killing them.
     
  8. MoonSha

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    I've spent a few days hunting for a new keyboard, does anybody know of something that is:

    PBT Doubleshot with transparent lettering, backlit, TKL, N or at least 8 key rollover, heavy linear switches and has dedicated volume keys.

    So far it seems the Ducky One 2 and this https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=5003 bizarre thing are about the only boards that fit from factory. Also considered corsair + PBT key pack or anything else that ships with ABS and just buying a keyset when the shine appears. I don't mind paying in the 200 range if it's going to tick all boxes.
     
  9. SSJ4

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    Custom.

    https://kbdfans.cn/products/dz68rgb-customize-keyboard-diy-kit
     
  10. MoonSha

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    I really like the idea of going custom, this website is confusing as hell though. I think they sell a TKL PCB but it's out of stock and they don't sell cases for it which makes it pretty useless unless I intend to nail it to a board.

    *edit. I think I found some TKL cases on their aliexpress store but at 225USD just for the case it puts the whole keyboard in the 400+ aud range which is too rich for me.
     
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  11. SSJ4

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    TKL is far less popular in the custom space. Look at 65%s. Lots more options there.
     
  12. kelthegeek

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    After years of using membrane based Logitech keyboards, I recently acquired myself a cheapo MKB, an Armaggeddon MKR-11A. It's a full 104-key board with RGB. It comes Outemu Blue switches, which seem to be a Cherry MX clone. The software is OK, but hard on the eyes - the Kogan software for their similar looking board works fine, looks better and is easier on the eyes. The RGB stuff has a selection of interesting patterns, including some responsive ones and also has some programmable profiles. It's a plastic base with an ALU top, looks fairly clean, I could live without the marketing crap on the space bar though.

    It's got a fixed USB cable, with no passthrough, but this is fine for my use. For typing on, it's way better than any membrane board I've used in recent years, although I am having to adjust to the more compact layout compared to the Logi G110 I was using. Volume, media and some macro keys are actioned by Fn+<key> combo that mostly works OK - better for larger hands. I paid about $50 for it and have been reasonably impressed with it for the money. It comes with hotswappable keys and the box included removal tools and 3 spare switches.

    Is this a fantastic MKB? Probably not, but as something for me to break back in to the MKB world, it's a reasonable start. My ears and fingers are half remembering my IBM keyboards of old, with some joy I might add.

    If anyone has questions, feel free to ask..
     
  13. metamorphosis

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    Recently spent upwards of 7 hours repairing my Model M clickity-clicker, but it's such a nightmare pulling the thing apart and bolting it all back together, if I have to take it apart again I may well just buy a new clone.
     
  14. mr626

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    Unicomp are still going strong, won't be cheap though
     
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    Yeah, that's what put me off in the past - but might have to bite the bullet, at this stage.
     
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    FWIW, I used an IBM (Lexmark) Model M for about a year. Tried 2 different Unicomp Model M's (mainly for the Windows key, i use that a shitload and there are no IBM Model M's I know of with a key there). I found the switches in both Unicomp boards to be not as nice as my IBM Model M's. Now it could be that both my Unicomp boards, I was the 2nd owner with low usage so the keys were still a bit stiff, 2nd the IBM boards have been used for years and years, but even though the Unicomp boards use "the same" manufacturing process and the same buckling spring design, I found them to just be a bit off, which made me sad cos I was hoping they'd be my ideal keyboard :(
     
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  17. metamorphosis

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    Good to know
     
  18. Revenger

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    Just got myself a cheap B(K)ogan mechanical keyboard with the Outemu red switches are a bit too soft for my liking and RGB is pretty meh and lettering are all square fonts.

    but I got it mainly as a second and spare keyboard in the future as I plan to get a Glorious Gateron Black with Aura Pudding caps probably at the Black Friday sales.
    Will need a wrist rest for this.
     
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    Yes, kbdfans are legit
     

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