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  1. If you are thinking about buying a mechanical keyboard and want us to help you choose, format your post as follows.
  2.  
  3. >Budget
  4. >Location (continent at least)
  5. >Preferred switch type
  6. >Layout
  7. >Form factor
  8. >Backlight
  9. >Previous/current keyboards
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  13. 1) Budget
  14. Mechanical keyboards aren't cheap.
  15. Stock prices start at around 70$ for cheaper boards (40$ if you want knockoff switches like Kailh) and can go over 250$. If you live in Europe add ~30$ to the price (+ possible customs and shipping costs).
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  17. 2) Location
  18. Availability of keyboards varies between continents, as do purchase possibilities.
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  20. 3) Preffered switch type
  21. There are plenty of switch guides and comparisons, take a look at this chart (http://i.imgur.com/5uKCsvv.png) or use a search engine of your choice. If you're not sure about a certain switch at least specify if you want tactile or linear, clicky or silent and hard or soft.
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  23. 4) Layout
  24. Mostly ISO or ANSI. Be aware of the fact that the selection of keyboards and especially aftermarket keycaps is far greater for ANSI.
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  26. 5) Form factor
  27. Specifies the amount of keys your keyboard will have:
  28. - 100% - full keyboard with function keys, navigation section and numpad,
  29. - 80% or TKL (tenkeyless) - usually without numpad, but there are also keyboards without arrows instead,
  30. - 60% - no numpad, function and navigation keys are on a function layer.
  31. - 65-75% - different variations of previously described.
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  33. 6) Backlight
  34. Do you want LEDs.
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  36. 7) Previous/current keyboard
  37. If you want something similar to your previous keyboard, or perhaps the exact opposite of that.
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