/mkg/ advice template v1
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- If you are thinking about buying a mechanical keyboard and want us to help you choose, format your post as follows.
- >Location (continent at least)
- >Preferred switch type
- >Form factor
- >Previous/current keyboards
- 1) Budget
- Mechanical keyboards aren't cheap.
- 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).
- 2) Location
- Availability of keyboards varies between continents, as do purchase possibilities.
- 3) Preffered switch type
- 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.
- 4) Layout
- Mostly ISO or ANSI. Be aware of the fact that the selection of keyboards and especially aftermarket keycaps is far greater for ANSI.
- 5) Form factor
- Specifies the amount of keys your keyboard will have:
- - 100% - full keyboard with function keys, navigation section and numpad,
- - 80% or TKL (tenkeyless) - usually without numpad, but there are also keyboards without arrows instead,
- - 60% - no numpad, function and navigation keys are on a function layer.
- - 65-75% - different variations of previously described.
- 6) Backlight
- Do you want LEDs.
- 7) Previous/current keyboard
- If you want something similar to your previous keyboard, or perhaps the exact opposite of that.
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