Inexpensive, simple, full mechanical keyboard?

VanGoghComplex

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Hey guys! I'm settling into my new office and am going to be spending a lot more time on a keyboard than in my previous position. I'd like a mechanical keyboard, but I don't want to pay for all the RGB/macrokeys/gamer glitz that typically comes along with them.

Where should I turn for a simple, full size keyboard that's got mechanical switches? I don't mind paying for quality, but also don't want to pay for gameresque features that I don't need.

Thanks!
 

capt_cope

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Had very good luck with my Das keyboard - it's been over a decade and it's still trucking as my "office" keyboard - everyday use for the past decade or so.
 

atarione

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You can kinda take you pick of quality non gamerish decent keyboards:

I have a Filco MT2 that I really like but I did spend more money for better keycaps for it and it isn't exactly cheap .. but it is solid. my Filco is about ~5yrs old now and it is perfect.

blah blah Ducky , Filco, Leopold.. probably other brands (WASD I guess) could all be pretty good choices.

If shopping these brands (and there are probably many other decent brands I am forgetting?) the main thing is going to be switch preference, stabilizer type.. The Leopold and Ducky have cherry stabilizers that I personally do not like, the Filco has costar stabilizers which I prefer... but this is highly subjective.

You may or may not care the 4 brands I mentioned are made in Taiwan rather than China which I personally greatly prefer..

Personally my preference is for Filco a MT2 fullsize keyboard is about $150~ the Vortex pbt keycaps I have are about $40~ sooo.. the stock Filco keycaps are ~meh.. but you can use them. I suppose in honesty $190~ for the filco + pbt keycaps isn't inexpensive..but it is worth it imho.

here is my Filco
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Lateralus

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You can kinda take you pick of quality non gamerish decent keyboards:

I have a Filco MT2 that I really like but I did spend more money for better keycaps for it and it isn't exactly cheap .. but it is solid. my Filco is about ~5yrs old now and it is perfect.

blah blah Ducky , Filco, Leopold.. probably other brands (WASD I guess) could all be pretty good choices.

If shopping these brands (and there are probably many other decent brands I am forgetting?) the main thing is going to be switch preference, stabilizer type.. The Leopold and Ducky have cherry stabilizers that I personally do not like, the Filco has costar stabilizers which I prefer... but this is highly subjective.

You may or may not care the 4 brands I mentioned are made in Taiwan rather than China which I personally greatly prefer..

Personally my preference is for Filco a MT2 fullsize keyboard is about $150~ the Vortex pbt keycaps I have are about $40~ sooo.. the stock Filco keycaps are ~meh.. but you can use them. I suppose in honesty $190~ for the filco + pbt keycaps isn't inexpensive..but it is worth it imho.

here is my Filco
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Yep. And the cool thing is, if you’re OK with Cherry stabilizers (I don’t mind them) you can get a Ducky with PBT keycaps for about $100 I believe. That’s a great value, particularly compared to the Logitech and Corsair gamer boards that come with crappy ABS caps and have inferior build quality.
 
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