" ALSO: I'd recommend getting the ultimate if you go for a Das. The lettering on the Das seems to fade after a few months - leaving cluster of keys with warn down lettering, and the less used keys still fine (F-keys, right control, z, x, page up page down). "REALLY???
Looks like I'm rezzing an old topic as opposed to starting a new one! That's okay right?
Anyone have backlit mechanical keyboard recommendations? Everything about the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition (...names these days...) keyboards seem awesome EXCEPT.... the font. It looks goofy.
I saw a Ducky keyboard that looked good but they appear to be on backorder AND they'd have to be imported.
@MackieG: Did you try Tankguys? That's where I got my ducky mechanical and I'm pretty sure they have the light up ones now. If the browns switches are what you want, they are out of stock unfortunately :(
@Skytylz: :/ Brown was what I was looking for actually. I'll check back with Tankguys every so often to see when they get them back in stock. How are you liking the Ducky?
If you want a decent well built backlit mechanical keyboard then the Ducky Shines are going to be the best "budget" ones you're going to get. i.e. they don't sacrifice quality control or build quality in pursuit of "bling". They are well worth the money and you will not be displeased with them, they are excellent pieces of equipment.
The BlackWidow is an OK keyboard but I and many others have found Razer's quality control to be utterly pointless, the amount of Razer gear I've had to RMA or throw out (due to them claiming it's a software issue and refusing to replace)... Having said that I have got a Razer Carcharias headset which has been fantastic, the rest of their gear though (Arctosa, Mamba, Lycosa, Copperhead, Deathadder...) I've replaced due to their fail QC. It's very much touch and go, I have a few friends with the BW Ultimate and they're all quite happy except one who has complained that the keys are wearing off already despite only being two months old.
As for the MK front, I've had experience with quite a few myself. I'm currently typing on my Filco Majestouch Ninja TKL with Red switches, I also own a DasKeyboard Model S Professional with Blue switches and I've got a Leopold FC500R with Black switches laying in a cupboard somewhere. I've happily used friends brown switch keyboards and found them just as great to type on, I've also used the Topre Realforce keyboards and their conic springs which have been an absolute joy to type on.
What made you want to choose the Brown switches? Have you had any experience with any of them before?